Paul Stamets holding Fomitopsis officinalis
|Born||1955 (age 60–61)|
|Alma mater||The Evergreen State College|
|Known for||Mushroom expert|
|Notable awards||Bioneers Award from The Collective Heritage Institute (1998)|
Early life and education
Research and advocacy
Stamets is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms (Begell House). He is an advisor to the Program for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He is active in researching mushrooms' medicinal properties, and is involved in two National Institutes of Health-funded clinical studies on cancer and HIV treatments using mushrooms as adjunct therapies. He earned nine patents on the antiviral, pesticidal, and remedial properties of mushroom mycelia. His work has been called pioneering and visionary. A strong advocate of preserving biodiversity, Stamets supports research into the role of mushrooms for ecological restoration.
Stamets discovered four new species of mushrooms. He is an advocate of the permaculture system of growing, and considers fungiculture a valuable but underutilized aspect of permaculture. He is a leading researcher into the use of mushrooms in bioremediation, processes he terms mycoremediation and mycofiltration.
Stamets was the recipient of the "Bioneers Award" from The Collective Heritage Institute in 1998, as well as the "Founder of a New Northwest Award" from the Pacific Rim Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils in 1999. He was named one of Utne Reader's "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World" in their November–December 2008 issue. In February 2010, Paul received the President's Award from the Society for Ecological Restoration: Northwest Chapter, in recognition of his contributions to Ecological Restoration. His work was featured in the documentary film The 11th Hour. He's also been featured in the eco-documentary films Dirt! The Movie and 2012: Time for Change.
On June 10, 2014, Stamets was honored as an Invention Ambassador by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
On July 15, 2015, Stamets became the first-ever recipient of the Mycological Society of America's Gordon and Tina Wasson Award. Named after the late preeminent ethnomycologists, the award is intended “to recognize people with non-traditional academic backgrounds who have made outstanding contributions to the field of mycology, or who have widely transmitted significant scientific or aesthetic knowledge about fungi to the general public.”
US 8753656 on June 17, 2014: "Controlling zoonotic disease vectors from insects and arthropods using preconidial mycelium and extracts of preconidial mycelium from entomopathogenic fungi".
On August 6, 2013. U.S. Patent # 8,501,207. “Mycoattractants and mycopesticides.”
On May 31, 2011. U.S. Patent # 7,951,389. "Mycoattractants & mycopesticides"
On August 18, 2009, with Weil, A., Chen. U.S. Patent # 7,575,764. “Compositions comprising Hypsizygus ulmarius extract.”
On October 20, 2008. U.S. Patent # 7,951,388. "Mycoattractants and mycopesticides"
On October 17, 2006. U.S. Patent # 7,122,176. “Mycoattractants and mycopesticides.”
On December 9, 2003. U.S. Patent # 6,660,290. “Mycopesticides.”
- Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World (2005, ISBN 1-58008-579-2)
- MycoMedicinals: An Informational Treatise on Mushrooms (1999, ISBN 0-9637971-9-0)
- Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World (1996, ISBN 0-89815-839-7)
- Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms (1996, ISBN 1-58008-175-4)
- Mushroom Cultivator, The (1983, ISBN 0-9610798-0-0)
- Psilocybe Mushrooms & Their Allies (1978), Homestead Book Company, ISBN 0-930180-03-8
In season one, episode two, entitled "Amuse-Bouche", of the NBC television series Hannibal (TV series), the antagonist is named Edolon Stamets; his modus operandi—burying people alive and growing mushrooms with their bodies as a food source.
- Maureen O'Hagan (December 3, 2010). "Meet Washington’s spirited mushroom man". The Seattle Times. Retrieved July 19, 2015.
- Jim Myers (May 26, 2015). "The fungus among us". The Tennessean. Retrieved July 19, 2015.
Paul Stamets, widely regarded as a guru in the fungal world...
- "KEXP 90.3 FM – Mind Over Matters". kexp.org.
- Andy Isaacson (2009). "Return of the Fungi". Mother Jones. Retrieved July 19, 2015.
He eventually graduated from Olympia's Evergreen State College...
- James Trimarco (October 1, 2010). "Can Mushrooms Rescue the Gulf?". Yes!. Retrieved July 19, 2015.
He began his career in the forest as a logger, not as a scientist, and holds no degree higher than a bachelor’s from the Evergreen State College.
- Dan Heim (October 17, 2013). "What is White Infrastructure?". Municipal Sewer & Water Magazine. Retrieved July 19, 2015.
- "About Paul Stamets". Fungi.com. Paul Stamets, Fungi.com. Retrieved July 19, 2015.
- "Smallpox Defense May Be Found in Mushrooms". NPR.org. August 3, 2006.
- "How mushrooms will save the world". salon.com.
- "Bioneers 06: Paul E. Stamets". LinkTV. 2006. Retrieved February 23, 2013.
- Linda Baker (November 25, 2002). "How mushrooms will save the world". Salon. Retrieved July 19, 2015.
- 11thhouraction.com Ideas and Experts: Paul Stamets
- The Participants | Dirt! The Movie, February 23, 2013
- "2012 Time for Change". 2012timeforchange.com.
- Paul Stamets. "Paul Stamets: 6 ways mushrooms can save the world - Talk Video - TED.com". ted.com.
- Paul Stamets. "Is the world ready for a Medical Mushroom Mystery Tour? - Talk Video - TEDMED.com". tedmed.com.
- Press Release from NCNM mentioning Stamets' honorary degree
- Awards page, NAMA
- "Meet the Invention Ambassadors". aaas.org.
- The July 2015 issue of Inoculum, newsletter of the Mycological Society of America.
- "Patent US8765138 – Antiviral and antibacterial activity from medicinal mushrooms". google.com.
- "Author Query for 'Stamets'". International Plant Names Index.
- Stamets's Bio at Fungi Perfecti
- Official website of Host Defense, Olympia, Washington
- Paul Stamets at the Internet Movie Database
- Stamets' TED talk, Stamets' TED Talk from March 2008
- Stamets' 2011 talk at TEDMED
- Mushroom Power, Stamets' article for YES! Magazine from March 2003