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"It's not the dying that scares me. It's not making a difference before I do."
—Austin Buckell[1]

Austin Buckell was a scientist who was part of an EarthGov research team known as "Marker Ops" on Keyhole Station. He later became a member of Ellie Langford's team who attempted to reach Tau Volantis.


Years prior to the mission to Tau Volantis, Buckell was recruited from the EarthGov Corps of Engineers into the Marker Ops program and became a veteran in dealing with isolated Necromorph outbreaks. He had a unique knowledge of the Marker Ops program and military history, specifically with the Sovereign Colonies Armed Forces. During the Necromorph outbreak on Keyhole Station, he and Jennifer Santos' group rescued Ellie from a swarm of the creatures after she was separated from Robert Norton and John Carver.

Realizing that Jacob Danik's bombardment and attack on the station would continue, Buckell joined Ellie on her mission to Tau Volantis to search for solutions.[2] Thirteen days after their departure from Keyhole Station, Buckell and the others were found hiding inside the CMS Roanoke. Buckell and Santos, however, had sustained injuries, most likely from the damage sustained by their destroyed ship or Necromorph encounters. During the repair of the CMS Crozier, Buckell assisted Isaac Clarke in numerous optional missions to recover spare parts and weapons.

Once the shuttle was repaired, the group attempted to re-enter the planet's atmosphere using a recovered flight path. The shuttle took heavy damage on re-entry of the planet and was split in half.

A wounded Isaac found Buckell alone at a waystation. He explained to Isaac how he had volunteered to stay behind as there were no more Snow Suits, cautious of what might be below the bunker to check for another. Moments later, Buckell succumbed to his wounds and hypothermia.


  • Frank Ashmore provides the likeness and voice of Buckell.
  • Buckell could not be dismembered or moved after he died.
  • Strangely, the remainder of Buckell's group appears to have allowed him to die; less than ten feet from his final resting place is a generator that, when activated, fills the room with heat that would have saved Buckell's life. It is possible that they did not venture into the other rooms, fearing the presence of Necromorphs.
  • According to the official Dead Space 3 strategy guide by Prima Games, Buckell's name is listed as Gregory "Austin" Buckell.
  • It seemed that Buckell had some respect or/and admiration for Isaac as he was gladly surprised when he saw him on the Roanoke. Later on, when Isaac explored the derelict flotilla, the two came into contact often, with Buckell giving him advice or exchanging thoughts.