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

Barnes, A., Noble D., Austin, G. & Atkinson, P.W. 2022. A review of the capacity of current avian monitoring schemes in Guernsey to assess the population status of breeding and wintering bird species.. Research Report no. 742. British Trust for Ornithology, Thetford, Norfolk ISBN: 978-1-912642-33-5 109pp
Woodward, I. & Austin, G. 2022. Analysis of waterbird population trends for the Somerset Levels & Moors SPA, its functionally linked land and the Bridgwater Bay coastal sites.. Research Report no. 747. British Trust for Ornithology, Thetford, Norfolk ISBN: 978-1-912642-42-7 85pp
Newson, S. & Austin, G, 2022. Definition of Favourable Conservation Status for Great Cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo. Natural England Report Natural England Link to publication ISBN: 978-1-78354-723-4 25pp
Booth Jones, K., Calbrade, N. & Austin, G. 2022. Analysis of waterbird population trends for Northern Ireland’s sea loughs: assessing the potential impacts of aquaculture and disturbance: Part 2 – Belfast Lough and Lough Foyle. Research Report no. 746. British Trust for Ornithology, Thetford, Norfolk ISBN: 978-1-912642-41-0
Clewley, G.D., Calbrade, N.A., Austin, G.E., Frost, T.M. & Burton, N.H.K. 2022. A review of the BTO/RSPB/JNCC Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) Low Tide Counts scheme with recommendations for its future operation.. Research Report no. 744. British Trust for Ornithology, Thetford ISBN: 978-1-912642-35-9 52pp
Woodward, I.D., Austin, G.E., Boersch-Supan, P.H., Thaxter, C.B. & Burton, N.H.K 2022. Assessing drivers of winter abundance change in Eurasian Curlews Numenius arquata in England and Wales. Bird Study View at journal website (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2022.2049205)

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