Ariana is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage. Her research focuses on the palaeoecology of island and coastal settings through the study of archaeological fish remains. Her priorities have been the development of methods to improve data quality in zooarchaeological research, examining the interaction between humans and prehistoric fisheries, and assessing the role of people in shaping biodiversity and landscapes through time. She has been involved in field- and/or laboratory-based projects across the Pacific, including: American Samoa, Hawaiʻi, Henderson Island, Marquesas Islands, Marshall Islands, and the Tuamotus. Ariana received her PhD from The University of Queensland in 2017.
Currently she is involved in the Lizard Island Archaeological project. As part of this project she is investigating the Holocene Indigenous fishery, specifically the dialogue between people and the local environment and how this shaped culture, landscape dynamics, and biodiversity over millennia. This research aims to provide a deep time perspective relevant to contemporary fisheries management within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.