María Alejandra Ponce de León

María Alejandra Ponce de León
University of California, Davis | UCD · Department of Plant Sciences



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My primary research experience includes monitoring, modeling, and performing statistical analyses of agroecosystem-atmosphere interactions through nitrogen cycling and energy flows.
July 2017 - December 2021
University of California, Davis
Field of study
  • Horticulture and Agronomy
August 2014 - May 2017
Pennsylvania State University
Field of study
  • Agronomy
July 2007 - July 2012


Publications (9)
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Abstract. Despite recent advances in the development of detailed plant radiative transfer models, the large-scale canopy models generally still rely on simplified one-dimensional (1D) radiation models based on assumptions of horizontal homogeneity, including dynamic ecosystem models, crop models, and global circulation models. In an attempt to inco...
Conference Paper
The solar radiation intercepted by plant canopies is a fundamental driver of biophysical processes on Earth's, and thus quantifying such interception is a critical part of understanding and predicting a wide range of processes occurring at the land-atmosphere interface. For practical purposes, fluxes of intercepted radiation are usually estimated u...
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Crop rotations, organic nutrient amendments, reduced tillage practices, and integration of cover crops are practices that have the potential to increase the sustainability of crop production, yet they also impact nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions. Agricultural soil management has been estimated to contribute 79% of the total N2O emissions in the U.S.,...
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The analysis of the physics and socioeconomic characteristics of the district of Santiago de Chocorvos – Huaytará Province – Region of Huancavelica – Peru, has been done with the aim of determine the potentialities for growing quinoa (Chenopodium Quinoa) as a mean of increasing food security in the study area, and improving the quality of life of t...


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