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!
Sept 2021: I had the fortune of being interviewed by the U.S. National Park Service about my work in the Channel Islands and my journey as a scientist! It was so much fun to do it and I am excited about the final outcome, which you can read here :)
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