Carl Zimmer

Contributing Writer


Scientists Seek to Update Evolution

Recent discoveries have led some researchers to argue that the modern evolutionary synthesis needs to be amended.


Scientists Map 5,000 New Ocean Viruses

In the few decades since viruses were first found in the oceans, scientists have only been able to identify a handful of species. A new survey has uncovered nearly all the rest.


Breakthrough DNA Editor Born of Bacteria

Interest in a powerful DNA editing tool called CRISPR has revealed that bacteria are far more sophisticated than anyone imagined.


The New Science of Evolutionary Forecasting

Newly discovered patterns in evolution may help scientists make accurate short-term predictions.


The Surprising Origins of Life’s Complexity

Scientists are exploring how organisms can evolve elaborate structures without Darwinian selection.

About the author

Carl Zimmer is a science columnist for The New York Times. He also writes for magazines including National Geographic, Scientific American and The Atlantic. His books include “Parasite Rex” and “Soul Made Flesh.”