I am currently a PhD candidate in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) & Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Joint Program in Biological Oceanography. I received my undergraduate degrees in Biology and Microbiology and earned a Masters degree in Biological Sciences from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. Before starting in the Joint Program I spent a year at the Smithsonian’s National Museum Natural History studying deep-sea corals.
My research interests focus on the genetic aspects of biological evolution. I am particularly interested in understanding the ecological evolutionary and mechanisms that have produced the biodiversity patterns that we observe today in nature. This understanding is of critical importance in order to assess the potential impacts of ongoing environmental changes on Earth’s ecosystems. I combine different molecular tools and interdisciplinary field observations to study the diversity, evolutionary history, phylogeography, population genomics and adaptation of deep-sea and cold-water organisms. I also participate in various ocean exploration initiatives and conservation-oriented projects.
Santiago Herrera • 2014