Katarina Zimmer

Katarina Zimmer

After a year teaching an algorithm to differentiate between the echolocation calls of different bat species, Katarina decided she was simply too greedy to focus on one field of science and wanted to write about all of them. Following an internship with The Scientist in 2017, she’s been happily freelancing for a number of publications, covering everything from climate change to oncology. Katarina is a regular news correspondent for The Scientist and contributes occasional features to the magazine. Find her on Twitter @katarinazimmer and read her work on her website.

Articles by Katarina Zimmer
Pharma Looks to Outer Space to Boost Drug R&D
Pharma Looks to Outer Space to Boost Drug R&D
Katarina Zimmer | Dec 1, 2020
There are benefits of studying certain biological processes under microgravity, but whether those advantages outweigh the costs of getting experiments off Earth remains to be seen.
Blood MicroRNA Patterns Linked to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Blood MicroRNA Patterns Linked to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Katarina Zimmer | Nov 30, 2020
A finding of distinct patterns of gene-regulating RNA snippets in the blood of ME/CFS patients in response to a stress test could pave the way for a diagnostic tool for the condition and help untangle its underlying mechanisms.
Voters in California Extend Life of Stem Cell Funding Agency
Voters in California Extend Life of Stem Cell Funding Agency
Katarina Zimmer | Nov 13, 2020
The state will take on additional debt to finance CIRM, which will now continue to fund stem cell research, training, and clinical trials.
Can Rewilding Large Predators Regenerate Ecosystems?
Can Rewilding Large Predators Regenerate Ecosystems?
Katarina Zimmer | Nov 1, 2020
As some conservationists and researchers begin to return large carnivores to areas where they once roamed, scientists intensify efforts to study the ecological roles of predators.
Slideshow: How Ecologists Study the World’s Apex Predators
Slideshow: How Ecologists Study the World’s Apex Predators
Katarina Zimmer | Nov 1, 2020
A global decline of large carnivores has motivated scientists to understand the animals’ ecological roles, and consider whether reintroducing them can help restore ecosystems.
Infographic: How Large Carnivores Sculpt Ecosystems
Infographic: How Large Carnivores Sculpt Ecosystems
Katarina Zimmer | Nov 1, 2020
The release of gray wolves in Yellowstone decades ago still stands as one of the few examples of a predator reintroduction, and the lessons learned continue to be debated. New projects aim to do it again.
This Ogre-Faced Spider Can Hear Prey Through Its Legs
This Ogre-Faced Spider Can Hear Prey Through Its Legs
Katarina Zimmer | Oct 29, 2020
The tropical net-casting spider Deinopis spinosa joins several other arachnid species that can hear sounds from afar without the help of a web, or even ears—an ability that aids its unique hunting tactics.
California Voters to Decide Future of Stem Cell Funding Agency
California Voters to Decide Future of Stem Cell Funding Agency
Katarina Zimmer | Oct 24, 2020
If approved, Proposition 14 would authorize the state to sell $5.5 billion in bonds to extend the life of CIRM, which funds stem cell research. The ballot measure has its critics.
Climate Change Helped Drive <em>Homo sapiens</em>&rsquo; Cousins Extinct: Study
Climate Change Helped Drive Homo sapiens’ Cousins Extinct: Study
Katarina Zimmer | Oct 15, 2020
Sharp drops in global temperatures helped seal the fate of three extinct hominin species, including our close relatives, the Neanderthals, according to thousands of archaeological specimens and a model of past climate conditions.
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Amid Pandemic, Scientists Lean on Credentials in Political Races
Amid Pandemic, Scientists Lean on Credentials in Political Races
Katarina Zimmer | Oct 9, 2020
Numerous candidates with STEM backgrounds are running for federal seats, and record numbers are competing in local races across the country.