Dr. Maruthi Sridhar Balaji Bhaskar
Department: Environmental Science
Phone: 713-313-1388
Email: bhaskarm@tsu.edu
Office: 303C NSB
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,MississippiState, 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 Science, 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.

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 (48): Book Chapters (2), Refereed Journal Articles (17), Conference Abstracts (24), Non-refereed papers (5).

 BOOK CHAPTERS

Nagler, P., B.B. Maruthi Sridhar, A.D. Olsson and E. Glenn. 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, B.B, and R.K. Vincent. 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, B.B., R.K. Vincent and K. Czajkowski. 2011. Application of Remote Sensing and Spectral Reflectance to Monitor the Biosolid and Manure Application in Agricultural Fields. Journal of Environmental Quality (In Preparation)

Tangestani, M.H., L. Jaffari, R.K. Vincent and B.B. Maruthi Sridhar. 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, B.B., R.K. Vincent, S.J. Robertsand K. Czajkowski. 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, B.B., R.K. Vincent, W.B. Clapaham, J. Osterberg, C.M.U. Neale, D.R. Watts, and S.I. Sritharan. 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.

Maruthi Sridhar, B.B. and R.K. Vincent. 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, B.B., R.K. Vincent, J.D. Witter and A.J. Spongberg. 2009. Mapping the total phosphorus concentration of surface soils using LANDSAT TM data. Science of the Total Environment 47: 2894-2899.

Su, Y., Han, F.X., B.B. Maruthi Sridhar and D.L. Monts. 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, B.B., T.L. Chapin, R.K. Vincent, M.J. Axe and J.P. Frizado. 2008. Identifying the effects of different construction practices on the spectral characteristics of concrete. Cement and Concrete Research 38: 538-542.

Maruthi Sridhar, B.B., F.X. Han, S.V. Diehl, D.L. Monts and Y. Su. 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, B.B and R. K. Vincent. 2007. In situ spectral reflectance measurements of a Microcystis bloom inKlamath Lake,Oregon. Journal ofGreat Lakes Research 33: 279-284.

Su, Y., B.B. Maruthi Sridhar., F.X. Han, S.V. Diehl and D.L. Monts. 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, B.B., F.X. Han, D.L. Monts, S.V. Diehl and Y.Su. 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, B.B., F.X. Han, S.V. Diehl, D.L. Monts and Y. Su. 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, F.X., W.D. Patterson, Y. Xia, B.B. Maruthi Sridhar and 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, B.B., S. V. Diehl, F.X. Han, D.L. Monts andY. Su. 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, F.X., B.B. Maruthi Sridhar and D.L. Monts. 2005. Phytotoxicity and phyto accumulation of trivalent and hexavalent chromium in Brake fern. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 24 (8): 2019-2026.

Han, F.X., Y. Su, B.B. Maruthi Sridhar and D.L. Monts. 2004. Distribution and bioavailability of trivalent and hexavalent chromium in contaminated soil. Plant and Soil. 265:243-252.

Han, F.X., B.B. Maruthi Sridhar, D.L. Monts and Y. Su. 2004. Phytoavailability and toxicity of trivalent and hexavalent chromium to Brassica juncea L. Czern. New Phytologist, 162: 489-499.

PUBLISHED CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

Su, Y., B.B. Maruthi Sridhar, F.X. Han, D.L. Monts and S.V. Diehl. 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, D.L., Y. Su, F.X. Han, B.B. Maruthi Sridhar, C.A. Waggoner, and M.J. Plodinec. 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, B.B., S.V. Diehl, Y. Su, D.L. Monts andF.X. Han. 2003. Monitoring structural changes in plants during phytoremediation of Cr and As contaminated soils. Proceedings of Southeastern Microscopic Society Conference,Columbia,SC.

Maruthi Sridhar, B.B., S.V. Diehl, Y. Su and D.L. Monts. 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., B.B. Maruthi Sridhar and D.L. Monts. 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, B.B and R. K. Vincent. 2010. Remote sensing of evapotranspiration using Landsat TM data. Remote Sensing and Hydrology 2010 Symposium September 27-30, Jackson Hole, WY.

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

Maruthi Sridhar, B.B., Robert K. Vincent, Subramania I. Sritharan, Doyle R. Watts and John Osterberg. 2009. Mapping the invasive Tamarix plant species using LANDSAT data. Ecological Society ofAmerica (ESA) Conference, August 2-7,Albuquerque,NM.

Maruthi Sridhar, B.B and R. K. Vincent. 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, B.B., Robert K. Vincent, Pete Clapham, David Eckhardt, Christopher Neale, John Osterberg, Doyle Watts and Subramania I. Sritharan. 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, B.B. andR.K. Vincent. 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, B.B. and R.K. Vincent. 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, M. D, B. B. Maruthi Sridhar, R.K. Vincent and H. J. Michaels. 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, B.B., F.X. Han, S.V. Diehl, D.L. Monts and Y. Su. 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, B.B., S.V. Diehl, Y. Su, D.L. Montsand F.X. Han. 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, B.B., F.X. Han, S.V. Diehl, D.L. Monts and Y. Su. 2004. Discrimination of chromium phytotoxicity to plants using hyperspectral reflectance. SSSA annual meetings, November 1-4, Seattle, WA.

Maruthi Sridhar, B.B., S.V. Diehl, Y. Su, D.L. Montsand F.X. Han. 2003. Changes in anatomical characters of plants subjected to heavy metal contamination. SSSA annual meetings, November 2-6, Denver, CO

Maruthi Sridhar, B.B., S.V. Diehl, Y. Su, D.L. Montsand F.X. Han. 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, B.B., Y. Su, S.V. Diehl and D.L. Monts. 2003. Monitoring the internal structure of barley plants subjected to metal phytoremediation. 7th International symposium on insitu and onsite bioremediation, Orlando, FL.

Maruthi Sridhar, B.B., Y. Su, D.L. Monts, S.V. Diehl and F.X. Han. 2003. Phytoremediation of Cr and As contaminated soils using brake fern plants. Southern States Environmental Conference, September 23-25,Biloxi,MS

Maruthi Sridhar, B.B., Y. Su, S.V. Diehl and D.L. Monts. 2003. Structural and ultrastructural changes in plants subjected to metal phytoremediation. 7th International symposium on insitu and onsite bioremediation,Orlando,FL.

Maruthi Sridhar, B.B., S.V. Diehl, Y. Su, D.L. Monts andF.X. Han. 2003. Monitoring structural changes in plants during phytoremediation of Cr and As contaminated soils. Proceedings of Southeastern Microscopic Society Conference,Columbia,SC.

Maruthi Sridhar, B.B., Y. Su, D.L. Monts and S.V. Diehl. 2002. Monitoring leaf reflectance and internal structure of barley during phytoremediation of heavy metals. SSSA annual meetings, Indianapolis, IN.

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

Su, Y., B.B. Maruthi Sridhar and D.L. Monts. 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., B.B. Maruthi Sridhar, F.X. Han, D.L. Monts and S.V. Diehl. 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.

 

R.K. Vincent and B. B. Maruthi Sridhar. Calibration and Validation of Remote Sensing Data for the Lower Colorado River Region, 2007-2011, $56,000. (Funded – USBR subcontract through Central State University)

R.K. Vincent and B. B. Maruthi Sridhar. Monitoring Agricultural Sewage Sludge, 2010- 2013, $468,000. (Funded – USDA subcontract through University of Toledo)

R.K. Vincent and B. B. Maruthi Sridhar. Monitoring Agricultural Sewage Sludge, 2009- 2012, $101,765. (Funded – USDA subcontract through University of Toledo)

 

 

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