Stephen Sharnoff is research associate at the Missouri Botanical Garden and the University and Jepson Herbaria, University of California, Berkeley. A renowned nature photographer best known for his contributions to the definitive reference Lichens of North America, he is currently at work on a guidebook to the wildflowers of the Sierra Nevada. He lives in Berkeley, CA.
"Finally . . . a guidebook covering the fantastic California lichens with beautiful, full-color photographs! Steve Sharnoff's book will find a place in the backpacks of all lichen-lovers on the West Coast."-Irwin Brodo, coauthor of Lichens of North America
"Lichens are of great interest to the general public as well as professionals. This book will stimulate that widespread interest."-Kerry Knudsen, Lichen Curator, University of California Riverside Herbarium
"All Californians should be grateful for the appearance of this fine guide, a welcome introduction to the study of abundant but often unnoticed organisms that play such critical roles in the balance of nature."-Peter H. Raven, President Emeritus, Missouri Botanical Garden
"Sharnoff has added a remarkable tool for the study of California lichens! This resource will be invaluable to professionals, amateurs, and beginners. The images are magnificent, and the information is readily accessible."-Larry St. Clair, Brigham Young University
"The Sharnoffs' superb lichen photographs, informed by a keen understanding of the subject matter, will open the door for the curious observer onto the richly rewarding world of the cryptogams."-Diane Renshaw, Editor, Introduction to California Desert Wildflowers by Philip A. Munz