Michelle Rogan-Finnemore


Michelle Rogan-Finnemore
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NationalityUnited States
Alma materBSc in Geology, University of Canterbury
LLB, LLM, University of Pittsburgh
Known forExecutive Secretary of COMNAP
AwardsAntarctic Service Medal Christchurch City Council Civic Award
Scientific career
FieldsGeology Law
InstitutionsCouncil of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP)

Michelle Rogan-Finnemore is a New Zealand-American science administrator, and currently the Executive Secretary of the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programmes (COMNAP) which is the international association which brings together the National Antarctic Programs that make up its members.[1] She is also the namesake of Finnemore Peak.[2]

Early life and education

Rogan-Finnemore completed her BSc (Hons) in Geology from the University of Pittsburgh. She then completed a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and a Master of Laws (LLM) both from the University of Canterbury, NZ.[3] The title of her Masters thesis was “The legal implications of bioprospecting in the Antarctic region.”[4][5]

Career and impact

Rogan-Finnemore was the Manager of Gateway Antarctica, the center for Antarctic Studies and Research, (University of Canterbury)[6] before taking on role of Executive Secretary of COMNAP on July 1, 2009[7] at which point the COMNAP Secretariat moved to Gateway Antarctica at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Rogan-Finnemore has twice wintered in Antarctica with the U.S.A. Antarctic Program, firstly at the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station in 1990 as the team leader for geodesy and seismology observations for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)[8] and secondly at McMurdo Station in 1992. During the second season, Rogan-Finnemore conducted ionospheric studies and satellite observations for the University of Texas. She has also worked in Antarctica over many summer seasons.[9]

She has been a delegate or head of delegation to eleven Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings.[9] She has given talks about being a woman in Antarctica, including at the 2014 IceFest Antarctic Festival in Christchurch, New Zealand.[10]

Awards and honors

In recognition of her Antarctic service, Rogan-Finnmore was awarded the US Antarctic Service Medal twice in both 1990 and 1992.[10] Finnemore Peak was named after her in 2005 by the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names.[2]

In 2014, Rogan-Finnemore received the Christchurch City Council Civic Award for her contributions to Antarctic Science.[9][11] This award was presented by Mayor Lianne Dalziel saying that each recipient of the award represents the highest ideal of citizenship – dedication and outstanding service to others. Mayor Dalziel expressed her gratitude and appreciation to the awardees.[11]


  1. ^ "Contact". www.comnap.aq. Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs. Retrieved June 5, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Finnemore Peak". data.aad.gov.au. New Zealand Gazetteer. September 12, 2005. Retrieved June 6, 2016.
  3. ^ "Michelle Finnemore – People – Gateway Antarctica". anta.canterbury.ac.nz. University of Canterbury. Retrieved June 5, 2016.
  4. ^ Rogan-Finnemore, Michelle (2005). The legal implications of bioprospecting in the Antarctic region: a thesis submitted in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Masters [i.e. Master] in Law (LLM) at the University of Canterbury. New Zealand: Canterbury.
  5. ^ Hemming, Alan D.; Rogan-Finnemore, Michelle (2005). Antarctic Bioprospecting. Christchurch, NZ: Gateway Antarctica Special Publication. ISBN 9780476016477.
  6. ^ "University News – Communications and Development – University of Canterbury – New Zealand". www.comsdev.canterbury.ac.nz. Retrieved June 5, 2016.
  7. ^ "Antarctic research centre moving to Christchurch". www.odt.co.nz. Otago Daily Times Online News. May 26, 2009. Retrieved June 5, 2016.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "South Pole Winter 1990". www.southpolestation.com. Retrieved June 5, 2016.
  9. ^ a b c "COMNAP Open Session I". POLAR 2018. Retrieved March 12, 2020.
  10. ^ a b "Speaker Profiles". nzicefest.co.nz. NZ IceFest. 2014. Retrieved June 5, 2016.
  11. ^ a b Tuesday; November 2014, 18; Council, 12:48 pm Press Release: Christchurch City. "Mayor to present 2014 Civic Award winners | Scoop News". www.scoop.co.nz. Retrieved March 12, 2020.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)

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