Elise Gornish

Cooperative Extension Specialist in Ecological Restoration - School of Natural Resources

Adaptation Projects:

  • Trait-based restoration that identifies restoration candidates based on traits that confer resilience to drought
  • Using restoration to address invasive plant management

Selected Adaptation Publications:

  • Hulvey K.D., E. Leger, L.M. Porensky, L.M. Roche, K.E. Veblen, A. Fund, J. Shaw, and E.S. Gornish, in press. Restoration islands: A tool for efficiently restoring dryland ecosystems  Accepted at Restoration Ecology
  • Gornish E.S., E. Brusati, and D. and Johnson, 2016. Practitioner perspectives on using non-native plants for revegetation.  California Agriculture 70: 194-19Harrison S., E.S. Gornish, and S. Copeland, 2015. Climate-driven diversity loss in a grassland community. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 112: 8672-8677.
  • Gornish ES, J.J. James, R.L. Sheley, M.J. Rinella, T. Svecar, S.D. Englund, and Z.T. Aanderud, 2015. Altered snowfall influences early life stage transitions and recruitment of a native and invasive grass in a cold desert. Oecologia, 177: 595 – 606
  • Gornish, E.S., and C. Prather, 2014. Do foliar traits predict how plants respond to warming? A meta analysis. Journal of Vegetation Science, 25: 919 – 927.


  • Ph.D., Ecology, Florida State University, 2013
  • M.S., Ecology, Florida State University, 2009
  • B.S., Conservation Biology, Hunter College, New York, NY, 2006
  • B.S., Business, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2003
  • B.A., English, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2003
Geographic Area
Language Area
Expertise Area
Ecology and Restoration
Natural Resources Management
Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach