Paulina F. Puchi is a forest ecologist with a background in ecohydrology, dendrochronology and quantitative wood anatomy. Her research has focus on a better understanding of how trees are adapting to climatic variability and extreme climatic events. She has implemented novel techniques such as retrospective quantification of wood anatomical traits (i.e lumen area, cell wall thickness) and stable isotopes analysis to unravel the mechanism that trees performed during drought at long-time scales.
Paulina received her bachelor’s degree from Universidad Austral de Chile (Valdivia, Chile) in Conservation of Natural Resources Engineering, and her Ph.D. from the University of Padua (Legnaro, Italy) in Land, Environment, Resources, and Health. In 2016, beforehand she started her Ph.D., she spent one year at the University of La Republica (Montevideo, Uruguay) in the Faculty of Sciences teaching dendrochronology to professors and students. After she finished her Ph.D., she was awarded by the Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry (University of Padua) with a Postdoctoral Fellowship for studying eddy covariance series and woody biomass to investigate carbon sink activity in conifer stands. Currently, she has a postdoctoral position at CNR Institute of Bioeconomy (CNR-IBE) and Institute for Agricultural and Forestry Systems in the Mediterranean (CNR-ISAFOM) to perform modeling and analysis of carbon and water dynamics in forest and pasture systems in response to water stress.