Roshmi Rekha Sarma


Phone +61-(0)4-9050-5366
Campus Geelong Waurn Ponds
Supervisor Lee Ann Rollins
Kate Buchanan
Gregory Brown (University of Sydney)

Thesis title
The evolution of phenotypic plasticity during a biological invasion

Research interests
1. Invasion ecology
2. Species distribution
3. Biogeography
4. Phylogeography
5. Conservation biology,
6. Citizen science

2016 – Current: PhD, Deakin University, Australia
2012 – 2015: Senior Research Fellow, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bangalore, India
2010 – 2012: M.Tech (Environmental Science and Engineering), Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India
2006 – 2010: B.Tech (Biotechnology) – Gautam Buddha Technical University, Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh), India

Key publications
Rekha Sarma R, Munsi M, Neelavara Ananthram A (2015). Effect of Climate Change on Invasion Risk of Giant African Snail (Achatina fulica Férussac, 1821: Achatinidae) in India. PLoS ONE 10(11): e0143724. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0143724.

Priti H, Roshmi RS, Ramya B, Sudhira HS, Ravikanth G, Aravind NA, Gururaja KV (2016). Integrative Taxonomic Approach for Describing a New Cryptic Species of Bush Frog (Raorchestes: Anura: Rhacophoridae) from the Western Ghats, India. PLoS ONE 11(3): e0149382. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0149382.

Aravind N.A., Roshmi Rekha Sarma and N.A. Madhyastha. Conservation of Cremnochonchus, an iconic freshwater mollusc genera of the Western Ghats, India. Current Science 111(6):1097-1103.

Aravind N.A. and Roshmi Rekha Sarma. 2016. Identifying hotspots of nonmarine mollusc distribution in the Western Ghats, India. Tentacle, 24: 41-43.

Aravind N.A. and Roshmi Rekha Sarma. 2015. Does invasion of lantana camara (verbenaceae) affect land snail diversity? Tentacle, 23: 24-26.

Aravind N.A., Roshmi Rekha Sarma, Madhushree Munsi and Sandeep Sen. 2014. In search of Corilla anax (Corillidae), rare and endemic land mollusc of the Western Ghats. Tentacle, 22: 6-8.


More information about Roshmi’s work

  • In Search of an Elusive Frog, KV Gururaja, Priti H, Roshmi Rekha Sarma, Ramya B, Sudhira HS and Aravind Madhyastha. JLR Explore. February 2015.
  • Reader’s Digest, Power of the Crowd by Doug Colligan and Deven Kanal. December 2014. Pages: 133-137.
  • Science Feature, Indian ecologists turn to crowdsourcing by Priyanka Pulla doi:10.1038/nindia.2013.152; Published online 20 November 2013.