Bryan Watts

Director, Center for Conservation Biology of The College of William and Mary & the Virginia Commonwealth University

Mitchell A. Byrd Research Professor of Conservation Biology, Department of Biology, The College of William & Mary

bdwatt@wm.edu
(757) 221-2247

Education
B.S. in Biology, Virginia Tech
M.A. in Biology, College of William and Mary
Ph.D. in Ecology, University of Georgia


Recent Publications

(* denotes graduate student author)

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Watts, B.D., F.M. Smith, and B.R. Truitt. 2017. Departure patterns of Whimbrels using a terminal spring staging area. Wader Study 124:141-146.

Watts, B.D. 2017. The influence of land ownership on the density of people and staging Red Knot on the coast of North Carolina. Wader Study 124:66-74.

Watts, B.D. and C. Turrin. 2017. Mapping bald eagle activity shadows around communal roosts: Implications for management guidelines. Journal of Wildlife Management 81:928-937.

Watts, B.D. 2016. Breeding birds of Virginia. Virginia Journal of Science 66(3):223-276.

Turrin*, C. and B.D. Watts. 2015. Sustainable mortality limits for migratory shorebird populations within the east Asian-Australasian flyway. Stilt 68:2-17.

Watts, B. D. and C. Turrin*. 2016. Assessing hunting policies for migratory shorebirds throughout the Western Hemisphere. Wader Study 123.

Mojica, E. K., B. D. Watts, and C. Turrin*. 2016. Utilization Probability Map for Migrating Bald Eagles in Northeastern North America: A Tool for Siting Wind Energy Facilities and Other Flight Hazards. PLoS ONE 11(6): e0157807.

Watts, B. D., F. M. Smith, C. Poli, N. Banfield, and T. Jones. 2015. Bell’s Vireo captured on lower Delmarva Peninsula. The Raven 86:11-12.

Watts, B. D. and F. M. Smith. 2015. Winter composition of Nelson’s and saltmarsh sparrows in coastal Virginia. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 127: 387-394.

Watts, B. D., K. E. Clark, C. A. Koppie, G. D. Therres, M. A. Byrd, and K. A. Bennett. 2015. Establishment and growth of the peregrine falcon breeding population within the mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain. Journal of Raptor Research 49:359-366.

Watts, B. D., R. Boettcher, and B. R. Truitt. 2015. Ground-nesting bald eagles on the Virginia Barrier Islands. The Raven 86:15-17.

Turrin*, C., B. D. Watts, E. K. Mojica. 2015. Landfill use by bald eagles in the Chesapeake Bay region. Journal of Raptor Research 49(3): 239-249.

Watts, B. D., E. K. Mojica, and B. J. Paxton. 2015. Seasonal variation in space use by nonbreeding bald eagles within the upper Chesapeake Bay. Journal of Raptor Research 49(3): 250-258.

Watts, B. D., Mojica, E. K. and Paxton, B. J. 2015. Using Brownian bridges to assess potential interactions between bald eagles and electrical hazards within the upper Chesapeake Bay. The Journal of Wildlife Management 79:435-445.

Turrin*, C. and B. D. Watts. 2015. Nest guarding in Chesapeake Bay bald eagles. Journal of Raptor Research 49: 18-28.

Turrin*, C., B. D. Watts, and M. A. Byrd. 2014. Recovery of breeding bald eagles along the lower Delmarva peninsula. The Raven 85(2):26-30.

Watts, B. D. and B. J. Paxton. 2014. Status and Distribution of Colonial Waterbirds in Coastal Virginia: 2013 Breeding Season. The Raven 85(2):12-25.

Turrin*, C. and B. D. Watts. 2014. Intraspecific Intrusion at Bald Eagle Nests. Ardea 102:71-78.

Watts, B. D., E. T. Reed, and C. Turrin*. 2014. Estimating Sustainable Mortality Limits for Shorebirds Using the Western Atlantic Flyway. Wader Study 122: 37-53.

Watts, B. D., E. K. Mojica, J. T. Paul, and J. J. Pottie. 2014. Recovery of breeding bald eagles on Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. Maryland Birdlife 63: 10-17.

Watts, B. D. 2014. Estimating the Residual Value of Inactive Bald Eagle Nests: Implications for Nest Protection Standards. Journal of Wildlife Management and Wildlife Management 79(5):776-784; DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.888
Watts, B. D. and B. R. Truitt. 2014. Spring migration of red knots along the Virginia Barrier Islands. Journal of Wildlife Management 79: 288-295.

Pao, S., B. E. Hagens, C. Kim, S. Wildeus, M. R. Ettinger, M. D. 2014. Wilson, B. D. Watts, N. C. Whitley, A. C. S. Porto-Fett, J. G. Shwarz, P. Kaseloo, S. Ren, W. Long III, H. Li, and J. B. Luchansky. 2014. Prevalence and molecular analyses of Campylobacter jejuniand Salmonella spp. in co-grazing small ruminants and wild-living birds. Livestock Science 160:163-171.

Denmon, P., B. D. Watts, and F. M. Smith. 2013. Investigating American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) nest failure on Fisherman Island National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia, USA. Waterbirds 36: 156-165.


Recent Reports

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.

Watts, B. D., B. J. Paxton, and M. L. Pitts. 2017. Exposure of bald eagle nestlings to contaminants on National Park Service lands within the Chesapeake Bay, Interim report: Fall 2017. The Center for Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-17-11. College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University. 23pp.

Watts, B. D., B. J. Paxton and F. M. Smith. 2017. Assessment of black rail status in Georgia, Interim report: Summer 2017. Center for Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-17-08. College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 8 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. 2017. The Center for Conservation Biology 2017 Annual Report: Saving Places. The Center for Conservation Biology Educational Document: CCBED-17-01. College of William and Mary & Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA.

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. 2016. The Center for Conservation Biology 2016 Annual Report: 25 Years of Conservation. The Center for Conservation Biology Educational Document: ccbed-16-01. College of William and Mary & Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 33 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.

Watts, B. D. 2015. The Center for Conservation Biology 2015 Annual Report: Inspiring a New Generation. The Center for Conservation Biology Educational Document: ccbed-15-01. College of William and Mary & Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 34 pp.