Dr. Sandra Guzmán, Assistant Professor
Research: Agricultural Engineering
Dr. Guzmán's research program is “all about water especially for agriculture”. Her program employs the latest technologies for water management focusing on citrus production. For example, there is a big potential for implementing smart irrigation and machine learning techniques to manage tree health in Florida. One of Dr. Guzmán’s program priorities is to evaluate and generate solutions for our current conditions across the region. “In order to come back as leaders in the production of grapefruit and, at the same time, maintain the quality of our fresh waters, we need to better understand the complex soil-plant water-environmental interactions in Florida so we can generate innovative water management practices”, says Guzmán. In collaboration with scientists at the Indian River Research and Education Center (IRREC), she plans to assess impacts of agriculture on water resources from multiple perspectives and propose alternatives based on scenarios of projected environmental changes.
Before her appointment with IRREC, Dr. Guzmán worked with the Floridan Aquifer Collaborative Engagement for Sustainability group as a postdoctoral fellow at Auburn University. Leading the group is Dr. Wendy D. Graham, director of the UF Water Institute. Dr. Guzmán worked on modeling watershed and farm scale water and nutrient transport in the lower Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin. Dr. Guzmán and the collaborating scientists engage with local stakeholders such as crop producers and water managers to develope scenarios to improve their models and to develop sustainable solutions to water issues.