HELLO! I’M DR. HEÏDI SEVESTRE
I'm a glaciologist, fellow international of The Explorers Club, working at AMAP, the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme, Working Group to the Arctic Council. I am an avid science communicator and lead several expeditions to cold places every year.
This year I won the inaugural Shackleton Medal for the Protection of the Polar Regions.
There’s one thing you should know about me: I LOVE glaciers. 10 years ago, as I was hiking from Chamonix to Zermatt, a mountain guide told me that it is possible to spend your life studying glaciers, and become a glaciologist. I’ve never looked back. Through my studies and my work I have had the chance to study glaciers all around the world, from the French Alps to Greenland, from the Arctic to Antarctica. Today, I invest my time in science policy and science outreach. I believe researchers like me have the duty to communicate about our work and tell the world about the wonders of the cryosphere and the threats targeting it.
Background & Expertise
My research is mostly field-based, and focuses on glacier dynamics in the Arctic and the structure of ice shelves in Antarctica. I obtained my PhD in October 2015 from the University of Oslo (while being fully based at UNIS in Svalbard) and worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of St Andrews from 2016 to 2017.
Member of the Secretariat of the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme
I have recently joined the team of AMAP, the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme, Working Group to the Arctic Council. I am involved in the Arctic PASSION project (Pan-Arctic Observing System of Systems), SAON (Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks), and all things climate change related! I also take care of AMAP's outreach, making sure that the science our experts produce is accessible to all.
Science outreach is one of my priorities. I believe all scientists have the duty to communicate about their work, especially when climate change needs to be better understood by the general public. I often give public lectures, visit schools and universities, and work on cruise ships travelling to the polar regions. My lectures focus on climate change, glaciers and ice sheets, and the geography of the places we visit.
I have been filming documentaries for National Geographic, BBC, CBC, ZDF, ITV, Time Magazine, France 2, and hosting science documentaries for France 5 and Ushuaia TV.