Dr. Sorna Khakzad

Professor of Environmental Mission
Coastal Resource Management Specialist
International experience:
  • Afghanistan
  • Australia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Estonia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States


Doctor of Philosophy, Coastal Resource Mgmt, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, US
Doctor of Philosophy, Engineering Science, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, BE
Master of Conservation of Monuments and Sites, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, BE
Master of Science, Architecture & Landscape Design, Azad University, Tehran, IR


Dr. Sorna Khakzad's educational background combines heritage conservation and coastal marine conservation with engineering and architecture. As a Maritime Landscape Program Fellow she addressed Native American heritage in the context of coastal and natural resources along the US eastern seaboard. As the research director of a heritage agency in Belgium, she lead a research team to improve marine spatial planning in the Belgian coastal area of the North Sea. She has led nautical archaeology and maritime resource projects for the Belgium government, a UNESCO world heritage site project in Afghanistan, A European Union project along the European shoreline and coastal cities, and a UNESCO project in Paris, France to promote the protection of the world's cultural and natural heritage. Dr. Khakzad has published academic articles in journals and compendiums such as: ACUA Underwater Archaeology Proceeding, Sixth International Congress on Underwater Archaeology, Maritime Archaeology and Historical Society Journal, Journal of Museum Review,  Journal of Marine and Island Cultures, Journal of Heritage Tourism, Journal of Ocean and Coast Management,  International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, Journal of Anthropology and Archaeology, and Journal of Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites.  She has presented at scientific and professional conferences such as: Society for Historical Archaeology, Southeastern Archaeology Conference, Coastal & Estuarine Research Federation Conference, and the North American Society for Oceanic History. She serves actively with Habitat for Humanity and her local church community. She and her family live in Florida.   

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