Our work on thrips in the outback (amongst others) was featured in an episode of the Breaking Bio podcast:
I gave a TEDx Talk at TEDxSussexUniversity about our article on mating strategies featuring “bear traps”, “spikes”, “handcuffs” and some rather S&M-type practices in katydids.
This paper also appeared on the front page of Evolution, was covered by IFL Science and the Daily Mail, and I was interviewed on CBC Radio’s “Quirks and Quarks” program. My article about this paper was published on The Conversation.
Link to paper: Vahed K, Gilbert JDJ, Weissman D, Barrientos-Lozano L. 2014. Functional equivalence of grasping cerci and nuptial food gifts in promoting ejaculate transfer in katydids. Evolution, 68(7):2052-2065. (doi:10.1111/evo.12421)
Our paper featuring the largest testicles known to science was featured in the BBC, Fox News and many international media. Radio interviews by myself [Radio NZ – link here] and KV [BBC – see link above]. The paper was among Biology Letters’ “most read articles”, and featured in The Guardian’s “top scientific discoveries” in 2010.
TV coverage: screenshots from BBC’s “QI” featuring the study:
We even ended up in Bizarre magazine. We hoped the magazine’s choice of headline didn’t reflect their confidence in the study.
Link to paper: Vahed K, Parker D, Gilbert JDJ. 2011. Larger testes are associated with higher levels of polyandry, but smaller ejaculate volumes, across bushcricket species (Tettigoniidae). Biology Letters (doi:10.1098/rsbl.2010.0840)
This paper was featured as a “Perspective” in the issue in which it appeared (Bragg, J. 2011. How Prochlorococcus bacteria use nitrogen sparingly in their proteins. Molecular Ecology 20(1):27-28.)
I was interviewed on Australian radio about our papers on bushcricket titillators and testes – Sydney 2ser, link here.
Link to paper: Vahed, K, Lehmann, G, Gilbert JDJ, Lehmann, A. 2011. Increased copulation duration is associated with larger spermatophores, and male genital titillators, across bushcricket taxa. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 24(9):1960-1968.
Our paper is “recommended” on Faculty 1000 (f1000.com/4455956) and was featured in the UK and international online popular science media (Cambridge News, Asian Age, Times of India, physorg.com and others).