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This is a selection of online and print media featuring our study animals and our research. Some of our study animals, mainly the Augrabies flat lizard, have also appeared in several documentaries.

Documentaries

See the Augrabies flat lizard on the BBC on Planet Earth (Deserts) and Life in Cold Blood (Dragons of the Dry).

We knew we had made it big when the Augrabies flat lizard appeared on the Colbert Report!

Check out in situ Science’s amazing documentary on Julia Riley and the tree skink project in Albury, New South Wales. This was put together by the amazing Dr. James O’ Hanlon.

Social learning in lizards (Eulamprus quoyii)
Social learning: birds do it, bees do it, and apparently, lizards do too – Macquarie University Newsroom
Reposting of Macquarie news release – World News.com

Learning and personality in lizards (Eulamprus quoyii)
Sex, skinks and personality – University of Oxford science blog
Sex and personality influence lizard’s learning – The Conversation
Personality and sex explain learning ability in a lizard – Daily News: Breaking News
Personality and sex explain learning ability in a lizard. This is good news, if you’re a lizard – FARK.com
Personality and sex explain learning ability in a lizard – Phys Org
Learning in Lizards – Evolution Shorts: evolution and evolutionary biologists in the natural world
Personality and sex explain learning ability in a lizard (Macquarie University) – World News.com

Alternate reproductive tactics in lizards (Eulamprus quoyii)
New study finds that male lizards use different tactics to win the ladies – Phys Org
New study finds that male lizards use different tactics to win the ladies – Macquarie University Newsroom

Frillneck lizards
Researchers find lizards’ frilled neck is more than just for show – Macquarie University Newsroom
Frill Color Linked with Fighting Abilities for Australia’s Iconic Lizard – Nature World News
Lizards’ Frilled Neck Predicts Fighting Ability – Laboratory Equipment
The Brighter the Frilled Lizard’s Frill, the More Likely it Wins a Battle – Reptile Channel.com
Researchers find lizards’ frilled neck is more than just for show – Phys Org

Learning in lizards
Research finds that lizards are fast learners Phys.Org
Lizards are smarter than they look – ABC Science
Lizards learn faster than previously thought – Reptile Channel.com
Research finds that lizards are fast learners – Macquarie University Newsroom
Podcast by the Reptile Living Room

Social environment and learning in tree skinks
Julia Riley radio interview with Marc Fennell on ABC:


Julia was also interviewed on the ABC Morning Saturday Breakfast show with Jacinta Parsons:


This work was also mentioned on 2SM Radio Sydney.
Read about it on Physorg.
Read about it on Technology.org.
Read about it in the Macquarie University newsroom.

Water dragon project
James Baxter-Gilbert was interviewed by Dr. James O’Hanlon of in situ Science about his water dragon work and other exciting things. Listen here.

Mole-rat cognition
Mole-rats varied life boosts the brain – ABC Science
New research finds activity and stimulation the key to keeping us sharp – Macquarie University Newsroom

Cane toad cognition
Cane toads in a maze – ABC Rural

Flat lizard visual system
Lizards found to send secret signals – Australian Geographic
Blinded by the light: lizard uses UV signals to ward off rivals – Macquarie University Newsroom
A subtle way to keep trouble at bay – Postgrad News Science (MQ University)

Flat lizards and UV
Fight Light – report in Science (AAAS)
The light of love – New York Times
Pick on someone duller than you – New Scientist
Des couleurs plus dissuasives que de gros biscoteaux – French article on flat lizard UV
Lizard uses UV signals to ward off rivals – PhysOrg.com
Lizard uses UV signals to ward off rivals – Tweeted by Physorg.com

Polyandrous foam nest frogs
Harmonious orgy is winning formula for frogs – Australian Geographic
Promiscuity pays in the frog world – Physorg.com
Promiscuity pays – if you’re a frog – Macquarie University Newsroom
Offspring of promiscuous frogs have better survival rates – India Talkies
Promiscuity pays in the frog world – iFrog
Offspring of promiscuous frogs have better survival rates – Prokerala News
Offspring of promiscuous frogs have better survival rates – Thaindian News
Promiscous frogs reap benefits – Science Alerts
Offspring of promiscuous frogs have better survival rates – Texas State News
Promiscuity pays if you’re a frog – Campus Daily
Offspring of promiscuous frogs have better survival rates – News One
Offspring of promiscuous frogs have better survival rates – South Dakota State News
Offspring of promiscuous frogs have better survival rates – newKerala.com
Offspring of promiscuous frogs have better survival rates – Bollywood Chaska
Offspring of promiscuous frogs have better survival rates – Mathrubhumi
Offspring of promiscuous frogs have better survival rates – Yahoo! News
Promiscuity pays – Frog Forum
Offspring of promiscuous frogs have better survival rates – Knoxville Times

Female mimicry in flat lizards
Lizard she-males get ahead – Science alert
Lizards Disguise as Females to Avoid Attack
– Discovery Channel
Sexual deceit helps lady-boy lizards mate
– ABC Science
Ladyboy lizards use transvestite trickery: researchers – AFP
Pretenders bob up in lizard mating game
– The Canberra Times
Transvestite Lizards Imitate Females – Suite 101.com
World Briefs – Ladyboy lizards use transvestite trickery
– Times of Malta

Flat lizards use heterospecific cues
Follow that bird – New Scientist

General articles on flat lizards
Profile for Discovery Channel (Select ‘Deserts’ tab and then click on lizard picture) or download the PDF
Flat lizard research – Pretoria Magazine