COLLEGE OF SCIENCE,
ENGINEERING AND
TECHNOLOGY
Associate Professor
SB 303 C | (713) 313.1388
bhaskarm@tsu.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Education

2004         Ph.D. (Forest Resources), Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS.

2000         MSc (Soil Science & Agricultural Chemistry), Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University, Hyderabad, India.

1997         BSc (Agriculture), Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University, Hyderabad, India.

Experience

2017 to Present   Associate Professor, Dept. Environmental and Interdisciplinary Sciences, Texas Southern University, Houston, TX.

2011 to 2017       Assistant Professor, Dept. Environmental and Interdisciplinary Sciences, Texas Southern University, Houston, TX.

2014 to Present    Director, Environmental Toxicology Program, Texas Southern University, Houston, TX.

2013 to 2016       Visiting Summer Faculty, Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN.

2009 to 2011       Research Scientist, Department of Geology, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH.

2004 to 2009       Postdoctoral faculty, Department of Geology, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH.

Biography

Dr. Maruthi Sridhar Balaji Bhaskar, an Associate Professor in Department of Environmental and Interdisciplinary Sciences, began working at TSU in September of 2011. Before coming to TSU, he worked as a research scientist and postdoctoral faculty in the Department of Geology at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio. 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 6 years at TSU. Dr. Bhaskar has more than 93 research publications as peer reviewed research articles, book chapters, conference abstracts and made numerous presentations at national and international conferences and meetings.

 Research Expertise and Interests

  • Agricultural and Environmental monitoring using Remote Sensing and GIS.
  • Land Use and Land Cover change, Global Environmental change detection.
  • Imaging Spectrometer and Hyperspectral data acquisition and analysis.
  • Monitoring the effects of Heavy metal and Nutrient Pollution on Soil, Plant and Atmosphere.
  • Soil Contamination, Remediation and Restoration.

Publications and Presentations

Book Chapters

  1. Maruthi Sridhar BB, Han FX, Su Y. 2017. Effects of Heavy Metal Accumulation on Plant Internal Structure and Physiology Revealed by Spectral Reflectance. In Advances in Phytoremediation of Environmental Pollutants, Ram Chandra (Ed). CRC-Press, Taylor and Francis group, NY. (In Press).
  2. Maruthi Sridhar BB, Han FX, Vincent RK. 2014. Remote sensing of nutrient concentrations of soils and crops in biosolid amended soils. In Applied Manure and Nutrient Chemistry for Sustainable Agriculture and Environment, He Z and Zhang H. (Eds.). Springer Press, NY.
  3. Nagler P, Maruthi Sridhar BB, Olsson AD, Glenn E. 2011. Hyperspectral remote sensing tools for quantifying plant litter and invasive species in arid ecosystems. In Hyperspectral Remote Sensing of Vegetation, Thenkabail, P.S., J.G. Lyon, A. Huete. (Eds.), ISBN: 9781439845370, CRC-Press, Taylor and Francis group, NY.
  4. Maruthi Sridhar BB, Vincent RK. 2010. Mapping and estimation of chemical concentrations in surface soils using LANDSAT TM satellite imagery. In Satellite Communications, Nazzareno Diodato (Ed.), ISBN: 978-953-307-135-0, Sciyo, Available from: http://www.intechopen.com/articles/show/title/mapping-and-estimation-of-chemical-concentrations-in-surface-soils-using-landsat-tm-satellite-imager.

Refereed Journal Publications

  1. Rosenzweig J, Maruthi Sridhar BB, Shishodia S. 2017. The impact of using Geographic Information Systems Technology on student’s understanding of epidemiology. American Biology Teacher (In Press).
  2. Bhandari S, Maruthi Sridhar BB, Wilson BL. 2017. Effect of land cover changes on the sediment and water quality characteristics of Brays Bayou watershed. Water Air & Soil Pollution 228: 1-14 (In Press).
  3. Maruthi Sridhar BB, Witter JD, Wu C, Spongberg AL, Vincent RK. 2014. Effect of biosolid amendments on the metal and nutrient uptake and spectral characteristics of five vegetable plants. Water Air & Soil Pollution 225: 1-14.
  4. Wu C, Spongberg AL, Witter JD, Maruthi Sridhar BB. 2012. Transfer of wastewater associated pharmaceuticals and personal care products to crop plants from biosolids treated soil. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 85: 104-109.
  5. Maruthi Sridhar BB, Han FX, Diehl SV, Monts DL, Su Y. 2011. Effect of phytoaccumulation of arsenic and chromium on structural and ultrastructural changes of brake fern (Pteris vittata). Brazilian Journal of Plant Physiology 23 (4): 285-293.
  6. Tangestani MH, Jaffari L, Vincent RK, Maruthi Sridhar BB. 2011. Spectral characterization and ASTER-based lithological mapping of an ophiolite complex: A case study from Neyriz ophiolite, SW Iran. Remote Sensing of Environment 115: 2243-2254.
  7. Maruthi Sridhar BB, Vincent RK, Roberts SJ, Czajkowski K. 2011. Remote sensing of soybean stress as an indicator of chemical concentration of biosolid amended surface soils. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 13: 676-681.
  8. Maruthi Sridhar BB, Vincent RK, Clapaham WB, Osterberg J, Neale CMU, Watts DR, Sritharan SI. 2010. Mapping saltcedar (Tamarix ramosissima) and other riparian and agricultural vegetation in the Lower Colorado River region using multi spectral LandsatTM imagery. GeoCarto International 25 (8): 649-662.
  9. Maruthi Sridhar BB, Vincent RK. 2009. Mapping and estimation of phosphorus and copper concentrations in fly ash spill area using LANDSAT TM Images. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 75 (9): 1030-1033.
  10. Maruthi Sridhar BB, Vincent RK, Witter JD, Spongberg AJ. 2009. Mapping the total phosphorus concentration of surface soils using LANDSAT TM data. Science of the Total Environment 47: 2894-2899.
  11. Su Y, Han FX, Maruthi Sridhar BB, Monts DL. 2008. Phytoextraction and accumulation of mercury in three plant species: Indian mustard (Brassica juncea), Beard grass (Polypogon monspeliensis), Chinese brake ferns (Pteris vittata). International Journal of Phytoremediation 10: 547-560.
  12. Maruthi Sridhar BB, Chapin TL, Vincent RK, Axe MJ, Frizado JP. 2008. Identifying the effects of different construction practices on the spectral characteristics of concrete. Cement and Concrete Research 38: 538-542.
  13. Maruthi Sridhar BB, Han FX, Diehl SV, Monts DL, Su Y. 2007. Effects of Zn and Cd accumulation on structural and physiological characteristics of barley plants. Brazilian Journal of Plant Physiology 19 (1): 15-22.
  14. Maruthi Sridhar BB, Vincent RK. 2007. In situ spectral reflectance measurements of a Microcystis bloom in Klamath Lake, Oregon. Journal of Great Lakes Research 33: 279-284.
  15. Su Y, Maruthi Sridhar BB, Han FX, Diehl SV, Monts DL. 2007. Effect of bioaccumulation of Cs and Sr natural nuclides and impact on foliar structure and plant spectral reflectance of Indian mustard (Brassica juncea). Water Air & Soil Pollution 180: 65-74.
  16. Maruthi Sridhar BB, Han FX, Monts DL, Diehl SV, Su Y. 2007. Spectral reflectance and leaf internal structure changes of barley plants due to phytoextraction of zinc and cadmium.  International Journal of Remote Sensing 28 (5): 1041-1054.
  17. Maruthi Sridhar BB, Han FX, Diehl SV, Monts DL, Su Y. 2007. Monitoring the effects of Arsenic- and Chromium- accumulation in Chinese brake fern (Pteris vittata) using microscopy and near infrared spectral reflectance. International Journal of Remote Sensing 28 (5): 1055-1067.
  18. Han FX, Patterson WD, Xia Y, Maruthi Sridhar BB, Su Y. 2006. Rapid determination of mercury in plant and soil samples using inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy, a comparative study. Water Air & Soil Pollution 170: 161-171.
  19. Maruthi Sridhar BB, Diehl SV, Han FX, Monts DL, Su Y. 2005. Changes in plant anatomy due to uptake and accumulation of Zn and Cd in Indian mustard (Brassica juncea). Environmental and Experimental Botany 54: 131-141.
  20. Su Y, Han FX, Maruthi Sridhar BB, Monts DL. 2005. Phytotoxicity and phyto accumulation of trivalent and hexavalent chromium in Brake fern. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 24 (8): 2019-2026.
  21. Han FX, Su Y, Maruthi Sridhar BB, Monts DL. 2004. Distribution and bioavailability of trivalent and hexavalent chromium in contaminated soil. Plant and Soil 265:243-252.
  22. Han FX, Maruthi Sridhar BB, Monts DL, Su Y. 2004. Phytoavailability and toxicity of trivalent and hexavalent chromium to Brassica juncea L. Czern. New Phytologist 162: 489-499.

Conference Proceedings

  1. Su Y, Maruthi Sridhar BB, Han FX, Monts DL, Diehl SV. 2008. Effect of bioaccumulation of Cs and Sr natural isotopes on foliar structure and plant spectral reflectance of Indian mustard (Brassica juncea). Proceedings of the Waste Management Symposium, Phoenix, AZ.
  2. Monts DL, Su Y, Han FX, Maruthi Sridhar BB, Waggoner CA, Plodinec MJ. 2005. Investigation of the efficiency of mercury uptake by selected plant species. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Environmental Remediation and Radioactive Waste Management, Glasgow, Scotland.
  3. Maruthi Sridhar BB, Diehl SV, Su Y, Monts DL, Han FX. 2003. Monitoring structural changes in plants during phytoremediation of Cr and As contaminated soils. Proceedings of Southeastern Microscopic Society Conference, Columbia, SC.
  4. Maruthi Sridhar BB, Diehl SV, Su Y, Monts DL. 2003. Monitoring the internal structure of barley plants subjected to metal phytoremediation. Proceedings of the 7th International Symposium on In situ and on-site biremediation, Battelle, 2003, Orlando, FL.
  5. Su Y, Maruthi Sridhar BB, Monts DL. 2002. Monitoring the process of phytoremediation of Zn and Cd by barley (Hordeum vulgare) using visible and near-infrared diffuse reflectance spectrometry. Proceedings of the 9th Biennial International Conference on Nuclear and Hazardous Waste Management, Spectrum, 2002, Reno, NV.

Funding

  1. Maruthi Sridhar BB. (PI). Impact of landscape and environmental changes on the water quality of Galveston Bay, TX. 2016-2017, $20,000, Texas Space Grant, NASA Space Grant Consortium. (Funded).
  2. Maruthi Sridhar BB. (PI). Infusion of Geospatial Informatics to Enhance an Undergraduate Biological Science Program. 2016-2019, $399,999, NSF-TIP. (Funded – NSF Grant).
  3. Maruthi Sridhar BB. (PI). Spatial and temporal modeling of mercury fate and dynamics in East Tennessee 2014-2018, $39,996, Supplemental Grant, NSF-HBCU-UP. (Funded – NSF Grant).
  4. Maruthi Sridhar BB. (PI). Spatial and temporal modeling of mercury fate and dynamics in East Tennessee 2014-2018, $199,999, NSF-HBCU-UP. (Funded – NSF Grant).
  5. Maruthi Sridhar BB. (PI). Landscape level patterns of mercury contamination and bioaccumulation in East Fork Poplar Creek (EFPC) watershed, 2014-2015, $ 15,000. (Funded – DOE Grant)
  6. Maruthi Sridhar BB. (PI). Use of a geospatial database and model to map mercury distribution and transport in the East Fork Poplar Creek watershed, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, 2013-2014, $ 15,000. (Funded – DOE Grant)
  7. Maruthi Sridhar BB. (PI). Monitoring agricultural sewage sludge, 2012-2013, $10,860. (Funded – USDA subcontract through University of Toledo) Sub Award No. 10390057-TSU
  8. Vincent RK, Maruthi Sridhar BB. Calibration and validation of remote sensing data for the Lower Colorado River Region, 2007-2011, $56,000. (Funded – USBR subcontract through Central State University)
  9. Vincent RK, Maruthi Sridhar BB. Monitoring agricultural sewage sludge, 2010- 2013, $468,000. (Funded – USDA subcontract through University of Toledo)
  10. Vincent RK, Maruthi Sridhar BB. Monitoring agricultural sewage sludge, 2009- 2012, $101,765. (Funded – USDA subcontract through University of Toledo)