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2008 Expedition to Madagascar-- Wild Chronicles Episode 334 produced by National Geographic (YouTube link) (National Geographic link) (NG news Chief Editor David Braun's blog link)
Article in November 2008 issue of National Geographic Magazine-- preproduction photo PDF, articulo en ESPANOL


National Geographic online news stories:

"For Frog-Licking Scientist, the Tongue Says It All," February 29, 2008, Links-- page 1, page 2, photo album.

"Poison Frogs Losing Their Toxicity, Study Suggests", November 7, 2006, Links-- page 1, page 2, Mantella frog photo.







National Geographic Weekend RADIO Shows hosted by Boyd Matson:

* 5 December 2009: Update on Clark's amphibian chemical ecology research. Recorded @ National Geographic Society HeadQuarters in Washington DC November 9, 2009. MP3 of 6 minute interview here!

* 23 February 2008— "What makes some frogs the most poisonous animals on the planet? Valerie Clark is investigating that question, and she’s not beyond licking a frog or two in order to find the answer. Clark joins Boyd from Madagascar where she is currently researching frogs and their diets", LINK, mp3 of eight-minute interview including a dedication to late mentor John W. Daly, PhD

* 19 April 2008: post-expedition recorded at NGS HQ studios about frog licking, "How does Valerie Clark determine if a frog is poisonous or not? She licks it! Clark joins Boyd in the studio to talk about her scientific work on frogs in Madagascar," LINK, mp3 of eight-minute NG studio interview

  Other coverage produced by the National Geographic Society will be posted here. Check again soon.

RADIO SHOWS broadcast on National Public Radio and BBC, November 8, 2008 show #466, "Where Is Her Prince Charming? Valerie Clark, The Frog Licker"


Pulse of the Planet produced two interviews that aired on >300 NPR Stations:

November 7, 2006-- "Poison Frogs - Toxic Lunch... Where does the poison in toxic frogs come from?" transcript link, mp3 file (two minutes).

November 13, 2006-- "Poison Frogs - Bioprospectors...Natural toxins are the source of many pharmaceuticals. Researcher thinks that poisonous frogs may be a shortcut to finding these compounds." transcript link, mp3 file (two minutes)

BBC Leading edge: 4 October 2006, 2 minutes in beginning of 30 minute program, LINK may be coming soon


Selected in print and online coverage of Research Publications


New York Times Science Times, 9 August 2005, "Independently, two frogs blaze the same venomous path", Newspaper JPEG

  SCIENCE now (part of Science magazine), 8 August 2005, "Frogs and ants share poison recipe."
Chemistry World (Royal Society of Chemistry), 9 August 2005, "Amphibian skin reflects convergent evolution"
Chemical & Engineering News-- Science Concentrates, 15 August 2005, "Frogs eat ants for poisonous protection," Link to text
San Francisco Chronicle, 22 August 2005, "Panama and Madagascar home to similar killer ants, frogs... They evolved 9,000 miles apart yet have 13 of same poisons," Newspaper JPEG
Scientific American, 9 August 2005, "Researchers Pinpoint Source of Poison Frogs' Deadly Defenses"
United Press International via Science Daily, "Link found between poison frogs and ants."
California Academy of Sciences SCIENCE NOW, 2005 "HEADLINE SCIENCE: A Toxic Tale... Poisonous frogs from two different continents acquire their toxins the same way - by eating poisonous ants."
Science News, 6 September 2003, "Poison frogs upgrade toxins from prey - Skin Chemistry." Link to text
  Chemical & Engineering News-- Science Concentrates, 8 September 2003, "Of pushy weeds and toxic frogs," Link to text


Popular press in other Magazines,Websites, and Languages (research, field coverage, frog licking)


German: GEO Magazine-- Germany, December 2008 issue, "Kussecht" ("kiss-proof") Coming SOON!

  Chinese: COPEL Magazine-- China, January 2009 issue, "Poison frog loving girl and her story" PDF in Chinese!!
Chinese rewrite of National Geographic's frog licking story, see PDF
SCIENCE magazine 3 March 2006, ""The lost world of the Kihansi toad," piece on the extinction of a cute toad, (V. Clark is quoted within).
Espanol, Spanish: NeoFronteras Área: Biología — Jueves, 11 de Agosto de 2005, "Origen del veneno de las ranas tropicales"

English version: Two stories on research papers published on and following in French and German: "Release from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: Convergent Evolution of Poison Frogs and Ants" and

"Poison frogs less toxic when habitat degraded, October 2, 2006."


Deustche, German en "Konvergente Entwicklung der Gift-Frösche und der Ameisen Verfahren der National Academy of Sciences geben frei, Aug 2005" und

"Giftfrösche weniger giftig, als Lebensraum verminderte, 2 Oktober 2006", 2005, "Convergent evolution in poison frogs."
"Licking a frog for the sake of science," 11 Dec 2008 on Red Deer Advocate

There are many more!!-- try google searches including combinations of the following terms to find additional press articles:

"Valerie Clark poison frog licker Madagascar Guyana alkaloid chemicals chemical ecology Mantella Dendrobates"

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