THERESE M. DONOVAN
U.S.G.S. Vermont Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Assistant Unit Leader
311 Aiken Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405
· Ph.D., Division of Biological Sciences, 1994, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO.
· Master of Science, Environmental Biology, 1986, Eastern Illinois University.
· Bachelor of Science, Botany and Zoology with Teacher’s Certification, 1986, Eastern Illinois University.
· Bachelor of Science, Environmental Biology, 1984, Eastern Illinois University.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
The Vermont Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit is part of a nation-wide program initiated in 1935 to promote research and graduate student training in the ecology and management of fish, wildlife and their habitats. The Vermont Unit was formed in 1989 under a cooperative agreement of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife (VTFW), the University of Vermont (UVM) and the Wildlife Management Institute (WMI). In 1993, the federal agency under this agreement became the National Biological Service (NBS) and in 1996, it became the Biological Resources Division of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS/BRD). Cooperative Research Units conduct research on renewable natural resource questions; participates in the education of graduate students destined to become natural resource managers and scientists; provides technical assistance and consultation to parties who have legitimate interests in natural resource issues; and provides continuing education for natural resource professionals.
Professional ACtivities and other qualifications
Membership in Professional Organizations: Society for Conservation Biology, Ecological Society of America, The Wildlife Society, American Ornithologist Union, Cooper Ornithological Society, Association of Field Ornithologists
Selected Professional Appointments:
· Vice Chair, National Research Group, Partners in Flight.
· Counselor at Large, Association of Field Ornithologist.
· Scientific Advisory Board Member, Braddock Bay Bird Observatory, Rochester, NY.
· Editorial Board – Conservation Biology.
· Advisory Committee- Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Conservation Biology Dept.
GRADUATE Courses Taught at the University of Vermont:
· Population Dynamics and Modeling (spring semesters, even years).
· Conservation Biology (spring semesters, odd years).
· A noninvasive evaluation of physiological stress and habitat use of northeastern carnivores. Funded through U.S.G.S., Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. Robert Long is the Ph.D. student directing the project.
· Diet, movements, and home ranges of double-crested cormorants. Funded through NOAA Lake Champlain Sea Grant, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In collaboration with Dave Capen and Donna Parrish. Adam Duerr is the Ph.D. student directing the project.
· Migratory landbird stopover concentration areas in the Great Lakes Basin: Remote sensing with WSR-88D (NEXRAD) radar. Funded by the U.S.E.P.A, The Nature Conservancy, and U.S.G.S. In collaboration with Sid Gautreaux. David Bonter is the Ph.D. student directing the project.
· Towards a theory of landscape effects on the population dynamics in birds. Funded through the National Science Foundation. Kerri Cornell is the Ph.D. student directing the project.
· Are Forage Crops Ecological Traps? Evaluating management practices for grassland birds in forage crops. Funded through the U.S.D.A. In collaboration with Allan Strong, Austin Troy, and Sid Boswell.
· Vegetation and landscape factors affecting Wood Thrush distribution, abundance, and nest success in central New York. Funded through the U.S.D.A. Forest Service. Melanie Driscoll is the research associate directing the project.
· Genetic analyses of source and sink populations for two migratory bird species. Ongoing data analysis in collaboration with Lisle Gibbs and Peter Jones.
RECENT Scientific Publications (since 2001):
Donovan, T. M., and Allan. M. Strong. In press. Linkages between landscape theory and population dynamics: a review of empirical evidence. In J. Bissonnette, editor. Landscape ecology and resource management: linking theory with practice. Island Press.
Donovan, T. M., and C. Flather. In press. Relationships between North American songbird trends, habitat fragmentation, and landscape occupancy. Ecological Applications..
Thompson, F. R. III, T. M. Donovan, R. DeGraaf, J. Faaborg, and S. K. Robinson. In Press. A multi-scale perspective of the effects of forest fragmentation on birds in eastern forests. Studies in Avian Biology.
Donovan, T. M., C. Beardmore, D. Bonter, J. Brawn, J. A. Fitzgerald, R. Ford, S. Geautreax, L. George, C. Hunter, T. E. Martin, J. Price, K. Rosenberg, P. Vickery, T. Bentley Wigley. (The Partners in Flight Research Working Group). In press. Priority research needs for conservation of Neotropical migrants. Journal of Field Ornithology.
Donovan, T. M., and C. Welden. 2002. Spreadsheet exercises in ecology and evolution. Sinauer Associates, Inc. Sunderland, MA. 556 pages.
Donovan, T. M., and C. Welden. 2002. Spreadsheet exercises in conservation biology and landscape ecology. Sinauer Associates, Inc. Sunderland, MA. 464 pages.
Donovan, T. M., and F. R. Thompson, III. 2001. Modeling the ecological trap hypothesis: A landscape and sensitivity analysis for a migrant songbird. Ecological Applications 11:871-882.
Donovan, T. M, and R. H. Lamberson. 2001. Area-sensitive distribution patterns can counteract the negative effects of habitat fragmentation on breeding birds. Ecology 82:1170-1179.