Authors and Contributors

Brad Matsen - Essayist

Brad Matsen

Brad Matsen has been writing books, documentary films scripts, and magazine articles for thirty years. His latest book is Descent: The Heroic Discovery of the Abyss, the story of William Beebe, Otis Barton, and their courageous Bathysphere expeditions in the 1930s. He also contributed the introduction to Rapture of the Deep: The Art of Ray Troll, and Go Wild in New York City, a book about urban ecology for kids.

Matsen's other books include Raptors, Fossils, Fins and Fangs, Planet Ocean: A Story of Life, the Sea, and Dancing to the Fossil Record, and Shocking Fish Tales, all illustrated by Ray Troll; The Incredible Ocean Adventure series; Reaching Home: Pacific Salmon, Pacific People; Northwest Coast: Essays on the Territory Between the Columbia River and Cook Inlet; and Deep Sea Fishing.

He has also been a creative producer and writer for several television series developed by Sea Studios/National Geographic television.

His articles and photographs have appeared in Audubon, Mother Jones, Oceans, WoodenBoat, Whole Earth Review, Alaska, and dozens of other magazines and newspapers. He has spent most of his life in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, also working as a charter pilot, commercial fisherman, and merchant seaman. He now splits his time between Seattle and New York.

Brad Matsen is an essayist for Salmon in the Trees: Life in the Tongass Rainforest (Braided River, 2010).