Elizabeth A. Mathews, MS, Marine Biologist. Author. Beth taught biology at the University of Alaska in Juneau and studied marine mammals with her students in Glacier Bay National Park. She is the author of an in progress memoir, Catching the Hundred-pound Halibut: A Family’s Recovery from Stroke
About Beth Ann Mathews
Elizabeth A. Mathews, M.S.
Beth is a marine biologist, mother of one son, and a writer. She taught biology for two decades at the University of Alaska in Juneau and studied marine mammals with her students in Glacier Bay National Park.
Beth grew up in a large family in the midwest, attended Beloit College in Wisconsin and Purdue University in Indiana, where she earned a degree in Animal Science. After three years as a zookeeper in the bird department at the Tulsa Zoo, she was granted a leave-of-absence to volunteer with a team of biologists on an ambitious study of breeding humpback whales in Hawaii. That experience inspired her to pursue a masters degree in marine biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she studied under Dr. Kenneth S. Norris.
After twenty years in Alaska, she and her husband sold their home to begin a three-year expedition with their young son on the family’s 42-foot sailboat down the US, Canadian, and Baja Mexico west coasts to the Sea of Cortez. Feedback she received from her sailblog during the Alaska-to-Mexico expedition inspired her to write stories about their adventures as well as a memoir about her family’s struggle to survive, and move beyond, her husband’s unusual stroke in 2008.
Beth lives with her husband, son (when he’s not away at college), and their Schipperke in Santa Rosa, California. She volunteers for several community organizations and is an active member of three memoir-writing groups and the Redwood Writers Club.