Paul Stamets

Paul Stamets is the author of seven books. He is an invention ambassador for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and was inducted into The Explorer’s Club in 2020. He has received numerous awards, including the National Mycologist Award (2013) from the North American Mycological Association (NAMA) and the Gordon and Tina Wasson Award (2015) from the Mycological Society of America (MSA). He has named four new species of psilocybin mushrooms. In 2023, he received "The Disruptor" award from NextMed. A new species of psilocybin mushrooms has recently been named after him, Psilocybe stametsii.

He is a dedicated Earthling, Knowledge Keeper, and is a leader in protection of ecosystems focusing on the roles of mycelium and mushrooms.

In addition, his work has entered the mainstream of popular culture: In the new Star Trek: Discovery series on CBS, the science officer is portrayed by an astromycologist, Lt. Commander Paul Stamets. His work with mycelium has become a central theme of this series. He served as the primary guide to the mushroom documentary Fantastic Fungi, which first appeared in theaters in fall 2019 and currently on Netflix with a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.