Positions

Overview

  • 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.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2012 Coal-tar-based pavement sealcoat and PAHs: implications for the environment, human health, and stormwater management.Environmental Science & Technology.  46:3039-3045. 2012
    2010 Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in stormwater runoff from sealcoated pavements.Environmental Science & Technology.  44:8849-8854. 2010
    2008 Soil and atmospheric inputs to PAH concentrations in salt marsh plantsWater, Air, and Soil Pollution Water, Air, and Soil Pollution: Focus.  189:253-263. 2008
    2006 Uptake of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in salt marsh plants Spartina alterniflora grown in contaminated sediments.Chemosphere Chemosphere - Global Change Science.  62:1253-1260. 2006

    Conference Paper

    Year Title
    2010 Preliminary results of the examination of thermal impacts from stormwater BMPsWorld Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2010: Challenges of Change - Proceedings of the World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2010. 3424-3451. 2010

    Principal Investigator On

  • Maine - Invasive Species Detection in Northeast Regional Lakes using (eDNA)  awarded by Maine Department of Environmental Protection 2021 - 2022
  • VT - Invasive Species Detection in Northeast Regional Lakes using (eDNA)  awarded by Vermont Dept of Environmental Conservation 2021
  • NH - Invasive Species Detection in Northeast Regional Lakes Using Environmental DNA (eDNA)  awarded by NH Department of Environmental Services 2019 - 2020
  • Algal Classification Index for Stream Assessments  awarded by NH Department of Environmental Services 2019 - 2020
  • VT - Invasive Species Detection in Northeast Regional Lakes Using Environmental DNA (eDNA)  awarded by Vermont Dept of Environmental Conservation 2019 - 2020
  • New Technology for Old Problems: Using DNA Methods to Monitor Invasive Species and Biodiversity in Estuarine Systems  awarded by University of Michigan 2017 - 2020
  • What is Our Water Worth and What Does Our Water Cost  awarded by NH Lakes Association 2018 - 2019
  • 2014-2016 EPA Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowship for Undergraduate Environmental Study  awarded by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2014 - 2016
  • Energy Optimization and Greenhouse Gas Mitigation for USACE Water Management Facilities  awarded by US DOD, Army 2012 - 2014
  • Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons Released from Parking Lots - A Controlled Field Experiment to determine if Sealcoast is a Significant Source of PAHs in the Environment  awarded by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2008 - 2010
  • Teaching Activities

  • Top/Water Watersheds & Soc Taught course 2021
  • Intro Marine Pollutn & Control Taught course 2020
  • Top/Water Watersheds & Soc Taught course 2020
  • Honors Senior Thesis Taught course 2019
  • Honors Senior Thesis Taught course 2018
  • Spc Top/Water,Watershds & Soc Taught course 2018
  • Environmental Sampl & Analysis Taught course 2017
  • Environmental Sampl & Analysis Taught course 2017
  • Water,Watersheds,&Society Taught course 2017
  • Senior Honors Thesis Taught course 2016
  • Fund Aspect Environmental Eng Taught course 2015
  • Fund Aspect Environmental Eng Taught course 2015
  • Education And Training

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

  • Alison Watts