Paul 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.
In 2008, he delivered a TED talk: “Paul Stamets on 6 Ways Mushrooms Can Save the World”.
In October 2011, he delivered a TEDMED talk: “Is the world ready for a Medical Mushroom Mystery Tour?”
On June 30, 2012, he received an honorary Doctorate of Science (D.Sc.) degree from the National University of Natural Medicine, Portland, Oregon.
In January 2014, he received an award for “Contributions to Amateur Mycology” from the North American Mycological Association.
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 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.”
Paul's Fungi Perfecti website.
Watch Paul's TED Talk here.