Coordinator, Research & Conservation
- Conserving Crocodiles in Charotar
- Crop Depredation
- Wolf Project
- Human-crocodile Conflict
- Forest Owlet
I am primarily interested in large predator ecology, behavior and conservation, especially large carnivores. My primary research interests include population estimation, human-wildlife conflicts, human dimensions of wildlife conservation, species distribution modeling, landscape ecology, and spatial pattern of wild populations.
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 NVPAS, Sardar Patel University.
In 2009 I moved to the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun in Northern India where I worked until 2012 with Dr Yadvendradev Jhala and Qamar Qureshi on the country wide population assessment of tigers, their prey and habitat across many landscapes of India. Following that, I joined another project ‘Reintroduction of Cheetah in India’ in the same institute.
In 2012 I joined Vidyanagar Nature Club as research coordinator, where my responsibilities include planning, implementing and managing various 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.
My current research work has been supported by grants from Rufford Foundation (UK), Idea Wild (USA), and Indian Bird Conservation Network/Bombay Natural History society. In 2013 I received the Duleep Matthai Nature Conservation Fellowship for contributing towards conserving the mugger crocodiles of Charotar region in Gujarat, India.
I am also a member of IUCN-Crocodile Specialist Group.