Mycoremediation: the making and unmaking of a citizen science, Aug 30 – Sept 2, 2017

“Mycoremediation: the making and unmaking of a citizen science,” on the panel, “Citizen Science I: Co-Constructing Citizen Science” @ the Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), Boston, MA, Aug 30 – Sept 2, 2017 In this presentation, I look at how the vision of mycoremediation–that is, the bioremediation of toxins by […]

Unruly innovators: Outlaw Mycology, May 10-14, 2017

Outlaw mycology! Unruly innovators, a panel at the BioFabbing Convergence: Fabrications and Fabulations, Geneva, Switzerland, May 10-14, 2017 In May, 2017, I traveled to Geneva to present in a panel that I put together, “Unruly innovators: illegal mushroom cultivation, DMT extraction, and homemade pharmaceuticals as comparative cases of outlaw user innovation,” with Johan Söderberg, a […]

Psychedelic Naturalism: psilocybin and the evolution of amateur applied mycology, Psychedelic Science 2017

In this paper, I think about what it means to call psilocybin mushrooms the “gateway mushroom.” As a counterpoint to the newfound visibility and legitimacy of psilocybin, DIY mycology attests to the significant underground permeation of psychedelia in the last half-century, especially its influence on popular ideas about natural science, technology, and nonhuman life within […]