MSc in Biology, 1986, University of Mar del Plata, Argentina. He has have lived more than 28 months in Antarctica (Esperanza Station, Hope Bay, Antarctic Peninsula; Jubany Station, King George Island) working as a biologist for the Instituto Antartico Argentino in the field of Coastal Ecology.
During the last sixteen years, Santiago has been guiding natural history and birding trips through the main natural areas of Argentina and Central and Southern Chile. Since 1999, he has been writing and publishing natural history hand-books of the main areas visited, having eight handbooks published until now.
What skills do you bring to the job?
"I am a biologist with 28 months experience working in research programs in the Antarctic Peninsula region."
What keeps you returning season after season?
"Although I have a family at home, and spend as much time as I can with them, I try to participate in four expeditions a year. I need to have my Antarctic immersion and to feed my passion for its wildlife and uniqueness."
If you could time travel, which expedition would you join, and why?
"I would like to join the research team led by Otto Nordenskjold at Snow Hill Island. They experienced hard times, yet the developed an intense research program with fascinating discoveries. They found a fossil of one of the largest penguin species that ever existed."
Santiago's advice for Polar Travelers
"I can say without a doubt - GO!"