Bart Paxton

Research Biologist

bjpaxt@wm.edu
(757) 221-1639

Research Background
A West Virginia native, Bart joined the Center in the fall of 1999. Initially hired as a field coordinator, he quickly migrated to the primary geospatial analyst for the center. Currently he splits his time between a desk and the field. When not at a computer, he can be found running MAPS stations, conducting aerial surveys, re-sighting red-cockaded woodpeckers, capturing raptors and shorebirds for tracking, or assisting with numerous other projects.

Education
B.S. in Biology, West Virginia State College
Graduate Studies in Biology at Marshall University


Recent Publications

Paxton, B. J., B. D. Watts. 2017. An assessment of the Bald Eagle and Great Blue Heron breeding populations along High Rock, Tuckertown, Narrows, and Falls Reservoirs in central North Carolina: 2017 breeding season. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-17-15. College of William and Mary/Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 63 pp.

Watts, B. D. and M. U. Watts. 2017. Virginia peregrine falcon monitoring and management program: Year 2017 report. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-17-14. College of William and Mary & Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 25 pp.

Watts, B. D. and B. J. Paxton. 2017. Baseline bird surveys of Plum Tree Island National Wildlife Refuge: Fall 2017.  The Center for Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-17-13. College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University. 15 pp.

Smith, F. M., B. D. Watts, and B. J. Paxton. 2017. Frequency and Distribution of Birds within Forested Wetlands – Breeding and Wintering Seasons. The Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-17-07. College of William and Mary & Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 18 pp.

Watts, B. D., V. Greene, and E. Chapman.  2017.  Working bibliography of the eastern black rail in North America, Version 2.0.  The Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-17-06.  College of William and Mary/Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA.  76 pp.

Watts, B. D., B. J. Paxton and F. M. Smith. 2017.  Assessment of black rail status in North Carolina, Interim report: Spring 2017.  Center for Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-17-05.  College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University. Williamsburg, VA. 9 pp.

Smith, F. M., B. D. Watts, J. E. Lyons, T. S. Keyes, and B. Winn. 2017.  Investigating red knot migration ecology along the Georgia coast: fall 2015 and spring 2013, 2015-16 season summaries. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series: CCBTR-17-04. College of William and Mary/Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 93 pp.

Watts, B. D., M. D. Wilson, C. J. Lotts, F. M. Smith, and B. J. Paxton. 2017. Investigation of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in Virginia: 2017 report. The Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series: ccbtr-17-02. College of William & Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA.  16 pp.

Watts, B. D. 2017. Investigation of breeding peregrine falcons on bridges. The Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series: ccbtr-17-01. College of William and Mary & Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 38 pp.

Watts, B. D. and M. U. Watts. 2016.  Virginia peregrine falcon monitoring and management program:  Year 2016 report.  Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-16-12.  College of William and Mary & Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA.  23 pp.

Paxton, B.J., B.D. Watts. 2016.  An assessment of the Bald Eagle and Great Blue Heron breeding populations along High Rock, Tuckertown, Narrows, and Falls Reservoirs in central North Carolina:  2016 breeding season.  Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-16-11.  College of William and Mary/Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA.  51 pp.

Watts, B. D. 2016. Status and distribution of the eastern black rail along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of North America. The Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series: CCBTR-16-09. College of William and Mary & Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 148 pp.

Paxton, B.J., B.D. Watts. 2016.  An assessment of the Bald Eagle and Great Blue Heron breeding populations along High Rock, Tuckertown, Narrows, and Falls Reservoirs in central North Carolina:  2016 breeding season.  Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-16-08.  College of William and Mary/Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA.  50 pp.

Watts, B. D. and V. Greene 2016. Working bibliography of the eastern black rail along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of North America, Version 1.0. The Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-16-07. College of William and Mary/Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 3 pp.

Watts, B. D., B. J. Paxton, M. D. Wilson and P. Denmon. 2016. Fruit availability and consumer demand within a major migration stopover area: The lower Delmarva Peninsula. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-16-06. College of William and Mary/Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 29 pp.

Paxton, B. J., B. D. Watts, and F. M. Smith. 2016. An assessment of the Bald Eagle and Great Blue Heron breeding populations along High Rock, Tuckertown, Narrows, and Falls Reservoirs in central North Carolina:  2015 breeding season. The Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-16-04. College of William and Mary & Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 44 pp.

Watts, B. D., M. D. Wilson, C. Lotts, F. M. Smith, and B. J. Paxton. 2016.  Investigation of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in Virginia: Year 2015 report. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-16-03.  College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA.  26 pp.

Wilson, M. D., B. D. Watts, and D. Poulton. 2016. Black Rails in North Carolina. The Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series: CCBTR-16-01. College of William and Mary & Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 21 pp.

Watts, B. D. and E. K. Mojica. 2015. Virginia Peregrine Falcon monitoring and management program:  Year 2015 report. The Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series: ccbtr-15-06. College of William and Mary & Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 18 pp.

Wilson, M. D., B. D. Watts, C. Lotts, F. M. Smith, and B. J. Paxton, 2015.  Investigation of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in Virginia: Year 2014 report. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-15-005.  College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA.  28 pp.

Wilson, M. D., F. M. Smith, and B. D. Watts. 2015. Re-Survey and Population Status Update of the Black Rail in Virginia. The Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series: CCBTR-15-04. College of William and Mary & Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA.  14 pp.

Watts, B. D., B. J. Paxton, and F.M. Smith.  2015.  Shorebird banding and training within the Upper Bay of Panama Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve.  Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-15-03.  College of William and Mary/Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA.  12 pp.

Smith, F. M. and B. D. Watts.  2015.  Surveys and Habitat Use of the Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) During Fall Migration Along the Acadian Peninsula of New Brunswick, Canada, 2014.  Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series CCBTR-15-02.  College of William and Mary/Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA.  21 pp.

Mojica, E. K. and B. D. Watts. 2014. Creation of a national registry for bald eagle communal roosts. The Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series: ccbtr-14-20. College of William and Mary & Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 11 pp.

Mojica, E. K., B. D. Watts, and S. M. Padgett. 2014.  Virginia Peregrine Falcon monitoring and management program: Year 2014 report.  The Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-14-19.  College of William and Mary & Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA.  17 pp.

Watts, B. D., B. J. Paxton, and Fletcher M. Smith. 2014. Shorebird banding and training within the Upper Bay of Panama Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve – Interim Report. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-14-18. College of William and Mary/Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 20 pp.

Mojica, E.K. and B.D. Watts. 2014. Bald Eagle Telemetry at the Holtwood Redevelopment Project: Final report. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-14-17. College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 8pp.

Paxton, B. J.,  B. D. Watts, and F. M. Smith. 2014.  An assessment of the Bald Eagle and Great Blue Heron breeding populations along High Rock, Tuckertown, Narrows, and Falls Reservoirs in central North Carolina:  2014 breeding season.  Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-14-16.  College of William and Mary/Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA.  47 pp.

Smith, F.M., and B.D. Watts. 2014. An Investigation of Whimbrel Stopover and Migration Ecology on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-14-12. College of William and Mary & Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 12 pp.

Smith, F. M., M. D. Wilson, and B. D. Watts. 2014. Population Estimation and Spatial Distribution of the Wintering Marsh Sparrow Guild in Virginia. The Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series: ccbtr-14-07. College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University. Williamsburg, VA. 12 pp.

Wilson, M. D., and B. D. Watts. 2014. Nesting potential of high marsh nesting birds in tidal marshes of Virginia Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-14-006. College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University. Williamsburg, VA. 13 pp.

Watts, B. D., B. J. Paxton, and Fletcher M. Smith. 2014. Shorebird banding and training within the Upper Bay of Panama Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve – Interim Report. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-14-05. College of William and Mary/Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 20 pp.

  1. M. Smith, B. D. Watts, J. E. Lyons, and T. S. Keyes. 2014. Investigating Population Dynamics of Red Knot Migration along the Georgia Coast through Mark/Recapture Analysis of Resights. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-14-04. College of William and Mary/Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 40 pp.

Watts, B. D. and B. J. Paxton. 2014. Status and Distribution of Colonial Waterbirds in Coastal Virginia: 2013 Breeding Season. The Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary & Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 23 pp.

Wilson, M. D., B. D. Watts, C. Lotts, F. M. Smith, and B. J. Paxton, 2014. Investigation of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in Virginia: Year 2013 report. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-14-02. College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 17 pp.

Mojica, E. K. and B. D. Watts. 2014. Bald Eagle Telemetry at the Holtwood Redevelopment Project. The Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-14-01. College of William and Mary & Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 13 pp.