The Calima Foundation is a non-profit organization that was established on November 30, 2012, in order to conduct scientific research intended to discover more about our world. This knowledge is pivotal in finding proper initiatives that promote sustainable management of biodiversity and natural resources.
The Calima Foundation seeks to strengthen biological research associated with identifying and developing actions aimed at the welfare of the communities as it relates to the conservation of biodiversity.
Our organization stresses the importance of the scientific knowledge to:
Encourage ongoing scientific research focused on deciphering and understanding our changing world.
Inspire an interest in the natural sciences as we promote awareness of the multi-faceted aspects of biodiversity.
Generate conservation initiatives of biodiversity.
Provide scientific and technical support to like-minded national and international entities.
Pursuing knowledge about nature was one of the key features of pre-Columbian cultures. This learning was built basically through their intense investigative curiosity and love for experimentation. These attributes are artistically represented in many of their pieces of ceramics and goldsmithing. Unfortunately, there has been an uprooting of this ancient culture’s ideas and attitude. What was once the dominant and talented culture has been ignored or dismissed, continuing up to this day. It has resulted in a paradigm shift that overlooks knowledge about biodiversity and the vast and rich wisdom of life in all of its multivariant forms on earth.
Living together with great biodiversity entails multiple challenges, some of which are related to how much we know about our world. We are confident that one way to confront these challenges is to recover the unique role of research. Paying special tribute to the vision of the pre-Columbian cultures, our logo is based on a goldsmithing design of the Calima culture, in which artistic representations of lizards and monkeys are arranged in such a way that each body serves to give shape to the other. Like the logo, we hope that through the Calima Foundation we can convey our heartfelt desire to serve as pursuers of scientific knowledge through innovative research who are willing to share the spectacular world of biodiversity with the world and thus give shape to a new paradigm of discovery.
Her interests are focused on the reproductive ecology, conservation and diversity of threatened neotropical amphibians, mainly poison dart frogs of the family Dendrobatidae. Ximena has a wide experience in conservation projects and ex-situ management of anurans. Currently, she collaborates in studies of ecology, evolution and conservation of amphibians.
Our aim is to study how organisms are ecologically adapted to their natural environment and how those ecological traits relate to their life history. We are interested in evaluating life history at the population level and the relationships at the community level.
We are interested in understanding the mechanisms which promote the emergence of biodiversity patterns at regional, continental, and global scales. We are committed to understanding how species respond to rapid landscape and climate changes.
EVOLUTION AND ANIMAL BEHAVIOR
Behavior is the result of the coordinated action of nervous, endocrine, and musculoskeletal systems. To study the causal questions of the animal’s actions, we perform inquiries in four different areas—adaptation, causation, development, and phylogeny.
Phylogeny, evolution, and ecology
Systematics is the discipline focused on describing and understanding biological diversity. We are interested in providing the phylogenetic framework to understand the history of biodiversity and the recognition of evolutionary units that may be derived in setting conservation priorities.