Graham Austin

Senior Research Ecologist

Graham works on the design and analysis of results of national surveys of wild birds. He is responsible for the development of Wetland Bird Survey Database, Wetland Bird Survey Alerts system and Waterbird Indicators. He also researches into factors driving population trends in waterbirds.

Graham is also responsible for the development of BTO's GIS capabilities (including staff training).

Interests & Responsibilities

Research into the effects of climate change on wintering waterbird distributions. Development of predictive models for assessing the effects of habitat change on waterbird populations.

Other Information

Qualified ringer with an endorsement to train other ringers.


BSc (Honours 1st Zoology), University of Aberdeen, 1984-1988. PhD Zoology, Glasgow University "The distribution and breeding performance of the Buzzard in relation to habitat: the application of remote sensing and Geographical Information Systems", 1988-1991.

Recent BTO Publications

Frost, T.M., Calbrade, N.A., Birtles, G.A., Hall, C., Robinson, A.E., Wotton, S.R., Balmer, D.E. and Austin, G.E. 2021. Waterbirds in the UK 2019/20. 40pp
Humphreys, E.M., Austin, G.E., Frost, T.M., Mellan, H.J., Boersch-Supan, P., Burton, N.H.K., Balmer, D.E. 2021. Wader populations on the UK’s open coast: results of the 2015/16 Non-Estuarine Waterbird Survey (NEWS-III) and a review of population trends. Bird Study 67 : 371-384 View at journal website (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2021.1884184) 14pp
Teresa M. Frost, Neil A. Calbrade, Gillian A. Birtles, Heidi J. Mellan, Colette Hall, Anna E. Robinson, Simon R. Wotton, Dawn E. Balmer and Graham E. Austin. 2020. Waterbirds in the UK 2018/19.
Teresa M. Frost, Graham E. Austin, Neil A. Calbrade, Heidi J. Mellan, Richard D. Hearn, A.E. Robinson, David A. Stroud, Simon R. Wotton and Dawn E. Balmer. 2019. Waterbirds in the UK 2017/18: The Wetland Bird Survey.
Burke, B., Lewis, L. J., Fitzgerald, N., Frost, T., Austin, G. & Tierney, T. D. 2019. Estimates of waterbird numbers wintering in Ireland, 2011/12–2015/16. Irish Birds 41 : 1-12 13pp
Frost, T.M., Austin,G.E., Hearn, R.D., McAvoy, S.G., Robinson, A.E., Stroud, D.A., Woodward, I.D. & Wotton, S.R. 2019. Population estimates of wintering waterbirds in Great Britain. British Birds 112 : 130-145 Link to publication 16pp

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