Carl Zimmer

For the German zoologist, see Carl Wilhelm Erich Zimmer; for the German physicist, see Karl Zimmer.
Carl Zimmer
Born 1966
Alma mater Yale University

Carl Zimmer (born 1966) is a popular science writer and blogger, especially regarding the study of evolution and parasites. He has written several 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. He describes his journalistic beat as "life" or "what it means to be alive".[1] He is also the only science writer to have a species of tapeworm (Cestoda) named for him. [2]


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[3] 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 [4] 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.[5]


Zimmer speaking at NECSS conference 2011


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Essays and reporting


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