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Dr Sathyabhama Das Biju
Locations:
Dehli, India
Roles:
  • Researcher
[General description section]
I am a systematic biologist and I work on Amphibians. I grew up in Kerala and over a period of about 15 years went through my metamorphosis from a plant taxonomist to an amphibian biologist. My research includes fieldwork (which I absolutely enjoy), taxonomy, molecular and morphological systematics, and reproductive biology used to interpret patterns and processes of amphibian diversity in India, particularly in the Western Ghats.

DEGREES
PhD: Frog systematics and conservation (2007): Vrije Universiteit, Brussels
PhD: Plant taxonomy (1999): University of Calicut, Kerala
M Sc: University of Kerala, Kerala

MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS
Discovered over 100 new species of amphibians, including the description of a new family and five new genera.

TEACHING
Department of Environmental Biology: Evolutionary ecology and systematics (2007- till date)
School of Environmental studies: Biodiversity and conservation (2006- till date)
Organisation
Centre for Environmental Management of Degraded Ecosystems (CEMDE) , University of Delhi
Position within organisation
Reader (Associate Professor), University of Delhi
Projects
Relevant species

Described in 2003, this species is the sole member of the first new frog family to be discovered since 1926!

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Research interests
Amphibian systematics and Biology
Relevant publications
Biju, S. D. and F. Bossuyt, 2003. New frog family from India reveals an ancient biogeographical link with the Seychelles. Nature 425: 711-714.

Biju, S. D., Rachunliu G. Kamei, Bhatta, G., Varad Giri, Neil Cox, Indraneil Das and Franky Bossuyt, in press. Diversity and Conservation Status of the Western Ghats Amphibians In: Stuart, S.N., Hoffmann, M., Chanson, J.S., Cox, N.A., Berridge, R, Ramani, P. and Young B.E. eds. Threatened Amphibians of the World. Lynx Ediciones, with IUCN - The World Conservation Union, Conservation International, and NatureServe, Barcelona (in press).

Bain, R., Biju, S.D., Brown, R., Das, I., Diesmos, A., Dutta, S., Gower, D., Inger, R., Iskandar, D., Kaneko, Y., Lau, M.W.N., Meegaskumbura, M., Ohler, A., Papenfuss, T., Pethiyagoda, R., Stuart, B., Wilkinson, M. and Xie, F., in press. Amphibians of the Indomalayan Realm. In: Stuart, S.N., Hoffmann, M., Chanson, J.S., Cox, N.A., Berridge, R, Ramani, P. and Young B.E. eds. Threatened Amphibians of the World. Lynx Ediciones, with IUCN - The World Conservation Union, Conservation International, and NatureServe, Barcelona.

Roelants, K., David J. Gower, Mark Wilkinson, Simon P. Loader, S. D. Biju, Karen Guillaume, Moriau, L., Franky Bossuyt. Global patterns of diversification in the history of modern amphibians. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., USA 104 (3): 887-892.

Van Bocxlaer, I., Roelants, K., Biju, S.D., Nagaraju, J. and F. Bossuyt, 2006. Late Cretaceous Vicariance in Gondwanan Amphibians. PLoS ONE 1 (1): e74.

Biju, S. D., 2003. Reproductive mode in the shrub frog Philautus glandulosus (Jerdon, 1853) (Anura: Rhacophoridae). Current Science 84 (3): 283-284

Biju, S.D. 2001. A synopsis to the frog fauna of the Western Ghats, India. ISCB- Occasional Publication 1-24.
Links
www.froginda.org
Contact
Systematics Lab
Centre for Environmental Management of Degraded Ecosystems (CEMDE)
University of Delhi
Delhi 110 007
India
Telephone: 011 27662365 (office)
Telefax: 011 27662365 (office)

Email: sdbiju@cemde.du.ac.in
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5th May 09
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7th Jan 09
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