Mark D. Scherz 

Arbeitsgruppe AG Vences
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Vita

2009–2013: BSc Zoology (Hons.), University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK (Prof. A. Rambaut)

2013–2015: MSc Ecology, Evolution & Systematics, Ludwig-Maximilian Universität, Munich, Germany (Dr. F. Glaw & Prof. G. Haszprunar)

2016–present: PhD candidate, Institute of Zoology, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Ludwig-Maximilian Universität, and Zoologische Staatssammlung München, Germany (Prof. M. Vences, Dr. F Glaw & Prof. G. Haszprunar)

Research

Research interests:

- Reptiles and amphibians of Madagascar

- Ecological speciation, evolution, and diversification

- Systematics and taxonomy of Madagascan herpetofauna

- Functional morphology and osteology in evolutionary contexts

Publications

Lambert, S.M., Hutter, C.R. & Scherz, M.D. (2017) Diamond in the rough: a new species of fossorial diamond frog (Rhombophryne) from Ranomafana National Park, southeastern Madagascar. Zoosystematics and Evolution, 93:143–155. DOI: 10.3897/zse.93.10188

Scherz, M.D., Daza, J.D., Köhler, J., Vences, M. & Glaw, F. (2017) Off the scale: a new species of fish-scale gecko (Squamata: Gekkonidae: Geckolepis) with exceptionally large scales. PeerJ, 5:e2955. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.2955.

Hawlitschek, O., Wang-Claypool, C.Y., Scherz, M.D., Montfort, L., Soumille, O. & Glaw, F. (2016) New size record of the snake genus Liophidium by the island endemic L. mayottensis. Spixiana, 39(2):287–288.

Lattenkamp, E.Z., Mandák, M. & Scherz, M.D. (2016) The advertisement call of Stumpffia be Köhler, Vences, D’Cruze & Glaw, 2010 (Anura: Microhylidae: Cophylinae). Zootaxa, 4205(5):483–485. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4205.5.7

Ceriaco LMP, Gutierrez EE, Dubois A, +493 signatories (2016). Photography-based taxonomy is inadequate, unnecessary, and potentially harmful for biological sciences. Zootaxa, 4196(3):435–445. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4196.3.9

Scherz, M.D., Glaw, F., Vences, M., Andreone, F. & Crottini, A. (2016) Two new species of terrestrial microhylid frogs (Microhylidae: Cophylinae: Rhombophryne) from northeastern Madagascar. Salamanadra, 52(2):91–106.

Scherz, M.D., Vences, M., Rakotoarison, A., Andreone, F., Köhler, J., Glaw, F. & Crottini, A. (2016) Reconciling molecular phylogeny, morphological divergence and classification of Madagascan narrow-mouthed frogs (Amphibia: Microhylidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 100(2016):372-381. DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2016.04.019

Hawlitschek, O., Scherz, M.D., Straube, N. & Glaw, F. (2016) Resurrection of the Comoran fish scale gecko Geckolepis humbloti Vaillant, 1887 reveals a disjunct distribution caused by natural overseas dispersal. Organisms, Diversity & Evolution, 16:289–298. DOI: 10.1007/s13127-015-0255-1

Prötzel, D., Ruthensteiner, B., Scherz, M.D. & Glaw, F. (2015) Systematic revision of the Malagasy chameleons Calumma boettgeri and C. linotum (Squamata: Chamaeleonidae). Zootaxa, 4048:211–231. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4048.2.4

Scherz, M.D., Ruthensteiner, B., Vieites, D.R., Vences, M. & Glaw, F. (2015) Two new microhylid frogs of the genus Rhombophryne with superciliary spines from the Tsaratanana Massif in northern Madagascar. Herpetologica, 71(4):310–321. DOI: 10.1655/HERPETOLOGICA-D-14-00048

Eudeline, R., Wang, C. & Scherz, M.D. (2015). Predation attempt of Rhombophryne laevipes by Compsophis albiventris. Herpetology Notes, 8:393–394.

Scherz M.D., Rakotoarison A, Hawlitschek O, Vences M, Glaw F (2015) Leaping towards a saltatorial lifestyle? An unusually long-legged new species of Rhombophryne (Anura, Microhylidae) from the Sorata massif in northern Madagascar. Zoosystematics and Evolution, 91(2):105-114. DOI: 10.3897/zse.91.4979.

Martins, A.C., Scherz, M.D. & Renner, S.S. (2014) Several origins of floral oil in the Angelonieae, a Southern Hemisphere disjunct clade of Plantaginaceae. American Journal of Botany, 101:2113-2120. DOI: 10.3732/ajb.1400470

Scherz, M.D., Ruthensteiner, B., Vences, M. & Glaw, F. (2014) A new microhylid frog, genus Rhombophryne, from northeastern Madagascar, and a re-description of R. serratopalpebrosa using micro-computed tomography. Zootaxa, 3860:547–560. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.3860.6.3.