Juliano Morimoto is a lecturer in Zoology at the University of Aberdeen in the UK. He shared with us how multi-disciplinary understanding can aid the protection of various species from climate change.
My Next Great Impossible is a new framework that integrates ecology and evolution with mathematics and physics. If successful, my work will contribute to a better understanding of how species interact within their environment and how ecosystems respond to a changing climate.
We can apply concepts from various disciplines to problems in ecology, evolution, and behavior. This can include, for example, incorporating well-known theorems like the Pythagoras’ theorem into a new framework to better understand how animals respond to unbalanced diets. From food to flight, this new framework opens up new avenues of interdisciplinary research that are all-encompassing and can ultimately help us protect the life of our planet from current and future climatic conditions.
I have faced numerous adversities in both my personal and professional life. As an immigrant from an underrepresented background, I am inspired not only by my family and friends who supported my career trajectory, but also by junior scientists who look up to me and seek advice and mentorship. In the same way that people supported me when I first started, I want to be an inspiration for those who are just getting started in their careers. My goal is to use science to inspire people to pursue their dreams, whatever they may be.
Q: What kind of mindset do you need to achieve your Next Great Impossible?
A: The commitment to continue learning, understanding and leveraging your strengths and weaknesses, as well as the ability to persevere through adversity.