Santiago is a Ph.D. candidate at the Massachusetts Institue of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution joint program in biological oceanography. He is interested in the evolution and population ecology of deep-sea invertebrates, the conservation of marine ecosystems, and ocean exploration. In this cruise Santiago will be participating in the sampling of corals and their associate invertebrates using the ROV. These samples will be important to expand our knowledge of diversity and population connectivity of coral communities in the gulf.