curriculum vitae

[ Books (Children’s) ]

10-cover-09212013Bettelheim, Matthew. Sardis and Stamm. Petaluma: Friends of the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge, 2013. {Link:}

[ Science Writing ]

Bettelheim, Matthew. 2011. Western Pond Turtles: Basking in Their Own Resiliency. Outdoor California. 72(2): March-April pp 22-31.

Bettelheim, Matthew. 2010. Native Son: Making Room for the Western Pond Turtle. Bay Nature. 10(2): April-June pp 40-44.

Bettelheim, Matthew. 2009. Between a Rock and a Hard Place. Outdoor California. 70(6): November-December pp 34-39.

Bettelheim, Matthew. 2009. Fall of the Fall: A Salmon Run on the Brink of Collapse. Outdoor California. 70(4): July-August pp 14-19.

Bettelheim, Matthew. 2009. Pounds of Flesh: A Brief History of the Chinook Fishery. Outdoor California. 70(4): July-August pp 28-31.

Bettelheim, Matthew. 2007. Presumed Extinct: Lost Species of the Bay Area. Bay Nature. 7(4): October-December pp 42-46.

Bettelheim, Matthew. 2007. Raising the Dead: Bringing Ghosts to Life. Bay Nature. 7(4): October-December (online).

Bettelheim, Matthew. 2007. Field Guide to the Lost Species of the San Francisco Bay Area. Bay Nature. 7(4): October-December (online).

Bettelheim, Matthew. 2007. Gone With the Wind: How Plants Get Around. Bay Nature. 7(3): July-September p 52.

Bettelheim, Matthew. 2007. Evolution’s Bumper Sticker War Against Intelligent Design. Inkling Magazine. April 5. (which inspired theIntelligent Design Your Own Darwin Fish Contest)

Bettelheim, Matthew. 2007. Tentacled Tree Hugger Disarms Seventh Graders. Inkling Magazine. March 14.

Bettelheim, Matthew. 2007. “That Time” in Evolutionary History. Inkling Magazine. January 31.

Bettelheim, Matthew. 2007. Baby’s Blues Call Cheatin’ Moms. Inkling Magazine. January 24.

Bettelheim, Matthew. 2006. Mammoth Rocks – Berkeley Researchers Find Evidence of Ancient Scratching Posts on the Sonoma Coast. Berkeley Science Review. 6(1): pp 14-15.

Bettelheim, Matthew. 2006. Left to Burn: The Recollection of a Scientific Collection. Bay Nature. 6(2): April-June.

Bettelheim, Matthew. 2005. Taking Refuge: The Endemic Nature of the Antioch Dunes. Bay Nature. 5(1): January – March pp 8-11.

Bettelheim, Matthew. 2004. Coyote Ugly. May 28th.

Bettelheim, Matthew. 2004. The Great Danes. Earth Island Journal. 19(1): Spring. pp 35-38.

Bettelheim, Matthew. 2004. Signs of the Season: Finding the Fungi. Bay Nature. 4(1): January – March. pp 23-24.

Bettelheim, Matthew. 2003. In Pursuit of the Dark-eyed Junco. April 30th.

Bettelheim, Matthew. 2003. Hidden Treasures of the Harbor. Bay Nature. 3(2): April – June. pp 10-11, 32.

Bettelheim, Matthew. 2003. Travels with Vinnie. February 6th.

Bettelheim, Matthew. 2002. Closer Look: Impermanent Pools. California Wild. 55(2): Spring. pp 44-45.

Bettelheim, Matthew. 2002. Pilgrimage to Indian Creek. Outdoor California. 63(2): March-April. pp 24-28.

Bettelheim, Matthew. 2001. The Fundamental Biophysics of Nucleotides in a Restricted DNA Microarray Environment – NPACI & SDSC Online. 4(12).

Bettelheim, Matthew. 2001. Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas). Jaguarundi. pp 12-13.

Bettelheim, Matthew. 2001. Honey Badger (Melivora capensis). Jaguarundi. pp 8-9, 18.

Bettelheim, Matthew. 2001. Regional Overview: West Africa. Jaguarundi. pp 4-5.

[ Scholarly & Technical ]

Bettelheim, Matthew P. 2012. Swinhoe’s Softshell Turtle (Rafetus swinhoei): The Legendary Sword Lake Turtle of Hoan Kiem Lake. Bibliotheca Herpetologica. 10(1): pp 4-20.

Bettelheim, Matthew P. 2011. Art in Herpetology. Herpetological Review 42(3): p 382.

Bettelheim, Matthew P. 2009. Actinemys (=Clemmys) marmorata (Western Pond Turtle). Courtship Behavior. Herpetological Review 40(2): pp 212-213.

Bettelheim, Matthew P., R. Bruce Bury, Laura C. Patterson, and Glen M. Lubcke. 2006. Trachemys scripta elegans (Red-eared Slider). Reproduction. Herpetological Review 37(4): pp 459-460.

Bettelheim, Matthew P., Christopher H. Thayer, and Dana E. Terry. 2006. Actinemys marmorata (Pacific Pond Turtle). Nest Architecture/Predation. Herpetological Review 37(2): pp 213-215.

Bettelheim, Matthew P. and Christopher H. Thayer. 2006. Anniella pulchra pulchra (Silvery Legless Lizard). Habitat. Herpetological Review 37(2): pp 217-218.

Bettelheim, Matthew P. and Ertan Taskavak. 2006. The Tortoise and the Tulip – Testudo graeca ibera and Osman Hamdi’s “The Tortoise Trainer”. Bibliotheca Herpetologica. 6(2): pp 11-15.

Bettelheim, Matthew P. 2006. The Contemporary Value of Historical Herpetological Illustrations. Bibliotheca Herpetologica. 6(1):pp 6-16.

Bettelheim, Matthew P. 2005. Marmorata: The Famed Mud Turtle of the San Francisco Market. California History. 82(4): pp 26-42.

Bettelheim, Matthew P., Dana E. Terry, and Julia Dunaeva. 2005. A Selective Translation of Alexander Strauch’s “Chenological Studies,” “Global Distribution,” and “Comments” Specific to the Western Pond Turtle (Clemmys marmorata), Including a Bibliography of his Known Herpetological Works. Bibliotheca Herpetologica. 5(2): pp 10-27.

Bettelheim, Matthew P. 2005. The California Legless Lizard (Anniella pulchra) and the Baja California Legless Lizard (Anniella geronimensis)… A Natural History of the Species, Including a Translation of J.G. Fischer’s 1885 Description of Anniella nigra from the Original German (by Dana E. Terry). Longwing Press/Turtlenest in the Park. 26 pp.

Bettelheim, Matthew P. 2004. The Western Pond Turtle, Clemmys marmorata… A Natural History of the Species. Longwing Press/Turtlenest in the Park. 27 pp.

Bettelheim, Matthew. 2002. A Review of the History, Natural History, and Status of Coho Salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) in California – A Literature Review. The Department of Fish and Game – Central Valley Bay-Delta Branch. 18 pp.

Bettelheim, Matthew. 2001. An Evaluation of Big Chico Creek, Lindo Channel, and Mud Creek as Salmonid Nonnatal Rearing Habitats – A Literature Review. The Department of Fish and Game – Bay-Delta and Special Water Projects Division. 17 pp.

Bettelheim, Matthew. 2001. Temperature and Flow Regulation in the Sacramento River and its Effect on the Sacramento Pikeminnow (Ptychocheilus grandis) – A Literature Review. The Department of Fish and Game – Bay-Delta and Special Water Projects Division. 9 pp.

Bettelheim, Matthew. 2001. A Guide to the Dark-Eyed Junco, Junco hyemalis: history, identification, nest-searching and habitat. Trevor Price Lab, U.C. San Diego. Unpublished. 34 pp.

  1. #1 by Alan Kaplan on January 8, 2013 - 8:49 pm

    Hi, Matthew!

    These posts are great, particularly your devotion to Dr. Stebbins, also one of my heroes.

    But, you need an editor: “suite” for suit might be a typo, but “tomb” for tome? Really?

    The thalassohodoscatology review was a hoot!

    And now I will purchase the reference guide to mammal behavior, because you made it sound so interesting.


    • #2 by Matthew Bettelheim on January 8, 2013 - 9:07 pm


      Thanks for your corrections – consider them fixed. I stand corrected…

      I’m glad you enjoy the Stebbins posts, not to mention the thalassohodoscatology review (double-check my spelling there ), that one was particularly fun to write.

      The mammal behavior reference guide was a surprisingly fun read – I hope you enjoy it.

      Thanks for reading,


  2. #3 by Sharyn Marks on June 17, 2014 - 1:11 pm

    Hi Matthew — I just stumbled across your site and noticed you missed a recent Western Pond Turtle paper written by one of my grad students (and coauthored by me). Here’s the citation in case you want to include it on your list. Thanks!
    Bondi, C. A., and S. B. Marks. 2013. Differences in flow regime influence the seasonal migrations, body size, and body condition of Western Pond Turtles (Actinemys marmorata) that inhabit perennial and intermittent riverine sites in northern California. Copeia 1:142–153.

    Best wishes,

    • #4 by Matthew Bettelheim on August 7, 2014 - 8:12 pm

      Thanks Sharyn! It will be added momentarily!


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