Dr. Bhaskaran Subramanian is from India. He received his BS (Chemistry) and MS (Environmental Chemistry), from India. He came to the United States in 2000 for his Ph.D. in the Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciences program at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. His dissertation was on heavy metal remediation, a topic that is completely unrelated to what he is working on now!
After he graduated, in an effort to earn his stripes, Bhaskar worked as an intern researching shoreline projects and practices that are effective in shoreline protection and erosion control. He visited over 200 living shoreline projects in Maryland and compiled an assessment of the performance and conditions of these projects. He has presented his findings and shared the lessons learned in numerous platforms- panels, meetings, workshops, conferences, etc.
Currently, Bhaskar heads the Shoreline Conservation Service for MD Department of Natural Resources. In his current position, he works with various stakeholders (federal, state, local governments, private sector, and citizens) providing technical assistance for habitat creation/restoration projects. In addition to the technical assistance, Bhaskar also administers Maryland’s zero-interest loan program to implement shoreline restoration projects for private and public projects. He is also assisting Maryland Department of the Environment (State’s regulatory authority) in implementing Maryland's Living Shorelines Law. Bhaskar is constantly working on opportunities to push the envelope on implementing innovative living shoreline projects in Maryland and likes to come up with interesting names for the techniques! In recognizing the crucial role that outreach programs plays in filling the knowledge gap, Bhaskar conducts workshops on living shorelines for various stakeholders to enable and enhance communication between different groups. He also conducts workshops exclusively for the living shoreline professionals (marine contractors, engineers, etc.), who play a pivotal role in implementing environmentally-sensitive projects.