I received a MSc in meteorology and a PhD in glaciology from Innsbruck University, Austria, in 1995 and 2000, respectively. From 2001-2006, I was a post-doctoral researcher and research scientist at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (Germany) studying polar land-ice using remote sensing and airborne geophysics. Since 2006 I am employed at the University of Canterbury's Centre for Antarctic Studies and Research (Gateway Antarctica) - first as a senior lecturer and then as an associate professor. I teach and research remote sensing and polar glaciology for both land ice and sea ice. For my special interest in the mass balance of the polar cryosphere I spent 17 ﬁeld seasons in the Arctic and Antarctica to collect ground data for satellite validation.