- Project name: Ecological Monitoring and Threat Assessment of Micrixalus kottigeharensis in the Western Ghats
- Project site: Karnataka, India
- EDGE species: Kottigehar dancing frog Micrixalus kottigeharensis
- Active: 2019 - ongoing
Madhushri is currently studying for a PhD in Conservation Science and Stability Studies, after changing careers from physiotherapy. Madhushri is very active in communicating her conservation work on social media, and currently manages both her nature appreciation blog at GirlGoneBirdzz as well as a frog survey club, Frogs of Manipal.
Madhushri was motivated to apply for an EDGE Fellowship as she felt that it was an ideal way to gain the support she needs to advance her career in conservation. She would like to work with local communities for species conservation and prevention of habitat destruction, and hopes that EDGE will give her the tools that she needs to carry out this work effectively.
Madhushri’s project aims to understand the ecological niche requirements and threats to the Kottigehar dancing frog. Her objectives are to:
- Determine the species distribution range of Micrixalus kottigeharensis
- Understand the microhabitat requirements of Micrixalus kottigeharensis
- Determine the breeding behaviour of Micrixalus kottigeharensis
- Identify major anthropogenic pressures to Micrixalus kottigeharensis
- Understand and quantify the threats related to tourism in study area and to raise public awareness and level of understanding of Micrixalus kottigeharensis