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Dr. Terri Donovan

Terri Donovan


  • Ph D University of Missouri-Columbia 1994
  • BS Eastern Illinois University 1986
  • MS Eastern Illinois University 1986
  • BS Eastern Illinois University 1984


Terri joined the Vermont Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit in 2000, where she is the Assistant Unit Leader and Associate Research Professor in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont.

Research Interests

Terri's research emphases include population dynamics, population modeling and structured decision making, landscape ecology, and conservation biology. Current research efforts focus on adaptive management for both game and non-game species.

Teaching Interests

With a background in education, Terri is an avid teacher and enjoys working with all age groups. Current teaching efforts include an on-line Principles of Modeling course geared for graduate students and professionals, and studies abroad course in Costa Rica, where the focus is on how to re-establish and monitor a wildlife corridor for the three-wattled bellbird (Pajaro campana). Terri also directs the Spreadsheet Project, a suite of tutorials on quantitative data analysis and modeling in ecology.

Professional Society Service

  • The Wildlife Society - NEAFWA Student Workshop panel participant. Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Conference. April 15th, 2018. Burlington, Vermont. (April 2015 - April 2015)
  • The Wildlife Society - Member, Arrangements Committee (September 2002 - September 2003)
  • Association of Field Ornithologists - Member (January 1992 - August 2003)
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Research Publications

  • Abouelezz, H. G, T. M. Donovan, J. Murdoch. R. M. Mickey, M. Freeman, and K. Royar. 2018. Landscape composition mediates movement and habitat selection in bobcats (Lynx rufus): Implications for conservation planning. Landscape Ecology 33:1301-1318.
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  • Aylward, C. J. D. Murdoch, T. M. Donovan, C. W. Kilpatrick, C. Bernier, and J. Katz. 2018. Estimating distribution and connectivity of recolonizing American marten (Martes americana) in the northeastern United States using expert elicitation techniques. Animal Conservation. doi:10.1111/acv.12417
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  • Brown, M., C. D. Canham, L. Murphy, and T. M. Donovan. Timber harvest as the predominant disturbance regime in northeastern U.S. forests: effects of harvest intensification. Ecosphere 9:1-19. DOI:10.1002/ecs2.2062
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Current Projects

Completed Projects


  • Principles of Modeling/Population Dynamics (2018)
  • Conservation Biology and Modeling (2017)
  • Principles of Modeling with Spreadsheets / Population Dynamics (2016)
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Vermont Other Professional Positions and Memberships

  • Terri DonovanVermont Fish and Wildlife Biometrician Search Committee (March 2017 - April 2017)
  • Terri DonovanMember, Sea Lamprey Chemical Alternatives Group (January 2002 - January 2010)
  • Terri DonovanMember, Lake Champlain Ecosystem Team (May 2000 - January 2010)
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Vermont University Committees and Workgroups

  • Terri DonovanUniversity of Vermont New Faculty Mentoring Committee (March 2016 - March 2017)
  • Terri DonovanRubenstein School Graduate Standards Committee (September 2014 - June 2016)
  • Terri DonovanOn-line learning platform task force (September 2015 - December 2015)
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Technical Publications

  • Donovan, T.M., J. Katz, C. Brauer, and B. Mitchell. 2014. Acoustical Monitoring of Biodiversity and Phenology: A Pilot Wildlife Monitoring Partnership for Adaptive Management. Final Report to the National Park Service.
  • Donovan, T.M., K. Rinehart, and J. Cummings. 2014. Improving Structured Decision Making Processes through Relational Database Development and Analysis. Final Report to the U.S. Geological Survey.
  • Donovan, T. M., C. Brauer, J. Katz, and B. Mitchell. 2013. A pilot test for monitoring phenology with acoustic sensors. Final Report to the National Phenology Network.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 2

Phd Students: 4

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 6

Scientific Publications: 19

Presentations: 38

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