As a scientist I am convinced that it is really important to reach out to the public and to communicate our science. Below are some links to my participation in public outreach and the media.
Scientific advisor for Le Grand carnaval des caméléons Documentary on the biology of chameleons (52 min., directed by Paul Terrel) - ARTE. 2023
Participation in an episode of C'est toujours pas sorcier - France 4. 2023
Pit Bulls: Bad to the Bone? Participated in the 'Science Vs' podcast to discuss our results on bite force in dogs. 2023
Conférence pour les amis du Muséum. Biomécanique la forme et l'action.
La figure du dragon, de ses racines à ses ailes. Participated in a discussion with Romain Fouchard on the science behind dragons. 2023
Participation a un article sur les capacités de certains lézards a courir sur l'eau. Epsilon # 6 Super Pouvoirs. 2023
A Tchernobyl, les grenouilles ont changé de couleur. Participated to provide feedback to a science journalist of Le Monde (Nathaniel Herzberg) on a recent study on adaptive color change in tree frogs after the Tchernobyl nuclear accident. 2022
Rana sylvatica, la grenouille qui gèle et revit après la mort. Partcipation to a podcast on the incredible aility
of some frogs that freez in winter. 2022
À quoi ressemblaient les chiens à la préhistoire ? Popular science article in the conversation witten by Colline Brassard, Stéphanie Bréhard and myself on the diversity of prehistoric dogs. 2022
Le Grand Carnaval des Caméléons Scientific advisor for this documentary on chameleons. 2022
Cataclysmes Participated to this documentary while discussing my research on the impact of hurricanes on lizards. 2021
Biomim'lab show Demonstration of principles of adhesion in nature and the resulting bio-inpired designs at the expo for bioinspired design. 2021
Revivre les coulisses Public conference on how to make inferences on fossil animals and create virtual reality. 2021
Trois questions à Anthony Herrel
Interview and feedback on my experience with the scientific exchange program 'Tournesol' between France and Belgium (in French). 2021
Conflict gezien vanuit de Biologie
Online interview with David Garcia from Masala about conflict in Biology (in Flemish). 2021
Faro Interview with me in the cultural heritage magazine 'FARO' - in Flemish. 2021
Innovations inspirées de la nature.
I participated to an interview on TF1 (French TV) on the bioinspiration research done at the Muséum. I talked about chameleon tongues as a great model for robotic grippers.
Chameleon Olympics. Great write up by Nick Dall on our latest
chameleon project with Krystal Tolley and an amazing group of South-African students and postdocs. We're investigating how chameleons adapt to urban habitats.
the INVAXEN project wins the biodiversa prize and gets an amazing video animation to share the project results
to a broad audience. Check out the video here
More hurricanes and lizards on CNN. See also:
Miami Haerald, Inside Science,
the New York Times and a nice write-up in the French popular science magazine Science et Vie. All write ups of our latest paper with Colin Donihue.
'Lizards develop a new love language'
Media write up on my colleague Colin Donihue's latest paper on the translocation experiment in Greece in which I was involved. Check out the original paper. Great job Colin!
Les sangliers mettent les archéologues sur la piste des débuts de la domestication.
Write up on a paper by Hugo Harbers' PhD work in which I was involved.
A journalist from the Dutch popular science magazine Eos asked me to comment on a recent paper by Dan Paluh on cranial hyperossification in frogs. Great work, check it out
Hybridation, le futur de l'océan ?.
A public outreach event for the general public at the Muséum in Paris where we discuss the future of our oceans and its life. After showing a short animation film
by Florian Brauch, Kim Tailhades, Matthieu Pujol, Yohan Thireau et Romain Thirion we discuss how life may respond to the ongoing anthropogenic changes of the environment.
Can organisms adapt? How fast? and if not what will happen?
Examining the body of one of the world's most elusive porpoise species. A short
report by the Natural History Museum in London on a collaborative project between Anne-Claire Fabre, Roberto Portela Miguez, Richard Sabin and myself to investigate the
anatomy of a rare species of spectacled porpoise (Phocoena dioptrica) from the Falkland Islands.
Le secret de la larve sauteuse enfin percé. Science
et vie contacted me to comment on a paper published on the remarkable jumping capacities of a gall midge larvae. Click
here to read the original publication.
Entretien avec Anthony Herrel. Michel Hadjadj interviewed me for the scientific newsletter of French
kinesitherapists 'Kiné à Kiné. Great illustrations and pictures of the Comparative anatomie collections. Pages 28-53.
Animalitis. Flemish documentary where Dieter Coppens follows vetirinarians and biologists. Dieter came to French Guyana to film
the research on frog ecomorphology I did there in collaboration with Anne-Claire Fabre, Aurélien Lowie, Elodie Courtois and Philippe Gaucher. See also write ups in the
Het laatste nieuws
3 dessins de Léonard de Vinci, anatomiste de génie. Interview by Hélène Combis
from France Culture about the anatomical drawings of Leonardo Da Vinci.
Gimme six! Researchers discover aye-aye's extra finger. Science daily write up on the research
we did in collaboration with Adam Hartstone-Rose, Edwin Dickinson and Marissa Boettcher and where we describe the pseudothumb of the Aye Aye for the first time. Click
here for a link to the original publication. The news was picked up in several other media outlets:
Ces lézards qui défient les ouragans et la sélection naturelle.
Write up on a collaborative study investigating the impact of hurricanes on natural populations of lizards. This was also picked up by many other media outlets:
Science et avenir,
Zeste de Science a great science outreach video by the French CNRS,
Gizmodo another great write-up and video.
CNRS Communiqué de presse. Write up by the CNRS of a collaborative study I did with Paul-Antoine
Libourel and a bunch of other colleagues on lizard sleep. We were interested in whether lizards show two sleep states or not. Click
here for the original publication. This research was picked up by the media:
Le Moloch, épineuse éponge. I was asked by a journalist
of Le monde to comment on a paper that describes the way an unusual lizard takes up water. Click here for the original publication.
Island Lizards Shift to Evolutionary Fast-Track after Invasive Goats and Rats Are Eradicated.
Write up by science writer Geoffrey Giller on the work I did with Colin Donihue looking at the effects of the eradication of rats and goats from the tiny island of Redonda.
Question de la semaine : comment les serpents peuvent-ils se déplacer si facilement sans patte ?.
I was asked by Sciences et Avenir to answer a questions the readers of the magazine had: how do snakes move without limbs?.
On n'est pas que des cobayes. Se déplacer comme un serpent !. I participated in a kids science program on
how snakes move.
Chameleons of the world. I participated in a nature documentary on chameleons. They came and filmed in the lab
to see how chameleons work. Using X-ray video we explore the function of the tongue and locomotion in chameleons.
Secrets of Bones. I provided X-ray footage of an egg-eating snake crushing an egg.
Papouasie, un dernier éden. Le monde terrestre. I participated in a documentary on the wildlife of Papua New Guinea.
They came and filmed in the lab to explore the function of the tail in kangaroos that were filme in Papua New Guinea.
Les ondulations uniques des serpents volants.
I was asked by a scientist of Le Monde to comment on a paper published in the Journal Experimental Biology on the kinematics of gliding snakes.
The origin of snakes: New evolutionary scenario.
Write up by Science Daily on a project I was involved in looking at the cranial anatomy of snakes and how this may help answer the long-standing question on the origin of snakes.
Snake Kills Bigger Snakes With World's Most Powerful Squeeze.
National Geographic asked me to comment on a paper describing how snakes can constrict, kill and eat other snakes.
Tree frogs evolving to monkey around. Write up on our study investigating
how tree frogs manage to walk on thin branches and how they adapt their posture and kinematics to do so.
New York Times Scientist at work. Blog from the New York Times
where collaborator Jonathan Losos was asked to blog about our field research in South America. See also An embarrasment of anoles,
Quest for a little known suburban lizard,
A beach vacation lizard style, and
Mighty Mouse Lemurs Have Super Arm Strength. write-up
about the work I did with Pauline Zablocki-Thomas on mous lemur grip strength.