Sathyabhama Das Biju
Professor, Head of the Department & Dean of Science (University of Delhi)
Department of Environmental Studies
University of Delhi, Delhi 110007, India


Educational qualification
PhD (Biology) Vrije Universiteit Brussel Animal Science: Frog Systematics & Conservation 2007
PhD (Botany) University of Calicut Plant Science: Angiosperm Systematics 1999
MSc (Botany) University of Kerala 1987

Areas of specialization

Molecular phylogen I Systematics I Taxonomy I Molecular evolution I Biogeography I Reproductive ecology I Biodiversity conservation

Awards and recognition
IUCN/ASG SABIN award 2008 for research & Conservation, citation and 25000 USD
Sanctuary Asia Wildlife Service Award 2011, citation and 40000 INR

Other affiliations
Visiting Professor Vrije Universiteit Brussel(VUB), Brussels
Associate Natural History Museum, London
Member IUCN Species Survival Commission Amphibian Specialist Group
Advisory member National Museum of Natural History, New Delhi, Government of India
Advisory member Birbal Sahni Institute of Paleosciences, Government of India

Research and teaching experience: teaching 10 years; research 25 years
Professor (2012- ), Department of Environmental Studies, University of Delhi
Associate Professor (2009-2011), Department of Environmental Studies,University of Delhi
Reader (2006-2008) CEMDE and Department of Environmental Studies, University of Delhi
Herpetologist (2003-2005) Vrije Universiteit, Brussels
Scientist (1992-2003) Tropical Botanic Garden& Research Institute, Kerala
Invited Scientist (2001) National Museum of Natural History, France
Visiting Researcher(2003) Natural History Museum, London

Subjects Taught
Molecular Phylogeny I SystematicsIBiodiversity I Conservation biology

Reviewer/Editor for peer reviewed journals
Reviewer: Proceedings of Royal Society London B; Biology Letters, PNAS, USA; Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, PLoS One, PeerJ, Journal of Natural History (Taylor & Francis), Contribution to Zoology, Zootaxa (Magnolia Press); Zoological Journal of Linnaean Society (Wiley- Blackwell); Biological Journal of Linnaean Society (Wiley-Blackwell); Zookeys, Evolutionary Systematics, Zoologica Scripta, Current Science (Indian Academy of Science, Bangalore); Herpetological Review (USA); ZSI Journal (Kolkata); Copiea (American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists); Journal of Herpetology (USA). Editor and reviewer: Asian Herpetological Research (AHRS, CIB, Science Press, China); Ceylon Journal of Science (Biological Science); Hamadryad (Madras Crocodile Bank Trust).

Project evaluations/selection committees/PhD examinerselected
Project evaluation: National Geographic Society; DST, Government of India; MoEF, Government of India;DBT, Government of India; CEPF. Selection committee: MHRD fellowship selection committees, including Commonwealth fellowship. PhD examinerfor various Universities and Institutes (e.g., Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore; Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, Saurashtra University, Gujarat etc).

Selected Publications
Biju SD and Bossuyt F. 2003. New frog family from India reveals an ancient biogeographical link with the Seychelles. Nature 425: 711–714.

Van Bocxlaer I, Loader SP, Roelants K, Biju SD, Menegon M, Bossuyt F. 2010. Gradual adaptation toward a range-expansion phenotype initiated the global radiation of toads. Science 327: 679–682.

Roelants K, Gower DJ, Wilkinson M, Loader SP, Biju SD, Guillaume K, Moriau L and F Bossuyt F. 2007. Global patterns of diversification in the history of modern amphibians. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 104: 887–892.

Kamei RG, Mauro DS, Gower DJ, Bocxlaer IV, Sherratt E, Thomas A, Babu S, Bossuyt F, Wilkinson M and Biju SD. 2012. Discovery of a new family of amphibians from Northeast India with ancient links to Africa. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, London 279 (1737): 2396–2401.

Biju SD and Bossuyt F. 2009. Systematics and phylogeny of Philautus Gistel, 1848 (Anura, Rhacophoridae) in the Western Ghats of India, with descriptions of 12 new species. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 155: 374–444.

Biju SD, Roelants K and F Bossuyt. 2008. Phylogenetic position of the montane treefrog Polypedates variabilis Jerdon, 1853 (Anura: Rhacophoridae), and description of a related species. Organisms, Diversity and Evolution 8: 267–276.

Willaert B, Suyesh R, Garg S, Giri VB, Bee MA and Biju SD. 2016. A unique mating strategy without physical contact during fertilization in Bombay Night Frog (Nyctibatrachus humayuni) with the description of a new form of amplexus and female call. PeerJ 4:e2117. doi:10.7717/peerj.2117.

Senevirathne G, Garg S, Kerney R, Meegaskumbura M and Biju SD. 2016. Unearthing the Fossorial tadpoles of the Indian Dancing Frog family Micrixalidae. PLoS One 11(3): e0151781. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0151781.

Biju SD, Senevirathne G, Garg S, Mahony S, Kamei RG, Thomas A, Shouche Y, Raxworthy CJ, Meegaskumbura S and Van Bocxlaer I. 2016.  Frankixalus, a new rhacophorid genus of tree hole breeding frogs with oophagous tadpoles PLoS One11(1): e0145727. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0145727

Senevirathne G, Thomas A, Kerney R, Hanken J, Biju SD and Meegaskumbura M. 2016. From Clinging to Digging: The Postembryonic Skeletal Ontogeny of the Indian Purple Frog, Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis (Anura: Nasikabatrachidae). PLoS One 11(3): e0151114. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0151114.

Biju SD, Garg S, Mahony S, Wijayathilaka N, Senevirathne G and Meegaskumbura M.2014. DNA barcoding, phylogeny and systematics of Golden-backed frogs (Hylarana, Ranidae) of the Western Ghats-Sri Lanka biodiversity hotspot, with the description of seven new species. Contributions to Zoology 83 (4): 269–335.

Van Bocxlaer I, Biju SD, Willaert B, Giri V, Shouche YS and Bossuyt F. 2011. Mountain-associated clade endemism in an ancient frog family (Nyctibatrachidae) on the Indian subcontinent. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 62: 839–847.

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Keynote/Plenary/Invited Lectures/Talk delivered/Interviews
BBC Global News
BBC News
BBC Radio: Outlook. The Frogman of India
TEDx.Lost! Amphibians of India, Mysore, India
New York: Award Acceptance Lecture, IUCN/ASG Sabin Award
Spain: National Museum of Natural Sciences, Madrid: Where is the Amphibian Hotspot?
Washington DC, Conservation International: Amphibians of India
London, Natural History Museum: Darwin lecture: Nasikabatrachidae: a new family of amphibians
BBC Radio: London. Nasikabatrachidae: a new family of amphibians
Seoul University, Korea:LIFE: understanding with uncertain knowledge – halting human induced amphibian extinction
5th AsianHerpetological Conference, Chengdu, China: Plenary lecture
CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology: Life of PI - 'My FROGS and I'
The National Academy of Sciences, India (North Eastern Chapter): Biodiversity and Conservation: Lessons from amphibians
Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi: LIFE: understanding with uncertain knowledge – halting human induced amphibian extinction
Columbia: IUCN/ASG, GWC, Lost! Amphibians of India
Science Academies’ Lecture Workshop (INSA, NASI, IASc): LIFE: understanding with uncertain knowledge – halting human induced amphibian extinction
North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong: Biodiversity: Prospects and Concerns
Sri Lanka, University of Peradeniya: Lost! Amphibians of India
Mumbai: Sanctuary Asia: Wildlife Service Award
Kerala, Kerala Forest Department: Lost! Amphibians of India
Hindu College: LIFE: understanding with uncertain knowledge – halting human induced amphibian extinction

Media selected
The Economist | BBC | BBC Global | BBC News | CNN | Gulf News | Motherboard | Sanctuary Asia | The Week | Out Look | Mail Today | BBC Radio | CEPF | The New York Times