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

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)
Ian D. Woodward, Viola H. Ross-Smith, Rafael Pérez-Domínguez, Mark M. Rehfisch and Graham E. Austin 2015. The Wash Bird Decline Investigation 2014. Research Report no. 660. ISBN: 978-1-908581-52-5 113pp PDF icon Download Report (2.56 MB)