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Santiago HerreraDr. Santiago Herrera

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


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

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.


Herrera S., P.H. Reyes-Herrera & T.M. Shank (in review) Genome-wide predictability of restriction sites across the eukaryotic tree of life. bioRxiv preprint doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/007781. Git code repository: https://github.com/phrh/PredRAD


Herrera S., Watanabe H. & T.M. Shank (2015) Evolutionary history and biogeographical patterns of barnacles endemic to deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Molecular Ecology. 24(3): 673-689. doi: 10.1111/mec.13054


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. International Journal of Tropical Biology, 58 (Suppl. 1):145-154