©2019 BY DR. HEÏDI SEVESTRE.

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!

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 am currently the host of the series "Extreme Earth" produced by Pernel Media for TV channel France 5. The documentaries focus on how science helps populations deal with extreme and threatening natural environments. We have filmed in Chile and Iceland, and season 2 is in prep!

EDUCATION

BSC IN PHYSICAL GEGRAPHY

September 2006 - June 2009

Universite Lyon III (France) Thesis: Reconstruction of the dynamics of Trient Glacier, Swiss Alps, since the LIA.
Supervision by Professor Henry Rougier, Professor Jacques Ehinger, Dr. Luc Moreau.

 MSC IN GLACIOLOGY

August 2009 - October 2010

Aberystwyth University (UK)
Thesis: Post-surge dynamics of the Khurdopin glacier, Karakoram Himalayas. 
Supervision by Dr. Duncan Quincey, Professor Michael Hambrey.

PHD IN GLACIOLOGY

October 2011-October 2015

University Centre in Svalbard (Norway)
Thesis: Surge-type glaciers: controls, processes and distribution.
Supervision by Professor Doug Benn, Professor Jon Ove Hagen.

CURRENT PROJECTS

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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.

LET’S CONNECT

Svalbard - Jan Mayen - Greenland

July 30, 2019

The Best Classroom in the World

March 28, 2019

Happy new year!

January 1, 2019

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