Lena Nicola

Doctoral Researcher

I'm currently working on my PhD with Prof. Dr. Ricarda Winkelmann on short- and long-term effects of extreme events on Antarctic ice dynamics.


Working Group


Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam


In my doctoral project, I want to investigate following research questions:

  • In what way can extreme (climate) events affect the Antarctic Ice Sheet? What are short- and long-term effects?
  • Are there critical thresholds in the frequency, intensity or duration of extreme events which, once transgressed, trigger large-scale dynamic ice loss?

My PhD project is funded by the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes and I also contribute to the Horizon 2020 Project TiPACCs and PROTECT.

  • TiPACCs – Tipping Points in Antarctic Climate Components (EU H2020)
  • PROTECT – Projecting Sea-Level Rise: from Ice Sheets to Local Implications (EU H2020)

  • Tutor in Lecture on Ice dynamics in Greenland and Antarctica, Summer Semester '22, '23 & '24 Department of Physics, University of Potsdam, Germany, with Prof. Dr. Ricarda Winkelmann

Since 2023: Early Career Scientists Representative in EU-H2020 project TiPACCs

Since 2023: Junior Chief Editor of the Journal of the German Society for Polar Research (Polarforschung)

Since 2021: Board member  (and since 2023: Co-Chair) of the German National Committee of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS)

Follow me on Twitter:  @lena_climate , Mastodon: @lenanicola & BlueSky: @lenanicola.bsky.social

EGU Cryosphere Blogpost 3 Reasons to engage in early career networks by M. Muchow, L. Nicola and A. Zuhr  (March 24, 2023)