Aidee Guzman

Aidee Guzman  Aidee’s Page

I am broadly interested in the social and ecological aspects of agriculture. Farm management practices may benefit or inhibit ecological processes and biodiversity. At the same time, farming practices are driven by social and economic considerations—from market trends to labor. Specifically, I am interested in the role that diversified farming practices have on below to above ground ecological processes. While aboveground floral visitors provide pollination services to plants, belowground arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) can enhance nutrient quality and production of floral resources. I am exploring farm management practices that promote ecological diversification above (e.g. polycultures) and below (e.g. soil microbial community) that could enhance the quality and quantity of floral rewards and increase pollinator visitation on crops. These combined effects could have indirect and direct beneficial impacts on crop yields and pollinator community composition.

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at the University of California Berkeley