Bryan Watts

Director, The Center for Conservation Biology, William & Mary

Mitchell A. Byrd Research Professor of Conservation Biology, 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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Sarasola, J. H., M. A. Galmes, and B. D. Watts. 2020. Electrocution on power lines is an important threat for the endangered Chaco eagle (Buteogallus coronatus) in Argentina. Journal of Raptor Research 54:166-171.

Watts, B. D., F. M. Smith, D. J. Hamilton, T. Keyes, J. Paquet, L. Pirie-Dominix, J. Rausch, B. Truitt, B. Winn and P. Woodward. 2019. Seasonal variation in mortality rates for whimbrels (Numenius Phaeopus) using the Western Atlantic Flyway. Condor 121:1-13.

Tucker, M. A. et al. 2019. Large birds travel farther in homogeneous environments. Global Ecology and Biogeography:1-12. (DOI: 10.1111/geb.12875)

Liu, Xiaotu, U. Wu, X. Zhang, L. Shen, A. L. Brazeau, D. H. Adams, H. Marler, B. D. Watts, and D. Chen. 2019. Novel Dechlorane Analogues and Possible Sources in Peregrine Falcon Eggs and Shark Livers from the Western North Atlantic Regions. Environmental Science and Technology 53:3419–3428.

Watts, B. D. and R. J. Dyer. 2018. Structure and resilience of bald eagle roost networks. Wildlife Society Bulletin; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/wsb.865.

Watts, B. D., M. A. Byrd, E. K. Mojica, S. M. Padgett, S. R. Harding, and C. A. Koppie. 2018. Long-term monitoring of a successful recovery program of Peregrine Falcons in Virginia. Ornis Hungarica 26:104-113.

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.


Recent Reports

Watts, B. D. and B. J. Paxton. 2020. Assessing the status and distribution of non-breeding double-crested cormorants along the coast of North Carolina. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series: CCBTR-20-07. William & Mary, 4 pp.

Hines, C. H., L. S. Duval, and B. D. Watts. 2020. Winter distribution and migration ecology of the Ipswich Sparrow in the mid-Atlantic: Year 2020 report. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-20-06. William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 8 pp.

Watts, B. D. 2020. Moving toward full life-cycle conservation for whimbrels using the Western Atlantic Flyway, Quarterly report: March 2020. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series: CCBTR-20-05. William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 4 pp.

Watts, B. D., C. Hines, L. Duval, B. J. Paxton, and J. Wright. 2020. Investigation of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers within the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge: 2019 report.The Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-20-04. William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 18 pp.

Watts, B. D. and B. J. Paxton. 2020. Assessing the status and distribution of non-breeding double-crested cormorants along the coast of North Carolina, Quarterly report: Fall 2019. Center for Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-20-01. William & Mary. 5 pp.

Watts, B. D. and M. U. Watts. 2019. Virginia peregrine falcon monitoring and management program: Year 2019 report. The Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series: CCBTR-19-13. William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 25 pp.

Paxton, B. J., B. D. Watts. 2019. An assessment of the Bald Eagle and Great Blue Heron breeding populations along High Rock, Tuckertown, Narrows, and Falls Reservoirs in central North Carolina: 2019 breeding season. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-19-10. William & Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 84 pp.

Watts, B. D., B. J. Paxton, R. Boettcher, and A. L. Wilke. 2019. Status and distribution of colonial waterbirds in coastal Virginia: 2018 breeding season. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-19-06. College of William and Mary & Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 28 pp.

Smith, F. M., B. D. Watts, L.A. Allison, L. Epp, and E. Trampenau. 2019. Assessing Important Horseshoe Crab Spawning Areas and Examination of Spring Red Knot Diet in Coastal Georgia Using DNA barcoding. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series: CCBTR-19-23. College of William and Mary/Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 23 pp.

Watts, B. D. and B. J. Paxton. 2019. Baseline bird surveys of Plum Tree Island National Wildlife Refuge: 2018 Season. The Center for Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-19-03. College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University. 14 pp.

Watts, B. D. and B. J. Paxton. 2019. Eagle Nest and Roost Monitoring within Exelon Lands: Muddy Run Pumped Storage Project (FERC No. 2355) and Conowingo Hydroelectric Project (FERC No. 405). Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-19-02. College of William & Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 44 pp.

Watts, B. D., C. Hines, L. Duval, B. J. Paxton, F. M. Smith, and J. Wright. 2019. Investigation of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers within the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge: 2018 report. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-19-01. College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 16 pp.

Watts, B. D., F. M. Smith, B. J. Paxton, C. Hines, and L. Duval. 2018. Investigation of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in Virginia: Year 2018 report. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-18-17. College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 33 pp.

Paxton, B. J. and B. D. Watts. 2018. An assessment of the Bald Eagle and Great Blue Heron breeding populations along High Rock, Tuckertown, Narrows, and Falls Reservoirs in central North Carolina: 2018 breeding season. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-18-15. College of William and Mary/Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 51 pp.

Watts, B. D. and M. U. Watts. 2018. Virginia peregrine falcon monitoring and management program: Year 2018 report. The Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series: CCBTR-18-14. College of William and Mary & Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 26 pp.

Watts, B. D., B. J. Paxton, and M. L. Pitts. 2018. Exposure of bald eagle nestlings to contaminants on National Park Service lands within the Chesapeake Bay. The Center for Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-18-13. College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University. 57 pp.

Smith, F. M., B. D. Watts, B. J. Paxton, L. S. Duval and J. A. Linscott. 2018. Assessment of Black Rail Status in North Carolina, Breeding Season 2017 and 2018 Summaries. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series: CCBTR-18-12. College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 45 pp.

Watts, B. D. and M. U. Watts. 2018. Assessing the status and distribution of nesting herons in urban areas of lower Tidewater, Virginia (2018 breeding season). Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-18-11. College of William and Mary & Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 9 pp.

Smith, F. M., B. D. Watts, B. J. Paxton, and L. S. Duval. 2018. Assessment of Black Rail Status in Georgia, Breeding Season 2017 and 2018 Summaries. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series: CCBTR-18-10. College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 48 pp.

Watts, B. D. and M. U. Watts. 2018. Assessing the status and distribution of colonial waterbirds in coastal Virginia: 2018 breeding season (fall interim). The Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series: CCBTR-18-09. College of William and Mary & Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 5 pp.

Watts, B. D., B. J. Paxton, and F. M. Smith. 2018. Assessment of black rail status in North Carolina, Interim report: Spring 2018. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-18-05. College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University. 8 pp.

Watts, B. D., B. J. Paxton, and F. M. Smith. 2018. Assessment of black rail status in Georgia, Interim report: Summer 2018. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-18-04. College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University. 9 pp.

Watts, B. D. and B. J. Paxton. 2018. Assessing the status and distribution of colonial waterbirds in coastal Virginia: 2018 breeding season. Center for Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-18-03. College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University. Williamsburg, VA. 5 pp.

Watts, B. D., B. J. Paxton, F. M. Smith, and J. Wright. 2018. Investigation of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers within the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge: 2017 report. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-18-01. College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 11 pp.

Watts, B. D., B. J. Paxton and F. M. Smith. 2017. Assessment of black rail status in North Carolina, Interim report: Fall 2017. Center for Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-17-18. College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University. 3 pp.

Watts, B. D., F. M. Smith, B. J. Paxton and M. Pavlosky, Jr. 2017. Investigation of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in Virginia: Year 2017 report. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-17-17. College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 18 pp.

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.