Natalie Miedema

Natalie was selected to pursue the role of working with Antarctica New Zealand's environmental team on the Crater Hill windfarm in Antarctica, and as an ambassador for the continent.

Natalie grew up on a dairy farm in the Waikato and thrived on farm life. At six years old she went on her first over night tramp and has continued to experience New Zealand's wilderness ever since. Amongst skiing, canoeing, tramping and diving, Natalie has also had the opportunity to sail on board a 10-day Spirit of New Zealand voyage during the summer of 2003. She was also a member of the 11-strong New Zealand contingent to partake in the 3rd APEC Youth Science Festival held in Beijing, China in 2004.

Natalie completed her Master of Science in Earth Sciences and Geochemistry gaining first class honours in her post graduate studies. Over the years Natalie has won a number of awards and scholarships including the Royal Society of New Zealand, James Duncan Science Scholarship at the 2002 Genesis Energy National Science and Technology Fair, the David Johnston Memorial Trust scholarship, Alumni Association Masters Scholarship, University of Waikato Masters Research Scholarship, Science and Engineering Masters Fees Award, and awards at both student and national conferences throughout 2007 and 2008, including the student award for the Geochemistry division of the National Geosciences Conference (2008).

Natalie has worked as an environmental monitoring technician in both council (Auckland Regional Council) and consultancy (SKM) settings and is currently the Senior Tutor within the Earth and Ocean Sciences Department at the University of Waikato. She fosters a real passion for the Antarctic environment believes the opportunity allowed her to share the experience with others and ignite a similar passion for Antarctica within young New Zealanders.