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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 - Fellows Committee (August 2017 - August 2018)
  • American Fisheries Society - Publications Workshop (May 2017 - May 2017)
  • American Fisheries Society - Immediate Past President (August 2015 - August 2016)
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Research Publications

  • Puchala, E.A., D. L. Parrish, and D. H. Ogle. 2018. Size and age of Lake Champlain Stonecats; estimating growth at the margin of their range. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 38:1316–1323. DOI:10.1002/nafm.10230 Abstract | 
  • Simonin, P.W., L.G. Rudstam, P.J. Sullivan, D.L. Parrish, and B. Pientka. 2019. Early mortality and freshwater forage fish recruitment: nonnative alewife and native rainbow smelt interactions in Lake Champlain. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 76(5): 806-814. doi: 10.1139/cjfas-2017-0571.
  • Simonin, P.W., L.G. Rudstam, D.L. Parrish, B. Pientka, and P.J. Sullivan. 2018. Piscivore diet shifts and trophic level change after Alewife establishment in Lake Champlain. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 147: 937-947. doi: 10.1002/tafs.10080. Abstract | 
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Current Projects

Completed Projects


  • Science Communication for Natural Resources (2019)
  • Aquatic Ecology and Watershed Sciences Seminar (2014)
  • Ecology of Fishes (2012)
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Vermont Other Professional Positions and Memberships

  • Donna ParrishResearch Grade Evaluation Panel, U.S. Geological Survey (March 2018 - March 2018)
  • 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)
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Vermont University Committees and Workgroups

  • Donna ParrishUVM Graduate Executive Committee (September 2015 - August 2018)
  • Donna ParrishRubenstein School Graduate Student Advisory Board Liaison (August 2014 - May 2018)
  • Donna ParrishFaculty Standards Committee, Rubenstein School, UVM (August 2012 - August 2015)
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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: 2

Phd Students: 4

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 3

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 4

Scientific Publications: 24

Presentations: 35


Contact Information

Tel: (802) 656 - 2693

Current Students

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