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 Dr. Parrish generally participate in the Aquatic Ecology and Watershed Science concentration, while students working 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
Women in Science and Environmental Professions Donovan 1999-01-15 1999-05-15
Wildlife Ecology and Management Donovan 1998-01-15 1998-05-15
Wildlife Ecology and Management Donovan 1997-01-01 1997-05-15
Wildlife Conservation Schwenk 2010-01-19 2010-05-06
Science Communication for Natural Resources Parrish 2019-01-14 2019-05-03
Principles of Modeling/Population Dynamics Donovan 2020-01-15 2020-05-10
Principles of Modeling/Population Dynamics Donovan 2018-01-10 2018-05-10
Principles of Modeling with Spreadsheets/Population Dynamics and Modeling Donovan 2010-01-01 2010-05-15
Principles of Modeling with Spreadsheets / Population Dynamics Donovan 2016-01-11 2016-05-05
Principles of Modeling with Spreadsheets / Population Dynamics Donovan, Brown 2014-01-10 2014-05-05
Principles of Modeling with Spreadsheets / Population Dynamics Donovan 2012-01-15 2012-05-07
Population Viability Analysis Donovan 2003-01-15 2003-05-15
Population Ecology Donovan 1998-01-01 1998-05-15
Population Dynamics and Modeling Donovan 2008-01-01 2008-05-10
Population Dynamics and Modeling Donovan 2006-01-15 2006-05-15
Population Dynamics and Modeling Donovan 2004-01-01 2004-05-15
Population Dynamics and Modeling Donovan 2002-01-15 2002-05-15
Population Dynamics and Modeling Donovan 2001-01-01 2001-05-15
Population Biology - Darwin's Finches Donovan 1998-08-15 1998-12-15
Population Biology Donovan 2000-01-01 2000-05-15
Population Biology Donovan 1999-01-01 1999-05-15
Parameter Estimation in Population Ecology (Occupancy Modeling) Donovan 2007-01-01 2007-05-15
Parameter Estimation in Population Ecology Donovan 2005-01-15 2005-05-15
Introduction to Occupancy Modeling Donovan 2010-09-01 2010-12-15
Integrating Natural Science and Social Science Parrish 2001-01-18 2001-05-02
Integrated Conservation Monitoring Donovan 2009-01-15 2009-05-15
Habitat Fragmentation Donovan 1999-01-15 1999-05-15
Graduate Student Seminar-On Becoming a Successful Scientist Parrish 2012-01-17 2012-05-02
Ecosystem Management Donovan 2003-01-15 2003-05-15
Ecology of Fishes Parrish 2012-08-27 2012-12-12
Ecology of Fishes Parrish 2009-08-27 2009-12-18
Ecology of Fishes Parrish 2006-09-01 2006-12-10
Ecology of Fishes Parrish 2004-08-30 2004-12-10
Ecology of Fishes Parrish 2002-08-27 2002-12-10
Ecology and Management of a Small Lake Parrish 2003-09-03 2003-12-15
Conservation Genetics Donovan 2003-01-15 2003-05-15
Conservation Biology and Modeling Donovan 2019-02-05 2019-05-15
Conservation Biology and Modeling Donovan 2016-12-26 2017-01-15
Conservation Biology Seminar Donovan 1998-08-15 1998-12-15
Conservation Biology Donovan 1999-08-15 1999-12-15
Aquatic Ecology and Watershed Sciences Seminar Parrish 2014-01-24 2014-04-25
Aquatic Ecology and Watershed Science Seminar Parrish 2011-01-21 2011-05-03
Applied Ecology, Environment, and Society Donovan, Ventriss 2015-08-27 2015-12-09
Training Provided Instructor(s) Completion Date
Teaching Assistant. Principles of Modeling for Conservation Planning and Analysis (National Conservation Training Center) Donovan 2009-05-21
Teaching Assistant. Principles of Modeling Course at the National Conservation Training Center. Donovan 2009-02-06
Population Modeling Workshop, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department Donovan 2002-10-31
Population Modeling Workshop for Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department Donovan 2001-11-06
Occupancy Modeling Workshop for VT Fish and Wildlife Dept Donovan 2006-01-20
Motorboat Operator's Certification Course (MOCC), U.S. Department of the Interior, Oneida Lake, NY Fisher, Parrish, Zydlewski 2011-05-17
Motorboat Operator's Certification Course (MOCC), U.S. Department of the Interior Parrish 2008-05-23
Motorboat Operator's Certification Course (MOCC), U.S. Department of the Interior Parrish 2002-06-21
Motorboat Operator's Certification Course (MOCC), U.S. Department of the Interior Parrish 2001-05-09
MOCC Class at Cornell Field Station. Parrish 2011-05-17
Estimating abundance of wild animals. Workshop for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. Donovan 2007-10-31
Developer: The Spreadsheet Project (Self-taught modules that teach quantitative methods in ecological sciences) www.uvm.edu/envnr/vtcfwru/spreadsheets.html Donovan 2005-01-01
DOI Motoboat Operators Certification Course. Other trainers were from USFWS and NPS. Parrish 2013-06-06
A short introductory workshop on R. Donovan, Katz, Brown 2014-06-10
Title and Location Speaker Date
Wildlife research at the Vermont Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.
Presented to: Utica College
Donovan 2006-11-06
Variation in local-scale edge effects: the influence of landscape context.
Presented to: Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Milbrook, NY
Donovan 1998-04-15
Tracking dispersal in birds: can elemental analysis provide the answers?
Presented to: North American Bluebird Society Meeting, Cornell University
Donovan 1997-10-15
Sources and sinks for migratory birds: implications for conservation and management.
Presented to: Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL
Donovan 1996-03-15
Projected impacts of land use change on Vermont's biodiversity
Presented to: National Wildlife Federation
Donovan 2003-04-25
On the relationship between landscape occupancy,habitat fragmentation, and population trends in forest songbirds.
Presented to: Colorado State University
Donovan 1998-04-15
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 2012-02-29
Modeling migration of Atlantic salmon smolts in the Connecticut River
Presented to: University of Maine
Parrish 2009-03-23
Modeling Atlantic Salmon Migration
Presented to: University of Vermont
Parrish 2012-09-21
Migratory bird sources and sinks: implications for conservation
Presented to: SUNY College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry, Syracuse, NY
Donovan 1996-04-15
Linkages between habitat fragmentation and population trends in passerines.
Presented to: Cornell University, Laboratory of Ornithology
Donovan 1999-04-15
Landscape context mediates edge effects in nesting passerines.
Presented to: University of Vermont
Donovan 1998-03-15
How hot is too hot? Effects of high temperatures on Atlantic salmon and brook trout
Presented to: Cornell Biological Field Station
Parrish 2010-07-21
Forecasting pelagic species distribution patterns, cannibalism, and long-term community dynamics
Presented to: Pukyong National University
Parrish 2014-07-02
Exploring the population genetics of sources and sinks.
Presented to: McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
Donovan 1996-12-15
Evaluating economic priorities for bird conservation
Presented to: Partners in Flight Northeast Working Group
Donovan 2001-06-28
Effects of habitat fragmentation on nesting success in migratory birds.
Presented to: Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
Donovan 1996-10-15
Effects of habitat fragmentation on nesting migratory songbirds
Presented to: State University of New York, Binghamton, NY
Donovan 1998-03-15
Effects of habitat fragmentation on migratory bird nest success
Presented to: Syracuse University
Donovan 1998-12-15
Dispersal and migrations
Presented to: Paul Smith's College
Parrish 2012-04-06
An overview of wildlife research at the Vermont Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Presented to: University of Vermont - Biology Department
Donovan 2005-04-25
Title Presenter Date
Threats facing Atlantic salmon Parrish 2003-02-10
The fish of Missisquoi Bay Parrish 2002-03-14
Sources, sinks, and metapopulations Donovan 2001-04-29
Salmon in the Connecticut River Parrish 2005-02-18
Restoring Atlantic salmon to the Connecticut River Parrish 2009-10-14
Pacific Salmon Fisheries Management Cummings 2010-11-09
Opinions on development and their consequences for some wildlife species Donovan 2015-12-01
Learning with Excel: Tools for Deeping Understanding Donovan 2014-01-27
Landscape ecology and Neotropical migratory birds Donovan 2000-11-06
Ethics for RSENR Graduate Students Parrish 2016-12-06
Current fisheries research at the VT Coop Unit Parrish 2008-08-24
Biodiversity issues in Vermont Donovan 2007-08-22
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) DeBarge 2008 Present
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
Peterson, Christine (MS) Donovan 2013 2014
O'Malley, Andrew (MS) Parrish 2013 2016
Noa, Leslie (MS) Donovan 2002 2005
Nagy, Laura (PhD) Donovan 1998 2002
McKenny, Heather (MS) Donovan 2004 2005
McCullough, Bonnie (MS) Donovan 1999 2001
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
Gunn, John (PhD) Donovan 1998 2002
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
Doran, Pat (PhD) Donovan 1998 1998
Devino, Jaclyn (MS) Donovan 2011 2012
Degrassi, Allyson (PhD) Donovan 2012 2016
Cole, Wendy (MS) Donovan 2012 2014
Chelmans, Isaac (MS) DeBarge 2008 Present
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