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Scott R. Santos
Biological Sciences
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Office: ** On leave to the National Science Foundation **


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

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. SantosS.R. 2014. Genomic Resources Note: Complete mitochondrial and partial nuclear genomes for the jack species Caranx ignobilis (Forsskål, 1775) and C. melampygus (Cuvier, 1833) (Perciformes:Carangidae) from the High Hawaiian Islands. Molecular Ecology Resources 14:435-436.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Thornhill, D.J., K. Doubleday, D.W. Kemp, S.R. Santos. 2010. Host hybridization alters specificity of cnidarian-dinoflagellate associations. Marine Ecology Progress Series 420:113-123.
  8. Betancur-R, R., A. Acero P., H. Duque-Caro, S.R. Santos. 2010. Phylogenetic and morphologic analyses of a coastal fish reveals a marine biogeographic break of terrestrial origin in the southern Caribbean. PLoS One5:e11566.
  9. 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
Undergraduate Seminar - BIOL4950
Molecular Ecology - BIOL5370
Molecular Ecology - BIOL6370
Advanced Biocomputing - BIOL7970

Last updated: 05/27/2016