Dorota L Porazinska

Dorota L PorazinskaTitle - Courtesy Assistant Professor, Ecologist, Nematologist

Department - Entomology and Nematology

Specialty - Nematode Diversity

Telephone - 954-577-6332

E-mail -

Skype: dorotalpc


  • Ph.D., 1998: Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.
  • M.S., 1994: Institute of Ecology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA.
  • M.S., 1991: Biology and Earth Sciences, University of Nicolaus Copernicus, Torun, Poland.


  • Courtesy Assistant Professor (2002 – ), University of Florida, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Science Teacher (2004 – 2006), Chaminade College Preparatory, Hollywood, FL
  • Scientist (1998 – 2002), Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO


  • 90% Research
  • 10% Extension

Areas of Expertise

  • Nematode diversity
  • Soil ecology
  • High-throughput sequencing

Active Projects

  • Melaleuca quinquenervia - a model system for elucidating belowground mechanisms of plant invasions.
  • Pyrosequencing for Determining Nematode Soil Biodiversity and Abundance
  • Nematodes of the tropical rainforests of Costa Rica

Selected Publications

  • Porazinska DL, Giblin-Davis RM, Powers TO, Farmerie W, Kanzaki N, Morris K, Sung W, and Thomas WK. Evaluating High-Throughput Sequencing as a method for Metagenomic Analysis of Nematode Diversity. Molecular Ecology Resources: 2009
  • Porazinska DL, PD Pratt, and RM Giblin-Davis. 2007. Consequences of Melaleuca quinquenervia invasion on soil nematodes in the Florida Everglades. Journal of Nematology 39:305-312.
  • Porazinska DL, RD Bardgett, MB Blaauw, HW Hunt, AN Parsons, TR Seastedt, and DH Wall. 2003. Relationships at the aboveground-belowground interface: plants, soil biota, and soil processes. Ecological Monographs 73:377-395.
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