Professor Melanie Austen

Professor Melanie Austen

Professor of Ocean and Society

School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

Professor Melanie Austen can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Climate change
  • Marine ecosystem services
  • Marine environment
  • Environmental economics
  • Marine natural capital
  • Marine management
  • Marine biodiversity
  • Marine ecosystems


Mel Austen is Professor of Ocean and Society, and Director of the Centre for Systems Thinking: Ocean, Land and Society at the University of Plymouth, UK. For more than 20 years she has been leading and delivering a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary research projects and programmes in a marine context within the UK, EU and internationally. She has undertaken and led research across the multiple and interacting sectors of the blue economy (e.g. renewable energy, fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, recreation and leisure, pollution) and the broader marine natural capital, ecosystem services and their benefits including the natural science underpinning these, their social and economic importance, the impacts and risks of their exploitation, and management and regulatory options. 

Mel aims to support policy development, regulation and management for sustainable ecosystems in the UK and internationally. Her research therefore integrates natural, economic, social, and public health sciences to examine and quantify societal consequences and policy relevance of changes to the marine environment and its ecosystems. 

Mel is currently is a member of the boards of the UK Government agencies Natural England and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), was on the UK Government’s Natural Capital Committee, and served a 3-year term as the first Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK government's Marine Management Organisation; she is Chair of the Partnership of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in North Devon, UK. Mel Austen was previously Head of Biodiversity at Plymouth Marine Laboratory and then Head of Science for its Sea and Society area which she originally developed and built up from 2011-2020.

Mel has led collaborative, interdisciplinary research in relevant projects, including UKRI GCRF funded research (£6.6m) in support of coastal communities of developing countries in SE Asia (GCRF Blue Communities), and the highly interdisciplinary EU project: Vectors of Change in Oceans and Seas Marine Life, Impact on Economic Sectors (FP7-266445, VECTORS) with 36 partner institutions from across Europe and a budget of €16.6 million, and a leadership role in UKRI NERC funded SWEEP which creates impact from natural capital related research in support of the economy and environment of SW England (SWEEP). She currently leads the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Management of Marine Resources, which is training the next generation of transdisciplinary marine researchers and practitioners.  

Mel has a degree and a PhD in marine biology and ecology and has more than 120 peer reviewed publications spanning the different disciplinary and interdisciplinary areas that she has worked in during her career.


1983: BSc (Hons) Marine Biology (class 2i) Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

1986: PhD (zoology) Exeter University 'Factors affecting Meiobenthic community structure in the Tamar Estuary'

Published >100 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters.

Professional membership

  • Honorary Professor University of Exeter Medical School (2014-)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology
  • Member of the British Ecological Society
  • Member of the Marine Biological Association of the UK

Roles on external bodies

  • Board member - Natural England (2023-)
  • Member - Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) (2017-)
  • Chair - the Partnership of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in North Devon (2019-)
  • Member - Land, Nature and Adapted Systems Advisory Group (LNAS AG) - a sub-group of Defra's Green Technical Advisory Group (GTAG) (2023-)
  • Member - Natural Resources Wales (NRW) Evidence Advisory Committee (2022-)
  • Steering Group member - Defra-MMO Marine Natural Capital and Ecosystem Assessment programme project: How marine natural capital approaches can be used to help deliver decision-making based on a more complete understanding of the ways in which humans depend on and benefit from nature (2023-)
  • Member - JNCC Audit, Risk and Assurance Committee (ARAC) (2022-)
  • Member - UK Government’s Natural Capital Committee (2018-2021)
  • Board Member - Canadian Healthy Oceans Network (CHONe2). (2015-2022)
  • Member - Strategic Advisory Group of the UKRI Sustainable Management of UK Marine Resources Programme (2020-2021)
  • Editorial Board member UCL Open: Environment (2020-)
  • Chair - EU Marine Board Working Group on Valuing Marine Ecosystems (2013-2019)
  • Member - Expert Advisory Group for the Government Office for Science Foresight Future of the Sea project (2016-2017)
  • Review Panel Member Nordforsk Bioeconomy Programme Call for Nordic Centres of Excellence in Advancing the bioeconomy transition in the Nordic region (2016)
  • Member - UK Valuing Nature Programme Advisory Group (2015-2020)
  • Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK's Marine Management Organisation (2010-2013)
  • Co-Director of UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC, lead of 'Energy and Environment' Theme)  (2012-2014)
  • Member - EU Expert Group on Marine Research Infrastructure (2009-2012)
  • Member - Expert Panel for the National Ecosystem Assessment (NEA) (2009-2011)
  • Member - North Sea Review Panel for the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (2009-2010)
  • Promotion panel member - NERC Band 4-3 (2015-2018); UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (2019-)



Research interests

Working locally, nationally and internationally to integrate marine natural and socio-economic sciences towards understanding and quantifying societal consequences and policy relevance of changes to the marine environment and its ecosystems. This includes links between marine biodiversity, ecosystem function, ecosystem services and social and economic benefits including human health; socio-economic importance of marine ecosystems; marine policy; marine renewable energy; impact of multiple anthropogenic disturbances and global change; benthic-pelagic coupling; field and experimental benthic ecology in coastal habitats; meiobenthos.

Research groups



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Qu Y, Swales JK, Hooper T, Austen MC, Wang X, Papathanasopoulou E, Huang J & Yan X (2023) 'Economic trade-offs in marine resource use between offshore wind farms and fisheries in Scottish waters' Energy Economics 125, , DOI Open access
Anghileri D, Kandel M, Austen MC, Cheung VV, Coskeran H, Devenish AJM, Dunlop PSM, Dzodzomenyo M, Goh HC & Mwamakamba S (2023) 'Rethinking North–South Research Partnerships Amidst Global Uncertainties: Leveraging Lessons Learned from UK GCRF Projects during COVID-19' Land 12, (4) 791-791 , DOI Open access
Lee SL, Then AY-H, Goh HC, Hattam C, Edwards-Jones A & Austen MC (2023) 'Corrigendum: Strengthened multi-stakeholder linkages in valuation studies is critical for improved decision making outcomes for valuable mangroves – The Malaysian case study' Frontiers in Marine Science 10, , DOI Open access
Qu Y, Hooper T, Austen MC, Papathanasopoulou E, Huang J & Yan X (2022) 'Development of a computable general equilibrium model based on integrated macroeconomic framework for ocean multi-use between offshore wind farms and fishing activities in Scotland' Applied Energy 332, , DOI Open access
Lee SL, Then AY-H, Goh HC, Hattam C, Edwards-Jones A & Austen MC (2022) 'Strengthened multi-stakeholder linkages in valuation studies is critical for improved decision making outcomes for valuable mangroves – The Malaysian case study' Frontiers in Marine Science 9, , DOI Open access
Tsikopoulou I, Smith CJ, Papadopoulou KN & Austen MC (2022) 'Linking Species Functional Traits to Specific Biogeochemical Processes under Trawling Pressure' Biology 11, (10) , DOI Open access
Richter I, Roberts BR, Sailley SF, Sullivan E, Cheung VV, Eales J, Fortnam M, Jontila JB, Maharja C & Nguyen TH (2022) 'Building bridges between natural and social science disciplines: a standardized methodology to combine data on ecosystem quality trends' Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 377, (1854) , DOI Open access
Webber JL, Tyler CR, Carless D, Jackson B, Tingley D, Stewart-Sinclair P, Artioli Y, Torres R, Galli G & Miller PI (2021) 'Impacts of land use on water quality and the viability of bivalve shellfish mariculture in the UK: A case study and review for SW England' Environmental Science and Policy 126, 122-131 , DOI Open access
Hattam C, Broszeit S, Langmead O, Praptiwi RA, Ching Lim V, Creencia LA, Duc Hau T, Maharja C, Wulandari P & Mitra Setia T (2021) 'A matrix approach to tropical marine ecosystem service assessments in South east Asia' Ecosystem Services 51, 101346-101346 , DOI
Queirós AM, Talbot E, Beaumont NJ, Somerfield PJ, Kay S, Pascoe C, Dedman S, Fernandes JA, Jueterbock A & Miller PI (2021) 'Bright spots as climate‐smart marine spatial planning tools for conservation and blue growth' Global Change Biology 27, (21) 5514-5531 , DOI Open access
Richter I, Avillonosa A, Cheung V, Goh HC, Johari S, Kay S, Maharja C, Nyguyen TH, Pahl S & Sugarjito J (2021) 'Looking through the COVID-19 window of opportunity: Future scenarios arising from the COVID-19 pandemic across five case study sites' Frontiers in Psychology , DOI Open access
Stebbings E, Hooper T, Austen MC, Papathanasopoulou E & Yan X (2021) 'Accounting for benefits from natural capital: Applying a novel composite indicator framework to the marine environment' Ecosystem Services 50, 0-0 Publisher Site , DOI Open access
Cheung V, Bell A, Creencia L, Fleming LE, Goh HC, Maharja C, Morrissey K, Richter I, Then AY-H & Austen MC (2021) 'Blue Communities in Southeast Asia' The Environmental Scientist 30, (1) 96-103 Publisher Site Open access
Qu Y, Hooper T, Swales JK, Papathanasopoulou E, Austen MC & Yan X (2020) 'Energy-food nexus in the marine environment: A macroeconomic analysis on offshore wind energy and seafood production in Scotland' Energy Policy 149, , DOI Open access
Hooper T, Austen M & Lannin A (2020) 'Developing policy and practice for marine net gain' Journal of Environmental Management , DOI Open access
Stebbings E, Papathanasopoulou E, Hooper T, Austen MC & Yan X (2020) 'The marine economy of the United Kingdom' Marine Policy 116, 103905-103905 , DOI
Börger T, Hooper TL, Austen MC, Marcone O & Rendón O (2020) 'Using stated preference valuation in the offshore environment to support marine planning' Journal of Environmental Management 265, 110520-110520 , DOI
Hooper T, Börger T, Langmead O, Marcone O, Rees SE, Rendon O, Beaumont N, Attrill MJ & Austen M (2019) 'Applying the natural capital approach to decision making for the marine environment' Ecosystem Services 38, 100947-100947 , DOI Open access
Beaumont NJ, Aanesen M, Austen MC, Börger T, Clark JR, Cole M, Hooper T, Lindeque PK, Pascoe C & Wyles KJ (2019) 'Global ecological, social and economic impacts of marine plastic' Marine Pollution Bulletin 142, 189-195 , DOI
Broszeit S, Beaumont NJ, Hooper TL, Somerfield PJ & Austen MC (2019) 'Developing conceptual models that link multiple ecosystem services to ecological research to aid management and policy, the UK marine example' Marine Pollution Bulletin 141, 236-243 , DOI
Holland RA, Beaumont N, Hooper T, Austen M, Gross RJK, Heptonstall PJ, Ketsopoulou I, Winskel M, Watson J & Taylor G (2018) 'Incorporating ecosystem services into the design of future energy systems' Applied Energy 222, 812-822 , DOI
Hooper T, Austen MC, Beaumont N, Heptonstall P, Holland RA, Ketsopoulou I, Taylor G, Watson J & Winskel M (2018) 'Do energy scenarios pay sufficient attention to the environment? Lessons from the UK to support improved policy outcomes' Energy Policy 115, 397-408 , DOI
Börger T, Böhnke-Henrichs A, Hattam C, Piwowarczyk J, Schasfoort F & Austen MC (2018) 'The role of interdisciplinary collaboration for stated preference methods to value marine environmental goods and ecosystem services' Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 201, 140-151 , DOI
Austen MC, Crowe TP, Elliott M, Paterson DM, Peck MA & Piraino S (2018) 'VECTORS of change in the marine environment: Ecosystem and economic impacts and management implications' Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 201, 1-6 , DOI
Wyles KJ, White MP, Hattam C, Pahl S, King H & Austen M (2017) 'Are Some Natural Environments More Psychologically Beneficial Than Others? The Importance of Type and Quality on Connectedness to Nature and Psychological Restoration' Environment and Behavior 51, (2) 111-143 , DOI Open access
Broszeit S, Beaumont NJ, Uyarra MC, Heiskanen A-S, Frost M, Somerfield PJ, Rossberg AG, Teixeira H & Austen MC (2017) 'What can indicators of good environmental status tell us about ecosystem services?: Reducing efforts and increasing cost-effectiveness by reapplying biodiversity indicator data' Ecological Indicators 81, 409-442 , DOI
Hooper T, Hattam C & Austen M (2017) 'Recreational use of offshore wind farms: Experiences and opinions of sea anglers in the UK' Marine Policy 78, 55-60 , DOI
Cavanagh RD, Broszeit S, Pilling GM, Grant SM, Murphy EJ & Austen MC (2016) 'Valuing biodiversity and ecosystem services: a useful way to manage and conserve marine resources?' Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 283, (1844) 20161635-20161635 , DOI
Börger T, Broszeit S, Ahtiainen H, Atkins JP, Burdon D, Luisetti T, Murillas A, Oinonen S, Paltriguera L & Roberts L (2016) 'Assessing Costs and Benefits of Measures to Achieve Good Environmental Status in European Regional Seas: Challenges, Opportunities, and Lessons Learnt' Frontiers in Marine Science 3, , DOI
Fernandes JA, Papathanasopoulou E, Hattam C, Queirós AM, Cheung WWWL, Yool A, Artioli Y, Pope EC, Flynn KJ & Merino G (2016) 'Estimating the ecological, economic and social impacts of ocean acidification and warming on UK fisheries' Fish and Fisheries 18, (3) 389-411 , DOI
Borja A, Elliott M, Snelgrove PVR, Austen MC, Berg T, Cochrane S, Carstensen J, Danovaro R, Greenstreet S & Heiskanen A-S (2016) 'Bridging the Gap between Policy and Science in Assessing the Health Status of Marine Ecosystems' Frontiers in Marine Science 3, , DOI
Queirós AM, Huebert KB, Keyl F, Fernandes JA, Stolte W, Maar M, Kay S, Jones MC, Hamon KG & Hendriksen G (2016) 'Solutions for ecosystem‐level protection of ocean systems under climate change' Global Change Biology 22, (12) 3927-3936 , DOI
Holland RA, Scott K, Hinton ED, Austen MC, Barrett J, Beaumont N, Blaber-Wegg T, Brown G, Carter-Silk E & Cazenave P (2016) 'Bridging the gap between energy and the environment' Energy Policy 92, 181-189 , DOI
Fernandes JA, Santos L, Vance T, Fileman T, Smith D, Bishop JDD, Viard F, Queirós AM, Merino G & Buisman E (2016) 'Costs and benefits to European shipping of ballast-water and hull-fouling treatment: Impacts of native and non-indigenous species' Marine Policy 64, 148-155 , DOI
Hattam C, Böhnke-Henrichs A, Börger T, Burdon D, Hadjimichael M, Delaney A, Atkins JP, Garrard S & Austen MC (2015) 'Integrating methods for ecosystem service assessment and valuation: Mixed methods or mixed messages?' Ecological Economics 120, 126-138 , DOI
Börger T, Hooper TL & Austen MC (2015) 'Valuation of ecological and amenity impacts of an offshore windfarm as a factor in marine planning' Environmental Science & Policy 54, 126-133 , DOI
Hyder K, Rossberg AG, Allen JI, Austen MC, Barciela RM, Bannister HJ, Blackwell PG, Blanchard JL, Burrows MT & Defriez E (2015) 'Making modelling count - increasing the contribution of shelf-seas community and ecosystem models to policy development and management' Marine Policy 61, 291-302 , DOI
Hooper T, Ashley M & Austen M (2015) 'Perceptions of fishers and developers on the co-location of offshore wind farms and decapod fisheries in the UK' Marine Policy 61, 16-22 , DOI
Hattam C, Atkins JP, Beaumont N, B?rger T, B?hnke-Henrichs A, Burdon D, Groot RD, Hoefnagel E, Nunes PALD & Piwowarczyk J (2015) 'Marine ecosystem services: Linking indicators to their classification' Ecological Indicators 49, 61-75 , DOI
Bayley PJ, Kong JY, Mendiondo M, Lazzeroni LC, Borson S, Buschke H, Dean M, Fillit H, Frank L & Schmitt FA (2015) 'Findings from the National Memory Screening Day Program' Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 63, (2) 309-314 , DOI
Merino G, Quetglas A, Maynou F, Garau A, Arrizabalaga H, Murua H, Santiago J, Barange M, Prellezo R & García D (2015) 'Improving the performance of a Mediterranean demersal fishery toward economic objectives beyond MSY' Fisheries Research 161, 131-144 , DOI
Börger T, Hattam C, Burdon D, Atkins JP & Austen MC (2014) 'Valuing conservation benefits of an offshore marine protected area' Ecological Economics 108, 229-241 , DOI
Jones AC, Mead A, Kaiser MJ, Austen MCV, Adrian AW, Auchterlonie NA, Black KD, Blow LR, Bury C & Brown JH (2014) 'Prioritization of knowledge needs for sustainable aquaculture: a national and global perspective' Fish and Fisheries 16, (4) 668-683 , DOI
Ingels J, Dashfield SL, Somerfield PJ, Widdicombe S & Austen MC (2014) 'Interactions between multiple large macrofauna species and nematode communities — Mechanisms for indirect impacts of trawling disturbance' Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 456, 41-49 , DOI
Fleming LE, McDonough N, Austen M, Mee L, Moore M, Hess P, Depledge MH, White M, Philippart K & Bradbrook P (2014) 'Oceans and Human Health: A rising tide of challenges and opportunities for Europe' Marine Environmental Research 99, 16-19 , DOI
Hooper T, Cooper P, Hunt A & Austen M (2014) 'A methodology for the assessment of local-scale changes in marine environmental benefits and its application' Ecosystem Services 8, 65-74 , DOI
Börger T, Beaumont NJ, Pendleton L, Boyle KJ, Cooper P, Fletcher S, Haab T, Hanemann M, Hooper TL & Hussain SS (2014) 'Incorporating ecosystem services in marine planning: The role of valuation' Marine Policy 46, 161-170 , DOI
Hooper T & Austen M (2014) 'The co-location of offshore windfarms and decapod fisheries in the UK: Constraints and opportunities' Marine Policy 43, 295-300 , DOI
Reis S, Morris G, Fleming LE, Beck S, Taylor T, White M, Depledge MH, Steinle S, Sabel CE & Cowie H (2013) 'Integrating health and environmental impact analysis' Public Health 129, (10) 1383-1389 , DOI
Hooper T & Austen M (2013) 'Tidal barrages in the UK: Ecological and social impacts, potential mitigation, and tools to support barrage planning' Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 23, 289-298 , DOI
Pinto TK, Austen MCV, Warwick RM, Somerfield PJ, Esteves AM, Castro FJV, Fonseca-Genevois VG & Santos PJP (2012) 'Nematode diversity in different microhabitats in a mangrove region' Marine Ecology 34, (3) 257-268 , DOI
Rees SE, Attrill MJ, Austen MC, Mangi SC & Rodwell LD (2012) 'A thematic cost-benefit analysis of a marine protected area' Journal of Environmental Management 114, (0) 476-485 Author Site , DOI
Rees SE, Austen MC, Attrill MJ & Rodwell LD (2012) 'Incorporating indirect ecosystem services into marine protected area planning and management' International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management 8, (3) 273-285 Author Site , DOI
Ressurreição A, Gibbons J, Kaiser M, Dentinho TP, Zarzycki T, Bentley C, Austen M, Burdon D, Atkins J & Santos RS (2012) 'Different cultures, different values: The role of cultural variation in public’s WTP for marine species conservation' Biological Conservation 145, (1) 148-159 , DOI
Rees SE, Austen M.C., Attrill MJ & Rodwell LD (2012) 'Incorporating indirect ecosystem services into marine protected area planning and management' International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services and Management 8, (3) 273-285
Bhadury P, Bik H, Lambshead JD, Austen MC, Smerdon GR & Rogers AD (2011) 'Molecular Diversity of Fungal Phylotypes Co-Amplified Alongside Nematodes from Coastal and Deep-Sea Marine Environments' PLoS ONE 6, (10) e26445-e26445 , DOI
Mangi SC, Davis CE, Payne LA, Austen MC, Simmonds D, Beaumont NJ & Smyth T (2010) 'Valuing the regulatory services provided by marine ecosystems' Environmetrics 22, (5) 686-698 Author Site , DOI
Rees SE, Rodwell LD, Attrill MJ, Austen MC & Mangi SC (2010) 'The value of marine biodiversity to the leisure and recreation industry and its application to marine spatial planning' Marine Policy 34, (5) 868-875 Author Site , DOI
Rees SE, Attrill MJ, Austen MC, Mangi SC, Richards JP & Rodwell LD (2010) 'Is there a win–win scenario for marine nature conservation? A case study of Lyme Bay, England' Ocean & Coastal Management 53, (3) 135-145 Author Site , DOI
Bhadury P & Austen MC (2010) 'Barcoding marine nematodes: an improved set of nematode 18S rRNA primers to overcome eukaryotic co-interference' Hydrobiologia 641, (1) 245-251 , DOI
Bhadury P, Bridge PD, Austen MC, Bilton DT & Smerdon GR (2009) 'Detection of fungal 18S rRNA sequences in conjunction with marine nematode 18S rRNA amplicons' Aquatic Biology 5, 149-155 , DOI
Mangi SC & Austen MC (2008) 'Perceptions of stakeholders towards objectives and zoning of marine-protected areas in southern Europe' Journal for Nature Conservation 16, (4) 271-280 , DOI
Olsgard F, Schaanning MT, Widdicombe S, Kendall MA & Austen MC (2008) 'Effects of bottom trawling on ecosystem functioning' Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 366, (1-2) 123-133 , DOI
Dashfield SL, Somerfield PJ, Widdicombe S, Austen MC & Nimmo M (2008) 'Impacts of ocean acidification and burrowing urchins on within-sediment pH profiles and subtidal nematode communities' Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 365, (1) 46-52 , DOI
Beaumont NJ, Austen MC, Mangi SC & Townsend M (2008) 'Economic valuation for the conservation of marine biodiversity' Marine Pollution Bulletin 56, (3) 386-396 , DOI
Bhadury P, Austen MC, Bilton DT, Lambshead PJD, Rogers AD & Smerdon GR (2008) 'Evaluation of combined morphological and molecular techniques for marine nematode (Terschellingia spp.) identification' Marine Biology 154, (3) 509-518 , DOI
Beaumont NJ, Austen MC, Atkins JP, Burdon D, Degraer S, Dentinho TP, Derous S, Holm P, Horton T & van Ierland E (2007) 'Identification, definition and quantification of goods and services provided by marine biodiversity: Implications for the ecosystem approach' Marine Pollution Bulletin 54, (3) 253-265 , DOI
Derous S, Austen M, Claus S, Daan N, Dauvin J-C, Deneudt K, Depestele J, Desroy N, Heessen H & Hostens K (2007) 'Building on the concept of marine biological valuation with respect to translating it to a practical protocol: Viewpoints derived from a joint ENCORA-MARBEF initiative' OCEANOLOGIA 49, (4) 579-586
Bhadury P, Austen MC, Bilton DT, Lambshead PJD, Rogers AD & Smerdon GR (2006) 'Exploitation of archived marine nematodes- a hot lysis DNA extraction protocol for molecular studies' Zoologica Scripta 36, 93-98
Meldal BHM, Debenham NJ, De Ley P, De Ley IT, Vanfleteren JR, Vierstraete AR, Bert W, Borgonie G, Moens T & Tyler PA (2006) 'An improved molecular phylogeny of the Nematoda with special emphasis on marine taxa' Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 42, (3) 622-636 , DOI
Kaiser MJ, Clarke KR, Hinz H, Austen MCV, Somerfield PJ & Karakassis I (2006) 'Global analysis of response and recovery of benthic biota to fishing' Marine Ecology Progress Series 311, 1-14 , DOI
Pinto TK, Austen MC & Bemvenuti CE (2006) 'Effects of macroinfauna sediment disturbance on nematode vertical distribution' Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 86, (2) 227-233 , DOI
Austen MC & Whitlatch RB (2006) 'Richard Martyn Warwick: A short biography' Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 330, (1) 3-11 , DOI
Bhadury P, Austen MC, Bilton DT, Lambshead PJD, Rogers AD & Smerdon GR (2006) 'Development and evaluation of a DNA-barcoding approach for the rapid identification of nematodes' Marine Ecology-Progress Series 320, 1-9
Bhadury P, Austen MC, Bilton DT, Lambshead PJD, Rogers AD & Smerdon GR (2006) 'Molecular detection of marine nematodes from environmental samples: overcoming eukaryotic interference' Aquatic Microbial Ecology 44, (1) 97-103
Bhadury P, Austen MC, Bilton DT, Lambshead PJD, Rogers AD & Smerdon GR (2005) 'Combined morphological and molecular analysis of individual nematodes through short-term preservation in formalin' Molecular Ecology Notes 5, (4) 965-968
Cook AA, Bhadury P, Debenham NJ, Meldal BHM, Blaxter ML, Smerdon GR, Austen MC, Lambshead PJD & Rogers AD (2005) 'Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) as a tool for identification of marine nematodes' Marine Ecology Progress Series 291, 103-113 , DOI
Widdicombe S, Austen MC, Kendall MA, Olsgard F, Schaanning MT, Dashfield SL & Needham HR (2004) 'Importance of bioturbators for biodiversity maintenance: indirect effects of fishing disturbance' Marine Ecology Progress Series 275, 1-10 , DOI
Austen MC, Parry DM, Widdicombe S, Somerfield PJ & Kendall MA (2003) 'Macrofaunal mediation of effects of megafaunal bioturbation on nematode community structure' VIE ET MILIEU-LIFE AND ENVIRONMENT 53, (4) 201-209
Widdicombe S & Austen MC (2003) 'The effects of bioturbation by the burrowing shrimp <i>Calocaris macandreae</i> on a subtidal macrobenthic community:: Further evidence for the importance of function over identity' VIE ET MILIEU-LIFE AND ENVIRONMENT 53, (4) 163-169
Widdicombe S & Austen MC (2001) 'The interaction between physical disturbance and organic enrichment: An important element in structuring benthic communities' Limnology and Oceanography 46, (7) 1720-1733 , DOI
Austen MC & Thrush SF (2001) 'Experimental evidence suggesting slow or weak response of nematode community structure to a large suspension-feeder' Journal of Sea Research 46, (1) 69-84 , DOI
Cowie PR, Widdicombe S & Austen MC (2000) 'Effects of physical disturbance on an estuarine intertidal community: field and mesocosm results compared' Marine Biology 136, (3) 485-495 , DOI
SMITH CR, AUSTEN MC, BOUCHER GUY, HEIP C, HUTCHINGS PA, KING GM, KOIKE I, LAMBSHEAD PJD & SNELGROVE P (2000) 'Global Change and Biodiversity Linkages across the Sediment–Water Interface' BioScience 50, (12) 1108-1108 , DOI
SNELGROVE PVR, AUSTEN MC, BOUCHER GUY, HEIP C, HUTCHINGS PA, KING GM, KOIKE I, LAMBSHEAD PJD & SMITH CR (2000) 'Linking Biodiversity Above and Below the Marine Sediment–Water Interface' BioScience 50, (12) 1076-1076 , DOI
Widdicombe S & Austen MC (1999) 'Mesocosm investigation into the effects of bioturbation on the diversity and structure of a subtidal macrobenthic community' Marine Ecology Progress Series 189, 181-193 , DOI
Widdicombe S & Austen MC (1998) 'Experimental evidence for the role of Brissopsis lyrifera (Forbes, 1841) as a critical species in the maintenance of benthic diversity and the modification of sediment chemistry' Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 228, (2) 241-255 , DOI
Austen MC & Widdicombe S (1998) 'Experimental evidence of effects of the heart urchin Brissopsis lyrifera on associated subtidal meiobenthic nematode communities' Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 222, (1-2) 219-238 , DOI
Austen MC, Widdicombe S & Villano-Pitacco N (1998) 'Effects of biological disturbance on diversity and structure of meiobenthic nematode communities' Marine Ecology Progress Series 174, 233-246 , DOI
Austen MC & Somerfield PJ (1997) 'A community level sediment bioassay applied to an estuarine heavy metal gradient' Marine Environmental Research 43, (4) 315-328 , DOI
Austen MC & McEvoy AJ (1997) 'The use of offshore meiobenthic communities in laboratory microcosm experiments: response to heavy metal contamination' Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 211, (2) 247-261 , DOI
Austen MC & McEvoy AJ (1997) 'Experimental effects of tributyltin (TBT) contaminated sediment on a range of meiobenthic communities' Environmental Pollution 96, (3) 435-444 , DOI
Kendall MM, Widdicombe S, Davey JJ, Somerfield PP, Austen MCV & Warwick RM (1996) 'The Biogeography of Islands: Preliminary Results from a Comparative Study of the Isles of Scilly and Cornwall' Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 76, (1) 219-222 , DOI
Austen MC & Warwick RM (1995) 'Effects of manipulation of food supply on estuarine meiobenthos' Hydrobiologia 311, (1-3) 175-184 , DOI
Austen MC, McEvoy AJ & Warwick RM (1994) 'The specificity of meiobenthic community responses to different pollutants: Results from microcosm experiments' Marine Pollution Bulletin 28, (9) 557-563 , DOI
Austen MC, Warwick RM & Ryan KP (1993) '<i>Astomonema southwardorum</i> sp. nov., a gutless nematode dominant in a methane seep area in the North Sea' Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 73, (3) 627-634 , DOI
Gee JM, Austen M, De Smet G, Ferraro T, McEvoy A, Moore S, Van Gausbeki D, Vincx M & Warwick RM (1992) 'Soft sediment meiofauna community responses to environmental pollution gradients in the German Bight and at a drilling site off the Dutch coast' Marine Ecology Progress Series 91, 289-302 , DOI
Austen MC & Wibdom B (1991) 'Changes in and slow recovery of a meiobenthic nematode assemblage following a hypoxic period in the Gullmar Fjord basin, Sweden' Marine Biology 111, (1) 139-145 , DOI
Austen MC, Buchanan JB, Hunt HG, Josefson AB & Kendall MA (1991) 'Comparison of long-term trends in benthic and pelagic communities of the North Sea' Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 71, (1) 179-190 , DOI
Dando PR, Austen MC, Burke RA, Kendall MA, Kennicutt MC, Judd AG, Moore DC, O'Hara SCM, Schmaljohann R & Southward AJ (1991) 'Ecology of a North Sea pockmark with an active methane seep' Marine Ecology Progress Series 70, 49-63 , DOI
Austen MC (1989) 'Factors affecting estuarine meiobenthic assemblage structure: a multifactorial microcosm experiment' Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 130, (2) 167-187 , DOI
Austen MC, Warwick RM & Carmen Rosado M (1989) 'Meiobenthic and macrobenthic community structure along a putative pollution gradient in southern Portugal' Marine Pollution Bulletin 20, (8) 398-405 , DOI
Austen MC & Warwick RM (1989) 'Comparison of univariate and multivariate aspects of estuarine meiobenthic community structure' Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 29, (1) 23-42 , DOI
Austen MC (1989) 'New species of <i>Terschellingia</i> (Nematoda: Linhomoeidae) from the Tamar estuary, England and the Maldive Islands' Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 69, (1) 93-99 , DOI
(2018) 'Offshore Energy and Marine Spatial Planning' Routledge , DOI
Fleming L, Depledge M, McDonough N, White M, Pahl S, Austen M, Goksoyr A, Solo-Gabriele H & Stegeman J (2015) 'The Oceans and Human Health' Oxford University Press , DOI
Austen M, Hattam C & Börger T (2015) 'Ecosystem services and benefits from marine ecosystems' Marine Ecosystems Cambridge University Press 21-41 , DOI
Austen M, Hattam C & Garrard S (2015) 'Human activities and ecosystem service use: impacts and trade-offs' Marine Ecosystems Cambridge University Press 335-376 , DOI
Crowe TP, Austen M & Frid CLJ (2015) 'Introduction' Marine Ecosystems Cambridge University Press 3-20 , DOI
Widdicombe S & Austen MC (2005) 'Setting diversity and community structure in subtidal sediments: The importance of biological disturbance' Coastal and Estuarine Studies American Geophysical Union 217-231 , DOI
Widdicombe S, Austen MC, Kendall MA, Warwick RM & Jones MB (2000) 'Bioturbation as a mechanism for setting and maintaining levels of diversity in subtidal macrobenthic communities' Island, Ocean and Deep-Sea Biology Springer Netherlands 369-377 , DOI
Austen MC & Warwick RM (1995) 'Effects of manipulation of food supply on estuarine meiobenthos' Major Biological Processes in European Tidal Estuaries Springer Netherlands 175-184 , DOI
Conference Papers
Austen MC & Widdicombe S (2006) 'Comparison of the response of meio- and macrobenthos to disturbance and organic enrichment' Elsevier BV 96-104 , DOI
Kaiser MJ, Austen MCV & Ojaveer H (2004) 'European biodiversity action plan for fisheries: issues for non-target species' Elsevier BV 1-6 , DOI
Lavelle P, Bignell DE, Austen MC, Brown VK, Behan-Pelletier V, Garey JR, Giller PS, Hawkins SJ, Brown GG & St John M (2004) 'Connecting soil and sediment biodiversity: The role of scale and implications for management' 193-224
Weslawski JM, Snelgrove PVR, Levin LA, Austen MC, Kneib RT, Iliffe TM, Garey JR, Hawkins SJ & Whitlatch RB (2004) 'Marine sedimentary biota as providers of ecosystem goods and services' 73-98
Austen MC (2004) 'Natural nematode communities are useful tools to address ecological and applied questions' 775-791
COVICH AP, AUSTEN MC, BÄRLOCHER F, CHAUVET E, CARDINALE BJ, BILES CL, INCHAUSTI P, DANGLES O, SOLAN M & GESSNER MO (2004) 'The Role of Biodiversity in the Functioning of Freshwater and Marine Benthic Ecosystems' Oxford University Press (OUP) 767-767 , DOI
Snelgrove PVR, Austen MC, Hawkins SJ, Iliffe TM, Kneib RT, Levin LA, Weslawski JM, Whitlatch RB & Garey JR (2004) 'Vulnerability of marine sedimentary ecosystem services to human activities' 161-189
Presentations and posters
Daveson B, Milch V, Chynoweth J, Kable L-T, Austen M, Basrai H, Salvestrin D, Wade R, Andereisz C & Zorbas H Daveson B, Milch V, Chynoweth J, Kable L-T, Austen M, Basrai H, Salvestrin D, Wade R, Andereisz C & Zorbas H 'The lung cancer framework: Optimising lung cancer service delivery' Author Site , DOI