Magda Argueta Guzmán
Ph.D. Candidate in Entomology
at UC, Riverside
I ask theoretical questions regarding how natural communities assemble & why we observe changes in diversity at different geographic scales. To find answers, I use my favorite system of study: Flowers, bees, and their gut microbes!
Jan 2022: I had so much fun writing a SciComm piece related to vulture bees and their gut microbiome! You can find the piece publsihed here.
Feb 2022: Now published online: The role of seasonality and disturbance in bee–plant interactions in semi-arid communities of the southern Chihuahuan desert :D
Most of the bee species don't make hives...
They nest under the ground in brood cells like this one:
Where they encounter many interesting microbes
Some of them potentially good for the larvae development, but some others can be harmful
General skills that my research implies:
Systematic field sampling
Molecular lab work
Ecological & data analyses