Caterina joined the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources as Assistant Professor in Forest Pathology in August 2016. In addition to her appointment with the Warnell School, she is also to the Co-Director of the Southern Pine Health Research Cooperative, and is Adjunct Assistant Professor in both the Department of Plant Pathology and the Department of Plant Biology, University of Georgia.
Since the beginning of her studies in Forest Sciences, dealing with interactions among organisms has been her main scientific interest, and for this reason she has often worked in the overlapping zone between forest pathology and entomology, with a particular attention to the tree’s point of view. To that end, she have used an interdisciplinary approach that involves ecological, metabolomic, and molecular analyses. Her work focuses mainly on symbioses between bark beetles and Ophiostomatoid fungi, and on tree defense mechanisms.
Caterina has a B.S. in Forest and Environmental Sciences and a M.S. in Plant Health Sciences and Technologies, both from the University of Florence (Italy). She received her Ph.D. in Crop Science, Plant Protection Curriculum from the University of Padua (Italy), and did her postdoctoral work at the Ohio State University, Department of Plant Pathology.
On her free time, she loves traveling around the world, singing, dancing, and good food.