In his years on the FSC faculty, Stephenson carried out numerous research projects in the woods of the Appalachian Plateau.
According to a news release, Stephenson is one of the world's leading experts in the field of slime mold research. For his book, Stephenson rewrote and expanded "Vegetation of West Virginia" by Earl L. Core, a longtime botanist at West Virginia University.
A native of south-central Virginia, Stephenson writes about his lifelong fondness for central Appalachia, which he refers to as "this special place."
"Standing on a mountain ridge and looking down at a fog-filled valley in early morning," he writes, "observing the breathtaking beauty of the springtime profusion of wild flowers and flowering shrubs, being surrounded on all sides by the brilliant fall colors in a deciduous forest or discovering a fresh fruiting of an intriguing fungus on a log -- these were often things done in the context of some research project in which I was involved, and which I invariably took a moment to enjoy for their own sake."
This is Stephenson's seventh book. He has also written "Myxomycetes: A Handbook of Slime Molds" and "The Kingdom Fungi: The Biology of Mushrooms, Molds, and Lichens."
Authors at Tamarack
BECKLEY, W.Va. -- The following authors will be at Tamarack to sign copies of their books:
May 10, 18 and 24: Pat Call, "Vincent & Nadine"
May 11: Cat Pleska, "Fed From The Blade"
May 19: Mary Warstler, "Angels We Have Heard"
May 26: Bonnie Thurston, "Women in the New Testament"