To Teachers

Many teachers have found Carl Zimmer’s work to be a great way to help students become excited about science and the natural world. This page is a guide to resources at that are especially useful for high school and elementary school classes.

Teachers who are interested in arranging Skype video chats or a Google+ Hangout with Zimmer can send a request here. Zimmer regularly speaks at universities and high schools. Requests for lectures should be directed to Random House Speakers Bureau.

Please note that Zimmer cannot respond individually to emails from students asking for help on class assignments. 

If you’re interested in having a scientist speak to your class, you can contact Skype a Scientist


Among Zimmer’s books, here are some that may be of special interest to students:


You can read through 30 years of articles here.

The New York Times has created learning plans for some of Zimmer’s articles.


Here are some videos of Zimmer’s talks and radio episodes he’s contributed to:

TED-Ed How Did Feathers Evolve?
For more details, see Zimmer’s article for National Geographic

TED-Youth: Parasite Tales
For more, see Zimmer’s book, Parasite Rex

TEDxDeExtinction: Can We Bring Extinct Species Back to Life?
For more, see Zimmer’s article for National Geographic

“Our Viral Future.”
For more information, see Zimmer’s book, A Planet of Viruses

Fresh Air (National Public Radio) The Race to Create the Best Antiviral Drugs

Radiolab: In Defense of Cheats
For more, see Zimmer’s book, Parasite Rex

Radiolab: Never Quite Now
See Zimmer’s essay,“The Speed of Thought.”