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Adjunct Senior Research Fellow – Climate Science, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington

Dr Nathanael Melia is a Senior Research Fellow (Adjunct) in Climate Science at the New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute (NZCCRI) at Victoria University of Wellington. He completed his BSc and MSc in Meteorology at the University of Reading. After a brief stint as a military officer in the RAF, he returned to the Meteorology Department at Reading for a PhD with Prof. Ed Hawkins and Keith Hains on opening Arctic sea routes.

In 2016 he moved to Aotearoa New Zealand, with his wife working remotely on his decadal sea ice forecasting postdoctoral research. He worked at the New Zealand Forest Research Institute (Scion) for three years on several climate-related topics, from policy and mitigation to extreme weather events and climate change. Nathanael started at NZCCRI in 2020, working with Prof. Dave Frame on climate change emergence; in 2021, he transferred to an adjunct position while he began Climate Prescience Limited to deliver climate change risk assessments to New Zealand based entities.


  • –present
    Senior Research Fellow, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington


  • 2016 
    The University of Reading, PhD in Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate