November 12, 2009
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In my childhood memories, I can usually find a forest of coffee plants, heavy fruiting orange and guava trees and friendly farm animals. My grandfather took me along with him in the usual farm duties. They still gave him time to practice his free-of-charge medicine in a small office in front of the farm´s water tank.
Colombia makes a great place to learn how to live. Diversity flows through our veins. Men are proud and women are strong, trees have a million different shades of green and there are hundreds of different kinds of birds every time you drive an hour away from anywhere. We have no weather forecast and you can get rain or sunny days any time soon. I think tropic people are very different from temperate people for this reason. We have no way to plan our day, weather wise. We are always prepared.
Biology and microbiology are just different point of views looking at the same subject. As usual, point of views cannot be qualified, none of them can be right or wrong. They are just different. I appreciate diversity and take great joy in it. Studying as a biologist (or microbiologist) can only get better if I am able to translate scientific language into a kid´s game, a passionate conversation or laughter.
I like moving around with all my belongings in a backpack. I enjoy keeping the trees company whilst taking notes on crab behavior. Fortunately, the things I do match what I want to do. I believe in little steps up the hill will eventually lead you to the top of the mountain. I believe we should "be the change we want to see". I am a vegetarian, I have unplugged my electric devices, I do not wear leather and I move using my feet.
Research thrills me with the assurance of exploring the truth nobody has ever learned before. I am interested in species relationships, community ecology and energy cycling. My thesis gave me an interesting approach at the relationship between invertebrates and bacteria in a mangrove forest. My path leads me to continue to discover what we have been unable to see in nature. My nature takes me to share my limited knowledge and make it into something useful.