Dr. Nikunj B. Gajera
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Dr. Nikunj B. Gajera

Research Scientist
Gujarat Institute of Desert Ecology, India

Highest Degree
Ph.D. in Zoology from Kachchh University, Bhuj, India

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Dr. Nikunj B. Gajera, Scientist in Terrestrial Ecology Division holds M.Sc. and M.Phil (Animal Science) from the Saurashtra University, Rajkot and Ph. D in Zoology (Ornithology) from KSKV Kachchh University, Bhuj, Gujarat. He has 10 years of research experience as Research Fellow (RF) (3 years in Life sciences Department of North Gujarat University), Junior Research Fellow (2 years), and Senior Research Fellow (1 year), Programme Coordinator (1 Year), Project Scientist (2 years). His research interest is on animal behavioral and ecology, taxonomy, traditional ecological knowledge and biodiversity conservation.

Area of Interest:

Animal and Veterinary Sciences
Animal Science
Environmental Sciences

Research Publications in Numbers


Selected Publications

  1. Nikunj, G. and M. Koladiya, 2019. Mammalian species distribution and diversity in arid region of Kachchh, Gujarat. Int. J. Zool. Stud., 4: 27-33.
  2. Chovatiya, S.K., N.B. Gajera and V.C. Soni, 2019. Density and distribution of species Culex quinquefasciatus in the rural areas around Rajkot city, Gujarat, India. Int. J. Zool. Stud., 4: 63-66.
  3. Nikunj, G., P. Joshi and N. Dharaiya, 2018. Highway mortality of vertebrate species in the aravali mountain range of North Gujarat, India. PARIPEX-Indian J. Res., 7: 106-108.
  4. Chovatiya, S., N. Gajera and V.C. Soni, 2017. Prevalence of Armigeres obturbans in the rural areas around Rajkot city, Gujarat, India. J. Res. Bio., 7: 2361-2368.
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  5. Rohit, P., G. Nikunj and D. Nishith, 2016. Impact of water quality on macro-fauna abundance in mangrove ecosystem of gulf of Kachchh. J. Wetlands Biodivers., 6: 61-71.
  6. Patel, R.M., G. Nikunj, L.J. Paramar and R.V. Asari, 2016. Chharidhandh Conservation Reserve: A Nature Paradise. Gujarat Institute of Desert Ecology-Bhuj and Kachchh Forest Circle, Bhuj, India., Pages: 52..
  7. Nikunj, G. and R. Patel, 2016. Floral Composition and Mammals Diversity in Chapredi Reserve Forest of Bhuj Taluka, Kachchh-Gujarat. Scholar's Press, Germany., ISBN: 978-3-659-88759-8, Pages: 59..
  8. Koladiya, M.H., G. Nikunj and A.K.R. Mahato, 2016. Birds of Banni grassland, Kachchh district, Gujarat, India. Ravisankar Foundation, Mumbai, India., ISBN: 978-93-5254-957-3, Pages: 329..
  9. Vaghasiya, P.M., P. Joshi, B.R. Paradva, M.H. Koladiya, R.M. Patel and G. Nikunj, 2015. Floral and avian diversity of Gujarat institute of desert ecology (GUIDE) campus, Bhuj-Kachchh, Gujarat, India. eJ. Appl. Forest Ecol., 3: 14-28.
  10. Joshi, P., M.H. Koladiya and G. Nikunj, 2015. Population status and habitat use by golden jackals in semi-arid landscapes of western Kachchh, India. Int. J. Recent Sci. Res., 6: 3507-3510.
  11. Gajera, N., V. Vijaykumar and M. Pardeshi, 2015. Mammalian Species Distribution and Diversity in Major Land Uses of Arid Regions of Kachchh, Gujarat. In: Biodiversity Distribution and Conservation, Khinchi, S.S. (Ed.). Pointer Publications, Jaipur, India, pp: 180-205.
  12. Raman, R.K. and N.B. Gajera, 2014. Study on potential application of geographic information systems (GIS) to find out suitable aquaculture site in Pune-Maharashtra, India. Int. J. Adv. Remote Sensing GIS, 3: 669-680.
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  13. Prajapati, H., N. Gajera And R. Patel, 2014. Biodiversity of Tapkeshwari Hill : Status of Flora and Fauna. Scholars’ Press, Germany. ISBN no. 9783639664607 Pages: 69.
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  14. Prajapati, H., G. Nikunj and R. Patel, 2014. Biodiversity of Tapkeshwari hill: Status of Flora and Fauna. Scholar's Press, Germany., ISBN: 978-3-639-66460-7, Pages: 69..
  15. Nikunj, G. and N. Dharaiya, 2014. Diversity and Distribution of Some Rare and Endangered Mammals in North Gujarat Region, Gujarat. In: Bioscience Research and Conservation. Sharma, K. (Ed.). Lap Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany., ISBN: 978-3-659-64920-2, pp: 31-61..
  16. Nikunj, G. V.V. Kumar and M.K. Pardeshi, 2014. Mammalian Species Distribution and Diversity in Major Land Uses of Arid Region in Kachchh, Gujarat. In: Biodiversity Distribution and Conservation. Khinchi, S.S. (Ed.). Pointer Publishers, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India., ISBN: 978-81-7132-798-0, pp: 180-205..
  17. Koladiya, M.H., A.R. Mahato, N.B. Gajera and Y.S. Patel, 2014. Distribution pattern of birds in Banni grassland of Kachchh district, Gujarat, India. J. Res. Biol., 4: 1228-1239.
  18. Gajera, N., A.K.R. Mahato and V.V. Kumar, 2014. Habitat preference and social composition of antelopes in arid region of Kachchh, Gujarat, India. Asian J. Conserv. Biol., 3: 164-169.
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  19. Sharma, D.K., R.V. Asari, V. Vijaykumar and G. Team, 2013. Forest and Wildlife of Kachchh: A Natural Heritage. Kachchh Forest Circle and Guide, Bhuj, India., Pages: 86..
  20. Raman, R.K., N.B. Gajera and V.V. Kumar, 2013. Impact of salinity ingression prevention structures (bandharas) on different landuse categories in Abdasa Taluka of Kachchh region, Gujarat-India. Recent Trends Civil Eng. Technol., 3: 49-61.
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  21. Nikunj, G., A.K.R. Mahato and V.V. Kumar, 2013. Status of Biodiversity in Man-made Wetlands Along Coastal Areas of Kachchh District, Gujarat, India. In: Biodiversity of Aquatic Ecosystem-Significance Threats and Conservation. Bharti, P.K. and H.A. Kaoud (Ed.). Discovery Publishing House Ltd., New Delhi, India., ISBN: 978-93-5056-297-0, pp: 86-117..
  22. Koladiya, M.H., N.B. Gajera and V. Vijaykumar, 2013. Status, diversity and distribution of avifauna in Banni grassland of Kachchh district. Int. J. Res. BioSci., 3: 43-47.
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  23. Gurugubelli, B., S.F.W. Sunderraj, Nikunj, A. Subramanyam, V.K. Jaiswal and S. Jaiswal, 2013. Spatial distribution and source routes identification for arsenic in soil at coal fired industrial area, using regression analysis and CMB8. Int. Res. J. Pure Appl. Chem., 3: 197-209.
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  24. Gajera, N.B., A.K.R. Mahato and V.V. Kumar, 2013. Status, distribution and diversity of birds in mining environment of Kachchh, Gujarat. Int. J. Biodivers., Vol. 2013. 10.1155/2013/471618.
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  25. Gajera, N., A.K.R. Mahato and V.V. Kumar, 2013. Status, diversity and conservation of grassland birds in arid region of Kachchh. Int. J. Recent Sci. Res., 4: 166-170.
  26. Chovatiya, S.K., N.B. Gajera and V.C. Soni, 2013. People's perception on malaria: A case study in rural areas of Rajkot district, Gujarat-India. Health Sci. Int. J., 2: 1-5.
  27. Chovatiya, S., G. Nikunj and V.C. Soni, 2013. Breeding Ecology of Mosquito: Special Reference to Genus Anopheles. Lap Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany., ISBN: 978-3-659-37974-1, Pages: 97..
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  28. Nikunj, G. and V.C. Soni, 2012. The Breeding Ecology of Passeriformes Birds: A Case Study from Rajkot District. Lap Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany., ISBN: 978-3-8473-4744-6, Pages: 57..
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  29. Gajera, N.B., A.K.R. Mahato and V.V. Kumar, 2012. Birds in the arid and semi-arid forests of Kachchh: Its status, diversity and composition. Int. J. Res. Zool., 2: 23-27.
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  30. Gajera, N.B., A.K.R. Mahato and V. Vijaykumar, 2012. Wetland birds of arid region: A study on their diversity and distribution pattern in Kachchh. Columban J. Life Sci., 13: 47-51.
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  31. Kumar, V.V., P.S. Patel and G. Nikunj, 2011. Grasslands of Kachchh. In: State of Environment of Kachchh (SoEK). Kathju, K., V.V. Kumar, G.A. Thivakaran, P.S. Patel and V. Devi (Ed.). Gujarat Institute of Desert Ecology and GEER Foundation, Bhuj-Kachchh, India., ISBN: 978-81-910659-9-2, pp: 113-132..
  32. Gajera, N. and N.A. Dharaiya, 2011. Status, occurrence, distribution of some mammals of north Gujarat, India. Proc. Zool. Soc., 64: 46-53.
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  33. Pardeshi, M.K., N. Gajera, R. Patel, D. Worah and V.V. Kumar, 2010. Species of conservation significance within and vicinity of Narayan Sarovar Sanctuary: Biodiversity and distribution. Biol. Forum: Int. J., 2: 19-24.
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  34. Pardeshi, M., N. Gajera and P.N. Joshi, 2010. Kachchh biosphere reserve: Rann and biodiversity. Res. J. For., 4: 72-76.
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  35. Gajera, N., S.M. Dave and N.A. Dharaiya, 2009. Nesting ecology of terrestrial birds in Danta reserve forest, Gujarat. J. Threatened Taxa, 1: 170-173.
  36. Gajera, N., S.M. Dave and N.A. Dharaiya, 2009. Feeding pattern and den ecology of striped hyena (Hyaena hyaena) in the north Gujarat, India. J. Tiger Pap., 36: 13-17.
  37. Pardeshi, M., V.V. Kumar, N. Gajera and A. Kumar, 2008. Hardwicks spiny-tailed lizard (Uromastyx hardwickii, Gray 1827) preyed on by Indian sand boa (Eryx johnii, Russell 1801). J. Bombay Nat. History Soc., 105: 343-344.
  38. Gajera, N., N.A. Dharaiya and V.C. Soni, 2007. Observations on the avifauna of the village ponds adjoining wild ass sanctuary, Gujarat. Adv. Biol. Sci., 6: 95-97.