Lena Hellmann was born in Augsburg in the south of Germany. Already as a child she was hiking and skiing with her parents in the Alps. She studied geography at the University of Würzburg and moved to Switzerland for her diploma thesis on the anatomical classification of Arctic driftwood at the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL). In the same research group she then started her PhD further exploring the palaeoenvironmental potential of Arctic driftwood as a proxy archive. In Switzerland she fell completely in love with the mountains and spent almost all of her free time doing different mountain sport activities. After finishing her PhD she started a 18 months Postdoc project at the Argentinian Institute of Snow, Ice and Environmental Research (IANIGLA) in Mendoza. There, she intensively explored the fascinating mountains of the Andes with its enormous glaciers.
She will participate as an instructor for Girls on Ice Switzerland for the first time in summer 2018 and is highly motivated to continue working with Inspiring Girls Expeditions and ideally to develop a similar program in Argentina.
Girls on Ice Switzerland Instructor 2018