Elise Gornish

jiopark

Biography:

Gornish, an assistant Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of Plant Sciences, specializes in restoration ecology. Gornish completed her Ph.D. in ecology at Florida State University. She was a postdoctoral scholar at UC Davis before joining the faculty in 2015.

Research interests:

Restoration ecology, invasive species management, grassland ecology, population ecology, climate change, natural and working landscapes, hedgerows, grazing, prescribed fire.

Brief overview:

Grasslands in California provide enormous environmental, economic, and social value. However, grassland ecosystems are some of the most degraded in the state. I focus on using integrated approaches to develop and deploy effective restoration and land management strategies in grassland systems.

This broadly involves: 1) investigating the value of different weed management techniques for achieving restoration goals on natural and working landscapes, and 2) testing various restoration strategies for reestablishing plant communities that allow stakeholders to achieve multiple management goals.

Current projects:

  • Identifying bottlenecks to bunchgrass restoration in rangeland systems
  • Using demographic approaches to control invasive annual grasses in California
  • Understanding plant community trajectories after catastrophic wildfire
  • Identifying context dependencies in restoration pretreatment techniques
  • Using functional trait approaches to identify effective restoration candidates
  • Testing restoration strategies to improve forage production after wildfires

 

Updated June 2015

Departments:

Plant Sciences:
Student News

Design It, Build It

Aug 21, 2015 Truscott donation allows landscape architecture students to dig in.

Student News - More Student News…
Research News

UC Davis Receives Unique, $1.5 Million Gift from Aggie Couple

Jul 07, 2016 Michael and Joelle Hurlston have pledged $1.5 million to endow a first-of-its-kind chair position.

Research News - More Research News…
Outreach News

Summer Internships

Jul 28, 2015 CA&ES students and Salinas Valley employers find common ground.

Outreach News - More Outreach News…
Web Editors

Content in this section is managed by Robin DeRieux. If you have any suggestions or need something changed, please contact her at