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Teachers and students of the Biology and Ecology undergraduate programs of the CES University have participated in the Medellín Mayor's Office project "Biodiversity in Strategic Ecosystems" since May 2019, which consists of monitoring the diversity of some basins in Medellín.

The projects on natural diversity are located in the streams: San Sebastián de Palmitas, Santa Elena, San Pedro, Guayabala, Guapanda, Manguala, Limona and Volcana.

Seven investigations in which CES teachers and students work are part of the project that seeks to generate a baseline study (describe the initial situation of the target population) and monitor some aspects of diversity in around 5 hydrographic basins.

Since 2009, the Medellín Mayor's Office has been reforesting with the planting of native trees in peri-urban forests for the protection of water in hydrographic basins.

Estela María Quintero Vallejo, professor at the Faculty of Sciences and Biotechnology, is part of the project and is the leader of the research on epiphytic plants, which are the species that grow on top of others and investigates how epiphytic species colonize trees sown by the Mayor's Office.

"We want to understand how these trees are beginning to be a new habitat for other organisms and at the same time this shows how the diversity of these ecosystems is increasing, " said researcher Estela María Quintero Vallejo.

Another of the investigations whose leader is the teacher Juliana Cardona Duque, investigates how the ant community has changed in the village of Santa Elena, where so far they have found 14 different species with the collection of 1,600 individuals.

"The ant communities in Santa Elena have changed and they are showing that the ecosystem is really recovering, in the other two farms what we did was make the baseline and we found different species of ants," concluded Juliana Cardona Duque.

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