Alice Hill

Research Affiliate


Alice is a mountain hydrologist and Rutherford Fellow at Aotearoa/New Zealand’s National Institute for Water and Atmosphere (Taihoro Nukurangi/NIWA). She studies how river flows and water supplies will change in a warming world with intensified land use. Her research focuses on watersheds in mountain regions, especially those sourced by snow and ice because they are rapidly changing in the face of climate change, data scarcity, and in awe-inspiring wilderness close to her heart. Alice is also an experienced educator and risk manager with a focus on developing high-performing field teams, having logged hundreds of weeks as a senior field and wilderness medicine instructor for NOLS in remote regions across the world. Alice developed the original iteration of FieldSafe in 2018 as a postdoc at CIRES, and has been involved in its ongoing curriculum and delivery evolution ever since, including as co-PI on the current MOOC project. Alice’s favorite work experiences – and indeed those that have led her to become a scientist – are characterised by managing challenging field environments with a supportive team, fuelling her passion to help create this opportunity for future scientists of all backgrounds.