Marisol Osman, a Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina, has always been fascinated by the weather. She grew up in a small town in Argentina where agriculture was the main economic activity. Her family was always concerned about when and how much it was going to rain, as a hailstorm could damage the crops or a strong cold spell could harm the grass for the cattle. After flourishing in her math classes during primary and secondary school, Marisol decided to study Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires. The degree combined her love of math and physics and allowed her to channel interests from her youth. After successfully completing her degree, she continued her studies and recently received a PhD in Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences.
Marisol has been fortunate to have two great mentors in her life. The passionate climate scientist Carolina Vera is Marisol’s advisor and her main source of inspiration. Celeste Saulo’s1 skills at dialoguing and building bridges between people, disciplines and institutions also impresses Marisol, who would like to follow a similar career path.
“In my everyday life, I am inspired by those people that wake up every morning and go to work with a smile. I try to do the same as I feel touched for being able to do what I love.”
Regarding that career path, Marisol imagines herself working more closely with societal actors and building awareness of their needs and demands. Furthermore, she wishes to be more engaged in the activities of her University’s Department of Atmospheric Sciences through guiding and advising students while they develop their careers. Marisol believes that these kinds of activities enrich oneself and provide tools that can be applied in many aspects of everyday life.
Marisol sees the future as both promising and challenging at the same time as climate change is a reality and is one of the major hazards to current and future generations. Marisol believes that scientific knowledge cannot remain isolated and there is a great need to strengthen connections with other specialists and societal actors. On the other hand, she also envisions a promising future for young researchers in climate science. As part of the Executive Committee of the Young Earth System Science community (YESS), a network for early career scientists, Marisol sees many enthusiastic young people with fresh ideas and energy who are ready to face the scientific challenges that relate to climate change.
1 Current head of the National Meteorological Service of Argentina and Permanent Representative to WMO