Bryan Watts

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., 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. doi: 10.1002/jwmg.853

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

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. 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

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 85:12-25.

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. 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.

Cristol, D. A., E. K. Mojica, C. W. Varian-Ramos, and B. D. Watts. 2012. Molted feathers indicate low mercury in bald eagles of the Chesapeake Bay, USA. Ecological Indicators 18:20-24.

Watts, B. D. and E. K. Mojica. 2012. Use of satellite transmitters to delineate Bald Eagle communal roosts within the upper Chesapeake Bay. Journal of Raptor Research 46(1):121-128.

Katzner, T., B. W. Smith, T. A. Miller, D. Brandes, F. Cooper, M. Lanzone, D. Brauning, C. Farmer, S. Harding, D. E. Kramar, C. Koppie, F. Maisonneuve, M. Martell, E. K. Mojica, C. Todd, J. A. Tremblay, M. Wheeler, D. F. Brinker, T. E. Chubbs, R. Gubler, K. O’Malley, S. Mehus, B. Porter, R. P. Brooks, B. D. Watts, and K. L. Bildstein. 2012. Status, biology, and conservation priorities for North America’s Eastern Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) population. The Auk 129(1):168-176.

Watts, and K. L. Bildstein. 2012. Status, biology, and conservation priorities for North America’s Eastern Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) population. The Auk 129(1):168-176.

Wilson, M. D., B. D. Watts, F. M. Smith, and E. S. Brinkley. 2012. Profile of the Offshore Bird Assemblage in Support for the Cape Charles Wind Project. CCBTR-12-06. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 47 pp.

Watts, B. D. and B. R. Truitt. 2011. Decline of whimbrels within a mid-Atlantic staging area (1994-2009). Waterbirds 34:347-351.

Wolner, C. W. V., L. J. Moore, D. R. Young, S. T. Brantley, S. N. Bissett, M. D. Wilson, B. D. Watts. 2011. Dune builders vs. overwash maintainers: Ecomorphodynamic feedbacks on the Virginia Coast Reserve barrier islands. Proceedings Coastal Sediments 2011, P. Wang, J. D. Rosati, T. M. Roberts (eds.). Miami, FL, USA. World Scientific. Pp. 258-271.

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.

Erwin, R. M., D. F. Brinker, B. D. Watts, G. R. Costanzo, and D. D. Morton. 2011. Islands at bay: rising seas, eroding islands, and waterbird habitat loss in Chesapeake Bay (USA). Journal of Coastal Conservation 15:51-60.

Cristol, D. A., F. M. Smith, C. W. Varian-Ramos, and B. D. Watts. 2011. Mercury levels of Nelson’s and saltmarsh sparrows at wintering grounds in Virginia, USA. Ecotoxicology 23:7.

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.

Niles, L. J., H. P. Sitters, A. D. Dey, N. Arce, P. W. Atkinson, V. Ayala-Perez, A. J. Baker, J. B. Buchanan, R. Carmona, N. A. Clark, C. Espoz, J. D. Fraser, P. M. Gonzalez, B. A. Harrington, J. E. Hernandez, K. S. Kalasz, R. Matus, B. J. McCaffery, C. D. T. Minton, R. I. G. Morrison, M. K. Peck, W. Pitts, I. L. Serrano, and B. D. Watts. 2010. Update to the status of Red Knot Calidris canutus in the Western Hemisphere. Wader Study Group Bulletin 117:1-19.

Watts, B. D. and A. E. Duerr. 2010. Nest turnover rates and list frame decay in bald eagles: Implications for the national monitoring plan. Journal of Wildlife Management 74:940-944.

Chen, D.*, R. C. Hale, B. D. Watts, M. J. LaGuardia, E. Harvey, and E. K. Mojica. 2010. Species-specific accumulation of polybrominated diphenyl ether flame retardants in birds of prey from the Chesapeake Bay region, USA. Environmental Engineering 158:1883-1889.

Watts, B. D. 2010. The Virginia Bald Eagle Survey: A history. The Raven 81:5-7.

Recent Reports

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., 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.

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.

F.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.

Wilson, M. D., and B. D. Watts.  2013. Tidal Marsh Bird Community Profiling and Management Guide for Department of Defense Installations in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series:  CCBTR-13-04. Williamsburg, VA. 39 pp.

Wilson, M. D., and B. D. Watts.  2013. Enhancing avian production on Department of Defense managed forest lands with appropriate management.  Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series: CCBTR-13-03.  Williamsburg, VA. 16 pp.

Wilson, M. D., and B. D. Watts.  2013. Spatially Explicit Management Recommendation for Early Successional Bird Communities on Department of Defense Lands in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series: CCBTR-13-02.  Williamsburg, VA. 25 pp.

Watts, B. D. 2013. Waterbirds of the Chesapeake Bay: A Monitoring Plan. CCBTR-12-11. College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 94 pp.

Duerr, A. and B. D. Watts. 2012. Waterbirds of the Chesapeake Bay: Status, Ecological Requirements, and Threats. CCBTR-12-02. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 212 pp.

Watts, B. D. 2010. Wind and waterbirds: Establishing sustainable mortality limits within the Atlantic Flyway. CCBTR-10-05. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 43 pp.