Miguel Santander

Dr. Miguel Santander-García, former post-doctoral fellow at the Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (ICMM, CSIC). Current position: Staff astronomer at Observatorio Astronómico Nacional (IGN, Madrid, Spain)

Research interests:

–  Late stages of stellar evolution of low- and intermediate-mass stars: molecules and the role of dust in Asymptotic Giant Branch stars; radiative transfer in molecular species; morpho-kinematical modeling of extended nebulae; binary stars as progenitors of aespherical Planetary Nebulae.

–  Observational multi-wavelength astronomy: Far-IR astrophysics and Radioastronomy; Optical and Near-IR astronomy; Photometry, Imaging, Spectroscopy and Interferometry.

Short Vitae:

– Graduate in Astrophysics, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, UCM (2002)

– PhD at Universidad de la Laguna and Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, Tenerife (2008)

– Observing Support Scientist at the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (2008-2010)

– Post-doc at the Centro de Astrobiología (CSIC-INTA), Madrid (2011-2015)

– Post-doc at the Instituto de Estructura de la Materia (IEM, CSIC), Madrid (2015-2016)

Publications Summary:  (Link to ADS –Astrophysics Data System)

– 30 peer-reviewed papers in A&A, MNRAS, ApJ, and Nature, 10 of them as first author in A&A and Nature (>600 citations and H index of 15 as of Mar 2017)

Use of telescopes:

Principal Investigator of ~10 observing campaigns using international astronomical instrumentation:


– 4-year experience as support astronomer in the Optical and Near-IR. Instrument specialist of the multifiber-fed optical spectrograph AF2/WYFFOS and the Near-IR imager and spectrograph LIRIS at the WHT


– Extensive experience in outreach with 16 outreach talks and dozens of outreach articles.

– Member of the Naukas outreach web platform