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Fall 2023: European and Asian Adventure

Marc Zimmer

Discipline: Chemistry
Connecticut College

Marc Zimmer was born in a small town in South Africa. He is a chemist with a passion for jellyfish, fireflies and all other bioluminescent organisms. Marc has written eight books. One, Illuminating Disease (Oxford University Press), is based on a class he taught on the Spring 2012 and Summer 2013 Semester at Sea voyages. The Diseases without Borders class he is teaching this semester will be guided by Illuminating Disease. Another book, Solutions for a Cleaner, Greener Planet (Twenty-First Century Books) will form the basis of the environmental chemistry class he is teaching on this voyage. Four of his books were written for young adults.

Marc has published over 65 research papers about cow flatulence, computational chemistry and bioluminescence in fireflies and jellyfish. He was named the Connecticut Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and named one of “Thirteen of the best college professors in the country” in the Huffington Post. He has published articles on science and medicine for the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Boston Globe and the Chicago Tribune, and has been interviewed and quoted in The Economist, Science and Nature. In 2008 Marc was a consultant to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for the Chemistry Nobel Prize, and he and his wife attended the award ceremony in Stockholm. Marc spends too much time on the internet, especially on his twitter account (@lightupscience).

Marc is the Jean Tempel ’65 Professor of Chemistry at Connecticut College. This will be Zimmer’s fourth SAS voyage. He and his wife Dianne can’t wait to rejoin the community on board the MV World Odyssey.