"As I got more familiar with the microbiome, it became clear to me that scientists won’t be able to handle its complexity without thinking like ecologists" - a multidisciplinary approach few saw coming. Instead, most people speculated all the important work in biology would be done by physicists.
From bacteria to the brain, he covered it all in 2011- and his column, "The Loom", turned 8. We're all the better for his endurance.
2011: A Letter from the Loom - Carl Zimmer, Discover