Sonali’s life with frogs started as a master's student at Systematics Lab during her work on the diversity and conservation concerns of Himalayan frogs. As her fascination for frogs deepened, she took a leap towards PhD and decided to explore the anuran diversity of the Western Ghats Global Biodiversity Hotspot. More specifically, her research focuses on understanding the patterns of diversification and distribution of selected anuran groups, by using an integrated molecular and morphological approach. Her research interests include molecular phylogeny, systematics, biogeography and evolution.

CSIR Senior Research Fellowship

Garg S*and Biju SD. 2019. New microhylid frog genus from Peninsular India with Southeast Asian affinity suggests multiple Cenozoic biotic exchanges between India and Eurasia. Scientific Reports

Garg S*, Suyesh R, Das A, Jiang J, Wijayathilaka N, Amarasinghe AAT, Alhadi F, Vineeth KK, Aravind NA, Senevirathne G, Meegaskumbura M and Biju SD. 2018. Systematic revision of Microhyla (Microhylidae) frogs of South Asia: a molecular, morphological, and acoustic assessment. Vertebrate Zoology 69(1): 1–71. DOI

Garg S*, Das A, Kamei RG and Biju SD. 2018. Delineating Microhyla ornata (Anura, Microhylidae): mitochondrial DNA barcodes resolve century-old taxonomic misidentification. Mitochondrial DNA Part B 3 (2): 856–861. DOI Supplimentary Information (pdf) Popular science coverage of this paper in The Hindu

Garg S*, Senevirathne G, Wijayathilaka N, Phuge S, Deuti K, Manamendra-Arachchi K, Meegaskumbura M and Biju SD. 2018. An integrative taxonomic review of the South Asian microhylid genus Uperodon. Zootaxa 4384(1).1–88. DOI:

*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): 451–490 DOI

*Garg S, 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

*Garg S and SD Biju. 2016. Molecular and Morphological Study of Leaping Frogs (Anura, Ranixalidae) with Description of Two New Species. PLoS One: 11(11): e0166326. doi:10.1371/journal. pone.0166326

Willaert B, Suyesh R, Garg S, Giri VB, Bee MA and SD Biju. 2016. A unique mating strategy without physical contact during fertilization in Bombay Night Frog (Nyctibatrachushumayuni) with the description of a new form of amplexus and female call. PeerJ4:e2117; doi:10.7717/peerj.2117.

Senevirathne G, Garg S, Kerney R, Meegaskumbura M and SD Biju. 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 Bocxlaer Van I. 2016.  Frankixalus, a new rhacophorid genus of tree hole breeding frogs with oophagous tadpoles PLoS One 11(1): e0145727. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0145727

Wijayathilaka N, Garg S, Senevirathne G, Karunarathna N, SD Biju and Meegaskumbura M. 2016. A new species of Microhyla(Anura: Microhylidae) from Sri Lanka: an integrative taxonomic approach.Zootaxa4066 (3): 331–342

Meegaskumbura M, Senevirathne G, Biju SD, Garg S, Meegaskumbura S, Pethiyagoda R, Hanken J and Schneider CJ. 2015. Patterns of reproductive-mode evolution in Old World tree frogs (Anura, Rhacophoridae). Zoologica Scripta 5:509–522.

Biju SD,Garg S, Gururaja KV, Yogesh S. and Sandeep AW.2014. DNA barcoding reveals unprecedented diversity in Dancing Frogs of India (Micrixalidae, Micrixalus): a taxonomic revision with description of 14 new species.Ceylon Journal of Science (Biological Sciences), 43 (1): 37–123.

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.

Biju SD*, Kamei RG, Mahony S, Thomas A, Garg S, Suyesh R and Sircar G. 2013. Taxonomic review of the tree frog genus Rhacophorus from the Western Ghats, India (Anura: Rhacophoridae), with description of ontogenetic colour changes and reproductive behavior Zootaxa 3636 (2): 257–289.