IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR OUR DESCENDANTS
We are all here for a short lifetime, yet the impact of our lives can be felt for generations to come. The Center for Ecological Consciousness (CEC) is conceived to bring scientists, educators, artists, and students together from different disciplines whose intersections of skills and studies can help create new solutions to our agricultural and ecological challenges. The CEC supports initiatives that help us become more civil, responsible citizens of Earth, and create patterns that improve the quality of life for our descendants.
The Center for Ecological Consciousness (CEC) is a culmination of lifetimes of dedication by scientists, knowledge keepers, and elders whose common goal is to protect the biospheres of Earth. The CEC is unique in centering on the pivotal roles fungal networks (mycelium/mycelia) have in sustaining ecosystems and agriculture. Moreover, these networks not only support ecosystems but also build bridges across cultures.
Ultimately, we are One People. Our diversity is our collective strength.
The CEC seeks to implement solutions that are ecologically rational but practical and economically sustainable. The CEC's integrated approach seeks solutions for food biosecurity while strengthening ecological health. To do so, we need a paradigm shift in our consciousness of ecology. The CEC is uniquely positioned to succeed in this goal.
FOUNDER / DIRECTOR / OFFICER
MYCOLOGIST & SCIENTIST
Paul is a renowned American mycologist and entrepreneur. Considered an intellectual and industry leader in mycology, Paul has engaged in extensive medical research, authored several books, and discovered and named new species of mushrooms. He has received numerous awards including Invention Ambassador for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the National Mycologist Award from the North American Mycological Association (NAMA), and the Gordon & Tina Wasson Award from the Mycological Society of America (MSA). His visionary research has led to significant breakthroughs and innovative mycological solutions, including using mushroom extracts to help bees overcome colony collapse disorder, supporting immune systems, and most recently for neurological health. A new species of psilocybin mushrooms have recently been named after him, Psilocybe stametsii.