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Building Agriculture Resilience From The Ground Up with Dr. Aidee Guzman
December 14, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm PSTCost: Sliding Scale
About the Event
In this talk, Guzman presents her research on how on-farm diversification in an intensively managed landscape can bolster below- to above-ground biodiversity and their interactions on agroecosystems. For this work, Guzman partnered with small-scale farmers implementing diversified farming practices (e.g. increasing crop diversity) but are often invisibilized in the monoculture landscape of California’s San Joaquin Valley. Guzman shares research on how crop diversification can support soil health (i.e. via beneficial microbes), pollinator communities (i.e. wild bees), and their interactions. She also discusses how sociopolitical barriers may attenuate the adaptive capacity of small-scale farmers of color to ecological stressors.
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About Dr. Aidee Guzman
Dr. Aidee Guzman examines agroecological approaches that could harness biodiversity and ecosystem functioning for improved agricultural resilience. Specifically, she studies how agricultural management impacts biotic interactions (e.g. between plants, insects, and microbes) across spatio-temporal scales. The overarching goal of her research program is to support farmers, especially those who are historically underserved, through research, education, and outreach that builds on their innovations and demonstrates ecological pathways to agricultural resilience.