Sonya Margarethe Ahamed, PhD

An avid proponent of experiential learning, Sonya brings 17 years of international experience in environmental data analysis, energy research, and complex systems to her role at SIT Study Abroad. She holds a doctorate in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont, where she was a PhD Fellow in the National Science Foundation’s multidisciplinary program “Smart Grid – Technology, Human Behavior and Policy” and a visiting professional at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Her doctoral research examined hydraulic fracturing in the Denver Region, hydropower in Eeyou Istchee/Northern Quebec, and analyzed the global fossil fuel production network. Sonya also spent a decade as a researcher at the Center for International Earth Science Information Network at The Earth Institute at Columbia University, where she was one of the Principal Investigators for a project to digitally map soil properties worldwide, focusing on Africa South of the Sahara. She has taught courses, mentored students, facilitated, and lectured in energy systems transitions, race and culture in natural resources, the food-energy-water nexus, offshore wind, and deforestation linked to big hydro, among other topics. Sonya is currently investigating the impacts of COVID-19 on energy, water, and food consumption at Michigan Technological University. She has a lifelong fascination with the concept of energy in its multiple and varied manifestations and prizes the opportunity to think about the implications of energy systems together with students in real-world settings.

Sonya Margarethe Ahamed, PhD

SIT Study Abroad

Academic Director

ICELAND: Renewable Energy, Technology, and Resource Economics

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ICELAND: Renewable Energy, Technology, and Resource Economics

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