Dr. Mahadev G. Bhat
Dr. Mahadev G. Bhat is a Professor of natural resource economics in the Departments of Earth and Environment and Economics at Florida International University. Dr. Bhat’s research focuses economic and policy issues related to natural resources, sustainable development and agriculture. His recent research projects concern non-market valuation of ecosystem services (carbon sequestration, recreation, habitat quality, etc.), water resources management and policy, sustainable agricultural issues. The common theme that spans his research works is the application of ecological-economics approach to environmental problem solving. He has more than 50 refereed publications and 150 technical reports, book chapters and conference presentations. He co-founded the FIU Agroecology Program with the aid of over 20 USDA grant programs (close to TEN million in total), which aims to train under-represented students in agricultural sciences and prepare them for professional career, and also to train veterans and socially-disadvantaged farmers. He has received funding from National Science Foundation, US Department of Agriculture, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and National Parks Service. He has received the University’s Faculty Senate Excellence Awards for Service (2010), Teaching (2014), and Engagement (2016), FIU Top Scholars Award (2015), and FIU Presidential Excellence Award (2016). Dr. Bhat received his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee and a master’s degree from University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, India.
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