Katja Riedel grew up in Germany where she studied and completed a Phd in Atmospheric Chemistry at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research. For her research she overwintered 1997 at the German Antarctic Base Neumayer where she was responsible for the Atmospheric Observatory. Since then she has been on several scientific expeditions to Antarctica, for example measuring ozone at Scott Base and drilling ice cores at Law Dome and in the Dry Valleys.
In 2001 the great outdoors drew her to New Zealand which she now calls home. For over 12 years she worked as a scientist at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research in Wellington. Her main research interests were greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and in ice cores. Since 2013 she works as freelance guide, science journalist and photographer.
Life is an adventure for Katja and whenever she can she travels, hikes, cycles, sea-kayaks and skis to the remote and beautiful places on earth.