Ben Hellwarth grew up in Southern California and could often be found at the beach before moving north to attend UC Berkeley. Soon after graduating he got his journalism career started in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a staff writer in the 1990s for the Santa Barbara News-Press, then part of The New York Times Regional Newspaper Group, he won a number of notable awards and got the seed of the idea for "SEALAB," his first book. It's also the first-ever account of how a cadre of adventurous U.S. Navy scientists and divers - along with such personalities as Jacques Cousteau and the American inventor Ed Link - showed that deep-sea divers could do a lot more than just pay brief visits to the sub-aquatic world: They could live down there. Ben's writing has lately appeared in The New York Times, Discover magazine, The Huffington Post, Gizmodo and Pacific Standard Online. Visit him at www.benhellwarth.com and www.facebook.com/BenHellwarth.