Elise Gornish Research Website

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This is an old site as of 1/5/2015. For an updated site, please visit http://gornish.ucdavis.edu/

Elise S. Gornish CV 

Department of Plant Sciences | University of California, Davis
530 – 752 – 6314| egornish@ucdavis.edu | http://elisegornish.webs.com/


EDUCATION

Ph.D.  (2013) Ecology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
M.S.    (2009) Ecology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
B.S.     (2006) Conservation Biology, Hunter College, New York, NY
B.S.     (2003) Business, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
B.A.    (2003) English, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
05/2013 – 12/2014 Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California, Davis
        01/2015 - Present         Assistant Restoration Ecology Specialist in Cooperative
                                                Extension, University of California Davis


PUBLICATIONS
           (Manuscripts in review) 

4)        James JJ, Gornish ES, DiTomaso JM, Davy J, Doran M, Becchetti T, Wilson R, Lile D,
           Laca E. Managing medusahead (Taeniatherum caput-medusae) on rangeland: A meta
           analysis of control efforts and assessment of stakeholder needs. In review a
           Rangeland Ecology & Management
3)    Harrison S, Gornish ES, and  Copeland S. Climate-driven loss of native grassland                    diversity. In revision at Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA
2)        Gornish ES, and Miller TE. Interactive effects of warming, nitrogen addition, and an     invader on an old-field plant community. In review at PLOS One
1)        Ryan W, Gornish ES, Christenson L, Halpern S, Henderson S, LeBuhn G, and Miller    TE. A toolbox for initiating and managing ecological long-term data collections. In
    review at Conservation Biology 

            (Published manuscripts) 

13)       Monge J, and Gornish ES (2015) Mechanisms of facilitation on a barrier island
    Journal of Coastal Research 31: 17-24 pdf
12)      Gornish ES, James JJ, Sheley RL, Rinella MJ, Svejcar T, Englund SD, and Aanderud
            ZT. (2015) Altered snowfall influences early life stage transitions and recruitment of a
            native and invasive grass in a cold desert. Oecologia
 DOI: 10.1007/s00442-014-3180-7
            
pdf    
11)      Gornish ES. (2014) Interactive effects of global change and invasion across levels
           of organization in an old field plant community. AoB PLANTS 6plu061 pdf
10)      Gornish ES. (2014) Demographic effects of warming, elevated soil nitrogen, and
            native community reduction on the colonization of a perennial plant. Population
            Ecology 5: 645-656 pdf
9)        Pastore A, Prather C, Gornish ES, Ryan C, Ellis R, and Miller TE (2014) Testing
            mechanisms of the intermediate disturbance hypothesis in saxicolous lichen
    communities. Ecology 95: 306 - 315 pdf
8)        Gornish ES, and Prather C (2014) Do foliar traits predict how plants respond to
   warming? A meta analysis.  Journal of Vegetation Science 25: 919 - 927 pdf
7)        Gornish ES (2013) Effects of density and fire on the vital rates and population growth
    of a perennial Goldenaster. AoB PLANTS 5: PLT041 pdf
6)        Gornish ES, and Tylianakis J (2013) Plant community response to global climate 
           change at different scales: A review. American Journal of Botany 100: 1-13 pdf
5)        Gornish ES, and Miller TE (2013) Using long-term census data to inform restoration
    methods of coastal dune vegetation.  Estuaries & Coasts 36: 1014 - 1023 pdf
4)        Gornish ES, Hamilton JA, Barberan A, Benito BM, Binzer A, DeMeester JE,
            Gruwez R, Moreira B, Taheri S, Tomiolo S, Vinagre C, Vuarin P, and Weaver J
   (2013) Interdisciplinary climate change collaborations are essential for early-career
   scientists. EOS, Transactions American Geophysical Union 94: 151 pdf
3)        Ibanez I, Gornish ES, Buckley L, Debinski D, Hellmann J, Helmuth B, Latimer
   A, Miller Rushing A, and Uriarte M (2012) Moving forward in global-change ecology:
   capitalizing on natural variability.  Ecology and Evolution 3: 170 - 181 pdf
2)        Gornish ES and Miller TE (2010) Effects of storm frequency on dune vegetation.
   Global Change Biology 16: 2668 - 2675 pdf
1)        Miller TE, Gornish ES, and Buckley H (2010) Climate and coastal dune vegetation:
     disturbance recovery and succession. Plant Ecology 206: 97 - 104 pdf
 

OUTREACH & EXTENSION
·    Advisory roles, including: member of Jepson Prairie advisory committee, board member
     of the California Invasive Plant Council, and member of the UC Davis Invasive
     Annual Grass Collaborative
·    Extension presentations/field days including:  Yolo country hedgerow workshop, ANR
     Program team meeting, Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center field day,  Society
     of Range Management field tour, and UC Davis Weed meetings
·    Co-Organizer of four Symposia, including three  at the Ecological Society of America
      annual meeting: “Alternative approaches to the study of global warming effects on
      natural communities”, “Effect sizes of global change impacts across spatiotemporal
      scales and 
organizational levels”, and “A toolbox for initiating and managing long-term
      data collections”, and one at the Society for Range Management annual meeting:
      “Integrating ecological and socioeconomic factors into restoration decision making and
      outcomes”

 

PRESENTATIONS (38 total, last three years presented here)
12)
      Gornish ES, James JJ. Effects of defoliation and habitat type on Medusahead
   demography. Rustici Rangeland Science Symposium
, poster presentation.
   03/2015
11)     Gornish ES. Seeding and restoration can pay. Livestock symposium, oral presentation.
           02/2015
10)    
Gornish ES, James JJ. The relative importance of biotic and abiotic factors for driving
           restoration outcomes in rangeland systems
. Society for Range Management annual
           meeting, oral presentation
. 01/2015
9)       
Gornish ES. Restoration needs in California wildlands. University of California,
          Davis, invited oral
 presentation. 01/2015
8)      
Gornish ES. Effects of defoliation and habitat type on Medusahead demography.
           University of California, Davis, invited oral
 presentation. 11/2014
7)      
Gornish ES, James JJ, Laca EA. The value of oak woodland habitats as control for
           medusahead
.California Oak Symposium, oral presentation. 11/2014
6)       Gornish ES, James JJ. Effects of defoliation and habitat type on medusahead
           demography. CAL-IPC annual meeting, oral presentation. 10/2014

5)       Gornish ES. Demographic assessment of a native bunchgrass species for rangeland
           restoration in the Great Basin. Ecological Society of America annual meeting, oral                     presentation. 08/2014
4)       Forer B, Gornish ES, James JJ. Effects of defoliation and habitat type on Medusahead
   demography. 
Ecological Society of America annual meeting, poster presentation.
   08/2014
3)       Gornish ES. Interactive effects of increased temperature, nitrogen addition, and an                invader on an old field plant community.  California State University, Northridge,
   invited oral presentation. 2/2014
2)       Gornish ES. Medusahead (Taeniatherum caput-medusae) management on rangeland: A
   quantitative synthesis to guide research and management efforts. Medusahead and
   Barbed Goatgrass forum, SFREC, oral presentation. 11/2013
1)       Gornish ES. Interactive effects of increased temperature, nitrogen addition, and an
           invader on an old field plant community. University of California, Davis, invited
           oral presentation. 10/2013

 

HONORS & AWARDS
07/2013          Postdoctoral Association Travel Grant, UC Davis ($400)                               
2012 - 2013     Margaret Menzel Alumni Endowed Scholarship, Florida State University         ($1,000)
2012 – 2013    Robert K. Godfrey Scholarship Award, Florida State University ($750)
03/2012          Graduate Student Research and Creativity Award, Florida State University ($500)
03/2012          Southeastern Ecology & Evolution Conference Travel Award, Clemson
        University ($100)
10/2011          Ermine M. Owenby Jr. Travel Award, Florida State University ($500)
05/2011          Best student poster (3rd place), Northern Gulf Institute Annual Meeting
2010 – 2011    Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Florida State University ($500)
10/2010          Student Publication Award, Florida State University ($500
07/2010          Plant Population Ecology Student Travel Award, Ecological Society of
   America ($500)
02/2010          Dissertation Research Grant Award, Florida State University ($750)       
08/2009          Long-term Studies Student Travel Award, Ecological Society of America ($300)
2008 – 2009    Robert K. Godfrey Scholarship Award, Florida State University ($1,000)            
2008 – 2010    National Estuarine Research Reserve Graduate Research Fellowship, National
        Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ($57,648)                                
05/2008         Conference Travel Award, Florida Native Plant Society ($175) 


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
California Society for Ecological Restoration
California Invasive Plant Council
California Native Plant Society
California Native Grasslands Association
        Society for Range Management
Ecological Society of America


SERVICE
·     Committee member, Women in Science Group, University of California, Davis
·     Search committee chair for the Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center Rangeland         Restoration Academic Coordinator I (AP #14-15) position
·     Editor, AoB PLANTS special issue. “Scaling effects regulating plant response to global
      change”
·     High School Botany Mentor, PlantingScience.org
·     Peer reviewer for American Journal of Botany; Annals of Botany; AoB PLANTS; Biological
       Invasions; Ecology; Ecosphere; Invasive Plant Science and Management; Journal of Applied
       Ecology; Journal of Coastal Research; Journal of 
Ecosystem & Ecography; Journal of Vegetation
       Science;
 Plant Ecology; and PLOS ONE