Carl Zimmer is a renowned science journalist and author of numerous books. The New York Times Book Review calls him "as fine a science essayist as we have." In his books, essays, and articles, he reports from the frontiers of biology, where scientists are expanding our understanding of life. A frequent guest on radio programs, such as Fresh Air and This American Life, he also lectures regularly at universities, medical schools, and museums.
His books include Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea, Soul Made Flesh, At the Water's Edge, The Smithsonian Intimate Guide to Human Origins, and Parasite Rex, which the Los Angeles Times described as "a book capable of changing how we see the world."
Microcosm: E. coli and the New Science of Life, his sixth book, is being published in 2008.
In addition to writing books, Carl Zimmer contributes articles to the New York Times as well as to many magazines, including National Geographic, Discover, Scientific American, Science, and Popular Science. He also writes an award-winning blog, The Loom. From 1994 to 1998, Zimmer was a senior editor at Discover, where he remains a contributing editor.
His work has been anthologized in The Best American Science and Nature Writing series, and he has won fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. His honors include the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences Science Journalism Award, the Pan-American Health Organization Award for Excellence in International Health Reporting, the American Institute Biological Sciences Media Award, and the Everett Clark Award for science writing. In 2007, he was awarded the National Academies Science Communication Award for "his diverse and consistently interesting coverage of evolution and unexpected biology."