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He has written six books and pioneered countless techniques in the field of edible and functional food mushroom cultivation. Two of his books, Growing Gourmet & Medicinal Mushrooms and The Mushroom Cultivator have been heralded as the ‘bibles’ of the mushroom industry. His latest book, Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World, has propelled his vision of using mushrooms to help save ecosystems and improve population health to the world stage.
Paul has received numerous awards and honors for his contributions to the science of health-promoting mushrooms and ecology, including:
- the highly acclaimed National Award from the North American Mycological Association (namyco.org) award for expanding the field of mycology for both amateurs and professionals. (Jan 2014)
- recognition as an “Invention Ambassador” by the American Academy for the Advancement of Science, the largest and most prestigious scientific organization in the world. This honor was in recognition of bridging scientific discovery, education and applications for societal benefit. (June 2014)
- the Gordon & Tina Wasson Award from the Mycological Society of America, for expanding the field of mycology more so than any mycologist in history (July 2015)
Paul’s influence has now flowed into popular sci-fi culture with his appointment as a Starfleet Science Officer, Astromycologist Lt. Stamets (played by actor Anthony Rapp), in the new Star Trek: Discovery series.
Stamets occupies his days writing, teaching and researching. He is engaged in diverse projects with universities and non-profit groups centered on finding fungal solutions to global problems.
As Paul states, "the path to the future is the path of the mycelium.”