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Astrid Ogilvie, 2/13/13

Astrid Ogilvie is a climate and environmental historian and human ecologist. She is a fellow at the Institute of Arctic & Alpine Research, University of Colorado at Boulder and a Senior Affiliate Scientist, Stefansson Arctic Institute in Akureyri, Iceland.

Ogilvie’s overarching career goal is to build bridges between the humanities and the natural sciences in order to foster interdisciplinary cross-fertilization. Her wide-ranging research interests include the human ecology of Arctic and Subarctic regions; the environmental, social, and human history of countries bordering the North Atlantic, in particular Norway, Iceland, Greenland, and Labrador/Newfoundland; studies of sustainability and adaptability in Norway, Iceland and Canada; changing seasonality in the Arctic; the historical climatology of northern Europe and especially Iceland; the reconstruction of variations in the incidence of sea ice off the coasts of Iceland, Newfoundland/Labrador, the Greenland Sea and the Barents Sea; the impact of climate on societies (human dimensions); human and social dynamics in the context of climatic and environmental changes; syntheses of proxy climate records; North Atlantic fisheries history; the Viking period; the medieval literature of Iceland; and the analysis of primary historical texts in English, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish and Danish.She is currently writing a book on documentary records of climate change.


This interview is also available as an audio download (.mp3 – 54.1 MB) or as a video podcast (.m4v – 306.1 MB).

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