Santiago Merino. Photo: private

Santiago Merino (Spain)

Field of research: Evolutionary Ecology


Museo Nacional de Ciencas Naturales
José Gutiérrez Abascal 2
28006 Madrid
e-mail: santiagom[at]



Born in Barcelona, Spain, on January 8, 1968, Santiago Merino holds a PhD in biological sciences at the University of Alcalá (Madrid). After passing through the University Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris, France, he returned to Madrid to work at the Department of Evolutionary Ecology of the National Museum of Natural Sciences, Institute of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), where he continues working today as Research Professor and since 2013 as Director of the Museum. Author of more than 140 scientific publications, his research focuses on the study of the interactions between parasites and hosts in wild animal populations, a work that has led him to work with biological systems in Antarctica, Africa, America and of course in Spain. It is currently Vice President of the Spanish Society of Evolutionary Biology (SESBE), and President of the Spanish National Committee of International Union for Biological Sciences (IUBS).