Alison Watts

RESEARCH ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
Carsey Author
Phone: (603) 862-0585
Office: Civil & Environmental Engineering, Gregg Hall, Durham, NH 03824
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My research focuses on the interaction between humans and water resources; I am interested in the discharge, fate and treatment of contaminates released to the environment, and the impact of water quality stressor on both human and biological systems. I have a strong interest in sustainable resource management, and working with water resource managers to develop adaptive management strategies for aquatic systems. Current research is primarily focused on applying emerging methods in genomics to assess biotic communities with a focus on early detection of invasive species, biodiversity and ecosystem indicators. Past research areas include the release of PAHs from seal coated surfaces, transport and removal of contaminants in stormwater, climate change mitigation, and watershed modeling.

Dr. Alison W. Watts (Watershed Science Lead) is a research assistant professor at the University of New Hampshire in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. 

Education

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of New Hampshire
  • M.S., Geology/Earth Science, University of Arizona
  • B.A., Planetary Astronomy & Science, Mount Holyoke College

Courses Taught

  • CEE 721: Environmental Sampl & Analysis
  • CEE 721/920: Environmental Sampl & Analysis
  • CEE 796/896: Top/Water Watersheds & Soc
  • CIE 796/896: Water,Watersheds,&Society
  • ENE 799H: Senior Honors Thesis
  • GEN 799H: Honors Senior Thesis

Selected Publications

Mahler, B. J., Metre, P. C. V., Crane, J. L., Watts, A. W., Scoggins, M., & Williams, E. S. (2012). Coal-Tar-Based Pavement Sealcoat and PAHs: Implications for the Environment, Human Health, and Stormwater Management. Environmental Science & Technology, 46(6), 3039-3045. doi:10.1021/es203699x

Watts, A. W., Ballestero, T. P., Roseen, R. M., & Houle, J. P. (2010). Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Stormwater Runoff from Sealcoated Pavements. Environmental Science & Technology, 44(23), 8849-8854. doi:10.1021/es102059r

Watts, A. W., Ballestero, T. P., & Gardner, K. H. (2008). Soil and Atmospheric Inputs to PAH Concentrations in Salt Marsh Plants. Water, Air, and Soil Pollution, 189(1-4), 253-263. doi:10.1007/s11270-007-9572-0

Watts, A. W., Ballestero, T. P., & Gardner, K. H. (2006). Uptake of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in salt marsh plants Spartina alterniflora grown in contaminated sediments. Chemosphere, 62(8), 1253-1260. doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2005.07.006

Most Cited Publications