Research Associate Professor, Assistant Unit Leader of VT Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit

Terri's research emphases include population dynamics, population modeling and structured decision making, landscape ecology, and conservation biology. Current research efforts focus on adaptive management for both game and non-game species, and remote monitoring of wildlife with cell phones.

With a background in education, Terri is an avid teacher and enjoys working with all age groups. Current teaching efforts include an on-line Principles of Modeling course and an on-line Conservation Biology and Modeling course. Both courses are geared for graduate students and professionals. Terri also directs the Spreadsheet Project, a suite of tutorials on quantitative data analysis and modeling in ecology.


  • Donovan, T.M., and R. M. Mickey. Bayes Statistics for Beginners. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.
  • Balantic, C., and T. M. Donovan. Dynamic wildlife occupancy models using automated acoustic monitoring data. Ecological Applications 29:e01854
  • Aylward, C. J. D. Murdoch, T. M. Donovan, C. W. Kilpatrick, C. Bernier, and J. Katz. 2018. Estimating distribution and connectivity of recolonizing American marten (Martes americana) in the northeastern United States using expert elicitation techniques. Animal Conservation. doi:10.1111/acv.12417
  • Brown, M., C. D. Canham, L. Murphy, and T. M. Donovan. Timber harvest as the predominant disturbance regime in northeastern U.S. forests: effects of harvest intensification. Ecosphere 9:1-19. DOI:10.1002/ecs2.2062
  • Donovan, T.M. and J. E Katz. 2018. AMModels: An R package for storing models, data, and metadata to facilitate adaptive management. PLoS ONE 13(2): e0188966.
Terri Donovan

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Instructional program: Wildlife and Fisheries Biology
Research: Landscape ecology, wildlife population modeling, adaptive management


  • Ph.D. 1994 Biological Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • M.S. 1986 Environmental Biology, Eastern Illinois University
  • B.S. 1984 Botany and Zoology with Teacher's Certification, Eastern Illinois University


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Office Location:

302B Aiken Center, 81 Carrigan Dr