Biju has been studying amphibians in India since the past 25 years. During his extensive fieldwork in forests across the Indian subcontinent, Biju has discovered over 150 new species of amphibians and formally described 80 species along with his students and collaborators. Disciplines covered by his research include systematics, molecular evolution, biogeography, reproductive ecology, developmental biology, behavioral ecology, bioacoustics, phylogenetics and biodiversity conservation Publications

Biju currently leads an amphibian conservation initiative - to identify and propose conservation areas for amphibians in India. He is also the director of the Lost Amphibians of India (LAI), a national initiative that aims to rediscover amphibian species thought-to-be lost since their original descriptions, with the participation of citizens and scientists.

Educational qualification
PhD Vrije Universiteit Brussel Frog systematics & Conservation 2007
PhD University of Calicut Plant Systematics 1999
MSc University of Kerala 1987

Major areas of specialization
Molecular Phylogeny | Systematics | Taxonomy | Biogeography | Evolution | Reproductive Ecology | Biodiversity Conservation

Publications in 2017
*Garg S, and SD Biju. 2017. Description of four new species of Burrowing Frogs in the Fejervarya rufescens complex (Dicroglossidae) with notes on morphological affinities of Fejervarya species in the Western Ghats. Zootaxa 4277 (4): 451490 DOI

*SonaliGarg, Robin Suyesh R., Sandeep S. and Biju SD*. 2017. Seven new species of Night Frogs (Anura, Nyctibatrachidae) from the Western Ghats Biodiversity Hotspot of India, with remarkably high diversity of diminutive forms. PeerJ5:e3007; DOI 10.7717/peerj.3007

*Mahony S, Foley NM, Biju SD andTeeling EC. 2017. Evolutionary History of the Asian Horned Frogs (Megophryinae): Integrative approaches to timetree dating in the absence of a fossil record. Molecular Biology and Evolution. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msw267

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