Barton Paxton

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


Publications

Watts, B. D., F.M. Smith, and B.J. Paxton. 2013. An assessment of the Bald Eagle and Great Blue Heron breeding populations along High Rock, Tuckertown, Narrows, and Falls Reservoirs in central North Carolina: 2013 breeding season. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-13-05. College of William and Mary/Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 46 pp.

Wilson, M. D., B. D. Watts, C. Lotts, F. M. Smith, and B. J. Paxton. 2012.  Investigation of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in Virginia: Year 2012 report. CCBTR-13-01. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 31 pp.

Smith, F. M. Smith, B. D. Watts, B. J. Paxton, and D.Z. Poulton. 2012. Autumn Migration of the Northern Saw-whet Owl on the Lower Delmarva Peninsula: Fall 2012 Report.  Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-12-13. College of William and Mary & Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 15 pp.

Watts, B. D., E. K. Mojica, and B. J. Paxton. 2012. Use of satellite telemetry to delineate bald eagle activity centers for hazard mitigation and land planning within the upper Chesapeake Bay. Final Report. CCBTR-12-05. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 398 pgs.

Wilson, M. D., B. D. Watts, C. Lotts, F. M. Smith, and B. J. Paxton. 2012. Investigation of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in Virginia: Year 2012 report. CCBTR-12-03. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 33 pp.

Watts, B. D., E. K. Mojica, F. M. Smith, B. J. Paxton. 2011. Preassessment of Injury to Ospreys from the Deepwater Horizon (MC 252) Oil Spill (Bird Study #9). CCBTR-11-03. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 5 pp.

Mojica, E.K., B.J. Paxton, and B.D. Watts. 2011. Eagle Nest, Roost and Foraging Area Monitoring at Exelon’s Conowingo and Muddy Run Reservoirs. CCBTR-11-15. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 23 pp.

Homyack, J. A., B. J. Paxton, M. D. Wilson, B. D. Watts, and D. A. Miller. 2011. Snags and cavity-nesting birds within intensively managed pine stands in eastern North Carolina, USA. Southern Journal of Applied Forestry 35:148-154.

Wilson, M. D., B. D. Watts, C. Lotts, F. M. Smith, and B. J. Paxton, and. 2011. Investigation of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in Virginia: Year 2010 report. CCBTR-11-02. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 24 pp.

Mojica, E.K., B.J. Paxton, F.M. Smith, and B.D. Watts. 2011. Preassessment of Injury to Ospreys from the Deepwater Horizon (MC 252) Oil Spill. CCBTR-11-16. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 16 pp.

Mojica, E.K., B.D. Watts, B.J. Paxton. 2011. Pre-assessment of Injury to Bald Eagles from the Deepwater Horizon (MC 252) Oil Spill: Final Report. CCBTR-11-13. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 14 pp.

Watts, B.D., E.K. Mojica, B.J. Paxton. 2011. Preassessment of Injury to Bald Eagles from the Deepwater Horizon (MC 252) Oil Spill (Bird Study #9): Interim Report. CCBTR-11-08. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 3 pp.

Paxton, B. J. and B. D. Watts. Field. 2011. Field Survey and Report of Proposed 100kW Wind Turbine on Tangier Island, Virginia for Colonial Wading Birds. CCBTR-11-10. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 4 pp.

Paxton, B. J. and B. D. Watts. Results of. 2011. Results of 2011 Bald Eagle Nest Survey for Landstown to Virginia Beach Upgrade. CCBTR-11-12. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 6 pp.

Smith, F. M. Smith, B. D. Watts, and B. J. Paxton. 2011. Autumn Migration of the Northern Saw-whet Owl on the Lower Delmarva Peninsula: Fall 2011 Report. CCBTR-11-19. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary & Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 15 pp.

Watts, B. D., B. J. Paxton, and F. M. Smith. 2011. Status and habitat use of Wayne’s Black-throated Green Warbler in the northern portion of the South Atlantic Coastal Plain. Southeastern Naturalist 10:1-12.

Watts, B. D., S. M. Padgett, E. K. Mojica, and B. J. Paxton. 2011. FALCONTRAK: Final Report. CCBTR-11-07. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 33 pp.

Smith, F. F.M. Smith, B. D. Watts, and B. J. Paxton. 2010. Autumn Migration of the Northern Saw-whet Owl on the Lower Delmarva Peninsula: Fall 2010 Report. CCBTR-10-12. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 17 pp.

Mojica, E.K., B.J. Paxton, and B.D. Watts. 2010. Eagle Nest, Roost and Foraging Area Monitoring at Exelon’s Conowingo and Muddy Run Reservoirs. CCBTR-10-11. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 16 pp.

Ehlers, S. E., F. M. Smith, B. D. Watts, and B. J. Paxton. 2010. Autumn Migration of the Northern Saw-whet Owl on the Lower Delmarva Peninsula: Year 2009 Report. CCBTR-10-03. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 17 pp.

Wilson, M. D., B. D. Watts, C. Lotts, B. J. Paxton, and F. M. Smith. 2010. Investigation of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in Virginia: Year 2009 report. CCBTR-10-04. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 33 pp.

Watts, B. D., B. J. Paxton. 2009. Status and distribution of colonial waterbirds in coastal Virginia: 2009 breeding season. CCBTR-09-03. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 21 pp.

Paxton, B. J., and M. D. Wilson. 2009. Habitat assessment of the proposed New River Valley Commerce Park, Dublin, Virginia to investigate the potential to support the Upland Sandpiper, Loggerhead Shrike, or Henslow’s Sparrow. CCBTR-09-05. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 13 pp.

Wilson, M. D., B. D. Watts, C. Lotts, B. J. Paxton, and F. M. Smith. 2009. Investigation of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in Virginia: Year 2008 report. CCBTR-09-02. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 33 pp.

Ehlers, S., F. M. Smith, B. J. Paxton, and B. D. Watts. 2008. Autumn migration of Northern Saw-whet Owls on the lower Delmarva Peninsula; Fifteen year summary and year 2008 project report. CCBTR-08-11. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 19 pp.

Watts, B. D., B. R. Truitt, F. M. Smith, E. K. Mojica, B. J. Paxton, A. L. Wilke, and A. E. Duerr. 2008. Whimbrel tracked with satellite transmitter on migratory flight across North America. Wader Study Group Bulletin 115:55-57.

Smith, F. M. and B. J. Paxton. 2008. Fort Lee avian inventory report. CCBTR-08-07. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 37 pp.

Wilson, M. D., B. D. Watts, C. Lotts, B. J. Paxton, and F. M. Smith. 2008. Investigation of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in Virginia: Year 2007 report. CCBTR-08-04. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 30 pp.

Watts, B. D., M. D. Wilson, F. M. Smith, B. J. Paxton, and J. B. Williams. 2008. Breeding range expansion of the Coastal Plain Swamp Sparrow. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 120:393-395.

Paxton, B. J. and B. D. Watts. 2008. Mass variation in northern saw-whet owls: implications for current sexing criteria. Journal of Field Ornithology 79:53-57.

Smith, F.M., A. E. Duerr, B.J. Paxton and B.D. Watts. 2008. An Investigation of Stopover Ecology of the Red Knot on the Virginia Barrier Islands. CCBTR-07-14. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 35 pp.

Smith, F.M., D., Paxton and B. D. Watts. 2008. Autumn migration of Northern Saw-whet Owls on the Lower Delmarva Peninsula 1994-2007: Project Report 2007. CCBTR-07-11. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 12 pp.

Watts, B. D. and B. J. Paxton. 2007. Ospreys of the Chesapeake Bay: Population recovery, ecological requirements, and current threats. Waterbirds 30:39-49.

Paxton, B. J., B. D. Watts, and F. M. Smith. 2007. Autumn migration of northern saw-whet owls on the lower Delmarva Peninsula 1994-2006: Project report 2006. CCBTR-07-01. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 11 pp.

Watts, B. D., M. D. Wilson, B. J. Paxton, F. M. Smith, D. S. Bradshaw and C. Lotts. 2007. Investigation of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in Virginia: Year 2006 report. CCBTR-07-04. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 27 pp.

Paxton, B. J. 2007. Potential impact of common reed expansion on threatened high-marsh bird communities on the seaside: wintering bird surveys of selected high-marsh patches. CCBTR-07-13. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 21 pp.

Mabey, S. E., B. J. Paxton, B. D. Watts, F. M. Smith, D. Dawson, and B. R. Truitt. 2007. Baseline assessment of neotropical migrant landbird stopover habitat in the lower Chesapeake Bay region for conservation planning and protection. CCBTR-07-16. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 63 pp.

Paxton, B. J. 2007. Potential impact of common reed expansion on threatened high-marsh bird communities on the seaside: breeding bird surveys of selected high-marsh patches. CCBTR-07-03. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 19 pp.