Gund Graduate Fellow, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

Ariana was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. When she was 11 years old she moved to the U.S where she quickly learned about her passion for different cultures, and intercultural habits regarding environmental conservation. She graduated from Florida State University (FSU) where she received a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Editing, Writing, and Media minoring in French and International Relations. Ariana has had a wide range of experiences working in the non-profit sector, and educational outreach programs. All of these experiences lead her to be interested in understanding how people formulate their attitudes and how we can impact their behavior which launched her into pursuing degrees in the field of social psychology and the environment.

Ariana completed her Master's Program in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources where she studied the impact and relationships between community supported agriculture, human attitude and behavior. Currently, Ariana is pursuing her PhD at the Rubenstein School where she is researching the implication of weakly held attitudes on management practices of invasive insects. She is also working on deepening the literature of attitude research, attitude strength and attitude measurement. After her PhD she hopes to continue working on theoretical approaches to applicable solutions for environmental problems.

Advisors: Walt Kuentzel and Kimberly Wallin


  • MS, Natural Resources--Environment Society and Public Affairs, University of Vermont
  • BS, Political Science; minor in International Relations, Florida State University
  • BA, Editing, Writing and Media; minor in French, Florida State University