Hugues Lantuit is fascinated by the raw and remote landscapes of the Artic. He has spent much of his career studying the evolution of coastal landscapes in the region and is especially interested in understanding the impact the erosion of permafrost coastal systems has on the environment and the lives of local communities. His field work has focused on the Inuvialuit settlement region in western Canada, and over the years his approach to his research has developed to not only embrace multiple aspects of coastal changes in the Arctic, but also engage these local communities. This transdisciplinary approach has helped shape new partnerships in the Arctic region.
Hugues started his studies in France and Canada before completing a Ph.D. in geosciences at the University of Potsdam in Germany. He is now leader of the Arctic coastal erosion research group at the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) and professor for geomorphology of polar coasts at the University of Potsdam. He has led many expeditions to the Artic, and has coordinated several large-scale projects related to permafrost thaw and the vulnerability of the Arctic coast. He is a keen mentor of early career scientists and is co-founder of two large networks that bring together a total of more than 5000 young researchers in the polar science community.