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Claudia Paez

Graduate Student





  • About

    My name is Claudia Paez, I am from Chile, where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Forest Engineering from Universidad Catolica de Temuco. I worked in the erosivity of the rain in the Metropolitana and 5th region of Chile as my Bachelor Thesis. In 2016, I graduated with a Masters in Science in Forest Pathology at the University of Florida under the supervision of Dr. Jason Smith, investigating the Etiology and Management of a Diplodia blight outbreak on slash pine in Florida. In 2018, I received the Graduate School Preeminence Award (GSPA) in the department of Plant Pathology to pursue my PhD under the supervision of Dr. Matthew Smith and Dr. Jason Smith. My interest and goal during my research program is learn about fungi pathogens and decay fungi, like Armillaria species and Laetiporus persicinus, gain some knowledge and experience with phylogenetic and molecular techniques.

  • Education
    • Ph.D. Plant Pathology, University of Florida
    • M.Sc. Forest Pathology, Minor in Plant Pathology, University of Florida, Dec 2016
    • B.Sc. Forestry Engineering, Universidad Católica de Temuco, Oct 2007
  • Research

    I have worked with different fungal pathogens that affect trees, mainly pine species. Currently I am working with Armillaria species in Southeast of United states and Laetiporus persicinus, I am interested if there is any genetic variation between specimens that affect different hosts and their pathogenicity capability. I am also interested in tree disease diagnostics and management.

  • Publications

    Paez, C., and J.A. Smith. 2017. First report of Diplodia sapinea and Diplodia scrobiculata causing an outbreak of tip blight on slash pine in Florida. In press

    Paez, C., and J.A. Smith. 2017. Biscogniauxia (Hypoxylon) canker or dieback in Trees. UF EDIS. Publication

    Paez, C., E.J. Jokela, M. Smith, and J.A. Smith. 2019. Role of nitrogen on a Diplodia tip blight outbreak in Central Florida. Manuscript in Preparation