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Paul Edward Stamets (born July 17, 1955) is an American mycologist, author and advocate of bioremediation and medicinal fungi.[3]

Paul Stamets
Paul Stamets with Agarikon.jpg
Paul Stamets holding Fomitopsis officinalis
Born (1955-07-17) July 17, 1955 (age 63)
ResidenceShelton, Washington[1]
EducationMercersburg Academy
Alma materThe Evergreen State College
Known forMushroom expert[2]
AwardsBioneers Award from The Collective Heritage Institute (1998)
Scientific career
InstitutionsFungi Perfecti
Host Defense


Early lifeEdit

Stamets was born in Columbiana, Ohio, a small, rural town he describes as ultra conservative, and grew up there with an older brother, John,[4] and younger siblings Bill, Lilly, and North.[5] He attended Mercersburg Academy in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania from 1969 to 1973, Kenyon College in 1974 when he was 19,[4] and graduated from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington with a bachelor's degree in 1979. Having trained in the martial arts since childhood, he received a black belt in Taekwondo in 1979. In 1994, he received a black belt in Hwa Rang Do.[6][7][8][9][10]

Stamets credits his late brother John, a professional photographer and lecturer, with being his mycology influence. He states, "He inspired me on my path into the field of mycology, after his travels to Mexico and Colombia in pursuit of magic mushrooms" in the 1970s.[5]

Stamets is currently married to C. Dusty Yao and has two children from a previous marriage: Az and LaDena Stamets.


  • U.S. Patent # 9,931,316. "Antiviral activity from medicinal mushrooms and their active constituents". April, 2018
  • U.S. Patent # 9,474,776. "Integrative Fungal Solutions for Protecting Bees". October, 2016.
  • U.S. Patent # 9,399,050. "Controlling insects and arthropods using preconidial mycelium and extracts of preconidial mycelium from entomopathogenic fungi" July, 2016.
  • U.S. Patent # 8,753,656. "Compositions for controlling disease vectors from insects and arthropods using preconidial mycelium and extracts of preconidial mycelium from entomopathogenic fungi." June, 2014.
  • U.S. Patent # 8,765,138. "Antiviral and antibacterial activity from medicinal mushrooms." 2014
  • U.S. Patent # 8,501,207. "Mycoattractants and mycopesticides." 2013
  • U.S. Patent # 7,951,389. "Mycoattractants and mycopesticides." 2011
  • U.S. Patent # 7,951,388. "Mycoattractants and mycopesticides." 2011
  • U.S. Patent # 7,575,764. "Compositions comprising Hypsizygus ulmarius extract." (with A. Weil and C. Chen) 2009.
  • Australian Patent # 2001296679. "Mycoattractants and mycopesticides." (ceased) 2008
  • U.S. Patent # 7,122,176. "Mycoattractants and mycopesticides." 2006
  • U.S. Patent # 6,660,290. "Mycopesticides." 2006

In cultureEdit

On September 24, 2017, the CBS Network aired Star Trek: Discovery. Stamets has a character named after him on the show, Lieutenant Commander Paul Stamets, Chief Engineer of the USS Discovery. On this show, Stamets is portrayed as an astromycologist, and is credited with discovering a mycelial network that powers an advanced spore drive. The spore drive uses a mycelial network that is being cultivated on board of the USS Discovery to plot coordinates between two locations in space and then to promptly travel there.[11][circular reference]


  • Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World (2005, ISBN 1-58008-579-2)
  • MycoMedicinals: An Informational Treatise on Mushroomswith C. Dusty Yao (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


  1. ^ Maureen O'Hagan (December 3, 2010). "Meet Washington's spirited mushroom man". The Seattle Times. Retrieved July 19, 2015.
  2. ^ Jim Myers (May 26, 2015). "The fungus among us". The Tennessean. Retrieved July 19, 2015. Paul Stamets, widely regarded an expert in the fungal world...
  3. ^ "KEXP 90.3 FM – Mind Over Matters".
  4. ^ a b MushrooMetropolis (February 11, 2015). "Life changing magic mushroom (psilocybin) experience - Paul Stamets" – via YouTube.
  5. ^ a b Seattle Times article by Michael Unchurch, "Obituary: John Stamets, photographer of Seattle’s ever-changing skyline" June 13, 2014
  6. ^ "Mushrooms, the Hwarang & the Martial Arts -".
  7. ^ Andy Isaacson (2009). "Return of the Fungi". Mother Jones. Retrieved July 19, 2015. He eventually graduated from Olympia's Evergreen State College...
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ Dan Heim (October 17, 2013). "What is White Infrastructure?". Municipal Sewer & Water Magazine. Retrieved July 19, 2015.
  10. ^ "About Paul Stamets". Paul Stamets, Retrieved July 19, 2015.
  11. ^ Star Trek: Discovery
  12. ^ IPNI.  Stamets.

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