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 interests include all aspects of biological evolution in the ocean, but especially the molecular ecology of deep-sea invertebrates from hard-bottom and chemosynthetic habitats. 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 • 2013