UGA Griffin Campus

Dr. Chavez’s main area of interest is peach research and extension with a focus on orchard management, tree longevity, irrigation practices, root interaction with tree health, production, and plant breeding and genetics. His main objective is to study plant production based on the plant’s genetic potential, orchard management practices, growing environment, and their interactions. His aim is to identify the optimal interaction of the plant and the environment, having the highest potential of plant production and profit for the growers and the industry.


  • 70% Research
  • 25% Extension
  • 5% Service


  • B.S. Agriculture and Sciences Production, Concentration Horticulture, Pan-American School of Agriculture El Zamorano, 2005
  • M.S. Horticulture, Concentration Plant Breeding and Genetics, University of Florida, 2008
  • Ph.D. Horticulture, Plant Breeding and Genetics, University of Florida, 2013

Summer 2019