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Ariel Rivers

Ariel Rivers

Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Arizona State University
PO Box 875402
Tempe, AZ 85287-5402


Dr. Rivers holds a dual-title doctorate in entomology and international agriculture and development, and is broadly trained across the agricultural sciences. She served as the Program Manager for the Global Locust Initiative (GLI), an effort housed at ASU with the intent of enabling innovative advances in locust research and management by promoting interdisciplinary systems- and solutions-oriented approaches. Most recently, Dr. Rivers worked as the Postharvest Coordinator for Latin America at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), designing research methodologies for studying grain storage with smallholder farmers, coordinating postharvest research in Mexico and Guatemala, and training farm advisors on postharvest practices. While at CIMMYT, Dr. Rivers had the opportunity to learn from a variety of collaborators.


  • PhD, Entomology and International Agriculture and Development, Pennsylvania State University, 2016
  • Graduate Certificate, College Teaching, Pennsylvania State University, 2015
  • MS, Environmental Studies, San Jose State University, 2009
  • BS, Soil and Water Science, University of California-Davis, 2004


Journal Articles

In Press

Rivers, A. N., C. Mullen and M. E. Barbercheck. Cover crop management alters arthropod community composition and predation in an organically managed reduced tillage cropping system. Environmental Entomology


Rivers, A. N., C. Mullen, J. Wallace and M. Barbercheck. 2017. Cover crop-based reduced tillage system influences Carabidae (Coleoptera) activity, diversity and trophic group during transition to organic production. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems 32(6):538-551. DOI: 10.1017/S1742170516000466. (link )


Rivers, A. N. and N. Verhulst. 2016. Conservation agriculture affects arthropod community composition in a rainfed maize–wheat system in central Mexico. Applied Soil Ecology 100(Apr):81-90. DOI: 10.1016/j.apsoil.2015.12.004. (link )


Hamilton, T. F., J. Jernstroem, R. E. Martinelli, S. R. Kehl, M. Eriksson, R. W. Williams, M. Bielweski, A. N. Rivers, T. A. Brown, S. J. Turney and M. Betti. 2009. Frequency distribution, isotopic composition and physical characterization of plutonium-bearing particles from the Fig-Quince zone on Runit Island, Enewetak Atoll. Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry 282(3):1019-1026. DOI: 10.1007/s10967-009-0237-x. (link )

Magazine Articles


Rivers, A. N. 2017. Uso de polvos como una práctica alternativa para el almacenamiento de granos básicos. Enlace: La revista de la Agricultura de Conservacion. VIII(febrero-marzo No. 36):33-34.

Rivers, A. N., J. Gonzalez Regalado and N. Verhulst. 2017. Tecnologías herméticas y alternativas para disminuir pérdidas de maíz almacenado en México; resultados de cuatro plataformas de poscosecha en el Hub Valles Altos Maíz en 2016. Enlace: La Revista de la Agricultura de Conservación. VIII(Abril-Mayo No. 37):48-52.

Rivers, A. N., J. Gonzalez Regalado, R. Vilchis Ramos, L. Castillo Villaseñor and N. Verhulst. 2017. Potencial de tecnologías herméticas para reducir pérdidas poscosecha por insectos: resultados de módulos poscosecha en 2016. Boletín Enlace. 287. (link )


Rivers, A. N., J. Gonzalez Regalado, M. Reyes Zavala, R. Vilchis Ramos and G. Ramirez Martinez. 2016. Poscosecha de granos básicos en el medio rural. Claridades Agropecuarias. 271:7-10.