Doria Gordon is a lead senior scientist in the Office of the Chief Scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). In addition, she is a courtesy professor of biology at the University of Florida and a research associate at Archbold Biological Station near Lake Placid, Florida. Her research interests include forest restoration, fire ecology, and invasive species risk assessment. Prior to EDF, she spent 25 years working in science, conservation, and management for The Nature Conservancy in Florida.
Gordon was appointed to an expert committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), which published Forest Health and Biotechnology (2019). She has conducted substantial research on the restoration of forested ecosystems, from blue oak woodlands in California to longleaf pine systems in Florida. She has also developed and evaluated risk-assessment tools for predicting invasiveness in plant species and has co-authored two chapters in a U.S. Forest Service assessment of invasion and forest health. Dr. Gordon completed an M.S. and Ph.D. in ecology at the University of California, Davis, following an undergraduate degree in biology and environmental studies at Oberlin College.