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Scott R. Santos
Biological Sciences
Professor and Webmaster in the Department of Biological Sciences

Office: 128 Rouse Life Sciences Bldg.

Lab: 106 Rouse Life Sciences Bldg.

101 Life Sciences Bldg.
Auburn University, AL 36849

Phone: (334) 844-7410
Fax: (334) 844-1645



Ph.D. Biological Sciences - State University of New York at Buffalo
B.Sc. Zoology (With Distinction) - University of Hawaii at Manoa

Professional Employment

Program Director - Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) - National Science Foundation

Research and Teaching Interests

Population genetics, resource conservation, genomic evolution and symbiosis biology in aquatic (both freshwater and marine) microbes and multi-cellular organisms. A variety of molecular tools and computational approaches are utilized to address these questions. The Santos Lab is also part of the Molette Biology Laboratory for Environmental and Climate Change Studies at Auburn University.

Selected Publications

  1. Thornhill, D.J., E.J. Howells, D.C. Wham, T.D. Steury, S.R. Santos. 2017. Invited Reviews and Syntheses: Population genetics of reef coral endosymbionts (Symbiodinium, Dinophyceae). Molecular Ecology. 26:2640-2659.

  2. Titus, B.M., M. Daly, J. Macrander, A. Del Rio, S.R. Santos, N.E. Chadwick. 2017. Contrasting abundance and contribution of clonal proliferation to the population structure of the corkscrew sea anemone Bartholomea annulata in the tropical Western Atlantic. Invertebrate Biology. 136:62-74.

  3. Havird, J.C., S.R. Santos. 2016. Invited SICB Symposium Contribution: Developmental transcriptomics of the Hawaiian anchialine shrimp Halocaridina rubra Holthuis, 1963 (Crustacea: Atyidae). Integrative and Comparative Biology. 56:1170-1182.

  4. Havird, J.C., S.R. Santos. 2016. Invited SICB Symposium Contribution: Here we are, but where do we go? A systematic review of crustacean transcriptomic studies from 2014-2015. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 56:1055-1066.

  5. Helms, B.S., R.C. Vaught, S.K. Suciu, S.R. Santos. 2015. Cryptic diversity within two endemic crayfish species of the Southeastern US revealed by molecular genetics and geometric morphometrics. Hydrobiologia. 755:283-298. (featured cover article)

  6. Havird, J.C., S.R. Santos. 2014. Performance of single and concatenated sets of mitochondrial genes at inferring metazoan relationships relative to full mitogenome data. PLoS One. 9:e84080.

  7. Thornhill, D.J., Y. Xiang, D.T. Pettay, M. Zhong, S.R. Santos. 2013. Population genetic data of a model symbiotic cnidarian system reveal remarkable symbiotic specificity and vectored introductions across ocean basins. Molecular Ecology 22:4499-4515. (Editor Highlight article)

  8. Kirk, N.L., D.J. Thornhill, D.W. Kemp, W.K. Fitt, S.R. Santos. 2013. Ubiquitous associations and a peak fall prevalence between apicomplexan symbionts and reef corals in Florida and the Bahamas. Coral Reefs 32:847-858.

  9. Weese, D.A., Y. Fujita, S.R. Santos. 2013. Multiple colonizations lead to cryptic biodiversity in an island ecosystem: comparative phylogeography of anchialine shrimp species in the Ryukyu Archipelago, Japan. The Biological Bulletin 225:24-41. (featured cover article)

  10. Santos, S.R., D.A. Weese. 2011. Invited Contribution: Rocks and Clocks: Linking geologic history and rates of genetic differentiation in anchialine organisms. Hydrobiologia 677:53-64.

  11. Weese, D.A., S.R. Santos. 2009. Genetic identification of source populations for an aquarium-traded invertebrate.Animal Conservation 12:13-19. (featured cover article)


Undergraduate Graduate
Evolution and Systematics - BIOL3030
Molecular Ecology - BIOL5370
Molecular Ecology - BIOL6370
Advanced Biocomputing - BIOL7970

Last updated: 09/01/2017