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.