In 2013, Adriana graduated as a marine biologist from Universidad Cientifica del Sur (Lima, Peru). During those five years, she had the opportunity to do an internship at the Galapagos Marine Reserve. In her stay at Galapagos, she learned that scientific research is a powerful tool for marine conservation because we cannot conserve what we do not know. Moreover, while diving in Galapagos she encountered sharks and felt mesmerized by them. Her perception changed from ignorance and fear to admiration, respect and awe. Those brief encounters with the top predators of the ocean represent a landmark event on her life. At her return in Peru, she advocated to the conservation of sharks through research and education.
Adriana has been participating in several research projects about elasmobranchs (sharks and rays) in Peru, such as, taxonomy and identification of elasmobranchs, nursery grounds, trophic ecology and fishery of smooth hammerhead shark (Sphyrna zygaena); trophic ecology of the most caught elasmobranchs species n northern Peru; reproductive biology of smooth hound shark (Mustelus whitneyi); and an analysis of the situation of elasmobranchs in Peru (fishery and conservation). Her goal is to understand the comprehensive life history of shark and rays, including their movement and migration, habitat use, stock structure, age and growth, reproductive biology, as well as, their role in the ecosystem. She also wants to understand the impact that fishery has on their populations. She aims at contributing to the conservation of the marine ecosystem and its top predators, through research and education, particularly in Peru.