Dr. Bhat’s research focusses economic and policy issues relating to natural resources management, including sustainable development, agriculture, water, coastal and marine resources, and ecosystem services valuation (click here for a Miami Herald article on his work). He has more than 250 research articles, book chapters, publications and presentations. He has received research funding from the US Department of Agriculture, National Science Foundation, National Parks Services, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and private foundations. Dr. Bhat has advised more than 30 graduate students and 150 undergraduate students on their research and independent study projects. He co-founded the FIU Agroecology Program with the aid of over 20 different USDA grant programs (over TEN million in total), which helped train over 400 under-represented students in agricultural and natural resources sciences and prepare them for career and higher education. His USDA-funded grants helped establish a multi-university consortium for training over 150 Hispanic students in South Florida and Puerto Rico. Dr. Bhat co-established the FIU Organic Garden, which serves as a teaching tool in urban and sustainable agriculture. The Garden was designated as a People’s Garden by USDA for having promoted sustainable agriculture education and benefited the FIU student community. He also co-established the nationally acclaimed FIU Veterans and Small Farmers Outreach Program to assist prospective and beginning farmers with establishing viable farming and agri-business operations.
- FIU Faculty Senate Awards for Excellence in Service (2010), Teaching (2014) and Engagement (2016)
- FIU Presidential Award for Excellence (2016)
- FIU Top Scholar Award (2015)
- Professor of the Year Award (by the 2015 Class of Professional Science Master in Environmental Policy and Management)
- Best Course Award (by the 2016 Class of Professional Science Master in Environmental Policy and Management)