Chester J Sands

Chester J Sands
British Antarctic Survey | BAS · BAS Research Centre


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Additional affiliations
July 2010 - present
University of Norway in Svalbard
  • Guest Lecturer
  • Teaching basic molecular evolution to post graduate microbiology students attending the AB327 Polar Microbiology course
August 2005 - March 2020
British Antarctic Survey
  • Molecular Ecologist
  • Explore the processes that shaped the current biodiversity of Antarctica and its surrounds. Explore resilience in assemblages. Understand the potential of ecosystem services provided by benthic marine assemblages
February 2002 - July 2005
La Trobe University
Field of study
  • Comparative phylogeography
February 2000 - December 2000
University of Tasmania
Field of study
  • Antarctic Studies
February 1996 - December 1999
University of Tasmania
Field of study
  • Zoology, Botany


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Projects (6)
Sub-Antarctic Islands, unlike the Antarctic continent, are typically managed by individual countries and don’t fall under a treaty system. As a consequence, science coordination is less well-developed in the region than in the Antarctic Treaty area. Moreover, the significance of the islands themselves are frequently overlooked in global discussions on climate change in polar environments. To address important knowledge gaps and scientific priorities for the sub-Antarctic and pave the way for increased research coordination, the South Atlantic Research Institute (SAERI) organised a Symposium on Sub-Antarctic connections and climate change hosted at Wilton Park in October 2021, ahead of COP26. Symposium discussions led to the creation of a sub-Antarctic blue carbon and natural archives (such as ice-core, corals, peat-core and fjord geology) network of ~30 researchers working in the region, across career stages, nationalities and disciplines - to elucidate our understanding of blue carbon in the past, present and future.
Assessment of sustainability of the different South Atlantic fisheries and their impact on biodiversity