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Paul Edward Stamets (born July 17, 1955) is an American businessman who sells various mushroom products through his own company. He is an author and advocate of medicinal fungi and mycoremediation.

Paul Stamets
Paul Stamets holding Fomitopsis officinalis
Paul Stamets holding Fomitopsis officinalis
Born (1955-07-17) July 17, 1955 (age 64)
Columbiana, Ohio
ResidenceShelton, Washington[1]
EducationMercersburg Academy
Alma materThe Evergreen State College
Notable awardsBioneers Award from The Collective Heritage Institute (1998)
Award for Contributions to Amateur Mycology from The North American Mycological Association (2013).[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Stamets was born in Salem, Ohio[5]. Paul grew up in Columbiana, Ohio, a small, rural town he describes as ultra conservative, and was raised there with an older brother, John,[6] his twin brother North and younger siblings Bill, Lilly.[7] He attended Kenyon College in 1974,[6] and graduated from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington with a bachelor's degree in 1979.[8][9] Stamets is married to Carolyn "Dusty" Yao.[10] He has two children from a previous marriage.

Mushroom interestEdit

Stamets credits his late brother, John, with stimulating his interest in mushrooms,[7] and studied mushrooms as an undergraduate student.[10] Having no academic training higher than a bachelor's degree, Stamets began his career in the forest as a logger, and is largely self-taught about mushrooms.[1][9]

In cultureEdit

On September 24, 2017, the CBS Network aired Star Trek: Discovery, which has a character named after Stamets on the show. Lieutenant Commander Paul Stamets, Chief Engineer of the USS Discovery and astromycologist, is credited with discovering a mycelial network that powers an advanced spore drive.[11]


  • Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World (2005, ISBN 1-58008-579-2)
  • Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World (1996, ISBN 0-89815-839-7)
  • Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms (1996, ISBN 1-58008-175-4)
  • Psilocybe Mushrooms & Their Allies (1978), Homestead Book Company, ISBN 0-930180-03-8


  1. ^ a b O'Hagan, Maureen (December 3, 2010). "Meet Washington's spirited mushroom man". The Seattle Times. Retrieved July 19, 2015.
  2. ^ Myers, Jim (May 26, 2015). "The fungus among us". The Tennessean. Retrieved July 19, 2015. Paul Stamets, widely regarded an expert in the fungal world...
  3. ^ Shea, Carolyn (2014). "Following the Mycelial Path to Discovery and Saving the World". Evergreen Magazine. Retrieved September 5, 2019. ... as an Evergreen student in the 1970s ... [he entered] into the study of mycology with faculty member Michael Beug ...
  4. ^ "NAMA Awards". North American Mycological Association. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  5. ^ "How Mushrooms Can Save the World |". Discover Magazine. Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  6. ^ a b MushrooMetropolis (February 11, 2015). "Life changing magic mushroom (psilocybin) experience - Paul Stamets" – via YouTube.
  7. ^ a b Upchurch, Michael (June 13, 2014). "Obituary: John Stamets, photographer of Seattle's ever-changing skyline". Seattle Times. He inspired me on my path into the field of mycology, after his travels to Mexico and Colombia in pursuit of magic mushrooms
  8. ^ Isaacson, Andy (November 2009). "Return of the Fungi". Mother Jones. Retrieved July 19, 2015.
  9. ^ a b Trimarco, James (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.
  10. ^ a b Miller, Kenneth (May 31, 2013). "How Mushrooms Can Save the World". Discover.
  11. ^ "Star Trek's secret weapon: a scientist with a mushroom fetish bent on saving the planet". CBC Investigates. [CBC.
  12. ^ IPNI.  Stamets.

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