Jane Austin


Jane Austin is a Research Wildlife Biologist (Emeritus) at the USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center in Jamestown, North Dakota. Dr. Austin received her PhD and MS in Wildlife Ecology at the University of Missouri, studying winter ecology of Canada geese and post-breeding ecology of lesser scaup. Her career has focused on the ecology of waterfowl and other wetland birds, their habitats, and habitat management practices, and on information transfer through publications, synthesis products, and workshops. Originally trained and focused on waterfowl ecology and management, her interests and research expanded over time to other waterbirds and the ecology of their wetland habitats, the role of fire in wetlands, and using science in conservation planning. Past studies includes ecology and conservation of waterfowl (particularly scaup), sandhill cranes, and yellow rails, and effects of grazing and burning in wetland ecosystems. She has served on many committees for scientific organizations and as associate editor for Condor and Wetlands.

Currently, Dr. Austin is completing publications on effects of burning on the plant community and birds in fens at Seney National Wildlife Refuge and synthesis publications on cranes and agriculture at the national and international scale, as well as continuing in editorial roles.

Recent Accomplishments


  • PhD Wildlife Ecology, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1988
  • MS Wildlife Ecology, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1983
  • BS Wildlife Management, University of Maine-Orono, 1980

Professional Studies/Experience

  • Research Wildlife Biologist, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (1988-1993), National Biological Service (1993-1997), U.S. Geological Survey (1997-2018)


Professional societies/affiliations/committees/editorial boards

  • The Wildlife Society
  • IUCN – Species Survival Commission, Crane Specialist Group
  • American Ornithological Society
  • Society for Wetland Scientists
  • North American Crane Working Group
  • Ornithological Council

Honors, awards, recognition, elected offices


Scientific/Oral Presentations, Abstracts