Dr. Yakuta Bhagat has over 13 years of experience in the environmental science field, including 6 years of post-Ph.D. experience. She has led research projects internationally, managing projects ranging from water quality assessments and biological monitoring to evaluations of air emissions, sediment, and groundwater. Prior to joining EnviroScience, Dr. Bhagat worked for the Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota on developing fish indicators for the Great Lakes and developing a zoobenthic index for Lake Erie.
Dr. Bhagat earned her Ph.D. from Trent University, Canada studying the degree of morphological adaptation and genetic variation in a highly invasive fish species in Portugal and Spain. Following her graduate studies, Dr. Bhagat completed a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship at Grand Valley State University in Michigan where she led research projects on invasive species distribution, sport fish recruitment dynamics, and fish population assessments through long-term biomonitoring. She later joined an environmental consulting firm in Minnesota where she had the opportunity to work on a diverse array of projects in compliance, assessment and remediation. Dr. Bhagat acquired further international experience, working in Singapore for 18 months, for the National University of Singapore, leading a long-term biomonitoring project on freshwater reservoirs and streams across the country.