Group of environmental and scientific consultants that promote innovation.
We began to work together the day we realized that our ideas are bigger than the institutions we can belong to, that the world is spinning at a greater rate and that we must adapt to this change, thus enhancing ideas and arguments as a team and not as individuals.
Our company is not based on a vertical hierarchical structure with bosses and employees. We are a group of people in constant search for knowledge, organized systematically according to our abilities, with the desire to be truly useful to others and to use what we know and feel to reduce the burden of our clients.
We come from different professional fields and we speak different technical languages, so, in order to mantain structured processes, we have project leaders that carry the great responsibility of directing the methods with which we work, promoting the critical thinking of the team, making the best final decisions and generating the best quality consultancy in the market.
Sergio Gómez Echeverri
I chose to train myself as a biologist and developed skills in research, evolution, genetics, molecular biology, bioinformatics, statistics and complemented my knowledge with geographic information systems (GIS). I focused on investigating the principels that rule the generation of new species and the maintenance of biodiversity.
I soon realized that, although my studies made me grow as a researcher in basic science, it was not possible to have the application of this knowledge detached from the reality of the environment we live in, where beyond science, we need to find a relationship that closes the gap between environment and the development of societies.
I opted for a change in my approach and focused on the application of the scientific method in environmental studies. This helped me built innovative strategies allowing efficient management of the interaction of projects with the environment, as a source of economic and social wealth.
I have conducted environmental studies in various economic sectors such as Road Infrastructure, Mining, Hydroelectric Power Plants, Transportation, among others; And there has grown in me the great admiration for Engineers, as promoters of development in different regions of my country.
I decided to be a part of ENDÉMICA, looking for the best union between science and engineering that allows the development of projects focused on the reconciliation between natural resources, economic growth and society.
UNIVERSIDAD DE LOS ANDES
BSc Biology, 2010
MSc Master in Biological Sciences, 2013
partner - marketing
Carolina Osorio Gómez
As an Environmental Engineer, I focused on studiyng the relationship between natural and economic processes, in order to identify the environmental problems that result from such interaction and to confront them with engineering options and responses, based on the specific knowledge and the applicable legislation. In order to adequately apply Colombia's regulatory framework, I chose to do a specialization in environmental law. This also trained me in the development and application of national and international environmental standards to multiple businesses.
With the firm intention of designing environmental solutions that contribute to the sustainability of organizations and regions, in 2007, I decided to start a company focused on providing environmental services to the industrial sector. After a while, the main service that we provided migrated to the collection and integral management of organic waste. During the time I worked as a manager partner for this company, I was able to gain for it a strong position in the waste management market beeing the first and only private capital company to provide this kind of service in Medellín, Antioquia.
In my experience, field work can be thought as the basis for environmental sciences. Accordingly, I have focused on working with communities by socializing the positive and negative effects of projects being developed in their territories and environmental education. This experience with communities had led me to understand that environmental issues should always be addressed in an interdisciplinary manner, and if done this way, there is a better chance for the continuous and suistainable use of natural resources.
I have participated in the direction and coordination of environmental studies of multiple economic sectors (Health, Mining, Energy, Transportation, Construction, Manufacturing) as are environmental diagnoses, environmental licensing processes, environmental regulations, environmental permits and procedures, among others .
I have decided to be a part of ENDEMICA with the firm conviction of promoting a harmonious and stable relationship between communities, natural resources and economic development, together with solutions and answers made out from science and engineering.
UNIVERSIDAD DE MEDELLÍN
Environmental Engineer, 2007
Specialization in Environmental Law, 2009
Alejandra Echeverri Ochoa
I decided to do my undergraduate studies in biology because of my passion for the environment and most of all, the great admiration and deep respect I have for animals. While I recognize that ecology and species biology are fundamental to understanding environmental processes, I also recognize that most of the problems we have today are due to human activities. However, I firmly believe that humans are not only part of the problem, they are also a key part in creating solutions to create a more sustainable world. For this reason, I decided to continue my studies and I completed a master's degree in Natural Resources Management and Environmental Studies, in which I studied Conservation Psychology.
As an environmental consultant, I have evaluated the way in which engineering projects (such as hydroelectric power stations, tunnels and highways) affect tropical birds and other groups of vertebrates. Most of my environmental consulting work has been carried out in Colombia, particularly in Antioquia. However, I have also worked with international organizations conducting environmental education with different social actors in several countries, such as Norway, Sweden, Germany, Ecuador, and more recently Costa Rica.
In my research career I have focused on studying the ecological and social dimensions of species conservation. For example, for my master's thesis, I studied people's perceptions of Canada's threatened species. Today I am a doctoral student in Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia Canada. My research focuses on understanding how climate change and deforestation affect tropical bird communities in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. In turn, I try to understand how the different groups of people (biologists, local communities, tourists) perceive the birds of the region and what are their motivations for the conservation of biodiversity.
I decided to be a part of ENDÉMICA because I believe in the application of rigorous methodologies for the evaluation of the environmental impacts of development projects, and because I believe it is the right platform to desing innovative projects, taking into account the social, economic and ecological aspects that are key for sustainable development.
UNIVERSIDAD DE LOS ANDES
BSc Biology, 2012
UNIVERSIDAD DE COLUMBIA BRITÁNICA, CANADÁ
MSc in Natural Resources Management, 2015
PhD student in Resouces, Environment and Sustainability
Juan Esteban Hincapié Posada
With more than 9 years of professional experience, I have worked in the field of biodiversity conservation and the environmental management of the territory and the comprehensive analysis of the landscape through geographic information tools, related to environmental, social and productive dynamics of the modern world.
During my professional experience I have participated in interdisciplinary groups for the declaration, planning and management of protected areas at the local, regional and national scale. Additionally, I have participated as a coordinator in the National System of Protected Areas SINAP, working for Area Metropolitana del Valle de Aburra, the Corporación Autónoma Regional del Centro y Norte de Antioquia Corantioquia and the Dirección Territorial Andes Occidentales de Parques Nacionales Naturales de Colombia.
Likewise, I have participated in numerous conservation planning scenarios such as the Regional Systems of Protected Areas of the Colombian Coffee Growing Axis and the Colombian Massif, the Departmental System of Protected Areas of the Department of Antioquia and Nariño, as well as different processes in the departments of Huila, Tolima, Quindío and Caldas.
Nature is part of my life philosophy, which is why I also dedicate my time as a certified dive guide and amateur nature photographer, acquiring experience in the field of nature tourism and knowledge of Colombian geography.
My decision to participate in ENDÉMICA is based on the need to create alliances between the public and private sectors, as well as the integration of civil society in the different processes of territorial organization and conservation of ecosystems.
UNIVERSIDAD DE MEDELLÍN
Environmental Engineer, 2007
UNIVERSIDAD DE ANTIOQUIA
Specialization in Environment and Geoinformatics, 2011
Sebastián Gonzalez Caro
My interests as a biologist focus on the processes that determine species abundance and distribution at different spatial scales, from where interactions occur between species to their geographic ranges. To do this I integrate different spatial tools (GIS), phylogenetic analyzes and ecological models.
Mainly, I am interested in plants and their interaction with animals, as well as the distribution of tropical Andes trees and their process of seed dispersal and the application of theoretical knowledge in conservation problems.
Throughout my professional practice, I have worked as a researcher and consultant on various projects focused on the evaluation of the dynamics, structure and composition of forests, native tree growth models for restoration plans, valuation of ecosystem services and projection of carbon accumulation in high mountain ecosystems, among others. All this has led me to generate scientific articles, book chapters and various publications, but it has also strengthened me to apply this knowledge in conservation projects in various regions of the country.
I decided to be a part of ENDÉMICA since in my experience I have been able to demonstrate the great importance of forming interdisciplinary groups, which allow an integration of scientific theory with the implementation of the concepts applied in environmental studies.
UNIVERSIDAD DE LOS ANDES
BSc Biology, 2015
UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL SEDE MEDELLÍN
PhD in Ecology, Currently