BS, Rice University (ecology and evolutionary biology)
Maria Carolina Simao's research focuses on how urban landscapes affect pollination services within urban gardens. Urban agriculture has been gaining prominence as a way to increase sustainability and access to healthy food within cities, and bees play an important role in the pollination of these gardens. Very urban landscapes tend to cause declines in bee populations, but whether this decline significantly affects pollination services is still not completely understood. Simao's research aims to understand what specific factors of the urban landscape cause declines in bee populations, and what level of decline affects pollination services with urban gardens.