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Natasha Blaize Gardiner

PhD Candidate, University of Canterbury

Natasha is an early-career 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 as an Environmental Advisor for New Zealand's National Antarctic Programme. 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).

Natasha is a member of the Science-Policy Expert Group for the New Zealand Antarctic Science Platform (ASP). The ASP was established in 2018 when the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment invested NZ$49 in a programme of Antarctic research over seven years. The purpose of the Expert Group is to understand, facilitate and enhance the science-policy discourse and maximise the utility of ASP research.


  • –present
    Environmental Advisor , Antarctica New Zealand
  • –present
    PhD Candidate , University of Canterbury


    University of Canterbury , Antarctic Studies


  • 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.,