I am primarily a population biologist interested in all aspects of carnivore ecology, behavior, conservation and genetics. Presently I am working as Project Coordinator with Voluntary Nature Conservancy (Also known as Vidyanagar Nature Club) an organisation which works for the environment awareness and protection.
In past, I have worked (as Research Biologist) at Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun in ‘Tiger, Co predator, Prey & Habitat MonitoringProject’ from December 2009 to April 2010, where my work involved population estimation of tigers, leopards and other large carnivores , estimating herbivore density and habitat assessment in various tiger reserves of India.Thereafter I worked in another project ‘Reintroduction of Cheetah in India’ in the same institute from March 2011 to February 2012. There my work involved assessing the potential sites for the reintroduction of Cheetah through quantifying the prey species, habitat quality, anthropogenic disturbances and socioeconomic status of local people in potential identified areas. Currently I am based at Voluntary Nature Conservancy, where I coordinate two projects (1) Assessing the status and conservation aspects of Muggers in Charotar & (2) Assessing habitat suitability for the Indian wolves and other carnivores in Kutch, Gujarat.
I would like to bring together the elements of carnivore behavior and population ecology into effective science based conservation of the species by incorporating the inter-disciplinary approaches and modern advances in landscape ecology and social science to traditional methods of wildlife monitoring. I believe that biologists, especially ecologists, should be committed to science education, conservation and public outreach beyond their research.