Dr. Sandra Guzmán

Irrigation, hydrology, Best Management Practices (BMP’s)

Dr. Sandra Guzmán is an agricultural engineer working as assistant professor at the Indian River Research and Education Center (IRREC) in Fort Pierce, Florida. Her main interest is the implementation of innovative tools for a better use of water resources in agriculture. She is currently leading the smart irrigation and hydrology program at IRREC working in direct contact with citrus producers and stakeholders in Southeast Florida. As she defines: one of the major opportunities for real change is to be working hand to hand with producers in the region. Understand the producer’s challenges in water management and provide effective solutions that adapt to the current technological developments is Guzmán main goal.

To approach these challenges, Guzmán's research and extension programs emphasize providing solutions that include: the implementation of smart devices and sensors for irrigation, artificial intelligence for the forecasting of hydrological variables, and monitoring soil-water-plant interactions.

Guzmán earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in agricultural engineering from Universidad Nacional de Colombia in 2009 and 2011, respectively and received her Ph.D. in biological engineering from Mississippi State University in 2016, with an emphasis in water management and forecasting. Currently, Guzmán works in the simulation of water and nutrient transport from agricultural practices at the field and watershed scale for the upper Floridian aquifer.

Research

  • Simulate crop yield, water and nutrient balances (http://floridanwater.org/modeling/)
  • Apply artificial intelligence to forecast hydrologic variables
  • Develop programs for an efficient use of water, and evaluation of smart irrigation technologies
  • Implement Best Management Practices (BMP’s) in Southeast Florida

Extension

  • Promote educational programs in water use and scheduling for irrigation
  • Incentivize freshwater systems conservation using BMP’s
  • Increase public awareness of water issues

Sandra Guzmán - Assistant Professor