Marc Zimmer

Dianne Zimmer

Marc Zimmer is the author of several nonfiction young adult books and a professor at Connecticut College, where he teaches chemistry and studies the proteins involved in producing light in jellyfish and fireflies. He received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and did his post-doc at Yale University. He has published articles on science and medicine for the Los Angeles Times, USA Today and the Huffington Post, among many other publications. He lives in Waterford, Connecticut with his wife, their two children, and a genetically modified fluorescent mouse named Prometheus.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

I grew up in South Africa. And read anything involving nature and African wildlife.

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Deon Meyer, Ed Yong, Elizabeth Kolbert

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I want children to realize how cool science, nature, and medicine are.