Carl Zimmer

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Carl Zimmer is the author of thirteen books about science, including At the Water’s EdgeParasite Rex,Evolution: The Triumph of an IdeaSoul Made Flesh, and Microcosm. He writes regularly for the New York TimesTimeNational GeographicScientific American, and many other publications. As a contributing editor at Discover, he writes a monthly column about neuroscience and an award-winning blog about science called “The Loom.”

Zimmer’s work has been anthologized in both The Best American Science and Nature Writing series andThe Best American Science Writing series. He has won fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. His articles have earned a number of awards. In 2007 he won the National Academies Communication Award. He has won the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences Science Journalism Award twice: in 2009 for large-circulation newspapers, and 2004 for online journalism.

In addition to teaching an undergraduate seminar, Zimmer also runs a workshop about science writing for Yale science graduate students. From 2009 to 2010, he was the first visiting scholar at the Science, Health, and Reporting Program at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.

Selected Books:

The Tangled Bank: An Introduction to Evolution. Roberts Publishing, 2009.

Microcosm: E. coli and the New Science of Life. Pantheon, 2008.

Soul Made Flesh: The Discovery of the Brain and How It Changed the World. Free Press, 2004.

Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea. HarperCollins, 2001.

Parasite Rex: Inside the Bizarre World of Nature’s Most Dangerous Creatures. Free Press, 2000.

At the Water’s Edge: Macroevolution and the Transformation of Life. Free Press, 1998.

Selected Articles (full archive at [link: ]

Evolution Right Under Our Noses,” The New York Times, July 26, 2011

It’s Science, But Not Necessarily Right,” The New York Times, June 25, 2011

Nonfiction: Nabokov Theory on Butterfly Evolution Is Vindicated,” The New York Times, January 25, 2011

How Microbes Defend and Define Us,” The New York Times, July 12, 2010

On the Origin of Tomorrow,” Science, December 3, 2009

The Ever Evolving Theories of Darwin,” Time, February 23, 2009

Now: The Rest of the Genome,” The New York Times, November 11, 2008