Ellen studies restoration and ecology of Great Lakes fishes, primarily lake trout, and the biology and control of exotic species. She received her doctorate in Fisheries in 1988 from Cornell University, and was a post-doctoral associate at Cornell for two years. In 1990 she joined the Illinois Natural History Survey as director of the Lake Michigan Biological Station, then moved to the University of Vermont in 1996 as an Assistant Professor.


  • Strayer, DL, BV Adamovich, R Adrian DC Aldridg, CS Balogh, L Burlakova, László G.-Tóth, AL Hetherington, T Jones, A Karatayev, JB Madill, OA Makarevich, JE Marsden, AL Martel, D Minchin, TF Nalepa R Noordhuis, H Fried-Petersen, TJ Robinson, LG Rudstam, AN Schwalb, DR Smith AD Steinman and JM Jeschke. 2019. Long-term population dynamics of zebra and quagga mussels (Dreissena polymorpha and D. rostriformis): a cross-system analysis. Ecosphere 10(4):e02701.
  • Miehls, S., C. Holbrook, and J. E. Marsden. 2019. Diel activity of newly metamorphosed juvenile Sea Lamprey. PLOS One 14:e0211687
  • Marsden, J.E., and Siefkes, M.J. 2019. Control of invasive Sea Lamprey in the Great Lakes, Lake Champlain, and Finger Lakes of New York. In Lampreys: Biology, Conservation and Control, Vol. 2. Edited by M.F. Docker. Springer, Dordrecht, Netherlands. pp. 411–479.
  • Harder, A. M., J. E. Marsden, M. H. Futia, J. Rinchard, W. R. Ardren, C. A. Richter, D. E. Tillitt, C. E. Kraft, M. R. Christie.  2018. Thiamine deficiency in fishes: causes, consequences, and potential solutions. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries
  • Euclide, P. T., and J. E. Marsden. 2018. Role of drainage and barriers in the genetic structuring of a tessellated darter metapopulation. Conservation Genetics. 
  • Euclide, P. T., N. Flores, M. Wargo, C. W. Kilpatrick, J. E. Marsden.  2018. Lack of genetic population structure of slimy sculpin in a large, fragmented lake. Ecology of Freshwater Fish DOI 10.1111/eff.12385
  • Sotola, V. A., L. G. Simard, S. Miehls, and J. E. Marsden. 2018. Lateral and vertical distribution of downstream migrating juvenile Sea Lamprey. J. Great Lakes Res. 44: 491-496
  • Marsden, J. E., C. L. Kozel, and B. D. Chipman.  2018.  Lake trout recruitment in Lake Champlain. J. Great Lakes Res. 44:166-173
  • Buchinger, T..J., J. E. Marsden, T. R. Binder,  M. Huertas, U. Bussy, K. Li, J. E. Hanson, C. C. Krueger, W. Li, and N. S. Johnson.  2017.  Temporal constraints on the potential role of fry odors as cues of past reproductive success for spawning lake trout. Ecology and Evolution 7(23):10196-10206
  • Marsden, J. E. and B. J. Ladago. 2017. The Champlain Canal as a non-indigenous species corridor. J. Great Lakes Res. 43:1173–1180
  • Simard, L., V. A Sotola, J. E. Marsden, S. Miehls. 2017. Assessment of PIT tag retention and post-tagging survival in metamorphosing juvenile sea lamprey. Animal Biotelemetry 5:18-24
  • Johnson, N.S., D. Higgs, T. R. Binder, J. E. Marsden, T. J. Buchinger, L. Brege, T. Bruning, S. Farha  and C. C. Krueger. 2017.  Evidence of sound production by spawning lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) in lakes Huron and Champlain. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 75:429-438
  • Binder, T. R., J. E. Marsden, S. C. Riley, J. E. Johnson, N. S. Johnson, J. He, M. Ebener, C. M. Holbrook, R. A. Bergstedt, C. R. Bronte, T. A. Hayden, and C. C. Krueger.  2017.  Lake-wide movements and spatial segregation of two populations of lake trout, Salvelinus namaycush, in Lake Huron. J. Great Lakes Res. 43:108-118
Ellen Marsden

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Instructional program: Wildlife and Fisheries Biology
Research: Fisheries ecology, fish behavior, aquatic invasive species


  • Ph.D. 1988 Cornell University, Department of Natural Resources
  • M.S. 1985 Cornell University, Ecology & Systematics
  • B.A. 1978 Bryn Mawr College, Biology


  • 802 656-0684
Office Location:

308D Aiken Center

Courses Taught

  • WFB 117 Scientific Writing and Interpretation
  • WFB 161 Fisheries Biology and Techniques

  • WFB 261 Fisheries Managment (alternating years)

  • WFB 232 Ichthyology (alternating years)