Miraflor Santos
Ph.D. Candidate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

I build probabilistic models of microbial communities in the open ocean. Currently, I am a PhD Candidate in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography where I am advised by Heidi Sosik and am a member of the Northeast U.S. Shelf Long Term Ecological Research team.


  • Biological Oceanography
  • Machine Learning
  • Probabilistic Modelling
  • Heliophysics


Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
2019 - Present
Ph.D. Biological Oceanography
New York University Abu Dhabi
2014 - 2019
B.Sc. Biology
supervised by Prof. Shady Amin


  • I spent the summer as a Researcher with the Frontier Development Lab. I took their ML bootcamp and spent 8 weeks building heliophysics models. , May - September 2022.

Recent Publications

see my google scholar for the latest list
Diatom modulation of select bacteria through use of two unique secondary metabolites, 2020, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Ahmed A Shibl , Ashley Isaac , Michael A Ochsenkuhn , Anny Cárdenas , Cong Fei , Gregory Behringer , Marc Arnoux , Nizar Drou , Miraflor P Santos , Kristin C Gunsalus , Christian R Voolstra , Shady A Amin


see my github for the complete list
The Sun as a Fully Resolved Star: 4pi EUV Irradiance
Gaussian Process Plankton Model
Symbiosis Short Film Competition: Tiny Wonders