Assistant Professor and Extension Entomologist
B.S., Horticulture, University of Puerto Rico, 2002
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
6500 Amarillo Blvd W
Amarillo, TX 79106
José Santiago González, Ph.D., joined Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service as an entomologist, supporting integrated pest management efforts across the region out of the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Amarillo. His focus is to provide solutions through integrated pest management and create localized research field trials to test a suite of pest management strategies, including cultural, biological, and chemical control of pests attacking major commodity crops grown in the Texas High plains.
Santiago González earned a bachelor’s degree in horticulture and a master’s degree in crop protection from the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez. He earned his doctorate from the Department of Entomology at the Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, but he also has an array of experience in the field. Between 2006 and 2017, he oversaw various crop management activities, including pest control, irrigation, and agronomy for companies like Banana Land, 3rd Millennium Genetics, Syngenta Seeds, and Agro-Banana in Puerto Rico. Much of his early work experience revolved around controlling pests and diseases in plantains and bananas, but he has also worked in traditional commodity crops grown in Puerto Rico for seed, including corn, sorghum, soybeans, dry beans, rice, sunflowers, and tomatoes for canning.
He is a member of the Entomological Society of America, the Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture, and the Puerto Rican Society of Agricultural Sciences