Henry Fountain

Henry Fountain has been a reporter and editor at The New York Times for more than two decades, and has been writing about science for most of that time. Currently he writes about climate change and other environmental issues, but previously he covered engineering and materials, among many subjects. He was one of the paper’s lead reporters during the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, covering the efforts to contain and stop the undersea blowout. He has written about major earthquakes in Haiti and Japan, and about smaller quakes in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Ohio linked to the oil and gas industry. His writings have examined the expansion of the Panama Canal, skyscraper demolition in Tokyo, tissue engineering in Sweden, the end of the space shuttle program in Florida, dangerous dams in California, and the nuclear disasters at Fukushima and Chernobyl. Among lighter topics, he has covered roller-coaster engineering, the science of snowmaking, a concrete canoe competition, the effort to preserve the Galápagos tortoise Lonesome George, and attempts to make diesel fuel from alligator fat. He has also written for Smithsonian and Scientific American.

Published work

Great Quake (Crown, forthcoming)