Alison Watts

Phone: (603) 862-0585
Office: Civil & Environmental Engineering, Gregg Hall, Durham, NH 03824

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 am currently working with municipal and watershed organizations to develop adaptive management strategies for water resources threatened by land use and climate change. Additional research areas include environmental DNA and PAHs from sealcoat.


  • 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 796: Spc Top/Water,Watershds & Soc
  • CIE 796: Water,Watersheds,&Society
  • ENE 645: Fund Aspect Environmental Eng

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