|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". He is also the only science writer to have a species of tapeworm (Cestoda) named for him. 
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 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  of the American Society for Microbiology (replacing Merry Buckley).
- American Association for the Advancement of Science's Science Journalism Award 2004, 2009, and 2012
- National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 2007 Science Communication Award newspaper/magazine/internet
- The Pan American Health Organization's Award for Excellence in International Health Reporting
- American Institute of Biological Sciences Media Award 1997 
- Everett Clark Award for Science Writing
- John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
- United States National Academy of Sciences Communication Award
- Member of the USA Science & Engineering Festival's Nifty Fifty, a collection of the most influential scientists and engineers in the United States that are dedicated to reinvigorating the interest of young people in science and engineering.
- Zimmer, Carl (1998). At the water's edge : macroevolution and the transformation of life. New York: Free Press.
- Parasite Rex: Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures (2001) ISBN 0-7432-0011-X
- Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea (2001) ISBN 0-06-019906-7
- Soul Made Flesh (2004) ISBN 0-7432-3038-8
- Smithsonian Intimate Guide to Human Origins (2005) ISBN 0-06-082961-3
- The Descent of Man: The Concise Edition (2007) ISBN 0452288886
- Microcosm: E. coli and the New Science of Life (2008) ISBN 0-375-42430-X
- The Tangled Bank: An Introduction to Evolution (2009) ISBN 0-9815194-7-4
- Brain Cuttings (2010) ASIN B0045U9UFM (electronic book)
- Brain Cuttings: Further Explorations of the Mind (2011) ASIN B006C9OV1W (electronic book)
- A Planet of Viruses (2011) ISBN 0-226-98335-8
- Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed (2011) ISBN 978-1-4027-8360-9
- Evolution: Making Sense of Life (2012), co-authored with Douglas Emlen. ISBN 1-936-22117-9
Essays and reporting
- Zimmer, Carl (June 2013). "The mystery of the second skeleton". The Atlantic. 311 (5): 72–82. Retrieved 2015-07-10. Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva.
- Indre, Viskontas. "Viruses and other little things". Point of Inquiry. Center for Inquiry. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
- Carl, Zimmer. "A tapeworm to call my own". The Loom. National Geographic. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
- O'Leary, Maureen (2007-10-01). "National Academies press release". United States National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 2007-11-01.
- Carl, Zimmer. "Meet the Scientists". Meet the Scientists. American Society for Microbiologists. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
- Josh Romero (February 2007). "Backgrounder: John Rennie and Carl Zimmer". Bullpen (NYU Department of Journalism). Retrieved 2011-06-01.
- "AAAS Science Journalism Award Recipients". aaas.org. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
- "Congratulations to Carl Zimmer - NCSE". ncse.com. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
- "News from the National Academies". News. National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
- "About AIBS Media Award". AIBS Media Award. America Institute of Biological Sciences. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
- USA Science & Engineering Festival's Nifty Fifty.
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- Carl Zimmer official website
- Phenomena: The Loom Zimmer's blog at National Geographic
- List of video conversations and debates with Zimmer and others on Bloggingheads.tv
- Color images of viruses from his book, A Planet of Viruses
- Career advice for those looking to get into science journalism offered by Carl Zimmer