Natalie Kruse is an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies in the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. Kruse holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering and Geosciences from Newcastle University, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering with a minor in Geological Sciences from Ohio University. She completed her post-doctoral research for the Sir Joseph Swan Institute for Energy Research at Newcastle University. A winner of the British Marshall Scholarship, Kruse won the Best Paper award from Mine Water and the Environment in 2009. She also won the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and the Morris K. Udall Scholarship. Alongside her collaborators, Kruse has completed research funded by the American Electric Power Foundation, the US Department of Energy, the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America, the UK Coal Authority, the European Union and Coal India with a focus on mining, oil and gas and industrial water pollution.