Ana Konestra gained her MA at the University of Udine (Italy), and PhD at the University of Zadar, with a topic regarding import of early Roman italic fine wares to northern Liburnia and connected cultural practices. Since 2012 she is employed at the Institute of Archaeology, continuing her research on pottery through the collaboration on two research grants (Ministry of science, education and sport, and Croatian science foundation’s project RED, lead by dr G. Lipovac Vrkljan), and in particular dealing with pottery production and distribution on the northern Adriatic by applying multidisciplinary methods and in correlation to productive landscapes. Archaeological landscapes are her research focus in the recent period as well, through research conducted in collaboration with Cardinal Stefan Wyszynsky University in Warsaw and Croatian partners, in particular on the island of Rab, and lately in the hinterland of Šibenik (with the Šibenik city museum), through field reconnaissance and the application of numerous non-destructive research techniques and interdisciplinary analytical methods. Along with developing landscape archaeology research, a part of her work is devoted to understanding late Antique rural contexts of Istria and the Kvarner, especially in the framework of excavations at Tar (in collaboration with the Poreč heritage museum and the University of Bologna). As a collaborator of a Polish science centre grant (ID: 2020/37/B/HS3/02458, directed by dr. hab. F. Welc, prof. UKSW) her future work will focus on archaeological landscapes, that is environmental change and settlement structure of late Antique rural areas of the eastern Adriatic. Her ceramological research will, on the other hand, continue through the collaboration on a Croatian science foundation project devoted to the understanding of relations between the Greeks and autochthonous population on the island of Hvar (AdriaCos, UIP-2020-02-2419 , lead by dr. M. Ugarković). As an external collaborator to various international and Croatian institutions and research groups in the upcoming period she will be working on Roman finds from various sites on the eastern Adriatic.
Her international research experience started as external collaborator to project R.I.M.E.M (University of Macertata, prof. Umberto Moscatelli) and continued through scholarships at the École Française de Rome, research stays at the University of Bologna and Cardinal Stefan Wyszynsky University in Warsaw. Along with participating to numerous international and domestic congresses and round tables, she co-organised several international conferences, workshops and a summer school, and co-edited several proceedings and monographic publications. Through various public lectures, exhibitions and in particular by collaborating in the creation of recreational educational paths within the "Rab Arcaheological Traces" project she actively disseminates her research results to the wider public.