Matthew Morse Booker is Associate Professor of History at North Carolina State University. He was previously Visiting Assistant Professor at Stanford and leads the Between the Tides project at Stanford’s Spatial History Lab.
"The history of San Francisco is not only the story of a great world city, it's also the story of a great body of water that both supported and was impacted by rapid urban growth. In his natural (and human) history of San Francisco Bay, author Matthew Morse Booker focuses on waterfront and tidal wetlands. It is there that decades of human activity, such as dredging and upriver hydraulic mining, have reshaped, polluted and irrevocably altered the marine environment." - Sacramento Bee
"Booker gives the city a fresh face; the familiar becomes strange and wonderful. . . . Down by the Bay is a genuine pearl in the sea of contemporary environmental writing." - San Francisco Chronicle
"Down by the Bay is an intriguing, highly readable account of the neglected history of San Francisco Bay’s tidelands." - Enviromental History
"...well written and filled with intriguing historical details that enliven the text." - Biological Conservation
"...explores an impressive range of topics." - American Historical Review
“Down by the Bay is a genuine pearl in the sea of contemporary environmental writing." - Boom