Heidi Sevestre


Heidi is a research fellow in glaciology at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. She was recently awarded her PhD by the University of Oslo, although she spent the 4 years of her thesis living and working on the archipelago of Svalbard, in the Norwegian Arctic. Her passion for glaciers stems from her childhood spent hiking up and down mountains in the French Alps. Before focusing on glaciology, her studies in geography and geology would take her to Annecy (France) and Aberystwyth (Wales, UK).

In addition to a multitude of field campaigns in Svalbard, Heidi has led and joined expeditions in Greenland, the Nepalese Himalayas, Alaska, Iceland and Antarctica. She describes herself has a field glaciologist, with a particular interest in glacier dynamics. Her work on the calving and surging glaciers of Svalbard aims to improve our understanding of the contribution that glaciers make to sea level rise.

Heidi is always keen on sharing her experience of the Arctic, and she has an infectious enthusiasm and passion for sharing her knowledge about ice and rocks.

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