Dr. Ariana Sutton-Grier is an ecosystem ecologist with expertise in wetland ecology and restoration, biodiversity, biogeochemistry, climate change, and ecosystem services. Ariana is a research faculty member at the University of Maryland’s Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center. She is also the Ecosystem Science Adviser for the National Ocean Service at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Ariana holds honors bachelor’s degrees from Oregon State University in Environmental Science and International Studies, as well as a doctoral degree from Duke University in Ecology. Her research interests include the relationships between nature/biodiversity and human health, coastal blue carbon, and natural and nature-based coastal resilience strategies. She gets especially excited about seeking and discovering innovative opportunities to combine science and policy to solve environmental problems and promote ecosystem conservation.
She is a former Smithsonian Fellow and a Science and Technology Policy Fellow for the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Additionally, the Ecological Society of America (ESA) recently selected Ariana as an Early Career Fellow, and one of her papers won the ESA 2016 Innovation in Sustainability Science Award. Ariana served as a member of SESYNC’s Scientific Review Committee.