Author Archives: saraguitiprado

About saraguitiprado

I'm a Tropical Ecologist, Researcher, and Mother

When tropical research is halted due to Covid 19…

So, I know this post is under the ‘tropical ecology’ tab, which is where this research should be, but unfortunately Covid 19 put a damper on those plans. As a tropical ecologist living in North Carolina, my research plans have … Continue reading

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New tropical research on the horizon!

I’m really happy to say that I’m back to doing research as a Research Assistant in the Youngsteadt Lab. We’re setting up a research project in the Peruvian Amazon, in the city of Puerto Maldonado, where we will study the … Continue reading

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Bullying in academia and the #MeToo movement

We’ve all heard of the #MeToo movement for sexual harassment and assault, where brave people, particularly women, come forward to share their experience. Well, recently I saw that this same movement has been picked up by academics, sharing their experiences as … Continue reading

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National Cacao and Coffee conference in Piura, Peru

Last week I had the honor and pleasure of presenting at the national conference on cacao and coffee organized by INIA in Piura, Peru. It was an intense three-day conference, but it was really great to be able to hear … Continue reading

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New publication on the impact of coffee management practices (shade/sun) on floral traits!

A couple of months ago, I published my second dissertation chapter. Thank goodness it was almost completely ready for submission before I graduated…It’s no joke when your advisers suggest you publish before you move onto your next job! Take a … Continue reading

Posted in Agroecology, Interesting read

Would they ask a man to do that?

I’d heard of sexism in academia and spoken to friends and colleagues about the obstacles they’d faced as women, but I’d been very lucky to not have experienced it myself….until recently that is. Never once had I felt like being … Continue reading

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Graduation, motherhood and a new job

Wow, it’s been about 2 years since I last posted and realized that just now, when checking out the website. These past two years have been super busy. In fall 2017 I found out I was pregnant and due in … Continue reading

Posted in Academic motherhood, New Life Experiences

New publication on sampling bees in tropical forests and agroecosystems!

Just wanted to share this new review paper that some collaborators and I wrote. It’s lengthy, but full of useful information for selecting your sampling method in the tropics. Please feel free to message me, if you have any questions! … Continue reading

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I’m heartbroken, today. I just learned that one of the most amazing professors I’ve had in my career as a student has passed away of brain cancer. His name was Terry Wheeler, and he was an inspiring human being and … Continue reading

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Polen polooza!

Well folks, in case you’re wondering what people do after their field work, here’s an example! All those pollen swabs that I took during the field season need to be analyzed, and the way to do that is to compare … Continue reading

Posted in Agroecology, Something for you