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Natasha Blaize Gardiner

PhD Candidate, University of Canterbury

Natasha is a social scientist with a background in psychology, sociology, and Antarctic environmental management. Her research interests include Antarctic governance, Antarctic science-policy dialogues and marine conservation in the Southern Ocean. She is currently a PhD Candidate at Gateway Antarctica, University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Her research is investigating the science-policy interface in an Antarctic context.

Natasha is also a Policy Advisor for New Zealand's National Antarctic Programme, Antarctica New Zealand. In this role, she contributes to New Zealand’s work towards the Committee for Environmental Protection (CEP). She also serves as a steering committee member of Ant-ICON (Integrated Science to Inform Antarctic and Southern Ocean Conservation), which is a Scientific Research Programme under the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR).


  • 2020–present
    PhD Candidate, University of Canterbury
  • 2019–present
    Policy Advisor, Antarctica New Zealand


  • 2019 
    University of Canterbury, Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies
  • 2014 
    University of Otago (completed at University of Glasgow), Bachelor of Arts, Double Major Psychology & Sociology


  • 2022
    Hughes, K. A., Santos, M., Caccavo, J. A., Chignell, S. M., Gardiner, N. B., Gilbert, N., ... & Terauds, A. (2022). Ant-ICON-‘Integrated Science to Inform Antarctic and Southern Ocean Conservation’: a new SCAR Scientific Research Programme. Antarctic Science, 1-10.,
  • 2022
    LaRue, M., Brooks, C., Wege, M., Salas, L., & Gardiner, N. (2022). High‐resolution satellite imagery meets the challenge of monitoring remote marine protected areas in the Antarctic and beyond. Conservation Letters, e12884.,
  • 2020
    Gardiner, N. B. (2020). Marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean: Is the Antarctic Treaty System ready to co-exist with a new United Nations instrument for areas beyond national jurisdiction?. Marine Policy, 122, 104212.,