Elise Gornish, PhD

Assistant Restoration Ecology Specialist, School of Natural Resources and the Environment

Founder and Director, EcoRestore

Dr. Gornish’s current research foci include addressing restoration and weed management strategies that mitigate effects of climate change (particularly warming & decreasing precipitation). She also is passionate about designing financially and logistically feasible restoration strategies. Dr. Gornish employs a variety of strategies to facilitate knowledge exchange, including organization of workshops and field days, development of online information portals and best management guidelines, public presentations and a strong social media presence.


  • PhD, Florida State University
  • MS, Florida State University
  • BS, Hunter College, New York