HELLO! I’M DR. HEÏDI SEVESTRE

I'm a glaciologist, fellow international of The Explorers Club, working on the dynamics of glaciers in the polar regions. I work in science policy and science outreach and organise several expeditions to cold places every year. Follow my adventures here!

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BIO

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 EXPERIENCE

GLACIOLOGIST

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.

CONSULTANT FOR THE INTERNATIONAL CRYOSPHERE CLIMATE INITIATIVE

I am in charge of coordinating the Burn Right program on the use of wood stoves for domestic heating. This program is in collaboration with the CCAC and UN Environment.

LECTURER

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.

TV HOST

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.

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GLACIERS ON THE MOVE

When Art meets Science to raise awareness on surging glaciers in Svalbard

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CLIMATE SENTINELS

The first clean science expedition to study black carbon in Svalbard.

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THE LAST TROPICAL GLACIERS

Documenting the disappearance of the last tropical glaciers on Earth.

CURRENT PROJECTS

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