As director of the Marine Ecology Centre in Sidney, and principal of the Khoyatan Marine Laboratory, William C. Austin co-wrote a third and final handbook on B.C.'s echinoderms, Brittle Stars, Sea Urchins and Feather Stars (Royal B.C. Museum, 2007), with Philip Lambert. It describes 34 species inhabiting the coastal waters of B.C., the Alaska Panhandle and Puget Sound.