Chester Sands

About me
 
Chester Sands is as Molecular Ecologist at the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge.  During this time he has been involved in 7 Antarctic research cruises led by the UK, USA and Germany, collecting invertebrates from the sea floor using various trawls, grabs and corers.  His research focusses on the inference of processes that underlie the observed spatial and phylogenetic patterns of diversity, principally of invertebrates.  Practically this requires techniques used in biogeography, molecular systematics, phytogeography and population genetics, employing the emerging *omics tools.  Conceptually this requires the teasing apart of contributing forces of adaptation and drift, and how these two forces are affected by environmental and demographic changes.
 
Chester has spent time working at King Edward Point laboratory on South Georgia and the Bonner Laboratory at Rothera (West Antarctic Peninsula).  Since 2010 he has been teaching the Molecular Evolution component of the Polar Microbiology course at the University of Norway in Svalbard.
 
Projects 
 
ASCCC: Molecular Ecologist and benthic taxonomist for this project.
 
Ascension Islands Marine Sustainability (AIMS) : Ascension Island harbours globally important marine biodiversity, representing unique assemblages of western and eastern Atlantic flora and fauna. Currently, however, a paucity of baseline scientific data from the marine environment is a major barrier to the effective management and conservation of the Island’s marine resources. 
 
Find out more on  Researchgate