Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Vermont
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Vermont Education Activities


Vermont Unit collage of photos including a moose, a research technician, Vermont landscapes, and bobcat.

As part of our mission, Unit scientists teach graduate level courses, mentor graduate students, and conduct workshops for our cooperators. By combining teaching, research and technical assistance, the Vermont Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit provides students not only with an opportunity to pursue a graduate degree, but also receive unparalleled scientific training and applied work experience.

Students in the Vermont Unit Program can pursue an M.S. or Ph.D. degree through the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. Students working with with Dr. Donovan generally participate in the Forest and Wildlife Sciences concentration.

Check out our course offerings and trainings below!

Title Instructor(s) Start Date End Date
Science Communication for Natural Resources Parrish January 2019 May 2019
R for Fledglings Donovan, Clarfeld January 2021 January 2021
Principles of Modeling/Population Dynamics Donovan January 2020 May 2020
Principles of Modeling/Population Dynamics Donovan January 2018 May 2018
Principles of Modeling with Spreadsheets/Population Dynamics and Modeling Donovan January 2010 May 2010
Principles of Modeling with Spreadsheets / Population Dynamics Donovan January 2016 May 2016
Principles of Modeling with Spreadsheets / Population Dynamics Donovan, Brown January 2014 May 2014
Principles of Modeling with Spreadsheets / Population Dynamics Donovan January 2012 May 2012
Population Viability Analysis Donovan January 2003 May 2003
Population Dynamics and Modeling Donovan January 2008 May 2008
Population Dynamics and Modeling Donovan January 2006 May 2006
Population Dynamics and Modeling Donovan January 2004 May 2004
Population Dynamics and Modeling Donovan January 2002 May 2002
Population Dynamics and Modeling Donovan January 2001 May 2001
Parameter Estimation in Population Ecology (Occupancy Modeling) Donovan January 2007 May 2007
Parameter Estimation in Population Ecology Donovan January 2005 May 2005
Introduction to Occupancy Modeling Donovan September 2010 December 2010
Integrating Natural Science and Social Science Parrish January 2001 May 2001
Integrated Conservation Monitoring Donovan January 2009 May 2009
Graduate Student Seminar-On Becoming a Successful Scientist Parrish January 2012 May 2012
Ecosystem Management Donovan January 2003 May 2003
Ecology of Fishes Parrish September 2006 December 2006
Ecology of Fishes Parrish August 2012 December 2012
Ecology of Fishes Parrish August 2009 December 2009
Ecology of Fishes Parrish August 2004 December 2004
Ecology of Fishes Parrish August 2002 December 2002
Ecology and Management of a Small Lake Parrish September 2003 December 2003
Conservation Genetics Donovan January 2003 May 2003
Conservation Biology and Modeling Donovan February 2019 May 2019
Conservation Biology and Modeling Donovan December 2016 January 2017
Aquatic Ecology and Watershed Sciences Seminar Parrish January 2014 April 2014
Aquatic Ecology and Watershed Science Seminar Parrish January 2011 May 2011
Applied Ecology, Environment, and Society Donovan, Ventriss August 2015 December 2015
Training Provided Instructor(s) Completion Date
Teaching Assistant. Principles of Modeling for Conservation Planning and Analysis (National Conservation Training Center) Donovan May 2009
Teaching Assistant. Principles of Modeling Course at the National Conservation Training Center. Donovan February 2009
Population Modeling Workshop, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department Donovan October 2002
Population Modeling Workshop for Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department Donovan November 2001
Occupancy Modeling Workshop for VT Fish and Wildlife Dept Donovan January 2006
Motorboat Operator's Certification Course (MOCC), U.S. Department of the Interior, Oneida Lake, NY Fisher, Parrish, Zydlewski May 2011
Motorboat Operator's Certification Course (MOCC), U.S. Department of the Interior Parrish May 2008
Motorboat Operator's Certification Course (MOCC), U.S. Department of the Interior Parrish May 2001
Motorboat Operator's Certification Course (MOCC), U.S. Department of the Interior Parrish June 2002
MOCC Class at Cornell Field Station. Parrish May 2011
Estimating abundance of wild animals. Workshop for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. Donovan October 2007
Developer: The Spreadsheet Project (Self-taught modules that teach quantitative methods in ecological sciences) www.uvm.edu/envnr/vtcfwru/spreadsheets.html Donovan January 2005
DOI Motoboat Operators Certification Course. Other trainers were from USFWS and NPS. Parrish June 2013
A short introductory workshop on R. Donovan, Katz, Brown June 2014
Title and Location Speaker Date
Wildlife research at the Vermont Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.
Presented to: Utica College
Donovan November 2006
Projected impacts of land use change on Vermont's biodiversity
Presented to: National Wildlife Federation
Donovan April 2003
Normative standards for land use in Vermont: The effects of social norms on wildlife occupancy. http://nsrcforest.org/video/how-structured-decision-making-land-use-planning-can-impact-landscape-quality-wildlife-species
Presented to: Northeastern States Research Cooperative
Donovan, Bettigole February 2012
Modeling migration of Atlantic salmon smolts in the Connecticut River
Presented to: University of Maine
Parrish March 2009
Modeling Atlantic Salmon Migration
Presented to: University of Vermont
Parrish September 2012
How hot is too hot? Effects of high temperatures on Atlantic salmon and brook trout
Presented to: Cornell Biological Field Station
Parrish July 2010
Forecasting pelagic species distribution patterns, cannibalism, and long-term community dynamics
Presented to: Pukyong National University
Parrish July 2014
Evaluating economic priorities for bird conservation
Presented to: Partners in Flight Northeast Working Group
Donovan June 2001
Dispersal and migrations
Presented to: Paul Smith's College
Parrish April 2012
An overview of wildlife research at the Vermont Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Presented to: University of Vermont - Biology Department
Donovan April 2005
Title Presenter Date
Threats facing Atlantic salmon Parrish February 2003
The fish of Missisquoi Bay Parrish March 2002
Sources, sinks, and metapopulations Donovan April 2001
Salmon in the Connecticut River Parrish February 2005
Restoring Atlantic salmon to the Connecticut River Parrish October 2009
Opinions on development and their consequences for some wildlife species Donovan December 2015
Moose Population Ecology in Vermont Donovan March 2020
Learning with Excel: Tools for Deeping Understanding Donovan January 2014
Landscape ecology and Neotropical migratory birds Donovan November 2000
Ethics for RSENR Graduate Students Parrish December 2016
Current fisheries research at the VT Coop Unit Parrish August 2008
Biodiversity issues in Vermont Donovan August 2007
Student (Degree) Advisor Start Year End Year
Zalik, Nate (MS) Donovan 2006 2007
Williams, Sara (MS) Donovan 2010 2012
Williams, Laurel (MS) Donovan 2003 2004
Sutti, Flavio (PhD) Donovan 2011 2015
Sutti, Flavio (MS) Donovan 2008 2009
Smith, Stephen (MS) Parrish 2004 2006
Shustack, Daniel (MS) Donovan 2001 2004
Schwenk, W. (PhD) Donovan 2004 2007
Roberts, Pauline (PhD) Donovan 2000 2000
Rinehart, Kurt (MS) Donovan 2004 2007
Riley, Jake (MS) Donovan 2006 2007
Rege-Colt , Manali (MS) Donovan 2021 Present
Peterson, Christine (MS) Donovan 2013 2014
O'Malley, Andrew (MS) Parrish 2013 2016
Noa, Leslie (MS) Donovan 2002 2005
McKenny, Heather (MS) Donovan 2004 2005
Martinsen, Ellen (MS) Donovan 2003 2004
Manaras, Katherine (MS) Donovan 2004 2005
Leavy, Patrick (MS) Donovan 2001 2005
Johnson, Pamela (MS) Donovan 2010 2011
Hughes, Megan (MS) Donovan 2000 2003
Howe, Eric (PhD) Parrish 2003 2006
Howe, Eric (PhD) Donovan 2002 2006
Howe, Eric (MS) Parrish 2001 2003
Hey, Misha (MS) Donovan 2003 2005
Herbst, Seth (MS) Parrish 2009 2010
Gulka, Allison (MS) Donovan 2012 2014
Gudex-Cross, David (PhD) Donovan 2015 2016
Graves, Rose (MS) Donovan 2010 2011
Gorney, Rebecca (PhD) Parrish 2009 2014
Frey, Sarah (MS) Donovan 2006 2008
Fisher, Lynn (MS) Parrish 2003 2005
Farrell, Laura (PhD) Donovan 2005 2012
Espenshade, Jessica (MS) Donovan 2014 2015
Ellrott, Brian (MS) Parrish 2000 2003
Eisenhower, Marc (MS) Donovan 2001 2008
Duerr, Adam (PhD) Parrish 2001 2007
Drasher, Caitlin (MS) Donovan 2020 Present
Devino, Jaclyn (MS) Donovan 2011 2012
Degrassi, Allyson (PhD) Donovan 2012 2016
Cole, Wendy (MS) Donovan 2012 2014
Chellman, Isaac (MS) Donovan 2008 2010
Caputo, Laura (MS) Donovan 2008 2011
Bouffard, Wayne (MS) Parrish 2006 2009
Beiss, Ashley (MS) Donovan 2008 2010
Aylward, Cody (MS) Donovan 2015 2017