Dr. Maruthi Sridhar Balaji Bhaskar
Department: Environmental Science
Phone: 713-313-1388
Email: bhaskarm@tsu.edu
Office: NSB 303C
Vita:http://cost.tsu.edu/PDF/Resume/EnvironmentalScience_BalajiBhaskar_MaruthiSridhar_Resume.pdf
 
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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

2011 to Present    Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental and Interdisciplinary Sciences,                                        Texas Southern University,Houston,  TX.

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 Assistant 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 four 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. His research work has great significance in the field of soils and developing a remote sensing methodology for continuous surveillance of the vegetation growing on these toxic metal contaminated sites. Dr. Bhaskar also published extensively on the use of green plants to clean up metal contaminated soils and methodology for continuous surveillance of the vegetation growing on these toxic metal contaminated sites. He has published more than 20 peer reviewed research articles, 3 book chapters and made numerous contributions at international and national conferences and meetings. 

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Publication Summary

Published (55): Book Chapters (4), Refereed Journal Articles (20), Conference Abstracts (26), Non-refereed papers (5).

BOOK CHAPTERS

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 theLower Colorado River region using multi spectral LandsatTM imagery. GeoCarto International  25 (8): 649-662.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Maruthi Sridhar BB, Vincent RK. 2007. In situ spectral reflectance measurements of a Microcystis bloom inKlamath Lake,Oregon. Journal ofGreat Lakes Research 33: 279-284.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 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.

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.

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.

PUBLISHED CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

PUBLISHED CONFERENCE ABSTRACTS AND PRESENTATIONS

Maruthi Sridhar BB, Peterson M, Bevelhimer M. 2013. Geospatial database to map mercury concentration in East Fork Poplar Creek  (EFPC) watershed. Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) North America 34th Annual Meetings, November 17-21,Nashville,TN.

Maruthi Sridhar BB, Peterson M, Bevelhimer M. 2013. Geospatial database to map mercury concentration in East Fork Poplar Creek Watershed (EFPC) watershed. ORAU Faculty Poster Session, August 6,Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL),Oak Ridge,TN.

Maruthi Sridhar BB, Vincent RK. 2012. Remote sensing of soybean stress as an indicator of chemical concentration of biosolid amended surface soils. SSSA annual meetings, October 21-24, Cincinnati, OH.

Maruthi Sridhar BB, Vincent RK, Wicks J. 2011. Remote sensing for monitoring water quality. American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Conference, November 14-17,Herndon,VA.

Maruthi Sridhar BB, Vincent RK. 2011. Application of remote sensing to map the soil chemical characteristics. American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Conference, November 14-17,Herndon,VA.

Vincent RK, Sanderson L, Maruthi Sridhar BB. 2011. Landsat TM monitoring of total phosphorous in lakes as related to cyanobacterial blooms. American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Conference, November 14-17,Herndon,VA.

Sanderson L, Vincent RK, Maruthi Sridhar BB. 2011. Use of Landsat TM phycocyanin algorithm to show possibility of similar world view 2 algorithm. American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Conference, November 14-17,Herndon,VA.

Maruthi Sridhar BB, Vincent RK. 2010. Remote sensing of evapotranspiration using Landsat TM data. Remote Sensing and Hydrology 2010 Symposium September 27-30, Jackson Hole, WY.

Maruthi Sridhar BB, Vincent RK. 2010. Remote sensing of evapotranspiration using Landsat TM data. Second State of the Art Conference on Remote Sensing of Evapotranspiration, August 16-18, Desert Research Institute, Las Vegas, NV.

Maruthi Sridhar BB, Vincent RK. 2010. Mapping Saltcedar (Tamarix ramosissima) and other riparian and agricultural vegetation in the lower Colorado River region using multi spectral LANDSAT TM imagery. Second State of the Art Conference on Remote Sensing of Evapotranspiration, August 16-18, Desert Research Institure, Las Vegas, NV.

Maruthi Sridhar BB, Vincent RK. 2010. Mapping and estimation of phosphorus and copper concentrations in fly ash spill area using LANDSAT TM data. TVA-Kingston Fly ash release environmental research symposium, March 11-12, Harriman, TN.

Maruthi Sridhar BB, Vincent RK. 2009. Mapping the chemical concentrations of soils using LANDSAT TM data. SSSA annual meetings, November 1-5, Pittsburg, PA.

Maruthi Sridhar BB, Vincent RK, Sritharan SI,Watts DR, Osterberg J. 2009. Mapping the invasive Tamarix plant species using LANDSAT data. Ecological Society ofAmerica (ESA) Conference, August 2-7,Albuquerque,NM.

Maruthi Sridhar BB, Vincent RK. 2009. Spectral reflectance measurements of a Microcystis bloom. International Association for Great Lakes Research’s 52nd Annual Conference, May 18-22, Toledo, OH.

Maruthi Sridhar BB, Vincent RK, Clapham P, Eckhardt D, Neale C, Osterberg J, Watts DR, Sritharan SI. 2008. Mapping the invasive salt cedar plant species (Tamarix ramosissima) using spectral reflectance and remote sensing. American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Conference, April 28-May 2,Portland,OR.

Maruthi Sridhar BB, Vincent RK. 2006. Monitoring the application of sewage sludge to agricultural fields using spectral reflectance and remote Sensing. 18th World Congress of Soil Science,July 9-15, 2006,Philadelphia,PA

Maruthi Sridhar BB, Vincent RK. 2005. Monitoring the application of sewage sludge to agricultural fields using spectral reflectance and remote sensing. 4th Annual BGSU Research Conference, November 3-4,Bowling Green,OH.

Seudkamp MD, Maruthi Sridhar BB, Vincent RK, Michaels HJ. 2005. Spectral detection of stress in maize (Zea mays) sown on sludge-amended soil. 4th Annual BGSU Research Conference, November 3-4,Bowling Green,OH.

Maruthi Sridhar BB. Han FX, Diehl SV, Monts DL, Su Y. 2004. Effect of high soil concentrations of mercury on growth, physiology and internal structure of plants. SSSA annual meetings, November 1-4, Seattle, WA.

Maruthi Sridhar BB, Diehl SV, Su Y, Monts DL,Han FX. 2004. Remote monitoring of structural and physiological changes in fern (Pteris vittata) plants during phytoremediation of Cr and As contaminated soils. 2nd Graduate Student Symposium,Mississippi State University,Mississippi State, MS.

Maruthi Sridhar BB. Han FX, Diehl SV, Monts DL, Su Y. 2004. Discrimination of chromium phytotoxicity to plants using hyperspectral reflectance. SSSA annual meetings, November 1-4, Seattle, WA.

Maruthi Sridhar BB, Diehl SV, Su Y, Monts DL,Han FX. 2003. Changes in anatomical characters of plants subjected to heavy metal contamination. SSSA annual meetings, November 2-6, Denver, CO

Maruthi Sridhar BB, Diehl SV, Su Y, Monts DL,Han FX. 2003. Monitoring structural changes of fern (Pteris vittata) during phytoremediation of Cr and As contaminated soils. 57th Annual Conference of Forest Products Society, Seattle, WA.

Maruthi Sridhar BB, Diehl SV, Su Y, Monts DL. 2003. Monitoring the internal structure of barley plants subjected to metal phytoremediation. 7th International symposium on insitu and onsite bioremediation,Orlando,FL.

Maruthi Sridhar BB, Diehl SV, Su Y, Monts DL,Han FX. 2003. Phytoremediation of Cr and As contaminated soils using brake fern plants. Southern States Environmental Conference, September 23-25,Biloxi,MS

Maruthi Sridhar BB, Diehl SV, Su Y, Monts DL. 2003. Structural and ultrastructural changes in plants subjected to metal phytoremediation. 7th International symposium on insitu and onsite bioremediation,Orlando,FL.

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.

Maruthi Sridhar BB, Su Y, Monts DL, Diehl SV. 2002. Monitoring leaf reflectance and internal structure of barley during phytoremediation of heavy metals. SSSA annual meetings, Indianapolis, IN.

Su Y, Maruthi Sridhar BB, Monts DL. 2002. Monitoring the process of phytoremediation of metal contaminated soil by Near IR Reflectance spectroscopy,ACS Meeting,Orlando,FL.

Su Y, Maruthi Sridhar BB, Monts DL. 2002. Monitoring the process of phytoremediation of zinc by barley (Hordeum vulgare) using visible and near infrared diffuse reflectance spectrometry. The 9th Biennial International conference on nuclear and hazardous waste management,Reno,NV.

 Su Y, Maruthi Sridhar BB, Han FX, Monts DL, Diehl SV. 2002. Monitoring the impact of heavy metals on plant reflectance and internal leaf structure during phytoremediation process. USEPA – Spectral remote sensing of vegetation Conference,Lasvegas,NV.

RESEARCH GRANTS FUNDED

Maruthi Sridhar BB. (PI). Spatial and temporal modeling of mercury fate and dynamics inEast Tennesseewatersheds. 2014-2016, $199,999, NSF-HBCU-UP.

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)

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)

Maruthi Sridhar BB. (PI). Monitoring agricultural sewage sludge, 2012-2013, $10,860. (Funded – USDA subcontract through University of Toledo) Sub Award No. 10390057-TSU

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)

Vincent RK, Maruthi Sridhar BB. Monitoring agricultural sewage sludge, 2010- 2013, $468,000. (Funded – USDA subcontract through University of Toledo)

Vincent RK, Maruthi Sridhar BB. Monitoring agricultural sewage sludge, 2009- 2012, $101,765. (Funded – USDA subcontract through University of Toledo)

 

 

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