Helene Hoffmann

Dr Helene Hoffmann


  • Position Fellow Junior Research Fellow
  • Subject areas Earth Sciences Physical Sciences
  • School Physical Sciences
  • Department Earth Sciences, British Antartic Survey
  • Email hmh52@cam.ac.uk

Helene Hoffmann is a Physicist specialising in Environmental Physics and ice core science. She is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Earth Sciences

Helene Hoffmann

Helene completed her doctoral degree in Physics at the Institute of Environmental Physics in Heidelberg, Germany, in 2016. In her doctoral studies she focused on paleoclimate reconstructions from investigations of Alpine glaciers and developed a method for radiocarbon dating of non-polar ice cores. After her graduation she spent fourteen months in Antarctica as part of the 38th overwintering team at the German research base Neumayer III. At the base she was responsible for operation and maintenance of the air chemistry observatory including greenhouse gas concentration monitoring, as well as aerosol studies for atmospheric chemistry analyses and ozone measurements.

For her current project she moved back to paleoclimate studies but stayed with Antarctic research and joined the ERC funded project WACSWAIN (Warm Stability of the West Antarctic ice sheet in the last Interglacial) led by Professor Eric Wolff. Since September 2019 she works as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Earth Sciences in Cambridge.

Helene's current focus in the WACSWAIN project is to setup and run an analytical system for ice core analysis via Laser Ablation Inductively coupled Plasma Mass spectrometry. This innovative method enables to resolve very thin annual layers and to perform chemical analysis of the ice composition in very high depth resolution, down to several tens of micrometres. This is especially important for analysis of very deep and old ice.

In a more general approach she is using many different chemical and physical analysing techniques aiming to decipher past atmospheric conditions from Alpine and Antarctic ice cores. These findings subsequently can help to investigate what could happen to the climate system in a warming future.


What's on

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Daughters and Sons of the Post-Windrush Generation: Reflections and New Directions

22/06/2021 at 15.00

This Windrush day, join us and the Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement for a special panel discussion.

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Art Exhibition Opening: Amikam Toren

29/06/2021 at 17.30

Members of Wolfson are invited to our latest arts exhibition opening event. This is an in-person event with limited capacity, so please make sure to book.

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Foundation Day 2021

30/06/2021 at 18.00

Join President Jane Clarke to toast what makes Wolfson special: its history, achievements and – most of all – its people. Wolfson invites you to celebrate the 56th annual Foundation Day on Wednesday 30 June 2021, 6 to 6.30pm BST (GMT+1).

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Mary Bevan Recital - Leo Appel (violin)

04/07/2021 at 13.30

Every year, Wolfson invites the winner of the Cambridge University Music Society Concerto Competition to the Mary Bevan Recital. 

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Pathway to a sustainable future: Wolfson Who’s who (Fellows-only)

05/07/2021 at 17.00

For the Anniversary Week of the Wolfson Sustainability & Conservation Interdisciplinary Research Hub, a space for views from many disciplines to discuss the pathway towards a sustainable future at Wolfson College