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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 - Member, Arrangements Committee (September 2002 - September 2003)
  • Association of Field Ornithologists - Member (January 1992 - August 2003)
  • Cooper Ornithological Society - Member (January 1992 - December 2002)
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Research Publications

  • Brown, M. L., T. M. Donovan, R. M. Mickey, G. S. Warrington, W. S. Schwenk, and D. S. Theobald. 2017. Predicting effects of future development on a territorial forest songbird: methodology matters. Landscape Ecology. DOI 10.1007/s10980-017-0586-8 Abstract |  Download  |  Publisher Website | 
  • Chellman, I.C., D.L. Parrish, and T.M. Donovan. 2017. Estimating population demographic parameters for the mudpuppy (Necturus maculosus) in Vermont. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 12(2):422-434. Abstract | 
  • Puchala, E.A., D.L. Parrish, and T.M. Donovan. 2016. Predicting the stability of endangered Stonecats (Noturus flavus) in the LaPlatte River, Vermont. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 145: 903-912. Abstract | 
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Current Projects

Completed Projects


  • Conservation Biology and Modeling (2017)
  • Principles of Modeling with Spreadsheets / Population Dynamics (2016)
  • Applied Ecology, Environment, and Society (2015)
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Vermont Other Professional Positions and Memberships

  • Terri DonovanVTFWD 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 DonovanRubenstein School Graduate Standards Committee (September 2014 - June 2016)
  • Terri DonovanIBB Advisory Committee (February 2015 - February 2015)
  • Terri DonovanNSRC Panel Member (January 2015 - February 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: 1

Phd Students: 5

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 5

Scientific Publications: 15

Presentations: 24

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