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Santiago HerreraSantiago Herrera
Ph.D. Candidate

Contact Information

Mailing Address
Redfield Laboratory, Room 2-40
Mailstop #33
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543

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Ph.D. Biological Oceanography, Massachusetts Institute of Technology & Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program, 2014 (expected)

M.S. Biological Sciences, Universidad de los Andes, 2009


B.S. Microbiology, Universidad de los Andes, 2008


B.S. Biology, Universidad de los Andes, 2008

Research interests

Oceanography. Evolutionary biology, adaptation, molecular systematics, phylogenomics, bio/phylogeography, and population genomics of marine organisms. Conservation of deep-sea ecosystems, worldwide. Ocean exploration.


Reitzel A.M.*, S. Herrera*, M.J. Layden, M.Q. Martindale & T.M. Shank (2013) Going where traditional markers have not gone before: utility and promise for RAD-sequencing in marine invertebrate phylogeography and population genomics. Molecular Ecology Special Issue: Genotyping by Sequencing doi: 10.1111/mec.12228 *Contributed equally


Herrera S. T.M. Shank & J.A. Sánchez (2012) Spatial and temporal patterns of genetic variation in the widespread antitropical deep-sea coral Paragorgia arborea. Molecular Ecology 21(24): 6053-6067. doi: 10.1111/mec.12074


Shank T.M., E.T Baker, R.W. Embley, S. Hammond, J.F. Holden, S. White, S.L. Walker, M. Calderón, S. Herrera, T.J. Lin, C. Munro, T. Heyl, L.C. Stewart, M. Malik, E. Lobecker & J. Potter (2012) Exploration of the Deepwater Galápagos Region. Oceanography 25 (Suppl. 1): 50-51.


Shank T.M., S. Herrera, W. Cho, C.N. Roman, & K.L. Croff Bell (2011) Exploration of the Anaximander Mud Volcanoes. Oceanography, 24 (Suppl. 1):22-23


Herrera S., A. Baco & J.A. Sánchez (2010) Molecular systematics of the bubblegum coral genera (Paragorgiidae, Octocorallia) and description of a new deep-sea species. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 55: 123–135

Sánchez J.A., S. Herrera, R. Navas-Camacho, A. Rodríguez-Ramírez, P. Herron, V. Pizarro, A. R. Acosta, P. A. Castillo, P. Montoya & C. Orozco. (2010) White plague-like coral disease in remote reefs of the Western Caribbean. Revista de Biologia Tropical, 58 (Suppl. 1):145-154