Vermont Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

The University of Vermont
Rubenstein School of Environment and  Natural Resources
Burlington, VT 05405

Phone: (802) 656-3011
Fax: (802) 656-8683



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History and Mission

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). The federal cooperator is currently the U.S. Geological Survey. Click here for more information on the Unit program.

The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont is the home of the Unit. Staff of the Unit are USGS scientists, who hold research faculty rank, and the UVM-salaried secretary is provided for administrative support. Research funds for Unit projects come mainly from VTFW, USFWS, USEPA, USDA, U.S. Forest Service (USFS), and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).  In 2005, the Unit is staffed by two USGS scientists who oversee the Unit's research projects, which support graduate students and post-docs.  Dr. Donna Parrish is the Unit Leader, and oversees the operations of the Unit.  Dr. Therese Donovan is the Assistant Unit Leader.  The research topics addressed in these projects range from ecology of Lake Champlain and Connecticut River fishes to predicting the impacts of landuse change on Vermont's biodiversity.

Cooperative Research Units have three facets to their mission: (1)  Education - Cooperative Unit scientists teach university courses at the graduate level, provide academic guidance to graduate students, and serve on academic committees.  (2) Research - Cooperative Unit scientists conduct research that is designed to meet the information needs expressed by unit cooperators.  (3) Technical Assistance - Units provide technical assistance and training to State and Federal personnel and other natural resource managers. The expertise of the Cooperative Research Unit scientists, cooperating university faculty, and biologists of the cooperating State natural resource agency is made available for this aspect of the mission.



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