Wilfred John E. Santiañez

Assistant Professor
Collections Manager,
G.T. Velasquez Phycological Herbarium

The Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines

I am interested in exploring the archipelagic coasts of the Philippines to unravel patterns of (global) marine/seaweed biodiversity. I also enjoy dabbling in seaweeds systematics (i.e., taxonomy, classification, and nomenclature) and molecular phylogenetics. As part of my commitment to support nation-building, I explore and develop culture technologies for underutilized seaweed species for their socio-economic benefits, mentor students to raise experts and leaders in Philippine seaweeds research, and provide extension services such as capacity building training/workshops on (eucheumatoid) seaweed farming, among others. I envision pursuing these lines of basic and applied research for resources management and to support emerging and existing seaweed industries especially within the tropical Pacific.


  • Seaweed biodiversity and systematics
  • Algal community ecology
  • Marine phytogeography
  • Seaweed farming


  • PhD in Natural History Sciences, 2018

    Hokkaidō University, Sapporo, Japan

  • Master of Environment and Natural Resources Management, 2014

    University of the Philippines Open University

  • BSc in Marine Biology, 2008

    Mindanao State University (General Santos)