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Behold a Neurological Wonder, National Wildlife Federation, 2018.


Scientist Shocks Himself with an Electric Eel So You Don’t Have To, The Verge, 2017

Testing an Electric Eel’s Shock Powers With His Own Arm, The New York Times, 2017

This Neuroscientist Loves The ‘Extremes’ In The Animal Kingdom, NPR Science Friday, 2017

Inside the Bizarre Life of the Star-Nosed Mole, World’s Fastest Eater, National Geographic, 2017

See a Biologist Brave Eel Shocks in the Name of Science, National Geographic, 2017

Watch an Electric Eel Zap a Biologist in the Name of Science, Washington Post, 2017

It’s Like an ‘Electric Fence Sensation’, Says Scientist Who Let an Electric Eel Shock His Arm, NPR, 2017


Watch an Electric Eel Leap Out of Water to Shock a Threat, CNBC, 2016

Like a Slimy Taser, Electric Eels Can Leap Out and Zap Their Prey, The New York Times, 2016

The Shocking Behavior of Leaping Eels, NPR Science Friday, 2016

Science Proves Electric Eels Can Leap From Water to Attack, Smithsonian, 2016

The Stunning Case of Leaping Electric Eels, The Atlantic, 2016

Watch These Leaping Electric Eels Validate One of Science History’s Wackiest Stories, The Washington Post, 2016


Electric Eels Shock Scientists With Sophisticated Hunting Strategies, Discover, 2015

The Electric Eel’s Superpower Just Got Even Cooler, National Geographic, 2015

Electric Eels Use an Astonishing Science Trick to Double Zap Large Prey, The Washington Post, 2015

A Scientist’s Shocking Discovery About Electric Eels, The Atlantic, 2015


How an Eel Locates and Attacks Its Prey: Remote Control, USA Today, 2014

Electric Eels Jolt Their Prey By Remote Control, NPR, 2014

Electric Eels Use Built-In “Taser” to Remotely Stun Their Prey, National Geographic, 2014

The Surprising Power of an Electric Eel’s Shock, New York Times, 2014


Mole Smells in Stereo, ScienceNews, 2013

Stereo Mole Noses, National Geographic, 2013

A Mole’s Nose Knows, With Stereo Sniffing, New York Times, 2013

Vanderbilt Neuroscientist Honored by National Academy of Sciences, Research News at Vanderbilt, 2013


Croc Skin Bumps Are Signs of Sensitivity, ABC News 2012

Crocs Have Super-Sensitive Jaws, BBC News, 2012

Croc Jaws More Sensitive Than Human Fingertips, National Geographic News, 2012


Worm Grunting On NPR, Vanderbilt Research Blog, 2011


Tentacled Snake Uses Odd Appendages to Sense Prey, National Geographic News, 2010

Snake uses odd tentacles to sense prey , CBC News, 2010

Second Nature, Vanderbilt Magazine, March 2010


Easy Lunch for Fish-Tricking Snake, ABC News, 2009

Snakes Trick Prey for Easy Meal, The Scientist, 2009


No Joke, Arts and Science Magazine, Vanderbilt University, 2008

Uncovering the Mystery of the Worm Charmer, New York Times, 2008

Moles, not magic, make worm ‘grunting’ work, ABC News

Assignment Earth: Worm Grunting, Video on Mother Nature Network


A Mammal That Can Smell Underwater, Science Friday Interview, 2006

Star-Nosed Mole Can Sniff Underwater, NewScientist, 2006

The MacArthur and the Mole, U.S. News and World Report, 2006

Mole Man Gets a MacArthur, SEED Magazine, October 2006

Adapted to Follow Their Noses Underwater, New York Times, 2006


A Many Fingered Nose, National Geographic News, 2005

Star-nosed mole has moves that put the best magician to shame, Exploration Magazine, February 2005

Underground Gourmet: Mole Sets a Speed Record, New York Times, 2005


Brain Organization, Too, Sets Naked Mole-Rat Apart, Scientific American, 2002


The Early Nerve Gets the Brain Space, Science News, 2001


Snouts: A Star is Born in a Very Odd Way, Science News, 1999

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