Eltahir is a professor in Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the department of civil and environmental engineering. In 2008, he has been elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), an honor granted every year to only 0.1 percent of AGU’s 50,000 members. He developed a theory for how regional-scale vegetation distribution shapes the dynamics of monsoons, and studied the impact of deforestation on the hydrology and climate of the Amazon and West Africa. He explored the connections between natural variability in the Nile flow and the El Niño phenomenon, and demonstrated the potential for using such connections to improve predictability of the Nile floods. His recent work focuses on studying the connections of climate, water and disease (malaria) in Africa.
Originally posted by the amazing Ola Dia, creator of Twitter page: @Sudan_Voices, posted on her blog (http://oladiab.com/2011/05/28/sudanese-who-made-it-big/) who has given me so much hope, inspiration, and makes me proud to be able to call myself Sudanese 😉