My Journey

Professor R J Rao completed his B.Sc. (1976) from Andhra University,M.Sc. (1978) and Ph.D. (1984) from Bhopal University. After submitting his Ph.D. thesis he joined Wildlife Instituteof India as Research Fellow to conduct post-doctoral research work on Ecology of aquatic animals in the National Chambal Sanctuary. He joined School of Studies in Zoology, Jiwaji University, Gwalior in January 1989.

Research Programme

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Inventory of Wetlands in Gwalior and Chambal Region in UGC Special Assistance Programme I on Aquatic Biology 2002-2007 (UGC)

Aquatic ecology under the Project Biodiversity Charecterisation: Environmental Impact sponsored by UGC Special Assistance Programme II 2007-2012 (UGC)


Systems Biology and Environmental Toxicology sponsored by UGC Special Assistance Programme III 2012-2017, Coordinator (UGC)


His field of research is primarily on Wildlife Biologyand Management and otherresearch interests are Conservation Biology, Environmental Impact Assessment, Zoo management, Conservation and management of Aquatic resources,Human Ecology etc.

  • Invertebrate and Vertebrate Zoology
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Ichthyology
  • Aquatic Biology
  • Applied Entomology
  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Wildlife Conservation Management
  • Eco-tourism management
  • Human Ecology
Completed Ph.D from Bhopal in the year of 1984 in Zoology
Completed M.Sc. from Bhopal in the year of 1978 in Zoology
Completed B.Sc. from Andhra in the year of 1976 in Zoology, Botany, Chemistry

Honours/Awards & Fellowships for Outstanding Work:

Junior Fellowship, selected by UGC, GOI

Senior Fellowship, selected by CSIR, GOI

Senior Fellowship,selected, WII, GOI

Wildlife Warden, Honorary, MPFD

Wildlife Board, Honorary, GOI

Participation and Contribution

Have provided services in various universities , colleges as Professor ,Key resource person and Examiner


As Visiting Professor

In Aligarh Muslim University for Wildlife teaching


As Resource Person

In Several Universities for Wildlife, aquatic biology studies


As Examiner

For several Universities for conducting exams in Zoology, Environmental Science and Wildlife

List of PHD Thesis

Many Candidates have completed their PHD under guidance of
Prof R.J Rao

Studies on population dynamics, habitat utilisation and conservation aspects of Gangetic dolphin (Platanista gangetica) by Sandeep K. Behera. Ph.D. thesis in Zoology. 1995

Studies on captive breeding of endangered species in certain Indian zoos by Rajeev K. Pawar. Ph. D. thesis in Zoology. 1996

Studies on distribution pattern of turtles in the Ganga river between Rishikesh and Kanpur by Ravi Kant Pandit. Ph.D. thesis in Zoology. 1997

Studies on Biodiversity in proposed Amarkantak Biosphere Reserve, by Abhishek Bhatnagar, Ph.D. Thesis 2002

Status of animal resources of Ramsagar reservoir, Datia, Madhya Pradesh in relation to ecological conditions by Rajkumar Garg, Ph.D. thesis in Zoology. 2006

Molecular Genetic Characterisation of freshwater turtle, Lissemys punctata, Manoj Singh Rohilla Ph.D. thesis, Jiwaji University, Gwalior 2007

Studies on Bio-ecology of Mulbery Mites in temperate climate of Jammu and Kashmir by Mohd. Yaqoob Dar Ph.D thesis in Zoology,2015

Food and feeding habits of some freshwater teleosts of Tighra reservoir in relation to Ecological Characteristics by Deepa Singh Parihar Ph.D thesis in Zoology, 2015

Impact of Pesticide concentration and accumulation in Tighra wetland of Gwalior District, Madhya Pradesh with reference to seasonal variation by Mamta Ph.D thesis in Environmental Science. 2016.

Studies on Impact of Sand Mining on Wildlife Habitats in The National Chambal Sanctuary, Madhya Pradesh by Sitaram Taigor Ph.D. thesis in Environmental Science 2008

Monitoring wildlife population and biodiversity assessment in the proposed lion re-introduction site, the Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary, Madhya Pradesh, India by Faiyaz Ahmad Khudsar Ph.D. thesis in Environmental Science 2008

Studies on captive management of large felids (tiger, lion and leopard) in Gandhi Zoological Park, Gwalior by S.K. Mittal Ph.D thesis in Zoology, 2008

Habitat characteristics, population dynamics and conservation of aquatic mammals – dolphin and otter in the National Chambal Sanctuary By Hari Singh Ph.D. thesis in Zoology 2011

Studies on aquatic vertebrates in Madhav National Park, Shivpuri, M.P. By Mohit Arya Ph.D. thesis in Zoology 2011

Biodiversity characterization and habitat management of Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary, Madhya Pradesh using Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System (GIS) technique by Kush Kushwah Ph.D. Thesis in Environmental Science 2013.

Status and conservation of wetlands in Gwalior District, Madhya Pradesh using remote sensing and geographic information system technology, by Bidyalakshmi Purailatpam, Ph.D. Thesis in Environmental Science, 2013.

Assessment on Ecological Consequences of Altered Flow Regime in the Chambal Sanctuary by Niladri Dasgupta Ph.D. Thesis in Environmental Science 2014.

Consultation & Experience

Have provided services in various universities , colleges as Professor ,Key resource person and Examiner

1 - Government of India

River Biomonitoring
For 06 months

2 - MP Forest Department

Environmental Impact Assessment
For 12 months

3 - MP Ecotourism Board

Ecotourism in Chambal Sanctuary
For 12 months

Professional Membership

We not only develope and deliver product as per the client requirements but also provide support after it so that client does not have any problem in using our product..


  • Worldwide fund for Nature-India
  • Zoo Outreach Organization
  • Association of Aquatic Biologists
  • Institutional Animal Ethics Committee
  • Madhya Pradesh Biodiversity Board
  • Gwalior District Biodiversity Committee
  • National Wildlife Board, Government of India


  • IUCN/SSC Tortoise and FW Turtle and Specialist Group
  • IUCN/SSC Crocodile Specialist Group
  • IUCN/SSC Conservation Breeding Specialist Group
  • IUCN/SSC Reintroduction Specialist Group
  • IUCN/SSC South Asian Reptile Specialist Group
  • Gharial Conservation Alliance

List of M. Phil. Thesis

Many Candidates have completed their MPhil. under guidance of
Prof R.J Rao

Limnological studies of aquatic ecosystems in Gwalior region with special reference to crocodile habitats by H.D. Sharma -M.Phil. dissertation in Zoology 1991

Studies on honey bee farming and honey marketing in Gwalior Region, by Pankaj Kumar Mishra M.Phil dissertation in Zoology 2002

Status, distribution and conservation of Ganges River Dolphin (Platanistagangetica) in National Chambal Sanctuary by Hari Singh M.Phil thesis in Zoology 2008

Studies on tourism and its impact on environment of Pahalgam and Overa-Aru Sanctuary, Jammu and Kashmir by Sameer Ahmad Khah M. Phil Thesis in Environmental Sciences. 2010

Studies on biodiversity and water resources management in Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan by Mudasir Ahmad Thoker, M.Phil Thesis in Zoology 2012

Residual level analysis of malathion in commonly grown varieties of tamato in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, by Mohd Shahid Dar, M.Phil Thesis in Environmental Science 2012

Studies on vertebrate Diversity and their conservation status in Ghatigaon Bustard Sanctuary, Gwalior (M.P.) by Haneef Mohmmad Bhat, M.Phil Thesis in Zoology 2013

Impact of road dust polluted mulberry on food consumption and performance of silkworm, Bombyx mori L. Faroz Ahmad Ahangar, M.Phil Thesis in Environmental Science 2013

A critical analysis of Hospital waste Management in the S.N. Medical College, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, by Anupama Sharma, M.Phil Thesis in Environmental Science 2013

Captive Breeding of Tiger in Gandhi Zoological Park and Van Vihar National Park Bhopal by Bashir Ahmad Gojree, M.Phil Thesis in Zoology 2014

Socio-economic impacts of Dams and Reservoirs in Gwalior Chambal region by Yogesh Singh M.Phil Thesis in Environmental Science 2014

Status and conservation of wild animals in Gandhi Zoological Park, Gwalior by R.K. Pawar-M.Phil dissertation in Zoology, 1992

Studies on fish resources, marketing and management in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, with special reference to Tighra reservois by B.D. Singh, M.Phil dissertation in Zoology. 2002

Studies on values and uses of resources in Wular Lake, Jammu and Kashmir by Ashaiq Hussain M. Phil thesis in Zoology 2009

Studies on water resources and Avifaunal characteristics in Karera Bustard Sanctuary with special reference to Dhihaila Lake, Madhya Pradesh, India By Ramkumar Lodi M. Phil thesis in Zoology 2011

Occupational exposure of weavers to fungal incidence in Carpet units of Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, by Jaffer Ali, M.Phil Thesis in Environmental Science 2012

An assessment of Human Crocodile conflict in National Chambal Sanctuary (M.P.) by Rajesh Kumar Gurjwar, M.Phil Thesis in Zoology 2013

Status of Avian Diversity of Gwalior Region (M.P.) by Satya Narayan Rawat, M.Phil Thesis in Zoology 2013

Use of vermicompost in sustainable Agriculture : impact on bottle guard (Langenaria siceraria) plant in relation to soil fertility, by Madhuri Kandoi, M.Phil Thesis in Environmental Science 2013

Perception and Impact of Aircraft Noise among People near Maharajpura Airport in Gwalior City, M.P. by Jeena Prakash, M.Phil Thesis in Zoology 2013

Studies on occurrence of Mugger (Crocodylus palustris) in Gwalior Chambal region with special reference to habitat mapping by Muzamil Akram Chat, M.Phil Thesis in Zoology 2014

Indian Gharial Habitat Suitability Index Model in National Chambal Sanctuary , M.P. Tariq Ahmad Bhat M.Phil thesis in Zoology 2015.