Dr. Yakuta Bhagat

Senior Environmental Scientist

Senior Environmental Scientist

Joining the EnviroScience team in 2017, Yakuta Bhagat, Ph.D., is a senior scientist and technical lead in our Ecological Services practice area. 

Dr. Bhagat earned her Ph.D. from Trent University, Canada, studying the degree of morphological adaptation and genetic variation in invasive fish species from Portugal and Spain. Her post-doctoral fellowship, at Grand Valley State University, Michigan, involved leading and conducting research on fish population modeling, invasive species distribution, and sport fish recruitment dynamics.

Dr. Bhagat has worked in environmental consulting since 2011. Her principal areas of expertise include water quality and habitat assessments, biological community evaluations, ecological risk assessments, NPDES permitting, and toxicological evaluations of sediment, surface water, and groundwater.

Dr. Bhagat has led projects internationally in long-term biomonitoring and biological indicator development, using macroinvertebrate and fish communities, for streams, lakes, and freshwater reservoirs. Her technical expertise in statistical analysis and modeling routinely helps clients in evaluating complex data sets, devising treatment and mitigation plans, and developing strategies for meeting compliance with regulatory standards.

Dr. Bhagat has authored/co-authored over 30 technical publications including articles in peer-reviewed journals. As a project manager, she regularly develops proposals and sampling and analysis plans, in addition to managing budgets and maintaining relationships with clients and regulatory agencies.

Contact Yakuta at: YBhagat @ EnviroScienceinc.com


Few environmental firms in the country retain EnviroScience’s degree of scientific know-how, talent, and capability under one roof. The diverse backgrounds of our biologists, environmental engineers, scientists, and divers enable us to provide comprehensive in-house services and an integrated approach to solving environmental challenges—saving clients time, reducing costs, and ensuring high-quality results.

Our client guarantee is to provide “Excellence in Any Environment” meaning no matter what we do, we will deliver on our Core Values of respect, client advocacy, quality work, accountability, teamwork, and safety. EnviroScience was created with the concept that we could solve complex problems by empowering great people. This concept still holds true today, as our scientists explore the latest in environmental legislation and regulations and incorporate the most up-to-date technology to gather and report data.

EnviroScience expertise includes but is not limited to: aquatic survey (including macroinvertebrate surveys and biological assessments); ecological restoration; ecological services (including impact assessments, invasive species control, and water quality monitoring);  emergency response; engineering and compliance services; endangered mussel surveys; laboratory and analysis; stormwater management; threatened and endangered species; and wetlands and streams (including delineation and mitigation). Further, EnviroScience is one of the few biological firms in the country that is a general member of the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI) and offers full-service commercial diving services.