People

***AS OF SUMMER 2017, THIS IS AN OLD SITE. PLEASE VISIT THE NEW GORNISH LAB SITE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA: gornish.arizona.edu ****

Elise S. Gornish

PI: Head of the lab, likes puns.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julea Shaw                                    Guy Kyser

Graduate Student: Julea’s research interests lie in understanding how changes in biodiversity influence ecosystem function, especially in light of increasing pressures on ecosystems from human activity. In the past she has worked on projects examining how factors such as nitrogen deposition, precipitation, and surface rock cover interact to affect annual plant growth in the Sonoran Desert. In addition, she is interested in applying her knowledge to more effectively implement management decisions. Email: juleashaw@yahoo.com.

Guy Kyser is a specialist with the Weed Science Group in UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences. He conducts research on the ecology and management of invasive plants of rangelands and wildlands. Guy is involved in two projects with the Gornish lab, including conducting semi-structured interviews with grassland land managers about invasive plants; and the use of native species seeding for multiple management goals. Email: gbkyser@ucdavis.edu

Research Specialist: Guy Kyser is a specialist with the Weed Science Group in UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences. He conducts research on the ecology and management of invasive plants of rangelands and wildlands. Guy is involved in two projects with the Gornish lab, including conducting semi-structured interviews with grassland land managers about invasive plants; and the use of native species seeding for multiple management goals. Email: gbkyser@ucdavis.edu

 

Breahna Gillespie                                                                       Noah Teller

Breahna is visiting from San Diego State University. She is interested in drought tolerance in plants, fire ecology in chaparral, ecophysiology and water relations. Email: breahnagillespie@gmail.com

Graduate Student: Breahna is visiting from San Diego State University. She is interested in drought tolerance in plants, fire ecology in chaparral, ecophysiology and water relations. Email: breahnagillespie@gmail.com

I am broadly interested in investigating novel strategies and refining existing restoration techniques that improve ecological sequestration of greenhouse gases in working landscapes and wild lands without significantly compromising on traditional restoration goals such as protecting biodiversity and safeguarding ecosystem services. I would like to develop strategies of minimal intervention and disturbance that reduce the use of heavy machinery, herbicides, and chemical inputs to control cost and that are feasible in highly restricted or rugged areas such as designated Wilderness. I hope to orient my research towards informing concrete policies and advocating for interagency and private-public coordinated action to protect the lands we depend on for our survival, quality of life, economy, and culture. Target systems for these goals include grazed lands dominated by invasive annual grasses in California’s lower elevations and forest systems impacted by severe fire in the Sierra Nevada and California Coast ranges. Email: ntell001@ucr.edu

Graduate Student: Noagh is broadly interested in investigating novel strategies and refining existing restoration techniques that improve ecological sequestration of greenhouse gases in working landscapes and wild lands without significantly compromising on traditional restoration goals such as protecting biodiversity and safeguarding ecosystem services. Email: ntell001@ucr.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lab Alumni

Amanda Dechen

Amanda is an exchange student from Brazil. She is studying Environmental Management at the University of Sao Paulo, campus "Luiz de Queiroz", Brazil. Her academic research interests are in conservation of biodiversity, restoration of degraded areas; weeds ecology; effects of human actions on environmental systems; environmental preservation areas; and plants and botanic in general

Visiting Scholar: Amanda is an exchange student from Brazil. She is studying Environmental Management at the University of Sao Paulo, campus “Luiz de Queiroz”, Brazil. Her academic research interests are in conservation of biodiversity, restoration of degraded areas; weeds ecology; effects of human actions on environmental systems; environmental preservation areas; and plants and botanic in general. Email: amandadechen@hotmail.com.

 

 Patricia dos Santos

Patrícia Santos is an exchange student from Brazil at the program Science Without Borders USA. She has a technology degree in Environmental Management from the Higher Institute of Technology, Brazil and she is a degree student of Forestry from the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Currently, she is a noon-degree international student of Forestry from the Southern Illinois University. Her academic research interest are in Restoration of tropical and arid systems; weed ecology; seed dispersal; climate change effects on environmental systems; and plants invasive evolution and management. Email: patricia.gestaoambiental@gmail.com

Visiting Scholar: Patrícia Santos is an exchange student from Brazil at the program Science Without Borders USA.
She has a technology degree in Environmental Management from the Higher Institute of Technology, Brazil and she is a degree student of Forestry from the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Currently, she is a noon-degree international student of Forestry from the Southern Illinois University.
Her academic research interest are in Restoration of tropical and arid systems; weed ecology; seed dispersal; climate change effects on environmental systems; and plants invasive evolution and management. Email: patricia.gestaoambiental@gmail.com