BAS Honorary Researcher
I started my career as a marine biologist working in marine protected areas and then went on to work with The British Antarctic Survey. Since 2008 I have worked in both the Antarctic and the Arctic as a polar benthic marine biologist. I work on the effect of climate change on marine invertebrates that inhabit the seafloor. I have spent four winters in Antarctica, a total of four and a half years living on the Western Antarctic Peninsula and over 600 Antarctic dives at one of The British Antarctic Research bases, Rothera Research Station. I have been part of a large NERC funded cross disciplinary project looking at the changing Arctic Oceans and the effect on benthic marine biodiversity. I have a PhD on the biodiversity of Antarctic hard rock communities. I have carried out benthic marine research using SCUBA and from large ship based research vessels. I have been extremely fortunate in having the opportunity to dive in human submersibles along the Antarctic Peninsula examining marine communities down to 300m.
Ten years later and I am now going back to working on marine protected communities as part of a large EU funded project (MarPAMM) and will be based at Ulster University on the north coast of Ireland. I will be carrying out research on the quantification of benthic biodiversity within seven cross boarder marine protected areas in Scotland and Ireland. I will still have ties to Antarctica and the Arctic as I work alongside many colleges based at The British Antarctic Survey and through research publications.
Souster, Terri A., Morley, Simon A., Peck, Lloyd S.. (2018) Seasonality of oxygen consumption in five common Antarctic benthic marine invertebrates. Polar Biology, 41. 897-908. 10.1007/s00300-018-2251-3
Souster, Terri A.. (2017) Marine biodiversity of Antarctic hard rock communities: species biomass and energy use. British Antarctic Survey, PhD thesis
Peck, Lloyd S., Souster, Terri, Clark, Melody S.. (2013) Juveniles are more resistant to warming than adults in 4 species of Antarctic marine invertebrates. PLoS ONE, 8. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0066033
Clark, Melody S., Souster, Terri. (2012) Slow arm regeneration in the Antarctic brittle star Ophiur crassa (Echinodermata, Ophiuroidea). Aquatic Biology, 16. 105-113. 10.3354/ab00435
Hughes, Claire, Johnson , Martin, von Glasow, Roland, Chance, Rosie, Atkinson , Helen, Souster, Terri, Lee, Gareth A., Clarke, Andrew, Meredith, Michael, Venables, Hugh, Turner, Suzanne M., Malin, Gill, Liss, Peter S.. (2012) Climate-induced change in biogenic bromine emissions from the Antarctic marine biosphere. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 26. 9 pp. 10.1029/2012GB004295
Barnes, David K.A., Souster, Terri. (2011) Reduced survival of Antarctic benthos linked to climate-induced iceberg scouring. Nature Climate Change, 1. 365-368. 10.1038/nclimate1232
Meredith, Michael P., Wallace, Margaret I., Stammerjohn, Sharon E., Renfrew, Ian A., Clarke, Andrew, Venables, Hugh, Shoosmith, Deborah R., Souster, Terri, Leng, Melanie J.. (2010) Changes in the freshwater composition of the upper ocean west of the Antarctic Peninsula during the first decade of the 21st century. Progress in Oceanography, 87. 127-143. 10.1016/j.pocean.2010.09.019