Mahadev Bhat


Co-Director, Agroecoloby Program
Professor, Department of Earth and Environment

Florida International University

Dr. Bhat’s current research focusses on issues related to economics of coastal resource management, agroecology, human dimension issues of the South Florida environment, payment for environmental services, and spatial economics of natural resources.


  • Economics and human dimension issues of the South Florida environment
  • Sustainable coastal resource management
  • Natural resource economic modeling

Please visit the following link to view Dr. Bhat’s current projects


Bhat, M. G., R. Bhatta, and M. Shumais, “User-based Financing of Environmental Conservation of the Maldivian Atolls: An Application of the Travel Cost Model.”Environmental Economics and Policy Studies, 2011 (under review).

Corrales, J., * G. M. Naja, R. Rivero, F. Miralles and M. Bhat. “Environmental Pollutant Exchange for solving Watershed Water Quality Problems.” Water Research, 2011 (under review).

Bhat, M. G. “Property Rights and Externalities.” In 21st Century Economics: A Reference Handbook, Rhona Free (Editor). Sage Publications, 2010, p. 227-236.

Sheahan, C.,* D. Bray, M. G. Bhat and K. Jayachandran, “Ecological, Economic and Organizational Dimensions of Organic Farming.” Journal of Sustainable Agriculture, 2011 (in press).

Reid-Grant, K. * and M. Bhat, “Financing Marine Protected Areas in Jamaica: An Exploratory Study.” Marine Policy, 33: 128–136, 2009.
Stone, K., M. Bhat, R. Bhatta, A. Mathews, “Factors Influencing Community Participation in Mangroves Restoration: A Contingent Valuation Study.” Ocean & Coastal Management, 51: 476-484, 2008.

Baral, N., R. Gautam, N. Timilsina, M. G. Bhat, “A Contingent Valuation of Critically Endangered White-rumped Vulture Gyps bengalensis in South Asia.” International Journal of Biodiversity Science and Management, 3 (2007): 1-12.

Bhat, M. G. and R. G. Huffaker, “Management of a Transboundary Wildlife Population: A Self-Enforcing Cooperative Agreement with Renegotiation and Variable Transfer Payments.” Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 53 (2007): 54-67.

Bhat, M. G. and R. Bhatta, “Regional Economic Impacts of Limited Entry Fishery Management: An Application of Dynamic Input-Output Model” Environment and Development Economics, 11: 709-728, 2006.

Bhat, M. G. and R. Bhatta. “Mechanization and Technical Interactions in Multi-species Indian Fisheries: Implications for Economic and Biological Sustainability.” Marine Policy, 30: 237-248, 2006..

Bhat, M. G. and R. Bhatta. “Considering Aquacultural Externality in Coastal Land Allocation Decisions in India,” Environmental and Resource Economics, 29(1): 1-20, 2004.

Chandrakanth, M. G., M. G. Bhat, and M. S. Accavva. “Socio-economic Changes and Sacred Groves in South India: Protecting a Community-based Resource Management Institution” Natural Resource Forum, 28(2): 102-111, 2004.

Chandrakanth, M. G., B. Alemu, and M. G. Bhat. “Combating Negative Externalities of Drought: A Study of Groundwater Recharge through Watershed.” Economics and Political Weekly, March 13, 2004: 1164-1170.

Bhat, M. G. and A. Stamatiades. “Institutions, Incentives and Resource Use Conflicts: The Case of Biscayne Bay, Florida.” Population and Environment, Vol. 26(4), 2003.

Bhat, M. G. “Application of Non-Market Valuation to the Florida Keys Marine Reserve Management.” Journal Environmental Management, 67(4): 315-325, 2003.

Alemu, Bisrat, M. G. Chandrakanth, and Mahadev G. Bhat. “Impact of Watershed Development Programme in Augmenting Groundwater Resource in Drought Situation.” In Watershed Management: Issues and Policies for 21st Century K. Palanisami, D. Suresh Kumar and B. Chandrasekaran (Editors). 1st ed. New Delhi: Associated Publishing Company. 2002. pp. 341.

Bhat, M. G. “On Biodiversity Access, Intellectual Property Rights, and Conservation.” Ecological Economics, 29(3): 391-403, 1999.

Bhat, M. G., K. R. Fister and S. M. Lenhart. “An Optimal Control Model for the Surface Runoff Contamination of a Large River Basin.” Natural Resource Modeling, Vol. 12(2): 175-195, 1998.

Bhat, M. G., R. R. Alexander, and B. C. English. “Toward Controlling Nonpoint Source Pollution of Groundwater: A Hierarchical Policy Formulation Game.” Natural Resource Modeling, Vol. 11(4): 1-25, 1998.

Bhatta, R. and M. G. Bhat. “Impacts of Aquaculture on the Management of Estuaries in India.”Environmental Conservation, 25(2): 109-121, 1998. (equal contribution by both the authors)

Bhat, M. G., R. G. Huffaker, and S. M. Lenhart. “Controlling Transboundary Wildlife Damage: Modeling under Alternative Management Scenarios.” Ecological Modeling, 92:215-224, 1996.

Bhat, M. G. “Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights to Biological Resources: Socioeconomic Implications for Developing Countries.” Ecological Economics, 19: 205-217, 1996.

Bhat, M. G., D. E. Ray and B. C. English. “The Flexible Planting Program: Divergent National and Regional Economic Impacts.” International Journal of Public Administration, 18(1): 149-165, 1995.

Bhat, M.G. “Troubled Fur Trade and Implications for Wildlife Damage Management.” Choices(The Magazine of Food, Farm, and Resource Issues of the American Agricultural Economic Association), Fourth Quarter, 1994, p. 37-38.

Bhat, M. G., R. G. Huffaker and S. M. Lenhart. “Controlling Forest Damage by Dispersive Beaver Populations: Centralized Optimal Management Strategy.” Ecological Applications. 3(3):518-530, 1993.

Bhat, M. G., K. C. Hiremath and H. Basavaraj. “An Economic Enquiry into the Adoption of High-Yielding Cereal Varieties in Karnataka.” Prajnan: Journal of Social and Management Sciences, 22(1):37- 48, April-June 1993.

Bhat, M. G. and R. G. Huffaker. “Private Property Rights and Forest Preservation in Karnataka Western Ghats, India: Reply” American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 75(2): 496-498, May 1993. (equal contribution by both the authors)

Huffaker, R. G., M. G. Bhat, and S. M. Lenhart. “Optimal Trapping Strategies for Diffusing Nuisance-Beaver Populations.” Natural Resources Modeling, Vol. 6(1): 71-97, 1992.

Lenhart S. M. and M. G. Bhat. “Application of Distributed Parameter Control Model in Wildlife Damage Control Management.” Mathematical Models and Methods in Applied Sciences, 4(2): 423-439, 1992.

Bhat, M. G. and R. G. Huffaker. “Private Property Rights and Forest Preservation in Karnataka Western Ghats, India.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 73(2): 375-87, May 1991. (equal contribution by both the authors)

Mahadev G. Bhat

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