I am primarily a population biologist interested in all aspects of large predator ecology, behavior and conservation. 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 Monitoring Project’ 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 attitude of the local people in potential identified areas. Currently I am based at Voluntary Nature Conservancy, where I develop and coordinate research, and conservation projects.
My current research work here involves finding wolf occupied areas in Gujarat to priorities them for conservation, monitoring mugger crocodile population and their habitat in central Gujarat, assessing the human-crocodile interaction and developing solutions to mitigate the prevailing conflicts, understanding the human-wildlife conflicts, involving large carnivore (livestock depredation) and herbivores (crop raiding) in Little Rann of Kutch in Gujarat.
I hold a Master Degree (2009) in Environmental Science from Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, India. Previously, I received a B.Sc (2007) in Environmental Science from Sardar Patel University.
I would like to bring together the elements of animal 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.