My first degree is from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in London. It was during this time that I first gained an interest in deep-sea research by undertaking a final year project studying the 'Biological Implications of Deep-Ocean Waste Disposal'. I then went on to study for an MSc in Aquatic Resource Management at Kings College in London. As part of the MSc I worked at the MBA in Plymouth studying biofilm settlement cues for Ciona intestinalis and Balanus amphitrite amphitrite. After completing my MSc I worked for a year for the Environment Agency, first at their headquarters in Bristol, and then at the Fish Health Laboratories in Huntingdon. I then began my PhD in 1998 at the University of Reading studying cymothoid isopods. In November 2001, I completed my PhD thesis entitled ‘Genus Ceratothoa in wild and farmed fish: Taxonomy, Ecology and Pathology’ which was jointly supervised by Dr. Beth Okamura (University of Reading) and Dr.R.J. Lincoln (Natural History Museum, London). During my PhD I studied two cymothoid isopod parasites, Ceratothoa steindachneri and Ceratothoa oestroides.
Current Research Work:
I am currently working part-time on a £2 million UK project, ECOMAR (Ecosystems of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge) aimed at understanding how physical and biogeochemical factors influence the distributions and structure of deep-sea communities, focusing on the fauna of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge at 4 sites in different environmental settings. I have been employed as a researcher on a variety of deep-sea biodiversity projects at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, since 2001. Previous roles have included a 4-year BP-funded fellowship to study the taxonomy, biogeography and biodiversity of deep-sea amphipods, and a part-time post funded by the Esmee Fairburn Foundation on the 'Deep-Sea Conservation for the UK project'. As a young taxonomist I have a keen interest in the advances in modern methods of taxonomic databasing, interactive web-based keys (DELTA) and digital illustration that are currently taking place and I am making use of these tools in my research work.
Bett B.J., Hughes, J.A., Horton, T., Bamber, R.N., Robbins, R., Wilson, I., Kaariainen, J., & Levell, D. (In preparation) Deep-water environmental surveys: the need for caution in macrobenthic sampling. Limnology and Oceanography Methods.
Horton, T., Thurston, M., & Andres, H.G. (In Preparation). Revision of the family Scopelocheiridae (Crustacea: Amphipoda: Lysianassoidea). Systematics and Biodiversity.
Horton, T., & Thurston, M (Submitted) A new amphipod species from the Indian Ocean (Crustacea: Amphipoda: Lysianassoidea: Uristidae). Zootaxa.
Joyce, D.A., Ketmaier, V., Horton, T. and Mariani, S. (2008) A molecular phylogenetic framework for the evolution of parasitic strategies in cymothoid isopods. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research. Volume 46, pp. 19-23.
Horton, T., (2008). Amphipoda from Marine Caves of Hong Kong Island. Journal of Natural History, 42: 825-854.
Diffenthal, M. and Horton, T. (2007) Stephonyx arabiensis (Crustacea: Amphipoda: Lysianassoidea: Uristidae), a new deep-water scavenger species from the Indian Ocean, with a key to the genus Stephonyx. Zootaxa, 1665, 31-41.
Beaumont, N.J., Austen, M.C, Atkins, J.P., Burdon, D., Degraer, S., Dentinho, T.P., Derous, S., Holm, P., Horton, T., van Ierland, E., Marboe, A.H., Starkey, D.J., Townsend, M., Zarzycki, T., (2007) Identification, definition and quantification of goods and services provided by marine biodiversity: Implications for the ecosystem approach. Marine Pollution Bulletin 54 , 253-265.
Horton, T, Deep-Sea Scavenging Amphipods from the Faroe-Shetland Channel. Porcupine Marine Natural History Society Newsletter,19, February 2006.
Horton, T., (2005). A new amphipod species from the Indian Ocean (Crustacea: Amphipoda: Lysianassoidea: Podoprionidae). Zootaxa, 861, 1-11.
Horton, T., Diamant, A., & Galil, B. (2004). Ceratothoa steindachneri (Isopoda: Cymothoidae): an unusual record from the Mediterranean bathyal. Crustaceana. 77, (9) 1145-1148.
Horton, T. (2004) Revision of the amphipod genus Valettiopsis Holmes, 1908 (Crustacea: Lysianassoidea), with the addition of three new species. Journal of Natural History. 38, 1735-1755.
Horton, T. & Okamura, B. (2003) Post-haemorrhagic anaemia in sea bass Dicentrarchus labrax caused by blood feeding of Ceratothoa oestroides (Isopoda: Cymothoidae). Journal of Fish Diseases. 26, 401-406.
Horton, T. & Okamura, B. (2002) The distribution of Ceratothoa steindachneri (Crustacea: Isopoda: Cymothoidae) parasitic in Echiichthys vipera in the north-east Atlantic. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK 82: 415-417.
Horton, T. and Okamura, B. (2001) Cymothoid isopod parasites in aquaculture: a review and case study of a Turkish sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) and sea bream (Sparus auratus) farm. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 46: 181-188.
Horton, T. (2000) Ceratothoa steindachneri (Isopoda: Cymothoidae) new to British waters with a key to north-east Atlantic and Mediterranean Ceratothoa. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK 80: 1041-1052.
Horton, T. & Baker, M.C. The Deep Sea on your doorstep. Marine Conservation. Autumn, 2007, p. 17-20.
Horton, T & Baker, M.C., http://www.deepseascape.org. Publication of project website and database online, June 2006.
Discovery Collections, Ocean Zone, Summer 2006, p.6.
New Shrimp Species in Angola. BP Horizon Magazine. Issue 1, February 2005.
The mammoth task of describing unknown species. Southampton Oceanography Centre Annual Review 2003/2004. p. 9.
New species discovered in Block 31. Calemas, BP Angola Employee Newsletter, p. 7.
Exploring a sea of Information. BP Horizon Magazine Article. Issue 6, September 2002.
Horton, T. (2001) Weever Fish Parasites. MBA News March 2001, Number 25: p. 4.
Horton, T. (1999) Parasitism of Weever Fish. MBA News October 1999, Number 22: p. 5.