Ariani Wartenberg is an environmental scientist with experience in both academia and the public sector. Her research and work have focused on human-nature interactions, particularly on the links between deforestation and forest degradation, natural resource management and land-use change in tropical forest frontiers.
Ariani is currently a visiting scholar at University of California Berkeley, where she investigates land-use change dynamics in agricultural contexts and subsequent shifts in ecosystem services across landscapes. She holds a PhD in agroecology from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich, Switzerland, obtained in collaboration with the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) in Bogor, Indonesia. Her PhD research examined plant biodiversity and soil fertility interactions in smallholder cocoa agroforests in Indonesia, and in her thesis work she successfully developed a multidisciplinary approach to evaluate drivers of farm management decisions in a real-world case study.
Prior to her PhD, Ariani obtained a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University. She has worked for several public sector institutions including the World Bank, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the French National Institute for Agronomic Research and the Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management.