Sonya Havens

Research Chemist, IISD-ELA

Dr. Sonya Havens specializes in environmental analytical chemistry and has worked as the Research Chemist at the IISD Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA) since 2014. Her responsibilities include the management of the on-site laboratory at the IISD-ELA research station in Northwestern Ontario, which supports the Long Term Ecological Research Program and whole ecosystem experiments.

Prior to her employment at IISD-ELA, Sonya worked at Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Freshwater Institute as a recipient of a NSERC Visiting Fellowship. She received her doctorate in Environmental Chemistry and Technology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2011 and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering and Science from Clarkson University in 2007. Her doctorate research studied the transport of steroid hormones from confined animal farming operations and her master’s investigated iron biogeochemistry in the Laurentian Great Lakes. 

Sonya’s research has appeared in several peer-reviewed journals, including Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Journal of Environmental Quality, Journal of Agricultural Chemistry and Environment, Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, and Limnology and Oceanography.

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IISD Experimental Lakes Area
Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry and Technology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011
Master of Science in Environmental Science and Engineering, Clarkson University, 2007
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, University of San Francisco, 2003