Dr. Donna L. Parrish
Dr. Parrish is the Unit Leader of the U.S. Geological Survey, Vermont Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and Research Professor in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont and the current AFS President. She received her B.S. in biology from Southeast Missouri State University, M.S. in biology from Murray State University, and Ph.D. in zoology from The Ohio State University. As a scientist in the Cooperative Research Units program, she conducts fisheries research projects in which she mentors graduate students on projects that are developed to address unit cooperators’ needs. Over the last 20 years, her research has focused on three ecosystems within Vermont: Lake Champlain, the Connecticut River, and the Batten Kill. She has led research on trophic interactions, anadromous fish migration, and population modeling of trout among many others. She has been an author or co-author on 45 peer-reviewed publications and more than 75 presentations at scientific meetings. She has been a member of AFS since 1982.