Dr. K. V. Gururaja has spent more than a decade in the Western Ghats and Western Himalayas searching for frogs, observing their behavior, and addressing ecological questions. He has described three new species of frogs and breeding behavior in frogs that was new to science. He wrote a guidebook to the region’s amphibians, the Pictorial Guide to Frogs and Toads of the Western Ghats, and is part of the team that developed “Frog Find,” the first Android mobile app on Indian amphibians.
"I was offered to work on birds of my University campus for master’s dissertation, which I turned down. This led to my first hop with the frogs! My guide introduced me to a whole new world of amphibians. So I landed up doing my Masters’ dissertation on the habitat characters of Wrinkled frog Nyctibatrachus cf. major.
This little stint with wrinkled frog made me to look further and to expand my horizon in the field of Batrachology. I hopped in finding the effect of habitat fragmentation on distribution and ecology of anuran amphibians in central Western Ghats for doctoral studies. For next couple of years, field and lab were my first home and frogs my best relatives. I traveled extensively in the Kudremukh, Bhadra and Kuppali forest ranges of Western Ghats, be it in hot summer or down pouring of the monsoon. This exhaustive exercise yielded in the discovery of a new wrinkled frog Nyctibatrachus karnatakaensis."