Ariela is an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the Directorate for Engineering in the Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport systems (CBET). She has a PhD in Applied Anthropology from Columbia University and her research has looked at the intersections between food, environment, politics, and economy. At NSF she is engaged in a variety of interdisciplinary projects primarily centered on food, energy and water resources. She is interested in the ways environmental engineering and the social sciences can be intertwined to make research on these resources accessible, meaningful, and comprehensive. One example of this is her involvement in CBET’s Citizen Science initiative, where the integration of disciplines is particularly relevant.