Varad Giri


Dr. Varad Giri mainly works on the conservation of caecilians and lizards of the Western Ghats, India. His work is mainly focused on conducting intensive surveys in less explored areas to understand the diversity, distribution and conservation issues of the species and their habitats. One of the difficulties in effective conservation initiatives is unstable taxonomy of amphibians and reptiles in this region. One of the important outcomes of these explorations over the last decade is that they lead to new species descriptions, taxonomic revisions and designation of new and proper taxonomic keys, which can be used in the future by researchers and conservation organizations. Varad also wishes to digitize the type specimens and relative data of amphibians and reptiles from India which are deposited in western museums. This will lead to a big breakthrough for people engaged in taxonomic studies in India as this material is difficult to access for various reasons.