Paul Stamets, D.Sc., is an American mycologist, author and advocate of bioremediation and medicinal mushrooms. he is the author of 6 books, including Psilocybe Mushrooms and their Allies and Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World, Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World, Growing Gourmet & Medicinal Mushrooms.
Paul has discovered and named several new psilocybin mushroom species.
His influence has now flowed into popular sci-fi culture with his appointment as a science Starfleet officer, astromycologist Lt. Paul Stamets (acted by Anthony Rapp), in the new Star Trek Discovery series on CBS debuting on Sunday, Oct 1st. He helped give the writers an ove-raching theme using mycelium.
He has received numerous awards, most notably as an Invention Ambassador (2014-2015) for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the National Award (2014) from the North American Mycological Association Award (NAMA) and Gordon & Tina Wasson Award (2015) from the Mycological Society of America (MSA).