Carl Zimmer

Carl Zimmer
Born 1966 (age 5152)
Occupation Popular science writer & blogger
Language English
Alma mater Yale University
Subjects Evolution, parasites
Spouse Grace[1]
Children Charlotte and Veronica[1]

Carl Zimmer (born 1966) is a popular science writer and blogger who has specialized in the topics of evolution and parasites. He has authored many books and contributes science essays to publications such as The New York Times, Discover, and National Geographic. He is a fellow at Yale University's Morse College.

Zimmer describes his journalistic beat as "life" or "what it means to be alive."[2] He is also the only science writer to have a species of tapeworm named after him (Acanthobothrium zimmeri).[3]


Besides his popular science writing, Zimmer also gives frequent lectures, and has appeared on many radio shows, including National Public Radio's Radiolab, Fresh Air and This American Life. He has won many awards, including the 2007 National Academies Communication Award, a prize for science communication[4] from the United States National Academy of Sciences, for his wide-ranging coverage of biology and evolution in newspapers, magazines and his blog. In 2009 and 2010 he was host of the periodic audio podcast Meet the Scientist [5] of the American Society for Microbiology (replacing Merry Buckley).

Zimmer received his B.A. in English from Yale University in 1987. In 1989, Zimmer started at Discover magazine, first as a copy editor and fact checker, eventually becoming a contributing editor.[6]




  • Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea. New York, New York : HarperCollins Books, 1995 ISBN 0060199067
  • At the Water's Edge: Fish With Fingers, Whales with Legs, and How Life Came Ashore but Then Went Back to Sea. New York : Touchstone, 1999 ISBN 0684856239
  • Parasite Rex: Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures. New York : Touchstone, 2001 ISBN 0684856387
  • Soul Made Flesh New York : Free Press, 2004 ISBN 0743230388
  • Smithsonian Intimate Guide to Human Origins. Smithsonian Books : New York, 2005 ISBN 0060829613
  • Where did we come from? : an intimate guide to the latest discoveries in human origins. ABC Books for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation: Sydney, N.S.W., 2005 ISBN 0733316476
  • Virus and the Whale: Exploring Evolution Small and Large. Judy Diamond (ed); with Carl Zimmer [et al.]. NSTA Press: Arlington, 2006 ISBN 0873552636
  • The Descent of Man: The Concise Edition. Carl Zimmer, Charles Darwin and Frans DeWaal, 2007 ISBN 1101213523 (electronic book)
  • Microcosm: E. coli and the New Science of Life London : William Heinemann Ltd., 2008 ISBN 0434016241
  • The Tangled Bank: An Introduction to Evolution. Roberts, 2009, ISBN 1936221446
  • Brain Cuttings: Fifteen Journeys Through the Mind. Independent Publishers Group, 2010, ISBN 1935622145
  • More Brain Cuttings: Further Explorations of the Mind. New York : Scott & Nix, Inc., 2011 ISBN 1935622293
  • A Planet of Viruses. University of Chicago Press: Chicgo, 2015. ISBN 022629420X
  • Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed. Sterling: New York, 2014. ISBN 1454912405
  • Evolution: Making Sense of Life. co-authored with Douglas Emlen. Roberts and Company; Greenwood Village, Colorado, 2016 ISBN 1936221365
  • She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity. Dutton: New York, New York, 2018 ISBN 1101984597

Essays and reporting


  1. 1 2 "Carl Zimmer Bio". Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  2. Viskontas, Indre. "Viruses and other little things". Point of Inquiry. Center for Inquiry. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  3. Zimmer, Carl. "A tapeworm to call my own". The Loom. National Geographic. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  4. O'Leary, Maureen (2007-10-01). "National Academies press release". United States National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 2007-11-01.
  5. Zimmer, Carl. "Meet the Scientists". Meet the Scientists. American Society for Microbiologists. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  6. Josh Romero (February 2007). "Backgrounder: John Rennie and Carl Zimmer". Bullpen (NYU Department of Journalism). Retrieved 2011-06-01.
  7. "AAAS Science Journalism Award Recipients". Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  8. "Congratulations to Carl Zimmer - NCSE". Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  9. "News from the National Academies". News. National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  10. "About AIBS Media Award". AIBS Media Award. America Institute of Biological Sciences. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  11. "Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award for Young Science Journalists". Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. CASW. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  12. USA Science & Engineering Festival's Nifty Fifty Archived 2011-06-29 at the Wayback Machine..
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