Adriana is a research fellow of the Environment and Development initiative Center for Central America. She has a PhD in Economics with emphasis on Agricultural Economics. Her fields of specialization are applied microeconomics and international trade. After graduating from her program, she worked at as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow applying quantitative methods to the area of environmental economics. She was awarded by the honor society Gamma-Sigma-Delta and her dissertation was nominated as the best doctoral thesis of 2006. Adriana has done research on international trade of agricultural products and on the impact of trade policies on national welfare for Latin America. She has also studied the socioeconomic effects of conservation practices in agriculture and has been invited as a lecturer in Kansas State University, the Universidad de Costa Rica and CATIE. Her current research interests focus on certification, the relationship between agriculture and bioersity and agricultural risk and productivity.