About me


I'm a longtime New York Times editor and reporter who has written about science for two decades. Currently I am one of a team of journalists at the Times covering climate change and its impacts.  But I've written about many other subjects throughout my career, including: lab-grown meat, roller coaster design, the physics of football, the flaws of forensic science, tissue engineering, skyscraper demolition, the expansion of the Panama Canal, the mechanics of El Niño, mudslides, droughts, hurricanes, tornadoes and other natural and human-caused disasters, including the 2010 Gulf oil spill and the 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdowns.

To read my latest stories at the Times, click here.

I first heard about the 1964 Alaska earthquake in college, when a friend played me an audio tape made by someone in Anchorage while the quake was occurring. I became interested in writing a book about it around the time of its 50th anniversary in 2014, when I wrote an article in the Times's science section about the quake's impact on science. You can read the article here.

Fred R. Conrad


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