Priti Gururaj

I am broadly interested in stream ecology and conservation. At ATREE I am working on landscape genetics of two endemic frogs from genus Nyctibatrachus in central Western Ghats India. Frogs belonging to Nyctibatrachus are stream-dwelling with some that live in leaf litter. These are clade endemic.Many streams of Western ghats have been modified for agricultural fields.My PhD work involves understanding the effect of such landscape change on the genetic diversity of two co-distributed Nyctibatrachus species, N.kempholeyensis and N.jog. I have also been part of new discoveries of frogs.
Apart from amphibians and genetics, I am interested in immuno-ecology, landscape ecology and environmental history.Non research interests include cooking and bird watching

Academic Credentials
2011 - present Ph.D. Ecology and Conservation Genetics of Anurans in the Western Ghats.
2006 - 08 M.Sc. Biotechnology
Dissertation: Estimation of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms and Genotype Frequency of HNF4a Gene
2003 - 06 B.Sc. Biotechnology

Research Experience
2011 – till date Senior Research Fellow and PhD student, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bangalore
2010 – 2011 Research Associate, Gubbi labs, Gubbi.
2008 – 2009 Junior Analyst, Cipla Pharmaceuticals, Mumbai

2015-2017: Landscape Genetics of stream dwelling anurans in Agriculture forest matrix in central Western Ghats. Funding from Department of Biotechnology (DBT).

2011-2016: Conservation of critically endangered and economically important species, Myristica malabarica in Central Western Ghats using biotech tools and ecological niche modeling techniques. Funding from Department of Biotechnology (DBT).

1 Kadaba Shamanna Seshadri, H Priti, Ramit S, Saurabh S, Prateek M, Vidhisha K, Ravikanth G, Gururaja KV.2016. Microhyla laterite sp.nov., a new species of Microhyla Tschudi, 1838 (Amphibia: Anura: Microhylidae) from a laterite rock formation in South West India. PLOS ONE 11(3): e0149727. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0149727
2 H Priti, Roshmi RS, Badrinath Ramya, HS Sudhira, G Ravikanth, NA Aravind, Gururaja KV.2016.Integrative Taxonomic Approach for describing a new cryptic species of Bush Frog (Raorchestes:Anura:Rhacophoridae) from Western Ghats,India. PLOS ONE 11(3): e0149382. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0149382
3 H Priti, NA Aravind , R Umashanker, G Ravikanth.2016. Modeling impacts of future climate on the distribution of Myristicaceae species in the Western Ghats, India. Ecological Engineering 89: 14-23
4 H Priti, Gururaja KV and Ravikanth G. 2015. Morphology, DNA barcoding and natural history of tadpoles of three endemic frog species of Nyctibatrachus Boulenger, 1882 (Anura: Nyctibatrachidae) from Central Western Ghats, India. Journal of Natural History. DOI: 10.1080/00222933.2015.1034212
5 Gururaja KV, Dinesh KP, Priti H and Ravikanth G. 2014. Mud-packing Frogs: A novel breeding behavior and parental care in a stream dwelling new species of Nyctibatrachus (Amphibia, Anura, Nyctibatrachidae). Zootaxa 3796:33-61.
6 Gururaja KV, Preeti G, Rajashekhar KP and Cunningham AA. 2011. First Report of Dermal Fungal Infection in a Frog from the Western Ghats, India. Current Science, 101(5):622-623.

Publications under Review
1 H Priti, Seshadri K.S, Naik R, G Ravikanth and Kotambylu Vasudeva Gururaja. A new species of Euphlyctis (Amphibia, Anura, Dicroglossidae) from the west coastal plains of India.
2 Kadaba Shamanna Seshadri, H Priti, G. Ravikanth, M. K. Vidisha, K. K. Vineeth, Ramit Singal, R. R. Sarma, N. A. Aravind, and Kotambylu Vasudeva Gururaja. Re-Description and Range Extension of Microhyla sholigari Dutta & Ray, 2000 (Amphibia: Anura: Microhylidae) from South West India.

Outreach Publications
1 H Priti, KV Gururaja and G Ravikanth. 2015. Identification of tadpoles of an endemic Genus Nyctibatrachus from Central Western Ghats India. FROGLOG 116:44
2 H Priti. 2014. Relicforests, tadpoles and foot-flagging frogs. Sanctuary Asia 56-59.
3 H Priti and Ramya Badrinath 2013. A review on frog find version 1.0 FROGLOG 108:27.
4 Gururaja KV, Preeti G, Patil RK and Cunningham AA. 2012. First Report of Dermal Fungal Infection in a Frog from the Western Ghats, India. FROGLOG 100:80.

Grants and Fellowships
1 2016. World Congress of Herpetology partial scholarship for attending 8th World Congress of Herpetology Conference, China
2 2016. Centre for International Co-operation in Science (CICS) Travel Support fellowship for attending 8th World Congress of Herpetology
3 2016. Conservation Asia Scholarship for attending Conservation Asia Conference, Singapore
4 2016. Edda Sehgal Award for Conference Travel
5 2014. Asian Graduate Scholarship Award for attending Society of Conservation Biology Asia Conference
6 2014. Edda Sehgal Award for Conference Travel
7 2011-2016. Senior Research Fellowship from Department of Biotechnology, Government of India for studying Conservation of critically endangered and economically important species, Myristica malabarica in Central Western Ghats using biotech tools and ecological niche modeling techniques.
8 2011-2012. Centre for Herpetology-Madras Crocodile Bank Trust (MCBT) small grant for studying ecology and distribution of tadpoles of tropical stream dwelling anuran amphibians in Myristica swamp.

Invited Talks
1 H Priti, Gururaja KV, NA Aravind, Ravikanth G. Habitat factors influencing the distribution of three endemic Nyctibatrachus species (Genus: Nyctibatrachus ) from central Western Ghats, India World Congress Of Herpetology, China, August 2016
2 H Priti, Ravikanth G. Landscape Genetics of Amphibians in Asia: A frog’s Eye view Conservation Asia, Singapore, June-July 2016

Posters in Seminars/Symposia
1 Development of microsatellite markers for ancient frog Nyctibatrachus and cross species amplification in two related species. World Congress of Herpetology, China, August 2016
2 Distribution of tadpoles of Frogs in Myristica swamps in central Western Ghats, India. Society of Conservation Biology-Asia section, Malaysia, August 2014
3 Understanding the effect of habitat fragmentation on three stream dwelling frogs of central Western Ghats, India. 3rd annual Michigan Mini complexity conference, University of Michigan, USA, May 2014.

Science Media Outreach
In English
1 A TINY FROG SPECIES DISCOVERED AT MANIPAL, Bangalore Mirror , March11, 2016
2 Researchers tell twins apart, discover ‘cryptic’ frog species. 2016.
3 New frog species found in Biligiri. 2016. paper/tp-national/tp-karnataka/new-frog-species-found-in-biligiri/article8306747.ece
4 New frog found in BR Hills. 2016.
5 New frog species found in Biligri Hills. 2016.
6 Description of tadpoles of endemic frog Nyctibatrachus, aired in “Science monitor” a weekly science news programme telecasted in Rajya sabha news channel.2015
7 Interview for a podcast on discovery of frogs from Western Ghats.2015
8 New frog species shatter gender stereo types. 2014.
9 Only known 'potter' frog packs eggs in mud. 2014.
10 New Frog Mates Doing Handstands, Does “Pottery”. 2014.

In Regional Language (Kannada)
1 A potter frog in the Western ghats. 2014.ಪಶ್ಚಿಮ-ಘಟ್ಟದಲ್ಲೊಂದು-‘ಕುಂಬಾರ-ಕಪ್ಪೆ.

2 An extraordinary frog called Kumbara night frog. 2014.