Dr. Ronja Reese



Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
T +49 (0)331 288 20798
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam


since 2020
Postdoctoral researcher in the EU Horizon2020 project “Tipping Points in Antarctic Climate Components”

since 2019
Member of the ERA-LAB, FutureLab on “Earth Resilience in the Anthropocene”

since 2019
Member of the Working Group on Ice Dynamics

since 2018
Postdoctoral researcher in the DFG project “On the importance of rapid dynamics for the stability of the Greenland Ice Sheet”

since 2014
Co-developer of the Parallel Ice Sheet Model (PISM)

Scientific Expedition to Antarctica ANT-XXXIII/2 on research vessel Polarstern,
operated by Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research

2016 –2017
COMNAP Antarctic Research Fellowship for visiting the British Antarctic Survey

2014 –2018
PhD in Climate Physics on “The far reach of ice-shelf thinning in Antarctica”
at Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and the University of Potsdam, Germany
scholarship by the Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst and the German Academic Scholarship Foundation

Master of Science in Mathematics
Studies of Mathematics (minor in B.Sc. Psychology)
at Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität Bonn, Germany

At the moment, I'm particularly interested in

  • (in)stability of the Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets
  • ice dynamics in Antarctica and Greenland
  • ice-ocean interactions
  • the role of ice sheets for sea-level projections 
  • ice-shelf buttressing
  • numerical modeling of ice sheets

R. Reese, A. Levermann, T. Albrecht, H. Seroussi, R. Winkelmann
The role of history and strength of the oceanic forcing for sea-level projections from Antarctica with the Parallel Ice Sheet Model
The Cryosphere 14, 3097–3110, 2020.

H. Seroussi, ...R. Reese, et al.
ISMIP6 Antarctica: a multi-model ensemble of the Antarctic ice sheet evolution over the 21st century
The Cryosphere, 14, 3033–3070, 2020.

H. Seroussi,...R. Reese, et al.
initMIP-Antarctica: an ice sheet model initialization experiment of ISMIP6
The Cryosphere 13, 1441-1471, 2019.

R. Reese, R. Winkelmann, G.H. Gudmundsson
Grounding-line flux formula applied as a flux condition in numerical simulations fails for buttressed Antarctic ice streams
The Cryosphere 12, 3229-3242, 2018.

J. Kingslake, R.P. Scherer, T. Albrecht, J. Coenen, R.D. Powell, R. Reese, N. D. Stansell, S. Tulaczyk, M.G. Wearing, P.L. Whitehouse
Extensive retreat and re-advance of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet during the Holocene
Nature 558, 430-434, 2018.

R. Reese, T. Albrecht, M. Mengel, X. Asay-Davis and R. Winkelmann
Antarctic sub-shelf melt rates via PICO
The Cryosphere 12, 1969-1985, 2018.

R. Reese, G.H. Gudmundsson, A. Levermann and R. Winkelmann
The far reach of ice shelf thinning in Antarctica
Nature Climate Change 8, 53-57, 2018.
Highlighted in Nature Climate Change.

Frieler, K., Clark, P. U., He, F., Buizert, C., Reese, R, Ligtenberg, S. R. M., van den Broeke, M. R., Winkelmann, R., Levermann, A.
Consistent Evidence of Increasing Antarctic Accumulation with Warming
Nature Climate Change, 5, 348–352, 2015.



2020/2021 Mentee in the Leibniz Mentoring Program

23.07.2020 "Ice-ocean interactions in Antarctica - What drives future sea-level rise?"
Talk at the Institutskolloqium of the Institute for Environmental Science of the University of Heidelberg

10.06.2020 "Eis, Kipppunkte und Meeresspiegelanstieg"
Talk at Museum für Naturkunde in the Sommerschule Klimawissen

06.2020 Forum for Research into Ice Shelf Processes
Organisation of this year's online format, presentation of own research

02.06.2020 Modellierung der Eisschilde auf Grönland und der Antarktis
Guest lecture in „„Einführung in die Klimamodellierung“ at the Insitute for Physics and Astronomy, University of Potsdam

29.05.2020 Eisschilde auf Grönland und der Antarktis
Guest lecture in „Modellierung erdsystemarer Prozesse“ at the Institute of Environmental Science and Geography, University of Potsdam

2019 Postdoc representative at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

26.11.2019 Input: Klimawandel
Workshop for the Parkaue, Junges Staatstheater Berlin in the scope to inform the development of a theater play about climate change

07.2019 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

10.05.2019 Image of the Week – Kicking the ice’s butt(ressing)
Blog for the Cryospheric Sciences (CR) Division of the European Geosciences Union (EGU)

30.11.2018 Image of the Week – (Un)boxing the melting under the ice shelves
Blog for the Cryospheric Sciences (CR) Division of the European Geosciences Union (EGU)

24.04.2018 Das Eis und der Ozean: Eine Geschichte über die Antarktis
Opening speech at the Science Days of the Bertha von Suttner Gymnasium in Potsdam

2018 Aufbruch in die Antarktis
FAZ-Online blog on the Polarstern Expedition to Antarctica