2nd year Eagle

VCU departmental affiliation:
Center for Environmental Studies, VCU Rice Center

Hours: By appointment

External affiliation:
Mitchell A. Byrd Professor of Conservation Biology
& Research Professor of Biology College of William and Mary

• Ph.D. (Ecology), University of Georgia, 1991 (Dissertation: Relationships between vegetative cover and the spatial dynamics of sparrow assemblages in winter landscapes)
• M.A. (Biology), College of William and Mary, 1987 (Thesis: The effects of mortality and time constraints on productivity in Yellow-crowned Night-Herons (Nycticorax violacea)
• B.S. (Biology), Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1984

Research interests:
• Conservation of endangered specis
• Life-history tradeoffs in migratory specis
• Conservation limits within ecological landscapes

Recent Publications:
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.

Potter, K. E., B. D. Watts, M. J. LaGuardia, E. P. Harvey, and R. C. Hale. 2009.  Polybrominated diphenyl ether flame retardants in Chesapeake Bay region, USA, Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) eggs: Urban/rural trends.  Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 28:973-981.

Glass, K. A. and B. D. Watts. 2009.  Osprey diet composition and quality in high and low-salinity areas of lower Chesapeake Bay.  Journal of Raptor Research 43: 27-36.

Watts, B. D., G. D. Therres, and M. A. Byrd. 2008.  Recovery of the Chesapeake Bay bald eagle nesting population.  Journal of Wildlife Management 72:152-158.

Wilson, M. D. and B. D. Watts. 2008.  Landscape configuration effects on distribution and abundance of Whip-poor-wills.   The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 120:778-783.

Markham, A. C. and B. D. Watts. 2008.  The influence of salinity on provisioning rates and nestling growth in bald eagles in the lower Chesapeake Bay.  Condor 110:183-187.

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.