About Doria Gordon

Doria Gordon

Senior Director, Lead Senior Scientist


Areas of expertise:

Natural climate solutions, invasive species risk assessment, biodiversity conservation, fire ecology, restoration ecology


Doria Gordon works in EDF’s Office of the Chief Scientist, with particular focus on terrestrial ecosystems and agriculture. In this role, Doria explores emerging scientific, technical, and environmental issues, and integrates cutting edge science into all of EDF’s work. She also facilitates connections between EDF staff and external scientists with the expertise needed to meet EDF’s goals.

Doria’s research interests include natural climate solutions, including soil carbon sequestration, governance of biotechnology intended for agricultural and environmental uses, forest conservation and restoration, fire ecology, and invasive species risk assessment. In previous roles she has worked collaboratively on multiple conservation issues, from habitat protection prioritization to the impacts of sea level rise on coastal habitats.


Doria came to EDF after spending over two decades with The Nature Conservancy in Florida She is a courtesy Professor of Biology at the University of Florida, and a Research Affiliate of Archbold Biological Station in Lake Placid, Florida.


  • Ph.D. – Biological Ecology 1989; University of California, Davis
  • M.S. – Biological Ecology 1986; University of California, Davis
  • B.A. – Biology and Environmental Studies 1981; Oberlin College, Ohio


Over 100 peer reviewed papers, book and proceedings chapters

DeFries, R., R. Ahuja, J. Friedman, D.R. Gordon, S. P. Hamburg, S. Kerr, J. Mwangi, C. Nouwen, and N. Pandit. 2022. Land management can contribute to net-zero. Science 376 (6598): 1163-1165. https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.abo0613.

Oldfield, E.E., A.J. Eagle, R.L Rubin, J. Rudek, J. Sanderman, and D.R. Gordon. 2021. Realizing the potential of agricultural soil carbon sequestration requires more effective accounting. Science 375 (6586): 1222-1225. https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.abl7991.

Kendig, A.E., S. Canavan, P.J. Anderson, S. L. Flory, L.A. Gettys, D.R. Gordon, B.V. Iannone III, J.M. Kunzer, T. Petri, E.A. Pfingsten, and D. Lieurance. 2021. Scanning the horizon for invasive plant threats to Florida, USA. NeoBiota 74: 129-154.

Gordon, D.R., G. Jaffe, T.M. Gremillion, M. Doane, A. Glaser, M.D. Ho. 2021. Correspondence: Governance of gene editing applications in agriculture and the environment. Nature Biotechnology 39:1055–1057. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41587-021-01023-1

Burgiel, S.W., B. Baumgartner, E. Brister, J. Fisher, D.R. Gordon, B. Novak, M.J. Palmer, P.J. Seddon, and M. Weber. 2021. Exploring the intersections of policy, constituencies, and risk in genetic interventions. Conservation Science and Practice 3: e380. https://conbio.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/csp2.380.

Bracy-Knight, K., P.J. Comer, B.R. Pickard, D.R. Gordon, and T. Toombs. 2021. Including condition into ecological maps changes everything - A study of ecological condition in the conterminous United States. Land 10, 1145. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10111145.

Petri, T., S. Canavan, D.R. Gordon, D.M. Lieurance and S.L. Flory. 2021. Effects of domestication on non-native plant invasion risk. Plant Ecology 222(5), 549-559. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11258-021-01130-8.

Woodard, J.D., B.J. Sherrick, J. Moseley, C. O’Mara, B. Gold, J. Piotti, S. Willett, L. Scarlett, D.R. Gordon, G. Fogel, W.A. Salas, C. Mattson, K.W. Duncanson, R. Blair, F. Yoder, and D.M. Atwood. 2019. Harnessing the power of data to improve agricultural policy and conservation outcomes. Choices 34(3):1-7. http://www.choicesmagazine.org/choices-magazine/submitted-articles/harnessing-the-power-of-data-to-improve-agricultural-policy-and-conservation-outcomes

Offutt, S.E., V.E. Chhatre, J.A. Delborne, S. DiFazio, D.R. Gordon, I. Ibanez, G. Jaffe, M.D. Needham, C. Palmer, J. Romero-Severson, R.R. Sederoff, and D.L. Six. 2019. Forest Health and Biotechnology: Possibilities and Considerations. Committee on the potential for biotechnology to address forest health. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. 202 pp.  https://doi.org/10.17226/25221.