Dr. Maruthi Sridhar Balaji Bhaskar, an Associate Professor in Department of Earth and Environment at Florida International University (FIU), Miami, FL. He was a Fulbright US Faculty Scholar for 2018-19 at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. Earlier, he worked as an Associate Professor and Director of Environmental Toxicology Program in Department of Environmental and Interdisciplinary Sciences, at Texas Southern University (TSU), Houston, TX for 8 years and as a research scientist and postdoctoral faculty in the Department of Geology at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio for 7 years. He earned his Ph.D in Forest Resources from Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi and his MS in Soil Science & Agricultural Chemistry and BS in Agriculture from Acharya N.G.Ranga Agricultural University, in Hyderabad, India. He has strong research experience and interests in use of Geospatial technology (Remote sensing and GIS) in environmental sciences and was awarded with five patents for his work on remote sensing.
Dr. Bhaskar’s research interests include the application of remote sensing and geospatial techniques for environmental planning and management, landscape ecology, human and environmental health monitoring and economic development. He developed several satellite models to monitor the soil and water quality, contaminant fate, environmental disasters, invasive plant species and evapotranspiration. He served as a principal investigator on several research grants funded through NSF, NASA, DOE and USDA during last several years at TSU. Dr. Bhaskar has several research publications as peer reviewed research articles (28), book chapters (4), conference abstracts (73) and made numerous presentations at national and international conferences and meetings.