Jimena has a degree in Biology and Terrestrial Ecology (B.Sc.), and a specialization in Agroforestry and Silvopastoral Ttropical Systems (M.Sc.-CATIE) and the analysis of functional diversity and its relevance to the provision of ecosystem services (ES) in farming landscapes (Ph.D.-University of Bangor, UK). Jimena studies tree diversity management in forests and agro-silvopastoral systems and its effects on the functionality of natural and agricultural tropical ecosystems. She worked with regional organizations (Colombia, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Peru) in the design, monitoring and conversion of conventional systems to sustainable agricultural production systems. He has 15 years of experience in research, experimental design, training and generation of scientific publications and educational materials on the importance of managing productive systems, restoration of degraded soils, nutrient cycling, conservation of biodiversity, and the mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
Jimena leads and coordinates research proposals, scientific publications and outreach activities on ecological processes and the generation of ecosystem services in tropical forests and farming landscapes with the Livestock and Environmental Management Program (GAMMA), the Latin American Chair of Ecology in Tropical Forests Management and Biodiversity, and the Biometry Unit at CATIE. Also it is working with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), the Korea Forest Research Institute (KFRI), and the Research School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography, University of Bangor (UB) in the United Kingdom (UK).
Her research interests include the study of the effect of different land uses and types of management on the provision of ES in agricultural landscapes; taxonomic and functional diversity of trees in agro-landscapes; natural regeneration and carbon sequestration in plants and soil; the decomposition of organic matter, nutrient cycling, maintenance and restoration of soil fertility in degraded forests and pastures; the design and monitoring of silvopastoral systems for mitigation and adaptation to climate change; and interaction between communities of fauna and flora and the provision of ES in agricultural landscapes.