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Vermont Technical Assistance

  • Donna ParrishLake Champlain Fisheries Strategic Planning Committee (September 2018 - Present)
  • Terri DonovanFor the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, serve as a member of Department's "Deep Thought" Committee. The goal of this committee is to serve as a resource that fosters the use of good science to achieve the Department’s mission, by:
    - Helping with design of new projects
    - Reviewing data for legacy projects
    - Providing critical review of existing projects
    - Providing training and educational opportunities

    (February 2018 - Present)
  • Donna ParrishVermont Fish and Wildlife Congress

    Participation requested by Commissioner of the agency. (October 2016 - October 2016)
  • Terri DonovanUndergraduate honors thesis committee. Aswini Cherukuri. Developing a Monitoring Protocol for Least Bitterns (Ixobrychus exilis) in Vermont: Detection Probability and Occupancy Modeling. University of Vermont Honors Thesis. Burlington, VT. May 2016. (January 2016 - May 2016)
  • Donna ParrishOrganized Intro to R Using Fisheries Examples Workshop for Vermont and USFWS fisheries biologists and Rubenstein School faculty and graduate students. The number of participants were 24 and 15 of those were from VTFW and USFWS. (March 2014 - March 2014)
  • Terri DonovanTenure review. University of Wisconsin, Madison (March 2014 - March 2014)
  • Terri DonovanRGE panel review (October 2013 - October 2013)
  • Terri DonovanVermont Monitoring Cooperative Data and Web Management Review Team (November 2012 - November 2012)
  • Terri DonovanParticipated in a Principles of Modeling course-planning workshop with the National Conservation Training Center. (September 2012 - September 2012)
  • Terri DonovanParticipated in strategic workshop for increasing NSRC communications to stakeholders. (June 2012 - June 2012)
  • Terri DonovanDeer Biologist Search Committee (January 2012 - January 2012)
  • Jonathan CummingsStructured Decision Making Workshop, Assistant Coach. Sacramento, CA. (October 2011 - October 2011)
  • Donna ParrishOrganized trawling workshop for primarily Vermont Fish and Wildlife. Four biologists came here from Missouri and led us in sampling three Vermont rivers using a min-trawl. A total of 21 people participated over the week long event. (July 2011 - July 2011)
  • Terri DonovanProvide review of species accounts for the Vermont Breeding Bird Atlas. (May 2011 - May 2011)
  • Terri DonovanSearch committee, deer biologist position. (March 2011 - April 2011)
  • Terri DonovanOrganized Grant Writing for Conservation workshop. (March 2011 - March 2011)
  • Terri DonovanPrinciples of Modeling On-line Teaching Assistant (January 2011 - May 2011)
  • Terri DonovanOrganized workshop for UVM and state biologists: Introduction to R. (October 2010 - October 2010)
  • Terri DonovanPrinciples of Modeling On Line Course. This course introduces students to a variety of modeling techniques applicable to resouce management and conservation issues. Modeling topics include population models, decision analysis, and ecosystem models. The instructors are world-renowned modeler and professor emeritus, Dr. Anthony (Tony) M. Starfield, and spreadsheet modeler Dr. Therese (Terri) Donovan. Tony's modules introduce modeling concepts and techniques, while Terri's instruction covers how to build models with spreadsheets. Each modeling topic consists of lectures, spreadsheets exercises using Excel 2007, and a scenario to check modeling skills. This course was developed in collaboration between the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, National Training Center, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Conservation Training Center, and the Vermont Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. (October 2009 - December 2010)
  • Terri DonovanParticipated on a team to develop automated websites for the Unit national program from data entered in the Digital Measures database. This effort involved designing the website design and content, and working with computer scientists to write java program that automates the creation of new webpages for the entire CRU program on a nightly basis. (June 2009 - February 2010)
  • Terri DonovanReviewed book prospectus on computing for biologists for Sinauer Associates, Inc. (June 2008 - June 2008)
  • Donna ParrishProvided review of Culvert Management Plan for Vermont Fish and Wildlife (July 2007 - July 2007)
  • Terri DonovanFor the UVM Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, designed, developed, and scripted a web-driven database program to track graduate activities within the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. Data inputs include graduate student information, program information, dates of enrollment, student participation in the School, and graduate student requirements. Data outputs include automated reports. (January 2007 - Present)
  • Donna ParrishServed on Fish Team of Vermont 's Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy. (June 2004 - June 2004)
  • Terri DonovanVermont Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy - Integration Team Member and Database Design (March 2004 - March 2004)
  • Terri DonovanTenure review, Michigan Tech University (March 2004 - March 2004)
  • Donna ParrishServed on district biologist search committee for Vermont Fish and Wildlife (September 2003 - September 2003)
  • Donna ParrishParrish, D.L., Stritzel, J.L., Rudstam, L.G., Parker, S.L., and P.J. Sullivan. Workshop on rainbow smelt population dynamics for Lake Champlain Fisheries Technical Committee. (March 2003 - March 2003)
  • Terri DonovanPopulation modeling of sea lamprey life history (February 2003 - February 2003)
  • Donna ParrishServed on search committee for two district fisheries biologists for Vermont Fish and Wildlife (February 2003 - February 2003)

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 2

Phd Students: 4

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 3

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 6

Scientific Publications: 22

Presentations: 34


Featured Assistance

Vermont Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation StrategyEastern Newt Terri Donovan

Contact Us

Vermont Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Burlington, VT 05405 Phone: (802) 656 - 3011 Fax: (802) 656 - 8683


  1. The Vermont Coop Unit Spreadsheet Project
  2. National Conservation Training Center
  3. Lake Champlain Fish and Wildlife Resource Complex

Vermont Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey
  2. University of Vermont
  3. Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department
  4. Wildlife Management Institute