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!
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.
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.
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 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!
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.