Professor of Physiological Ecology, University of California
Professor Santiago’s primary research interests are in the environmental physiology of plants. He has an active interest in determining the role of plant water use in the hydraulic cycles of vegetated watersheds. Professor Santiago’s field research has been conducted in montane watershed forest in Hawaii, in lowland tropical forest in Panama, and in the arid, sub-tropical inland valleys of southern California. He employs a variety of techniques including plant physiological measurements, stable isotopes, modeling, environmental sensors, statistical approaches, and phylogenetic analysis. Professor Santiago’s academic background includes a Batchelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley, a Masters of Science from the University of Hawaii, a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Florida, and Postdoctoral Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2006, he joined the Botany and Plant Sciences faculty at the University of California, Riverside as a physiological ecologist and in 2011 was appointed as a Research Associate for the Smithsonian Institution.