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Dr. Donna Parrish

Donna Parrish


  • Ph D The Ohio State University 1988
  • MS Murray State University 1984
  • BS Southeast Missouri State University 1974


Donna is the Unit Leader of the Vermont Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and Research Professor in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont.

Research Interests

Donna's areas of emphasis include restoration of native fishes, acoustical sampling, and bioenergetics.

Teaching Interests

Donna teaches the Ecology of Fishes and graduate seminar courses in alternating years.

Professional Society Service

  • American Fisheries Society - Immediate Past President (August 2015 - August 2016)
  • American Fisheries Society - President (August 2014 - August 2015)
  • American Fisheries Society - AFS Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award Committee (September 2013 - August 2014)
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Research Publications

  • Simonin, P.W., D. L. Parrish, L. G. Rudstam, P. J. Sullivan, and B. Pientka. 2016. Interactions between hatch dates, growth rates, and mortality of age-0 native Rainbow Smelt and nonnative Alewife in Lake Champlain. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 145: 649-656. DOI: 10.1080/00028487.2016.114340110.1080/00028487.2016.1143401 Abstract | 
  • Hyrcik, A.E., P.W. Simonin, L.G. Rudstam, D.L. Parrish, B. Pientka, and T.B. Michuc. 2015. Mysis zooplanktivory in Lake Champlain: a bioenergetics analysis. Journal of Great Lakes Research
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  • White, G., J. Claussen, C. Moffitt, B. Norcross, and D. Parrish. 2013. Dr. J Frances Allen: Pioneer of Women in Fisheries 38:103-111. Abstract |  Download  | 
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Current Projects

Completed Projects


  • Aquatic Ecology and Watershed Sciences Seminar (2014)
  • Ecology of Fishes (2012)
  • Graduate Student Seminar-On Becoming a Successful Scientist (2012)
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Vermont Other Professional Positions and Memberships

  • Donna ParrishMember, Alternatives Working Group, Lake Champlain Fish and Wildlife Management Cooperative (February 2002 - December 2014)
  • Donna ParrishMember, Great Lakes Fishery Commission Acoustics Working Group (January 2003 - December 2013)
  • Donna ParrishMember, Research Grade Evaluation Panel, USGS (February 2011 - February 2011)
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Vermont University Committees and Workgroups

  • Donna ParrishUVM Graduate Executive Committee (September 2015 - August 2018)
  • Donna ParrishFaculty Standards Committee, Rubenstein School, UVM (August 2012 - August 2015)
  • Donna ParrishBusiness Advisory Committee, Rubsenstein School (August 2011 - August 2013)
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Technical Publications

  • Chellman, I.C., and D.L. Parrish. 2010. Developing methods for sampling mudpuppies in Vermont tributaries of Lake Champlain. Final Report. State Wildlife Grants Program, Vermont Fish and Wildlife, Waterbury.
  • Parrish, D. L., M. E. Mather, and E. A. Marschall. 2009. Population modeling of Atlantic salmon in Vermont tributaries of the Connecticut River. Progress report to NMFS
  • Parrish, D. L., M. E. Mather, and E. A. Marschall. 2008. Population modeling of Atlantic salmon in Vermont tributaries of the Connecticut River. Progress report to NMFS
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 0

Phd Students: 3

Post Docs: 2

University Staff: 4

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 8

Scientific Publications: 24

Presentations: 19


Contact Information

Tel: (802) 656 - 2693

Vermont Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

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