Michael Zierler

Michael Zierler - Editor

New Paltz, NY, USA

Editor of books, reports, and media in science, health, wellness, and more. Over 20 years as an editor and 12 as a research scientist.

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With more than twelve years experience as an educator and research scientist, and more than twenty as an editor and community leader, I bring wide-ranging knowledge and a well honed set of skills to every project. My passion is engaging people in the beauty and creativity of human endeavors, especially science. I love to help authors marry their text and art so that the two complement one another beautifully.
My clients over the years include WW Norton, WH Freeman/Macmillan, Oxford University Press, Johns Hopkins University Press, MIT Press, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, Garland Science, Roberts & Company, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and multiple satisfied authors who contacted me through Reedsy.
I am an avid reader of science fiction, general interest science, urban planning, and history. I raise Newfoundlands, love to cook and bake, and am trying to perfect my homemade pizza.
Whether you are working on a book about science, dogs, cooking, local government, land use, or many other topics, it would be my pleasure to help you create an amazing book.
English (US)
Career Guides
Earth, Space, & Environmental Sciences
Life Sciences
Medicine, Nursing, & Dentistry


  • PhD Johns Hopkins University

Work experience

Developmental Editor

June, 1998 – Present (about 24 years)

Edit general interest books, textbooks, and practical books for working scientists. All phases of development from initial conception through final production of the book and media accompaniments. Have also written advertising copy for numerous books published by the American Society of Microbiology Press. And have researched and written lessons, hands-on activities, and study guides for PBS Learning Media and Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI Testing) .
Other clients include WW Norton, WH Freeman/Macmillan Learning, Oxford University Press, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, Garland Science, Nature Publishing, Roberts and Company, and Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

College Professor

Marist College
September, 1995 – June, 1998 (over 2 years)

Assistant Professor of Biology. Taught a myriad of courses from introductory biology to microbiology, genetics, biochemistry, cell biology, and a course for non-science majors on biology in the movie Jurassic Park.

Postdoctoral Fellow

State University of New York at Stony Brook
July, 1991 – August, 1995 (about 4 years)

Researched the molecular mechanisms that Salmonella uses to invade the host gut.

Portfolio (18 selected works)

Microbiology: An Evolving Science (Fifth Edition)

Slonczewski, Joan L., Foster, John W., Zinser, Erik R.


Stryer, Lubert, Berg, Jeremy M., Tymoczko, John L., Gatto Jr., Gregory J.

Cognitive Neuroscience: The Biology of the Mind, 4th Edition

Michael S. Gazzaniga, Richard B. Ivry, George R. Mangun

Microbiology: The Human Experience

Foster, John W., Aliabadi, Zarrintaj, Slonczewski, Joan L.

Evolution: Making Sense of Life

Zimmer, Carl, Emlen, Prof. Douglas

Biochemistry: A Short Course

Tymoczko, John L., Berg, Jeremy M., Gatto Jr., Gregory J., Stryer, Lubert

Michael has 5 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Robert Lucas
Early in the process but Michael has been very professional and attentive so far. Thanks, R

Robert Lucas, December 2021

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Michael provided helpful feedback.

s d, June 2021

Kevin Becker
Working with Michael Zierler was a great experience. He was professional, courteous and highly knowledgeable. His editing was exactly what I needed for this heavily science based book for the general public. His edits and comments tightened up the manuscript and I believe his help will contribute to the success of the book.

Kevin Becker, January 2021

Michael Zierler
Thank you Kevin. It was great collaborating with you. Best of luck on your book.

Reply from Michael Zierler

William Sanders
This was my first time using this service, and Michael delivered amazing results on my thesis paper. I would highly recommend him, to anyone who is looking for fresh insight, great customer service and completes the task on time. Thank you again, for everything. Cheers

William Sanders, December 2020

david franklin
Michael meets all my hopes for getting my project done. I will continue with him to the bitter or sweet end.

david franklin, November 2020

Michael Zierler
Thank you David. It was a pleasure working with you on the proofreading. I look forward to continuing our collaboration to get your book published.

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