Professor, Conservation Biology
Graduated from Tbilisi (Ivane javakhishvili) State University (Biology, zoology) (1981). PhD in Zoology from Institute of Zoology, Georgian Acadamy of Sciences, 1999. The doctoral research on the Natural Mechanisms of Red Deer Population Regulation in Lagodekhi Reserve.
Studied in Jercey Wildlife Conservation Trust (Great Britain) (1997) where was certified as specialist in Breeding and management of Endangered Species. Graduated Endangered Species Recovery postgarduate programme (University of Kent) (1997) with diploma in Conservation of Endangered Species.
NACRES (Biodiversity Conservation and Research/ non-govermental organization) (1989-2002);
Institute of Zoology, Georgian Acadamy of Sciences (1989-2002)
Invitee lecturer in Tbilisi State University (Course: Wildlife Management) 2004-2006
Senior Technical Specialist; Georgian Protected Areas Development Center (2002-2006)
Since 2006 Tbilisi Zoo Director
Since 2006 till 2013 associate professor at Ilia State University
Since 2013 full professor at Ilia State University, Institute of Ecology, Program for the Ecology and Conservation of Large Mammals
Has been involved in over 15 international projects in field of Conservation Biology
Since 2000, scientific council member of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (Bone Convention);
Studies largely in conservation biology of large mammals and in ecology of predator-prey interactions