Carl Zimmer

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Professor (Adj) Biophysics and Biochemistry and Lect English
266 Whitney Ave, PO Box 208114, New Haven, CT 06520-8114



Carl Zimmer is an award-winning science columnist for the New York Times. He has won the National Academies Communication Award and is also a three-time winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences Science Journalism Award. In addition, Zimmer has been awarded the Stephen Jay Gould Prize and the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Biology Teachers.

Zimmer’s writing has also appeared in magazines including National Geographic, Wired, The Atlantic, and Scientific American. He is a national correspondent for Stat. His articles have been anthologized in both The Best American Science and Nature Writing series and The Best American Science Writing series.

In addition, Zimmer is also the author of 13 books about science, including At the Water’s EdgeParasite Rex, Evolution: The Triumph of an IdeaSoul Made Flesh, and Microcosm. He has won fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for his books. He also appears frequently on the show, Radiolab.

At Yale, Zimmer teaches “Writing about Science, Medicine, and the Environment,” an undergraduate seminar. He also teaches workshops for Yale science graduate students in science communication.

Selected Books:

She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Past and Future of Heredity. Dutton, spring 2018.

A Planet of Viruses. University of Chicago Press. First edition, 2011; second edition 2015.

Evolution: Making Sense of Life. Macmillan. First edition, 2012; second edition, 2015. Co-authored with evolutionary biologist Douglas Emlen.

The Tangled Bank: An Introduction to Evolution. Macmillan. First edition, 2009; second edition, 2013.

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

“Oldest Fossils of Homo Sapiens Found in Morocco, Altering History of Our Species,” The New York Times, June 7, 2017

“To Simulate Climate Change, Scientists Build Miniature Worlds,” The New York Times, May 11, 2017

“Scientists Say Canadian Bacteria Fossils May Be Earth’s Oldest. The New York Times, March 1, 2017

“Most Primate Species Threatened With Extinction, Scientists Find,” The New York Times, January 18, 2017

“Game of Genomes,” STAT, July 11, 2016

“Secrets of the Brain,” National Geographic, February 2014