Mariela graduated as a Biologist from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Perú. She obtained both her MSc (2010) and PhD (2015) from the University of Florida, U.S.A. Mariela has worked with fishing communities in Perú to raise awareness about the need to protect marine environments and reduce the bycatch of endangered species. Mariela has investigated the foraging ecology of sea turtles populations using a combination of stable isotope analysis and satellite telemetry.
She has also assisted teaching several courses in the Biology Department at the University of Florida, including vertebrate anatomy, animal physiology, and introductory biology. She is currently working at ProDelphinus toward the great objective of conserving marine animals while promoting fishery sustainability.