Bioinspirada presents you with data analysis applied to environmental sustainability; links between human innovations and nature’s adaptations; and images that spark your imagination.
In its Spanish version it is also a contribution to the broadcasting of Bioinspiration in Spanish, and wants to help create greater awareness about the importance of the biodiversity found in our territories.
About the creator of Bioinspirada
Hi, I’m Elsa Magnolia Quicazán-Rubio. I was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. There it began my interest in Biomechanics and in teamwork between Biologists and Engineers to understand biological phenomena. This curiosity, which was first in hummingbird flight, led me to live in California, in the United States. Later, my curiosity about fish swimming led me to live in Wageningen and Groningen, both in The Netherlands.
The fascination that nature-inspired technological and social innovations produce in me brought me closer to Biomimicry and then to Nature-Based Solutions and I had the opportunity to be a Biomimicry lecturer in sustainability programs.
In my Blog I use my interdisciplinary training to tell you about innovations inspired by nature, the environment and art.
And in the Data Analysis section I share with you my learning process through projects.
In 2022 I was part of the sixth cohort of DS4A Colombia (Data Science for All by Correlation One) and I graduated with honors 😀
I have continued to learn about how to take advantage of the wealth of data available to help in making decisions directed towards sustainability. And one of the fields that I am passionate about is data visualization, as you may have guessed, because of my love for visual arts.
On the other hand, this is the first time that I show myself not only as a scientist, but also as an artist, a different facet of my life, which I had saved mainly for my family and close friends. At the end of 2019 I went “public” as an artist with my Instagram account, https://www.instagram.com/bioinspirada/
I love to represent nature in a fun and different way, showing some details that may not have caught our attention before.
Ph.D. in Animal Sciences. Wageningen University and Research. The Netherlands. Experimental Zoology Group.
M.Sc. in Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology. University of California Riverside. USA. Altshuler Lab (Now at UBC).
B.Sc. in Biology. Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Colombia.
Data Science Training. Data Science for All Colombia 6.0: Graduated with Honors.
edX Verified Certificate for Climate Action in Biodiverse Landscapes. Wageningen University and Research.
Coasting in live-bearing fish: the drag penalty of being pregnant. 2019. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 16, 20180714.
Why do placentas evolve? First evidence for a morphological advantage during pregnancy in live-bearing fish. 2018. PLoS ONE 13, e0195976.
Three-dimensional analysis of the fast-start escape response of the least killifish, Heterandria formosa. 2018. Journal of Experimental Biology. 221, jeb168609.
Hummingbird wing efficacy depends on aspect ratio and compares with helicopter rotors. 2014. Journal of the Royal Society Interface. 11, 20140585.
Wingbeat kinematics and motor control of yaw turns in Anna’s hummingbirds (Calypte anna). 2012. Journal of Experimental Biology. 215, 4070–4084.
Since I can remember I have enjoyed creating objects and illustrations that represent my real and imaginary world.
I took Art classes inside and outside the National University during my undergraduate degree in Biology. And I worked as a volunteer at Colombia en Hechos in Islas del Rosario, Colombia, teaching illustration to local artisans-fishermen. Illustrating with them, with the sea nearby was incredible. Sometimes one of them composed Champeta while he illustrated. It was a very inspiring experience.
In 2019, my doctoral thesis cover, which I illustrated, was chosen as one of the top 10 by Wageningen University for that year. https://resource.wur.nl/en/show/Coverprice-2019-vote-now.htm