Winsor Watson III

Phone: (603) 862-1629
Office: Biological Sciences, Rudman Hall Rm 179, Durham, NH 03824
Winsor Watson

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.


  • Ph.D., Zoology and Neurobiology, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
  • B.A., Biology, Wesleyan University

Research Interests

  • Marine Biology
  • Neurobiology

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 903: Graduate Research Techniques
  • BIOL 999: Doctoral Dissertation Research
  • INCO 590: Rsrch Exp/Biological Sciences
  • INCO 790: Adv Rsrch Exp/Biological Sci
  • NSB 500: Neuroscience and Behavior I
  • NSB 501: Neurobiology Laboratory I
  • ZOOL 625: Principles Animal Physiology
  • ZOOL 626: Animal Physiology Laboratory
  • ZOOL 777: Neuroethology
  • ZOOL 877: Neurobiology and Behavior
  • ZOOL 999: Doctoral Research

Selected Publications

Bicknell, R. D. C., Ledogar, J. A., Wroe, S., Gutzler, B. C., Watson, W. H., & Paterson, J. R. (2018). Computational biomechanical analyses demonstrate similar shell-crushing abilities in modern and ancient arthropods. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 285(1889), 20181935. doi:10.1098/rspb.2018.1935

Cook, G. M., Gruen, A. E., Morris, J., Pankey, M. S., Senatore, A., Katz, P. S., . . . Newcomb, J. M. (2018). Sequences of Circadian Clock Proteins in the Nudibranch Molluscs Hermissenda crassicornis, Melibe leonina, and Tritonia diomedea. The Biological Bulletin, 234(3), 207-218. doi:10.1086/698467

Clark, A. S., Jury, S. H., Goldstein, J. S., Langley, T. G., & III, W. W. H. (2018). Underwater video surveillance of American lobsters (Homarus americanus) to understand saturation levels in lobster traps. FISHERY BULLETIN, 116(2), 161-170. doi:10.7755/FB.116.2.5

Goldstein, J. S., Morrissey, E. M., Moretti, E. D., & Watson, W. H. (2017). A comparison of the distribution and abundance of European green crabs and American lobsters in the Great Bay Estuary, New Hampshire, USA. Fisheries Research, 189, 10-17. doi:10.1016/j.fishres.2017.01.002

Anderson, R. L., Watson, W. H., & Chabot, C. C. (2017). Local tidal regime dictates plasticity of expression of locomotor activity rhythms of American horseshoe crabs, Limulus polyphemus. Marine Biology, 164(4). doi:10.1007/s00227-017-3098-9

Watson III, W. H., Vetrovs, A., & Howell, W. H. (1999). Lobster movements in an estuary. Marine Biology, 134(1), 65-75. doi:10.1007/s002270050525

Crossin, G. T., Al-Ayoub, S. A., Jury, S. H., Howell, W. H., & Watson, W. H. (1998). Behavioral thermoregulation in the American lobster Homarus americanus. JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL BIOLOGY, 201(3), 365-374. Retrieved from

O'Donohue, T. L., Bishop, J. F., Chronwall, B. M., Groome, J., & Watson, W. H. (1984). Characterization and distribution of FMRFamide immunoreactivity in the rat central nervous system. Peptides, 5(3), 563-568. doi:10.1016/0196-9781(84)90087-1

Watson, W. H., Groome, J. R., Chronwall, B. M., Bishop, J., & O'Donohue, T. L. (1984). Presence and distribution of immunoreactive and bioactive FMRFamide-like peptides in the nervous system of the horseshoe crab, limulus polyphemus. Peptides, 5(3), 585-592. doi:10.1016/0196-9781(84)90089-5

Benson, J. A., Sullivan, R. E., Watson, W. H., & Augustine, G. J. (1981). The neuropeptide proctolin acts directly onLimulus cardiac muscle to increase the amplityde of contraction. Brain Research, 213(2), 449-454. doi:10.1016/0006-8993(81)90252-3

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