Graham Austin

Graham Austin

Job Description

Senior Research Ecologist


Design and analysis of results of national surveys of wild birds. Development of Wetland Bird Survey Database, Wetland Bird Survey Alerts system and Waterbird Indicators. Research into factors driving population trends in waterbirds.

Development of BTO's GIS capabilities (including staff training).


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.

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.

Recent BTO Publications

Conway G.J., Austin G.E., Handschuh M., Drewitt A.L., Burton N.H.K. 2019. Breeding populations of Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius and Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula in the United Kingdom in 2007. Bird Study View at journal website (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2018.1563045) 10pp
Graham Austin, Teresa Frost, Heidi Mellan, Dawn Balmer 2017. Results of the third Non-Estuarine Waterbird Survey, including Population Estimates for Key Waterbird Species. Research Report no. 697. British Trust for Ornithology, Thetford, Norfolk ISBN: 9781908581860 69pp PDF icon Download Report (1.95 MB)
Chris B. Thaxter, Cat Horswill, Kathryn E. Ross, Graham E. Austin, Dawn E. Balmer and Niall H.K. Burton 2017. Urban Breeding Gull Surveys: A Survey Design Simulation. Research Report no. 699. British Trust for Ornithology, Thetford ISBN: 978-1-908581-78-5 60pp PDF icon Download Report (1.33 MB), PDF icon Download Report (8.12 MB)
Graham E. Austin, Teresa M. Frost and Kathryn Ross 2017. Providing Data for Rapid Condition Assessment of Non-Breeding Waterbird SPAs in England: Phase II. Research Report no. 684. British Trust for Ornithology ISBN: 978-1-908581-73-0 29pp PDF icon Download Report (770.82 KB)
Kathryn E Ross, Niall H K Burton, Dawn E Balmer, Elizabeth M Humphreys, Graham E Austin, Beth Goddard, Helena Schindler-Dite and Mark M Rehfisch 2016. Urban Breeding Gull Surveys: A Review of Methods and Options for Survey Design. Research Report no. 680. ISBN: 978-1-908581-70-9 58pp PDF icon Download Report (999.98 KB)
Graham E Austin 2015. The use of Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) data for rapid condition assessment of non-breeding waterbird SPAs in England. Research Report no. 670. ISBN: 978-1-908581-53-2 21pp PDF icon Download Report (458.25 KB)