Winsor Watson

  • Associate Director of Education, School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering
  • Professor of Zoology

 Research Expertise

Neurobiology, behavior and physiology of marine animals (lobsters, nudibranches, fish and horseshoe crabs), biotelemetry, biological rhythms

Research Emphasis

Overall, my goal is to try and understand the behavior of animals, both at the level of neurons and in terms of how the animals are influenced by their environment.

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Ph.D. University Massachusetts at Amherst, 1978

Courses Taught

  • Animal Physiology ZOOL 625
  • Animal Physiology Lab ZOOL 626
  • Neurobiology and Behavior ZOOL 777/877
  • Graduate Seminars on current topics


Saunders KM, Brockmann HJ, Watson WH, Jury SH. 2010. Male horseshoe crabs (Limulus polyphemus) use multiple sensory cues to locate mates. Curr. Zool. 56(5): 485-498.

Schaller, SY, Watson WH, Chabot CC, 2010. Seasonal movements of American horseshoe crabs, Limulus polyphemus, in the Great Bay Estuary, New Hampshire (USA). Curr. Zool. 56(5): 587-598

Chabot CC, Watson WH III, 2010. Circatidal rhythms of locomotion in the American horseshoe crab, Limulus polyphemus: Underlying mechanisms and cues that influence them. Current Zoology 56(5): 499-517.

Watson WH, Chabot CC, 2010. High resolution tracking of adult horseshoe crabs (Limulus polyphemus) in a New Hampshire estuary using fixed array ultrasonic telemetry. Curr. Zool. 56(5): 599-610.

Rillahan, C., M. Chambers, W.H. Howell and W.H. Watson III. 2009. A self-contained system for observing and quantifying the behavior of Atlantic cod, Gadus morhua, in an offshore aquaculture cage. Aquaculture 293: 49-56.

Watson, W.H. III, S.Y. Schaller and C.C. Chabot. 2009. The Relationship Between Small- and Large-scale Movements of Horseshoe Crabs in the Great Bay Estuary and Limulus Behavior in the Laboratory. (book chapter, Biology of Limulus).

Scopel, D.A., W.J. Golet and W.H. Watson III. 2009. Home range dynamics of the American lobster, Homarus americanus. Marine Freshwater Behavior and Physiol. 42: 63-80.

Watson, W.H. III, W. Golet and D. Scopel. 2009. Use of ultrasonic telemetry to determine the area of bait influence and trapping area of American lobster, Homarus americanus, traps. New Zealand J. of Marine and Freshwater Biol. 43: 411-418.

Chabot, C.C., S. Skinner and W.H. Watson III. 2008. Artificial tides synchronize circatidal rhythms of locomotion in the American horseshoe crab, Limulus polyphemus. Biol. Bull. 215: 34-45.

Watson, W.H. III, L. Bedford and C.C. Chabot. 2008. Dissociation between circadian rhythms of visual sensitivity and circatidal rhythms of locomotion in the horseshoe crab, Limulus polyphemus. Biol. Bull. 215: 46-56.

Chabot, C.C., S.H. Betournay, N.R. Braley and W.H. Watson III. 2007. Endogenous rhythms of locomotion in the American horseshoe crab, Limulus polyphemus. J. Exp. Marine Biol. and Ecology 345: 79-89.

Cowan,D.F., W.H. Watson III, A.R. Solow and A.M. Mountcastle. 2007. Thermal histories of brooding lobsters, Homarus americanus, in the Gulf of Maine. Mar. Biol. 150: 463-470.


University of New Hampshire
Department of Biological Sciences
197 Rudman Hall
46 College Road
Durham, NH 03824

Research Areas: 
Behavior and Physiology of Marine Animals
Invertebrate Zoology
Marine Biology