Online, December 14, 2022 5-6:30 pm Pacific Time (convert to your time zone here)
In this talk, Guzman will present 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 will share research on how crop diversification can support soil health (i.e. via beneficial microbes), pollinator communities (i.e. wild bees), and their interactions. She will also discuss how sociopolitical barriers may attenuate the adaptive capacity of small-scale farmers of color to ecological stressors.