Douglas Fox

Freelance Writer

Douglas Fox is a freelance journalist who writes about life, earth and Antarctic sciences. His stories have appeared in Scientific American, National Geographic, Esquire, Virginia Quarterly Review, High Country News, Discover, Nature and The Best American Science and Nature Writing. His stories have garnered awards from the American Society of Journalists and Authors (2011), the National Association of Science Writers (2013), the American Geophysical Union (2015 and 2018) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2009 and 2017). Doug is a contributing author to The Science Writers’ Handbook (Da Capo, 2013).

All Stories by Douglas Fox

  1. Climate

    Watching our seas rise

    Satellites, coral reefs, ancient Roman fishponds and sinking cities help us understand how humans are changing sea level.

  2. Earth

    The oldest place on Earth

    Antarctica may seem like the dead continent, but it once bustled with life — a little of which still survives.

  3. Earth

    A ghost lake

    Scientists study an ancient lake that once covered much of Utah to learn lessons for the future.

  4. Earth

    Big rocks’ balancing acts

    Scientists study how balanced boulders resist falling over — and what that may say about earthquakes.

  5. Life

    Full-body taste

    Turns out that the tongue isn’t the only place where the body can taste what you ate.

  6. Environment

    Pollution at the ends of the Earth

    Chemicals are turning up in small Arctic villages far from factories and cities.

  7. Tech

    Letting molecules do the work

    Why go to the trouble of carefully building electric circuits when the circuits can build themselves?

  8. Fossils

    Invisible fossils of the first animals

    Though the first animals on Earth didn’t leave behind rock fossils, scientists can still find these ancient creatures by observing their invisible molecular fossils.

  9. Earth

    Where rivers run uphill

    Three scientists travel to Antarctica to explore a secret world hidden beneath the ice.

  10. Climate

    In Antarctica watch the heat (and your step)

    Behind the scenes: news detective.