Astrid Ogilvie,Ph.D.


Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado-Boulder




Astrid Ogilvie is a climate and environmental historian and human ecologist. Her 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; the historical climatology of northern Europe; 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; the analysis of primary historical texts (in English, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish and Danish). Although her career has primarily involved research, she developed and taught a course in the Department of Anthropology, University of Colorado, entitled “North Atlantic Peoples and Cultures”. Her service activities have included being on the board of ARCUS for two terms. She is the author of some 100 scientific papers and two edited books, and is currently writing a book on documentary records of climate change. She is a Senior Affiliate Scientist at the Stefansson Arctic Institute, Akureyri, a Fellow of INSTAAR at the University of Colorado, and a Senior Research Fellow at CICERO, NORWAY.