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