Terri Souster - BSc (Hons) Marine Biology graduate

Year of graduation: 2007

Current employer: The British Antarctic Survey

Current job title: PhD student

Current location: Cambridge HQ and Antarctica

"Plymouth offered the HSE diving module which really helps with job opportunities and would be expensive to do outside of the University. It is also on one of the most stunning coastlines in the UK."

Tell us what you have been doing since completing your studies.

I worked with the MBA on marine protected areas in the UK then got a job with the British Antarctic Survey as Marine Assistant in 2008 and was in Antarctica until February 2012 living and researching. I then took some time out and drove from England to South Africa through 21 counties. I then started a PhD with The British Antarctic survey in July 2014 on the effect of climate change on benthic marine organisms in the Antarctic which I am just about to complete.

What is the best, most exciting or fun thing that you have done in your career?

  • Diving under sea ice.
  • Diving with over 1000 king penguins.
  • Sleeping in a snow hole.
  • Helping establish more marine protected areas around the UK.
  • Flying in a twin otter plane for a week around the Antarctic deploying field parties.

What would you do differently since graduating?

I may have done a PhD sooner as it was tough getting the brain back into studious mode and you forget vital things that you were taught at undergraduate level.

Imagine you were about to start university again - with the benefit of hindsight - what would you now tell yourself to have done differently?

I would have worked harder in the first few years as, although they don’t count towards the degree as such, those skills are useful later in life. I would have also tried harder for a 1st degree as I have found out ten years after finishing my degree employers still look at undergraduate qualifications.

What was your main reason for choosing to study your course at Plymouth? With hindsight how significant was this for you? 

Plymouth offered the HSE diving module which really helps with job opportunities and would be expensive to do outside of the University. It is also on one of the most stunning coastlines in the UK.

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Terri Souster sitting in the snow