Doria Gordon

dgordonProfessor / Courtesy Faculty

Ph.D. University of California, Davis, 1989

522 Carr Hall
(352) 392-5949

Research Interests

I am a plant ecologist who focuses on a range of conservation questions. I have worked for the Florida Chapter of The Nature Conservancy since 1990 and am now the Director of Conservation. I am also a Research Associate at Archbold Biological Station, in Highlands County, Florida. I direct the resource management, research, and conservation planning efforts of the Florida Chapter. My research focus includes fire and species restoration in longleaf pine ecosystems, identification and prediction of invasive non-indigenous plant species, impacts of sea level rise on coastal habitats, and rare species biology, demography, and management.

Representative Publications

  • Quinn, L.D., D.R. Gordon, A. Glaser, Deah Lieurance, and S. Luke Flory. 2014. Bioenergy feedstocks at low risk for invasion in the U.S.: A “white list” approach. BioEnergy Research. DOI 10.1007/s12155-014-9503-z. Available at:
  • Geselbracht, L., K. Freeman, E. Kelly, D. Gordon, and A. Birch. 2013. Retrospective analysis and sea level rise modeling of coastal habitat change in Charlotte Harbor to identify restoration and adaptation priorities. Florida Scientist 76: 328–355.
  • Gordon, D.R., S.L. Flory, A.L. Cooper, and S.K. Morris. 2012. Assessing the invasion risk of Eucalyptus in the U.S. using the Australian Weed Risk Assessment. International Journal of Forestry Research Article ID 203768, 7 pages, 2012. doi:10.1155/2012/203768. Available at:
  • Flory, S.L., K.A. Lorenz, D.R. Gordon and L.E. Sollenberger. 2012. Experimental approaches for evaluating the invasion risk of biofuel crops. Environmental Research Letters 7(4) 045904. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/7/4/045904.
  • Gordon, D.R., C.A. Gantz, C.L. Jerde, W.L. Chadderton, R.P. Keller, and P.D. Champion. 2012. Weed Risk Assessment for Aquatic Plants: Modification of a New Zealand system for the United States. PLoS ONE 7(7): e40031. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0040031. Available at:
  • Geselbracht, L., F.E Putz, K. Freeman, E. Kelly, and D.R. Gordon. 2011. Retrospective and prospective model simulations of sea level rise on Gulf of Mexico coastal marshes and forests in Waccasassa Bay, Florida. Climatic Change 107: 35-57. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-011-0084-y.
  • Gordon, D.R. and C.A. Gantz. 2011. Risk assessment for invasiveness differs for aquatic and terrestrial plant species. Biological Invasions 13: 1829-1842. DOI: 10.1007/s10530-011-0002-2.
  • Godefroid, S., C. Piazza, G. Rossi, S. Buord, A. Stevens, R. Aguraiuja, C. Cowell, C.W. Weekley, G. Vogg, J. Iriondo, I. Johnson, B. Dixon, D. Gordon, S. Magnanon, B. Valentin, K. Bjureke, C. Lavergne, R. Koopman, M. Vicens, M. Virevaire, and T. Vanderborght. 2011. How successful are plant reintroductions? Biological Conservation 144: 672-682.
  • Gordon, D.R., K.J. Tancig, D.A. Onderdonk and C.A. Gantz. 2011. Assessing the invasive potential of biofuel species proposed for Florida and the United States using the Australian weed risk assessment. Biomass and Bioenergy 35: 74-79. doi:10.1016/j.biombioe.2010.08.029.
  • Onderdonk, D.A., D.R. Gordon, A.M. Fox, and R.K. Stocker. 2010. Lessons learned from testing the Australian weed risk assessment system: the devil is in the details. Plant Protection Quarterly 25(2): 79-85.
  • Gordon, D.R., B. Mitterdorfer, P.C. Pheloung, S. Ansari, C. Buddenhagen, C. Chimera, C.C. Daehler, W. Dawson, J.S. Denslow, A. LaRosa, T. Nishida, D.A. Onderdonk, F.D. Panetta, P. Pyšek, R.P. Randall, D.M. Richardson, N.J. Tshidada, J.G. Virtue, and P.A. Williams. 2010. Guidance for addressing the Australian Weed Risk Assessment questions. Plant Protection Quarterly 25(2): 56-74.
  • Menges, E.S., R.W. Dolan, R. Pickert, R. Yahr, and D.R. Gordon. 2010. Genetic variation in past and current landscapes: Conservation implications based on six endemic Florida scrub plants. International Journal of Ecology 2010: Article ID 503759, 12 pp. doi:10.1155/2010/503759.
  • Menges, E.S. and D.R. Gordon. 2010. Should mechanical treatments and herbicides be used to manage Florida’s natural areas? A review of their use as fire surrogates or pre-treatments in upland ecosystems across the state. Florida Scientist 73: 147–174. Summary for the Southern Fire Exchange:
  • Slapcinsky, J.L., D.R. Gordon, and E.S. Menges. 2010. Responses of rare plant species to fire across Florida’s fire-adapted communities. Natural Areas Journal 30: 4-19.