TEDxBoston

Sora Kim

Professor, Life and Environmental Sciences At The University of California Merced

I explore how animals and plants respond to environmental change. My projects often bridge modern and ancient ecosystems since the past can be the key to understanding the future. I am also interested in broadening participation in science. To date, our academic system promotes certain groups to succeed in science but our climate crisis requires innovative, interdisciplinary, and diverse scientists. I was born and raised in the south at a time when there were only boxes for white, black, and “other.” While I felt this sense of “other” early in my academic career, I now realize this is where the good stuff is. Science is novel and innovative so it requires reaching out, beyond the comfort zones of tradition.