Several people have gained the limelight through their connections with renowned personalities and Carolyn Dusty Yao can be regarded as one of them. She is known worldwide because of her husband, Paul Edward Stamets, who is an author and advocate of medicinal fungi and mycoremediation.

Carolyn Dusty Yao’s Family

Carolyn Dusty Yao lived a very simple life and there isn’t much information available on the web about her family background, parents, birthplace, siblings, etc. She has kept her details well hidden behind wraps. She came to the limelight and is known to the world because of her marriage to the famous mycologist, Paul.

Paul Edward Stamets was born on July 17, 1955, in Salem, Ohio. He grew up in Columbiana, Ohio with his older brothers, John and Bill, and an older sister, Lilly. He also has a twin brother, North. His father was an engineer and owned a firm that oversaw construction projects for the U.S. Army. Paul was a shy kid who dreamed of becoming a trailblazing scientist. He graduated from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington with a bachelor’s degree in 1979. He began his career in the forest as a logger. He has an honorary doctorate from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland.

Paul credits his late brother, John, with stimulating his interest in mycology, and studied mycology as an undergraduate student. Having no academic training higher than a bachelor’s degree, Paul is mainly self-taught in the field of mycology. He began dating Carolyn in 1997 when his first marriage broke. He 2 children from her previous marriage named Azureus Stamets (named after a hallucinogenic mushroom), and LaDena Stamets.

Carolyn Dusty Yao’s Net Worth

Carolyn Dusty Yao is an herbal medicine practitioner who is married to Paul Stamets, an American mycologist, and entrepreneur who sells various mushroom products through his company. He is an author and advocate of medicinal fungi and mycoremediation, sometimes called a ‘messenger’ for the mushrooms. He is the founder of Fungi Perfecti, a company that markets everything from garden products and mushroom supplements to a children’s book.

Paul received an Invention Ambassador (2014–2015) award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The character Lieutenant Commander Paul Stamets on the CBS series Star Trek: Discovery was named after the real Stamets. The fictional version is an Astro mycologist and engineer aboard the USS Discovery, and is credited with discovering how to navigate a mycelial network in space using a “spore drive.”

Paul also played a significant part in the 2019 documentary Fantastic Fungi and edited the film’s official companion book, Fantastic Fungi: Expanding Consciousness, Alternative Healing, Environmental Impact. A few of his writings are Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World (1996), Psilocybe Mushrooms & Their Allies (1978), and Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World (2005). Paul has a net worth of $8 million.


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