29 Aug 2014

Donna Parrish Becomes President of the American Fisheries Society

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Donna Parrish, President of the American Fisheries Society, 2014-2015

BETHESDA, MD—Donna L. Parrish of Burlington, Vermont, has become the 130th President of the American Fisheries Society. Parrish is the Unit Leader of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Vermont Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and a Research Professor in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. She assumed office on August 20, 2014 at the AFS 144th Annual Meeting in Québec City, Canada, succeeding Bob Hughes, who became Immediate Past President.

“My priorities remain the same as when I ran for office four years ago: increasing educational opportunities for students and professional biologists, working on communication among AFS members, diversifying the fisheries workforce, increasing AFS involvement with other international fisheries societies, and increasing the transparency of the AFS Governing Board,” Parrish said.

Parrish’s major research interests include determining lake and stream fish population and community structure and function relative to basic ecological principles of competition, predation, and predator-prey interactions; and investigating multi-scaled habitat requirements, especially in salmonids. She earned her Ph.D. in zoology at The Ohio State University in 1988, her M.S. in biology at Murray State University in 1984, and her B.S. in biology at Southeast Missouri State University in 1974. Her long and active role in AFS includes service as president of the Northeastern Division and the Education Section, along with work on numerous committees and symposia.

“Donna’s impressive track record of leadership speaks for itself,” said AFS Executive Director Doug Austen. “We look forward to working with her to address some relevant and pressing issues and expect to make headway on many of the ambitious goals set forth in our new Strategic Plan.”


Founded in 1870, the American Fisheries Society (AFS) is the world’s oldest and largest fisheries science society. The mission of AFS is to improve the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by advancing fisheries and aquatic science and promoting the development of fisheries professionals. With five journals and numerous books and conferences, AFS is the leading source of fisheries science and management information in North America and around the world.