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John Fountain


I study contamination of surface water and groundwater, particularly by nutrients.  I also run a program to involve undergraduates from Wake Tech in summer research.  I taught geochemistry, contaminant hydrology and introductory geology until I retired in the summer of 2015 as a professor and now no longer teach but continue my research as a research professor.


B.S. Chemistry Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA 1970

M.S. Geology University of California at Santa Barbara 1973

Ph.D. Geology University of California at Santa Barbara 1975

Area(s) of Expertise

I am currently studying nitrogen contamination in the Rocky and Haw Rivers and plastics in surface waters in the Triangle area. All work is being done in collaboration with undergraduate students.