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.
IN THE FIELD!
I am currenty on a 5 week long expedition in the Norwegian High Arctic, make sure you follow all our updates and track our progress by clicking on the link below.
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.
DIRECTOR OF OUTREACH FOR ICCI
My role at International Cryosphere Climate Initiative is to help bridge the gap between cryosphere climate science, policy-makers and society, raising awareness on the importance of the cryosphere and on the urgent need for more ambitious climate action.
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.