|Brad Matsen has been writing books, essays, documentary films scripts and magazine articles for thirty-five years. His latest books are Jacques Cousteau: The Sea King (Pantheon, October 2009), and Titanic’s Last Secrets (Twelve, October 2008). He is also the author of Descent: The Heroic Discovery of the Abyss (Pantheon, April 2005), the story of William Beebe, Otis Barton, and their courageous Bathysphere expeditions; the biographical essay on Ray Troll in Rapture of the Deep, (University of California Press, 2004); Go Wild In New York City (National Geographic Books, 2005), a book about urban ecology for kids.|
|Among his other books are Raptors, Fossils, Fins and Fangs; Planet Ocean: A Story of Life, the Sea and Dancing to the Fossil Record and Shocking Fish Tales (all with Ray); The Incredible Ocean Adventure series for childern; Reaching Home: Pacific Salmon, Pacific People; Northwest Coast: Essays on the Territory Between the Columbia River and Cook Inlet; and Deep Sea Fishing.|
|He was a creative producer and writer for the Sea Studios/National Geographic television series, The Shape of Life on evolution, and The Land is Yours on the Native American civil rights movement in Alaska, and Alaska and the Pacific War on the Japanese occupation of the Aleutian Islands.
His articles, essays, and photographs have appeared in Audubon, Mother Jones, Oceans, WoodenBoat, Whole Earth Review, Alaska, National Fisherman and dozens of other magazines and newspapers. His magazine package in Mother Jones on which he collaborate with Ray, "Blues in the Key of Sea," earned the magazine the Censored Project's highest honors in 1994. He has twice been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and won many other awards for his work. Brad has also been a charter pilot, commercial fisherman, and merchant seaman, spending most of his life in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. He now lives on Vashon Island in Puget Sound.