Brad Matsen has been writing about the sea and its inhabitants for thirty years in books, film scripts, essays, and magazine articles. Among his twenty books are Descent: The Heroic Discovery of the Abyss, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 2006; the paleontology classic Planet Ocean: A Story of Life, the Sea, and Dancing to the Fossil Record; and the award-winning Incredible Ocean Adventure series for young readers. He was a creative producer for the Shape of Life, an eight-hour National Geographic/Sea Studios television series on evolutionary biology, and wrote the accompanying book of the same name. He has written for Mother Jones, Audubon, Natural History, and dozens of other magazines, and his coverage of depleted ocean resources for Mother Jones in collaboration with artist Ray Troll won the Project Censored Award as one of the ten most important stories of 1999. His essays have been included in Book of the Tongass as part of the influential Literature for a Land Ethic series, the Smithsonian Institution’s Ocean Planet, and other anthologies. He has twice been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, and lives in Seattle, Washington.