“In Colombia, despite being a biodiversity hotspot, there is limited accessible information about its deep-time paleontological past. To address this gap, my team and I created an illustrated book that simplifies paleontological concepts, geological time, evolution, and climate change.”
In my roles as CEO of the Khamai Foundation and founder of the Arteaga Species Discovery Fund, I aim to alter this trend. My goal is to expedite the pace of discovering new animals and to reward emerging taxonomists, particularly in tropical countries. The act of naming a new species presents a unique opportunity to address this challenge. By allowing donors to bid for the privilege of naming a new species, a symbolic yet impactful act, we can contribute to funding taxonomists’ research. A rough estimate posits that there are over 10 million species on the planet, and we have only scratched the surface in understanding them. My mission is to facilitate the discovery of as many species as possible, forging a path toward a richer understanding of our planet’s biodiversity.