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Dr. Adam Watts
Associate Research Professor, Fire Ecology

Professional Interests:

Dr. Watts’s research interests include fire ecology and fire science; interactive effects of ecosystem processes and disturbance on landscapes; ecological restoration; and the development and commercialization of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for ecological and natural-resources applications. Watts is also deputy director of DRI’s Division of Atmospheric Sciences (DAS), and Division lead for UAS work in Atmospheric Sciences.

Current and recent projects include investigating whether repeated fires in wetlands during drought could change fire return intervals in these rarely-burned ecosystems; factors influencing smoldering combustion in organic soils; and the detection of ecological footprints in patterned landscapes. At DRI, Dr. Watts conducts research on wetland and peat fires, while working on new techniques and technology for fire prediction and monitoring. These projects include investigating UAS for wildland firefighter situational awareness, fire detection and monitoring, and post-fire mapping and rehabilitation monitoring. Watts works with a number of local Nevada industry partners, as well as collaborating researchers and businesses abroad, to produce partnerships and innovations to better serve the science and operational needs of firefighters and natural resource agencies. Western ecosystems also face increasingly large and severe fires due to a number of factors. Dr. Watts is interested in understanding interactions of these factors to better explain these fires and improve our abilities to address them, from both a scientific and policy perspective.

Prior to joining the faculty at DRI, Dr. Watts studied and worked at University of Florida on fire ecology. His projects included a strong applied component, and reflect a desire to translate his research to solve important natural resource management questions.

Watts previously coordinated a multidisciplinary program to develop handheld, amphibious UAS for surveys of levees, invasive plant-control programs, and wildlife populations that continues to enjoy success. Healso worked as an alligator biologist, served as an agroforestry extensionist with the Peace Corps in Guinea, and was a volunteer firefighter with Federal wildland firefighter certification. He remains interested in research that improves the lives of people around the world.

Research Areas:

  • Fire Ecology
  • Fire Science
  • Smoldering Combustion
  • Forest Ecology
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS”)
  • Ecological Restoration
  • Pyrogeomorphology
  • Industry Partnerships/Technology Commercialization

Education:

Degree Year Institution Area
Ph.D. 2012 University of Florida, Gainesville, FL Interdisciplinary Ecology
M.S. 2002 University of Florida, Gainesville, FL Interdisciplinary Ecology
B.S. 1999 Emory University, Atlanta, GA Biology

Keywords

Fire ecology, Wildfire, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, UAS, Forest Ecology, Restoration, Development, Smoldering Combustion, Peat Fires, Wetlands Ecology

 

Program(s)

 

Publications
2020
Watts, A. C., Samburova, V., Moosmüller, H. (2020). Criteria-Based Identification of Important Fuels for Wildland Fire Emission Research, Atmosphere, 11 (6), 640, 10.3390/atmos11060640
Sengupta, D., Samburova, V., Bhattarai, C., Watts, A. C., Moosmüller, H., Khlystov, A. Y. (2020). Polar semivolatile organic compounds in biomass-burning emissions and their chemical transformations during aging in an oxidation flow reactor, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 20, 8227–8250, 10.5194/acp-20-8227-2020
2019
Watts, A. C. (2019). Unmanned aircraft systems, In Manzello, S. L., ed. Encyclopedia of wildfires and wildland-urban interface (WUI) fires, Springer International Publishing: Cham, Switzerland
Prichard, S. J., Larkin, N. S., Ottmar, R. D., French, N. H., Brown, T. J., Baker, K., Clements, C., Dickinson, M., Hudak, A., Kochanski, A., Linn, R., Liu, Y., Potter, B., Mell, W. E., Tanzer, D., Urbanski, S., Watts, A. C. (2019). The Fire and Smoke Model Evaluation Experiment: A plan for integrated, large fire-atmosphere field campaigns, Atmosphere, 10 (2), 66, https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos10020066
Nelson, K. N., Boehmler, J., Khlystov, A. Y., Moosmüller, H., Samburova, V., Bhattarai, C., Wilcox, E.M., Watts, A. C. (2019). A Multipollutant Smoke Emissions Sensing and Sampling Instrument Package for Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Development and Testing, Fire, 2, 32, 10.3390/fire2020032
Marzello, S. (Ed.) Watts, A. C. (2019). Unmanned aircraft systems, In Encyclopedia of wildfires and wildland-urban interface (WUI) fires, Springer, 10.1007/978-3-319-51727-8_83-1
Liu, Y., Kochanski, A., Baker, K. R., Mell, W., Linn, R., Paugam, R., Mandel, J., Fournier, A., Jenkins, M. A., Goodrick, S., Achtemeier, G., Zhao, F., Ottmar, R., French, N. H., Larkin, N., Brown, T. J., Hudak, A., Dickinson, M., Potter, B., Clements, C., Urbanski, S., Prichard, S., Watts, A. C., McNamara, D. (2019). Fire behaviour and smoke modelling: Model improvement and measurement needs for next-generation smoke research and forecasting systems, International Journal of Wildland Fire, 28, 570-588, 10.1071/WF18204
Chow, J. C., Cao, J., Chen, L., Wang, X., Wang, Q., Tian, J., Ho, S.S.H., Watts, A. C., CARLSON, T., Kohl, S. D., Watson, J. G. (2019). Changes in PM 2.5 peat combustion source profiles with atmospheric aging in an oxidation flow reactor, Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 12, 5475-5501, 10.5194/amt-2019-198
Falk, D. A., Watts, A. C., Thode, A. (2019). Scaled ecological resilience, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 7, Article No. 275, 10.3389/fevo.2019.00275
Kobziar, L., Pingree, M., Watts, A. C., Nelson, K. N., Dreaden, T. J., Rideout, M. (2019). Accessing the life of smoke: using small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to sample wildland fire bioaerosol emissions and their environment, Fire, 2 (4), Article No. 56, 10.3390/fire2040056
Watson, J. G., Cao, J., Chen, L.-W.A., Wang, Q. Y., Tian, J., Wang, X., Gronstal, S. B., Ho, S.S.H., Watts, A. C., Chow, J. C. (2019). Gaseous, PM2.5 mass, and speciated emission factors from laboratory chamber peat combustion, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 14173-14193, 10.5194/acp-19-14173-2019
2018
Sengupta, D., Samburova, V., Bhattarai, C., Kirillova, E., Mazzoleni, L., Iaukea-Lum, M., Watts, A. C., Moosmüller, H., Khlystov, A. Y. (2018). Light absorption by polar and non-polar aerosol compounds from laboratory biomass combustion, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 10849-10867, 10.5194/acp-18-10849-2018
Bhattarai, C., Samburova, V., Sengupta, D., Iaukea-Lum, M., Watts, A. C., Moosmüller, H., Khlystov, A. Y. (2018). Physical and chemical characterization of aerosol in fresh and aged emissions from open combustion of biomass fuels, Aerosol Science and Technology, 10.1080/02786826.2018.1498585
Boehmler, J., Loria Salazar, S. M., Stevens, C., Long, J. D., Watts, A. C., Holmes, H. A., Barnard, J. C., Arnott, W. P. (2018). Development of a multispectral albedometer and deployment on an unmanned aircraft for evaluating satellite retrieved surface reflectance over Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, Sensors, 18 (10), 3504, 10.3390/s18103504
2017
Yatavelli, R.L.N., Chen, L.-W.A., Knue, J. D., Samburova, V., Gyawali, M., Watts, A. C., Chakrabarty, R. K., Moosmüller, H., Hodzic, A., Wang, X., Zielinska, B. K., Chow, J. C., Watson, J. G. (2017). Emissions and partitioning of intermediate-volatility and semi-volatile polar organic compounds (I/SV-POCs) during laboratory combustion of boreal and sub-tropical peat, Aerosol Sci Eng, 1 (1), 25-32, 10.1007/s41810-017-0001-5
Watts, A. C. (2017). Biological Footprints in the Geological Record, Research Features, 113, 24-27
2016
Smith, A., Kolden, C. A., Paveglio, T. B., Cochrane, M. A., Bowman, M., Moritz, M. A., Kliskey, A. D., Alessa, L., Hudak, A. T., Hoffman, C. M., Lutz, J. A., Queen, L. P., Goetz, S. J., Higuera, P. E., Boschetti, L., Flannigan, M., Yedinak, K. M., Watts, A. C., Strand, E. K., van Wagtendonk, J. W., Anderson, J. W., Stocks, B. J., Abatzoglou, J. T. (2016). The Science of Firescapes: Achieving Fire Resilient Communities, BioScience, 66 (2), 130-146, 10.1093/biosci/biv182
Chakrabarty, R. K., Gyawali, M., Yatavelli, R.L.N., Pandey, A., Watts, A. C., Knue, J. D., Chen, L.-W.A., Pattison, R. R., Tsibart, A. T., Samburova, V., Moosmüller, H. (2016). Brown Carbon Aerosols from Burning of Boreal Peatlands: Microphysical Properties, Emission Factors, and Implications for Direct Radiative Forcing, Atmos. Chem. Physics, 16 (5), 3033-3040, 10.5194/acp-16-3033-2016
Samburova, V., Connolly, J., Gyawali, M., Yatavelli, R.L.N., Watts, A. C., Chakrabarty, R. K., Zielinska, B. K., Moosmüller, H., Khlystov, A. Y. (2016). Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in biomass-burning emissions and their contribution to light absorption and aerosol toxicity, Science of The Total Environment, 568, 391-401, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.06.026
2015
Turetsky, M., Benscoter, B. W., Page, S., Rein, G., van der Werf, G., Watts, A. C. (2015). Global vulnerability of peatlands to fire and carbon loss, Nature Geoscience, 8, 11-14, 10.1038/ngeo2325
Kobziar, L. N., Goodwin, D., Taylor, L., Watts, A. C. (2015). Perspectives on Trends, Effectiveness, and Impediments to Prescribed Burning in the Southern U.S., Forests, 6, 561-580, 10.3990/f6030561
Watts, A. C., Kobziar, L. N. (2015). Hydrology and fire regulate edge influence on microclimate in wetland forest patches, Freshwater Science, 34 (4), 1383-1393
Chakrabarty, R. K., Gyawali, M., Yatavelli, R.L.N., Pandey, A., Watts, A. C., Knue, J. D., Chen, L.-W.A., Pattison, R. R., Tsibart, A. T., Samburova, V., Moosmüller, H. (2015). Dominance of brown carbon in aerosol emissions from burning of boreal peatlands, Atmos. Chem. Physics, Discuss., 15, 28793-28813
Watts, A. C. (2015). Successive wildfire influence on structure and properties of forested wetlands in southern Florida, Final Project Report to NSF: Project No. 1342094 submitted September 2015.
Schmidt, C. A., Watts, A. C. (2015). Hydrologic implications of smoldering fires in wetland landscapes, Freshwater Science, 34 (4), 1394-1405
2014
Watts, A. C., Watts, D. L., Cohen, M. J., Hefferman, J. B., McLaughlin, D. L., Martin, J. B., Kaplan, D. A., Osborne, T. Z., Kobziar, L. N. (2014). Evidence of biogeomorphic patterning in a low-relief karst landscape, Earth Surf. Process. Landforms, Online Wiley Library, 10.1002/esp.3597
Tsibart, A. S., Gennadiev, A., Koshovskii, T., Watts, A. C. (2014). Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in post-fire soils of drained peatlands in West Meshchera (Moscow Region, Russia), Solid Earth, 5, 1305-1317, 10.5194/se-1305-2014
2013
Watts, A. C., Kobziar, L. N. (2013). Smoldering combustion and ground fires: ecological effects and multi-scale significance, Fire Ecology, 9, 124-132, doi: 10.4996/fireecology.0901
Watts, A. C. (2013). Organic soil combustion in cypress swamps: moisture effects and landscape implications for carbon release, Forest Ecology and Management, 294C, 178-187, 10.1016/j.foreco.2012.07.032
Watts, A. C. (2013). Will Climate Change Alter Wildfire Behavior and Effects in Seasonally-Dry Wetlands?, 16 p., Final Report: Joint Fire Science Program, Project 11-3-1-22
Conference Proceedings
2019
Iaukea-Lum, M., Sengupta, D., Samburova, V., Khlystov, A. Y., Watts, A. C., Arnott, W. P., Moosmüller, H. (2019). Optical Characterization of Fresh and Photochemically-Aged Aerosols Emitted from Laboratory Siberian Peat Burning, 12th International Conference on Carbonaceous Particles in the Atmosphere ICCPA): Vienna, Austria, April 3, 2019-April 6, 2019
Khlystov, A. Y., Samburova, V., Sengupta, D., Bhattarai, C., Watts, A. C., Moosmüller, H. (2019). Emission Factors and Chemical Composition of Laboratory-Generated Fresh and Aged Biomass Burning Aerosols, 12th International Conference on Carbonaceous Particles in the Atmosphere ICCPA): Vienna, Austria, April 3, 2019-April 6, 2019
Watts, A. C. (2019). UAS Planning for the Fire and smoke model evaluation experiment (FASMEE), NASA/U.S. Forest Service Tactical Fire Remote Sensing Advisory Committee Spring Meeting: Mountain View, CA, May 29, 2019, Invited presentation.
Watts, A. C. (2019). Small unmanned aircraft systems use in wildland fire research and management, 6th International Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference: Albuquerque, NM, April 29, 2019-May 3, 2019, Invited presentation.
Nelson, K. N., Watts, A. C., Boehmler, J., Samburova, V., Khlystov, A. Y., Moosmüller, H., Wilcox, E.M. (2019). Development of a compact, portable smoke emissions sampling instrument appropriate for use with small unmanned aircraft systems, 6th International Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference: Albuquerque, NM, April 29, 2019-May 3, 2019
Watts, A. C. (2019). Academic leadership panel on UAS, 21st Unmanned Aircraft Systems Technical Analysis and Applications Center Meeting: Las Cruces, NM, December 10, 2019-December 12, 2019
Watts, A. C., Samburova, V., Moosmüller, H., Khlystov, A. Y., Sengupta, D., Bhattarai, C. (2019). Selecting important fuels for biomass emissions research, 8th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress: Tucson, AZ, November 18, 2019-November 22, 2019
Watts, A. C. (2019). Microbial communities with atmospheric and terrestrial ramifications, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA, December 9, 2019-December 13, 2019
Watts, A. C., Kobziar, L., Varner, J. M. (2019). Beyond the paradigm of moving beyond the paradigm: myths of fire ecology, 8th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress: Tucson, AZ, November 18, 2019-November 22, 2019, Plenary presentation.
Watts, A. C., Ottmar, R., Grimm, D., Juchtzer, J. W., Melarkey, P. M., Page, D. J., Kobziar, L., Nelson, K. N., Boehmler, J. (2019). Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for data collection at the Fire and Smoke Model Evaluation Experiment (FASMEE), 8th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress: Tucson, AZ, November 18, 2019-November 22, 2019
Kobziar, L., Pingree, M., Watts, A. C., Nelson, K. N., Vuono, D. C., Moore, R., Smith, J., Dreaden, T., Rideout, M. (2019). Accessing the life of smoke: Using unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) to sample viable microorganisms and environmental covariates during wildland fires, 8th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress: Tucson, AZ, November 18, 2019-November 22, 2019
Brewer, M., Watts, A. C., Clements, C. (2019). Small UAS for Fire Weather and Fire Behavior Monitoring in the Wildland Fire Environment, 8th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress: Tucson, AZ, November 18, 2019-November 22, 2019
Parsons, R. A., Moran, C., Sauerbrey, K., Seielstad, C., Cunningham, M., Watts, A. C., Nelson, K. N., Mell, R., Prichard, S., Rowell, E. (2019). Connecting fuels, fire behavior and fire effects at the Sycan Marsh, Oregon, 8th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress: Tucson, AZ, November 18, 2019-November 22, 2019
Watts, A. C. (2019). Building UAS capacity across DRI, Invited presentation, Desert Research Institute: Reno, NV, October 10, 2019
Watts, A. C. (2019). Building a UAS Program for Arid-Lands Monitoring, Management, and Research, Invited presentation, Bureau of Land Management: Reno, NV, November 12, 2019
Watts, A. C. (2019). Creating a world-class UAS program for fire research, Invited lecture and workshop, Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy: Tallahassee, FL, October 16, 2019
Iaukea-Lum, M., Sengupta, D., Samburova, V., Khlystov, A. Y., Watts, A. C., Arnott, W. P., Moosmüller, H. (2019). Optical characterization of fresh and photochemically-aged aerosols emitted from laboratory Siberian peat burning, American Association for Aerosol Research: Portland, OR, October 14, 2019-October 18, 2019
Sengupta, D., Samburova, V., Bhattarai, C., Watts, A. C., Moosmüller, H., Khlystov, A. Y. (2019). Polar fraction of semi-volatile organic compounds in biomass burning emissions and their chemical transformations during aging with an oxidation flow reactor, American Association for Aerosol Research: Portland, OR, October 14, 2019-October 18, 2019
Watts, A. C. (2019). Operational use of unmanned aircraft over wildland fires: Recent UAS work at the Desert Research Institute and the Fire and Smoke Model Evaluation Experiment, Invited presentation, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory: Richland, WA, July 15, 2019
Watts, A. C. (2019). Wildfire research at DRI’s Airborne Systems Testing and Environmental Research Laboratory, Invited presentation for Congressman Mark Amodei: Reno, NV, September 30, 2019
Samburova, V., Sengupta, D., Bhattarai, C., Watts, A. C., Moosmüller, H., Khlystov, A. Y. (2019). Analysis of Unidentified Organic Species in Fresh and Aged Biomass-Burning Emissions Generated under Controlled Conditions, 37th Annual Conference of the American Association for Aerosol Research: Portland, OR, October 14, 2019-October 18, 2019
2018
Sengupta, D., Gao, L., Beres, N. D., Bhattarai, C., Wilcox, E.M., Samburova, V., Watts, A. C., Khlystov, A. Y., Moosmüller, H. (2018). Estimation of Snow Albedo Reduction by Light Absorbing Impurities Using a Monte Carlo Radiative Transfer Model., Joint Meeting of 17th Electromagnetic and Light Scattering Conference (ELS-XVII) and 11th Conference on Laser-Light and Interactions with Particles (LIP2018): College Station, TX, March 4, 2018-March 9, 2018
Watts, A. C., McDonough, F., Leland, A., Fleitz, J. M., Richards, M., Gertler, A. W. (2018). Unmanned aircraft for precipitation enhancement, International Conference on Aerospace and Aeronautical Engineering: Abu Dhabi, UAE, February 26, 2018-March 27, 2018
Nelson, K. N., Watts, A. C., Samburova, V., Khlystov, A. Y., Bhattarai, C., Moosmüller, H., Wilcox, E.M., Giordano, M. (2018). An emissions sampling payload for use with small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS), International Society for Atmospheric Research Using Remotely Piloted Aircraft Annual Conference: Boulder, CO, July 9, 2018-July 12, 2018
Mazzoleni, L., Kirillova, E., Schum, S., Khaksari, M., Sengupta, D., Bhattarai, C., Samburova, V., Watts, A. C., Moosmüller, H., Khlystov, A. Y. (2018). Water-Soluble Aerosol Organic Matter from Wildland Fire Emissions as Observed using Ultrahigh Resolution Orbitrap Elite Mass Spectrometry., Goldschmidt 2018: Boston, MA, August 12, 2018-August 17, 2018
Sengupta, D., Gao, L., Wilcox, E.M., Beres, N. D., Bhattarai, C., Samburova, V., Watts, A. C., Khlystov, A. Y., Moosmüller, H. (2018). Estimation of Snow Albedo Reduction by Light Absorbing Impurities Using a Monte Carlo Radiative Transfer Model, 10th International Aerosol Conference (IAC 2018): St. Louis, MO, September 2, 2018-September 7, 2018
Sengupta, D., Samburova, V., Bhattarai, C., Iaukea-Lum, M., Watts, A. C., Moosmüller, H., Khlystov, A. Y. (2018). Chemical Composition of Semi-Volatile Organic Compounds from Fresh and Laboratory-Aged Biomass Burning Particles., 10th International Aerosol Conference (IAC 2018): St. Louis, MO, September 2, 2018-September 7, 2018
Watts, A. C. (2018). Implications of unmanned aircraft for society: case studies from the environmental sciences, Invited seminar, Center for the Study of Science and Society, Missouri University of Science and Technology: Rolla, MO, October 31, 2018
Watts, A. C. (2018). Past and future directions for UAS in environmental research, Invited presentation, Missouri University for Science and Technology: Rolla, MO, October 30, 2018
Watts, A. C. (2018). Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for FASMEE and the Rx Fire Science Consortium, FASMEE/Rx Fire Science Consortium Workshop: Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory, Seattle, WA, August 14, 2018
2017
Watts, A. C. (2017). Re-Launching UAS Capabilities at DRI, DRI’s Division of Atmospheric Sciences Science Talks: Reno, NV, February 23, 2017, Invited talk.
Gyawali, M., Yatavelli, R.L.N., Watts, A. C., Samburova, V., Chakrabarty, R. K., Chen, L.-W.A., Arnold, I. J., Wang, X., Khlystov, A. Y., Moosmüller, H. (2017). Optical Properties of Aerosols Emitted from Laboratory Peat Combustion, Fourth Santa Fe Climate Conference: Santa Fe, NM, February 5, 2017-February 10, 2017
Bhattarai, C., Sengupta, D., Samburova, V., Watts, A. C., Moosmüller, H., Khlystov, A. Y. (2017). Physical and Chemical Characterization of Fresh and Aged Emissions from Open Combustion of Biomass, Desert Research Institute Graduate Student Poster Competition: Reno, NV, May 3, 2017
Sengupta, D., Samburova, V., Bhattarai, C., Iaukea-Lum, M., Watts, A. C., Moosmüller, H., Khlystov, A. Y. (2017). Light absorption of polar and non-polar aerosol components from laboratory biomass combustion, Desert Research Institute Graduate Student Poster Competition: Reno, NV, May 3, 2017
Sengupta, D., Samburova, V., Bhattarai, C., Iaukea-Lum, M., Watts, A. C., Moosmüller, H., Khlystov, A. Y. (2017). Light Absorption of Polar and Non-Polar Aerosols in Fresh and Aged Biomass-Burning Emissions, 36th Annual Conference of the American Association for Aerosol Research: Raleigh, NC, October 16, 2017-October 20, 2017
Bhattarai, C., Samburova, V., Sengupta, D., Iaukea-Lum, M., Watts, A. C., Moosmüller, H., Khlystov, A. Y. (2017). Physical and Chemical Characterization of Fresh and Aged Emissions from Open Combustion of Biomass Fuels, 36th Annual Conference of the American Association for Aerosol Research: Raleigh, NC, October 16, 2017-October 20, 2017
Iaukea-Lum, M., Bhattarai, C., Sengupta, D., Piedra, P. G., Connolly, J., Samburova, V., Khlystov, A. Y., Watts, A. C., Moosmüller, H. (2017). Three-Wavelength Optical Characterization of Fresh and Photochemically-Aged Aerosols from Siberian Peat Burning, 36th Annual Conference of the American Association for Aerosol Research: Raleigh, NC, October 16, 2017-October 20, 2017
French, N., Ottmar, R., Brown, T. J., Larkin, N., Prichard, S., Watts, A. C. (2017). Fire and Smoke Model Evaluation Experiment (FASMEE): Coordination of a Study to Improve Smoke Modeling for Fire Operations within the United States, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting: New Orleans, LA, December 11, 2017-December 14, 2017
Boehmler, J. M., Stevens, C., Arnott, W. P., Watts, A. C., All, J., Schmidt, C. G. (2017). Development of a Novel Multispectral Instrument for Handheld and UAS Measurements of Surface Albedo; First Applications for Glaciers in the Peruvian Andes and for Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting: New Orleans, LA, December 11, 2017-December 14, 2017
Nelson, K. N., Urza, A. K., Dell, J., Watts, A. C. (2017). Effects of Prescribed Fire on Fuel Loadings in Contrasting Sierra Nevada Meadow and Forest Sites, International Fire Congress: Orlando, FL, November 27, 2017-December 2, 2017
Watts, A. C. (2017). Considerations for UAS Use in Environmental Research, Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology Colloquium Series, University of Nevada: Reno, NV, April 6, 2017, Invited lecture.
Watts, A. C., Seijo, F. (2017). International Collaboration to Strengthen the Global Community of Fire Ecologists, International Conference on Prescribed Fires: Barcelona, Spain, January 31, 2017-February 2, 2017, Invited closing presentation.
2016
Watts, A. C., Dickinson, M., Brown, T. J., Ottmar, R. D., Larkin, N. K., French, N., Pritchard, S. J. (2016). FASMEE (Fire and Smoke Model Evaluation Experiment) and UAS, Invited talk at the NASA/U.S. Forest Service Tactical Fire Remote Sensing Advisory Committee Spring Meeting: Mountain View, CA, May 25, 2016
Watts, A. C., Moosmüller, H., Samburova, V., Khlystov, A. Y., Gyawali, M., Sengupta, D., Bhattarai, C., Yatavelli, R.L.N., Chakrabarty, R. K., Arnold, I. J., Zielinska, B. K., Knue, J. D., Chow, J. C., Watson, J. G., Wang, X., Chen, L.-W.A., Tsibart, A., Engling, G. (2016). Detailed Analyses of Emissions from Peat Combustion Across Biomes, Proceedings of the 15th International Peat Congress: Sarawak, Malaysia, August 15, 2016-August 19, 2016
Watts, A. C., Ball, T., Richards, M., Fleitz, J. (2016). Operation Energy Resilient Enlighten Project: Phase III Briefing, Invited talk at the NV Energy: Reno, NV, June 2, 2016
Ball, T. J., Richards, M., Fleitz, J., Watts, A. C. (2016). Operation Energy Resilient Enlighten Project: Phase II Briefing to NV Energy, Invited talk at the NV Energy: Reno, NV, May 20, 2016
Fleitz, J., Richards, M., Watts, A. C. (2016). Operation Energy Resilient Enlighten Project: Phase I Briefing to NV Energy, Invited talk at the NV Energy: Las Vegas, NV, May 10, 2016
Watts, A. C. (2016). Fire and Flying Robots: Unmanned Aircraft and Fire Science, Invited talk at the Terry Wells Discovery Museum: Reno, NV, April 23, 2016
Watts, A. C. (2016). Ecosystems and Global Change, Invited talk at the University of Idaho: Moscow, ID, March 23, 2016
Khlystov, A. Y., Samburova, V., Connolly, J., Bhattarai, C., Sengupta, D., Watts, A. C., Moosmüller, H. (2016). Contribution of Different Chemical Species to Brown Carbon Aerosol in Biomass Burning Emissions, Atmospheric Optics: Aerosols, Visibility, and the Radiative Balance, A&WMA Visibility Specialty Conference: Snow King Hotel, Jackson Hole, WY, September 27, 2016-September 30, 2016
Gyawali, M., Yatavelli, R.L.N., Watts, A. C., Samburova, V., Chakrabarty, R. K., Chen, L.-W.A., Arnold, I. J., Wang, X., Khlystov, A. Y., Moosmüller, H. (2016). Optical Properties of Aerosols Emitted from Laboratory Peat Combustion, Atmospheric Optics: Aerosols, Visibility, and the Radiative Balance, A&WMA Visibility Specialty Conference: Snow King Hotel, Jackson Hole, WY, September 27, 2016-September 30, 2016
Khlystov, A. Y., Samburova, V., Connolly, J., Bhattarai, C., Sengupta, D., Watts, A. C., Moosmüller, H. (2016). Brown Carbon Aerosol in Fresh and Aged Biomass Burning Emissions: Contribution of Individual Compounds, 35th Annual Conference of the American Association for Aerosol Research: Portland, OR, October 17, 2016-October 21, 2016
Sengupta, D., Samburova, V., Bhattarai, C., Iaukea-Lum, M., Watts, A. C., Moosmüller, H., Khlystov, A. Y. (2016). Contribution of Water-Soluble “Brown Carbon” Organic Species to Light Absorption by Biomass-Burning Aerosols, 35th Annual Conference of the American Association for Aerosol Research: Portland, OR, October 17, 2016-October 21, 2016
Cohen, M. J., Watts, A. C., McLaughlin, D. L., Quintero, C., Ward, N. D., Pain, A., Dong, X., Chamberlain, C., Diamond, J., Flint, M., Zhang, X., Martin, J. B., Bianchi, T. S., Heffernan, J. B. (2016). Perspectives on the Spatial Pattern and Basin Development of the Karst Wetlands of Big Cypress National Preserve, Big Cypress Research Symposium: Ochopee, FL, November 10, 2016
Cohen, M. J., McLaughlin, D. L., Quintero, C., Ward, N. D., Pain, A., Dong, X., Chamberlain, C., Diamond, J., Flint, M., Zhang, X., Martin, J. B., Bianchi, T. S., Heffernan, J. B., Watts, A. C. (2016). Hydrogeology and Geochemistry of Karst Cypress Domes in Big Cypress National Preserve, Big Cypress Research Symposium: Ochopee, FL, November 10, 2016
Samburova, V., McDaniel, M. R., Yatavelli, R.L.N., Gyawali, M., Chakrabarty, R. K., Watts, A. C., Knue, J. D., Cunningham, A. E., Connolly, J., Khlystov, A. Y., Moosmüller, H., Zielinska, B. K. (2016). Analysis of PAHs in Biomass Burning Emissions of Five Different Fuels, A&WMA’s 109th Annual Conference and Exhibition: New Orleans, LA, June 20, 2016-June 23, 2016
2015
Gyawali, M., Yatavelli, R.L.N., Watts, A. C., Samburova, V., Chakrabarty, R. K., Knue, J. D., Chen, L.-W.A., Arnold, I. J., Wang, X., Khlystov, A. Y., Chow, J. C., Zielinska, B. K., Watson, J. G., Moosmüller, H. (2015). Optical Properties of Aerosol Emissions from Laboratory Peat Combustion, 11th International Conference on Carbonaceous Particles in the Atmosphere: Berkeley, CA, August 10, 2015
Molzan, J. L., Beres, N. D., Watts, A. C., Samburova, V., Moosmüller, H. (2015). Optical Properties of Aerosols from Laboratory Combustion of Wildland Fuels, 2015 Tahoe Science Conference: Reno, NV, September 21, 2015
Khlystov, A. Y., Samburova, V., Gyawali, M., Yatavelli, R.L.N., Chakrabarty, R. K., Watts, A. C., Knue, J. D., Cunningham, A. E., Connolly, J., Moosmüller, H., Zielinska, B. K. (2015). Detailed Analysis of Brown Carbon Constituents in Biomass Burning Emissions, 34th Annual Conference of the American Association for Aerosol Research: Minneapolis, MN, October 12, 2015
Samburova, V., Gyawali, M., Yatavelli, R.L.N., Chakrabarty, R. K., Watts, A. C., Knue, J. D., Cunningham, A. E., Connolly, J., Moosmüller, H., Zielinska, B. K., Khlystov, A. Y. (2015). Estimation of light absorption by biomass burning aerosols using detailed chemical composition data., PacifiChem: Honolulu, HI, December 16, 2015-December 20, 2015
Samburova, V., Gyawali, M., Yatavelli, R.L.N., Chakrabarty, R. K., Watts, A. C., Knue, J. D., Cunningham, A. E., Connolly, J., Khlystov, A. Y., Moosmüller, H., Zielinska, B. K. (2015). Analysis of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Gaseous- and Particle- Phase Emissions from Peat Fuel Combustion Under Controlled Conditions, A&WMA 108th Annual Conference: Raleigh, NC, June 22, 2015-June 26, 2015
Molzan, J. L., Beres, N. D., Watts, A. C., Samburova, V., Moosmüller, H. (2015). Optical Properties of Black and Brown Carbon Aerosols from Laboratory Combustion of Wildland Fuels, 2015 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union: San Francisco, CA, December 14, 2015
Gyawali, M., Watts, A. C., Samburova, V., Chakrabarty, R. K., Knue, J. D., Chen, L.-W.A., Arnold, I. J., Wang, X., Khlystov, A. Y., Chow, J. C., Zielinska, B. K., Watson, J. G., Moosmüller, H. (2015). Optical Properties of Aerosols Emitted from Laboratory Peat Combustion, 34th Annual Conference of the American Association for Aerosol Research: Minneapolis, MN, October 12, 2015
Gyawali, M., Yatavelli, R.L.N., Watts, A. C., Samburova, V., Chakrabarty, R. K., Knue, J. D., Chen, L.-W.A., Arnold, I. J., Wang, X., Khlystov, A. Y., Chow, J. C., Zielinska, B. K., Watson, J. G., Moosmüller, H. (2015). Optical Properties of Emissions from Laboratory Peat Combustion, 15th Electromagnetic and Light Scattering (ELS) Conference: Leipzig, Germany, June 21, 2015
Ball, T., Richards, M., Watts, A. C. (2015). Introduction to UAS for wildland fire applications, Invited talk. Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch Center: Minden, NV, June 10, 2015
Watts, A. C. (2015). Desert Research Institute: Thematic areas and potential for collaboration, Invited talk. University of British Columbia-Okanagan: Kelowna, Canada, November 3, 2015
Watts, A. C. (2015). Fire science, fire ecology, and interdisciplinary UAS research at DRI, Invited talk. Nevada Board of Regents Meeting: Las Vegas, NV, March 5, 2015
Cohen, M. J., Quintero, C., Ward, N. D., Raines, E., Brown, A., Martin, J. B., Bianchi, T. S., McLaughin, D. L., Osborne, T., Hefferman, J. B., Watts, A. C. (2015). An Ecological Drill: Biogeomorphic Pattern Evolution in a Low-Relief Carbonate Landscape, 2015 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting (San Francisco, CA), December 14, 2015
Watts, A. C., Gray, R. W. (2015). Wildland Fire Applications for Unmanned Aircraft: Evaluation and Commercialization, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA, December 14, 2015
Watts, A. C., Gray, R. W. (2015). Evaluating and Operationalizing Unmanned Aircraft for Wildland Fire Use, 6th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress: San Antonio, TX, November 16, 2015
Watts, A. C., Fenstermaker, L.F., McGwire, K. C., Wilcox, E.M., Brown, T. J. (2015). Fire and UAS projects at the Desert Research Institute, Presentation at University of British Columbia: Okanagon, June 18, 2015
2014
Watts, A. C. (2014). Opportunities in Nevada for UAS Testing, Invited talk. NASA-US Forest Service Tactical Fire Remote Sensing Advisory Committee, NASA-Ames Research Center: Mountain View, CA, April 29, 2014
Watts, A. C. (2014). Fire and climate, and climate change, Invited talk. University of California, Berkeley, CA: Berkeley, CA, April 10, 2014
Watts, A. C. (2014). Fire science research with unmanned aircraft systems: near-term opportunities, Invited talk. NASA-Ames Research Center: Mountain View, CA, April 9, 2014
Watts, A. C. (2014). Fire and climate change, Invited talk. University of Florida: Gainesville, FL, March 27, 2014
Watts, A. C. (2014). Wildfire ecology of cypress swamps, Invited talk. Mississippi State University: Starkville, MS, January 21, 2014
Watts, A. C. (2014). Ecological tradeoffs of fire in cypress wetlands, Invited talk. Guest lecture at MSU Student Association for Fire Ecology. Mississippi State University: Starkville, MS, January 21, 2014
Watts, A. C. (2014). Alternative Stable States in fire ecology, Invited talk. Mississippi State University: Starkville, MS, January 21, 2014
Watts, A. C., Chakrabarty, R. K., Samburova, V., Moosmüller, H. (2014). Climatic Implications of Peat Fire Emissions, 33nd Annual Conference of the American Association for Aerosol Research: Orlando, FL, October 20, 2014
Yatavelli, R.L.N., Chen, L.-W.A., Knue, J. D., Samburova, V., Gyawali, M., Watts, A. C., Chakrabarty, R. K., Moosmüller, H., Wang, X., Zielinska, B. K., Chow, J. C., Watson, J. G. (2014). Mass- and Energy-Based Emission Factors and Gas-Particle Partitioning of Intermediate-Volatility and Semi-Volatile Organic Compounds from Laboratory Combustion of Boreal and Sub-Tropical Peat, 33nd Annual Conference of the American Association for Aerosol Research: Orlando, FL, October 20, 2014
Gyawali, M., Chakrabarty, R. K., Yatavelli, R.L.N., Chen, L.-W.A., Knue, J. D., Samburova, V., Watts, A. C., Moosmüller, H., Arnott, W. P., Wang, X., Zielinska, B. K., Chow, J. C., Watson, J. G., Tsibart, A. (2014). Strong Wavelength Dependence of Aerosol Light Absorption from Peat Combustion, Poster presentation at the 2014 AGU Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA, December 15, 2014
Ambrosia, V. G., Dahlgren, R. P., Watts, A. C., Reynolds, K. W., Ball, T. (2014). UAS developments supporting wildfire observations, Poster presentation, 2014 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA, December 15, 2014
Heffernan, J. B., Murray, A. B., Cohen, M. J., Martin, J. B., McLaughlin, D. L., Bianchi, T. S., Watts, A. C. (2014). A model of depressional wetland formation in low-relief karst landscapes, Presentation, 2014 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA, December 15, 2014
Kaplan, D. A., Schmidt, C. A., McLaughlin, D. L., Watts, A. C. (2014). Implications of organic soil combustion for fire management in wetlands, Presentation, Conference On Ecological and Ecosystem Restoration: New Orleans, LA, July 28, 2014
Kobziar, L. N., Johnson, M., Watts, A. C., Godwin, D. R., Camp, J. (2014). The immediate effects of California’s Rim Fire on tree injuries and in-stand severity in fuels treated plantations, Special Session Abstracts, Large Wildland Fires: Social, Political and Ecological Effects Conference: Missoula, MT, May 19, 2014
Watts, A. C., Kaplan, D. A., McLaughlin, D. L., Schmidt, C. A. (2014). Hydrologic implications of ground fires in low-relief landscapes, Presentation, Large Wildland Fires: Social, political, and ecological effects: Missoula, MT, May 19, 2014
Watts, A. C., Turetsky, M. R., Benscoter, B., Page, S. E., Rein, G., van der Werf, G. (2014). Global perspectives on peat fires, Presentation, 2014 AGU Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA, December 15, 2014
Fenstermaker, L.F., McGwire, K. C., Wilcox, E.M., Tilley, J. S., Watts, A. C., Baker, J. L., Huntington, J. L. (2014). UAS environmental research, Invited talk, Nevada Governors Conference on Small Business: Las Vegas, NV, September 19, 2014
Watts, A. C. (2014). Unmanned aircraft: considerations for forest management, commercial and research use, Invited talk, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Green Industry Professionals: Reno, NV, September 10, 2014
Watts, A. C., McGuire, G. (2014). Fire season 2014 recap and preliminary winter outlook, Invited talk, Nevada Emergency Managers Workshop: Las Vegas, NV, October 15, 2014
Watts, A. C. (2014). Unmanned aircraft for aerial surveys: classification and considerations for use, Invited talk, The Wildlife Society Conference: Pittsburgh, PA, October 27, 2014
Knue, J. D., Yatavelli, R.L.N., Chen, L.-W.A., Samburova, V., Gyawali, M., Watts, A. C., Chakrabarty, R. K., Moosmüller, H., Wang, X., Zielinska, B. K., Chow, J. C., Watson, J. G., Tsibart, A. (2014). A Comparison of Mass-based Emission Factors from Laboratory Combustion of Boreal and Sub-Tropical Peat, 2014 AGU Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA, December 15, 2014
Other
2015
Soja, A., Schimel, D., Giglio, L., Loboda, T., French, N., Dibb, J., Moore, T., McCarty, J., da Silva Jr., A., Conrad, S., Douglas, J., Kahn, R., Sohlberg, R., Pankratz, A., Swap, R., Ichoku, C., Hamilton, D., Ambrosia, V., Rodriguez-Franco, C., Stocks, B., Holden, Z., Carroll, M., Weber, K., Harbour, T., Schnase, J., Hinkley, E., Miller, M., Rollins, M., Goodrick, S., Watts, A. C., Goetz, S., Peterson, B., Ziebart, R., Barnard, B., Coen, J., Cissel, J., Brown, T. J., Wiedinmyer, C., Justice, C., Vogelman, J., Brass, J., Randerson, J., Quayle, B., Schichtel, B., Hook, S., Phillips, S., Roy, D. (2015). Prudent observations necessary to address wildland fire science and applications grand challenges: critical feedbacks with the climate system, National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s Earth Science and Application Decadal Survey, White paper October 2015, pp. 4
2013
Kobziar, L. N., Carvalho, E., Watts, A. C. (2013). Flatwoods species responses to restoration treatment and season at Myakka River State Park? A CFEOR Signature Project, CFEOR [Conserved Forests Extension, Outreach, and Research] Updates Newsletter, February 2013.
Watts, A. C. (2013). Smoldering combustion in organic soils, Spring 2013 issue, Article, National Park Service Fire Program. RxFx Newsletter