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.
Qualified ringer with an endorsement to train other ringers.
QualificationsBSc (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
Content Related to Graham Austin
Wader population trends on the UK's open coast
Newly published research from BTO underlines the importance of the UK’s rocky shores and sandy beaches for waterbird species.
Waders wane while geese gain
A major new study led by BTO, working with the Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) partners, JNCC, RSPB and in association with WWT, provides detailed information on the importance of Great Britain for waterbirds each winter.