is a Columnist and Writer for the New York Times, where he is best known for his weekly Science column "Matter." Carl is also a contributing national correspondent on STAT
, an online news source reporting on the frontiers of health and medicine. Here, he hosts the “Science Happens” video series and contributes articles about advances in medical research. He also writes for magazines such as National Geographic
and is the author of more than a dozen books. Zimmer joined the staff of Discover in 1990 and served there as a senior editor from 1995 to 1999 (he remains a contributing editor). Zimmer pens “Friday’s Elk”, a weekly science-themed newsletter,
is the co-founder and director of The Story Collider, where people are invited to tell stories of their personal experience of science. He is also a Moth StorySLAM champion and a contributing editor for TED.com. He has a B.A. in physics from Reed College, a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Stanford University and a certificate in improv comedy from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. He left the ivory towers of academia for the wilds of New York’s theater district. He has earned awards from the National Academies and the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his science writing. He is a frequent guest on radio programs such as Radiolab.