Paul is the founder and President of Fungi Perfecti, a company dedicated to cultivating the benefits of mushrooms. He is a renowned mycology expert, TED speaker, and developer of groundbreaking mushroom technologies.
Louie is an award-winning cinematographer and time-lapse technology legend. His films have enthralled National Geographic and DisneyNature audiences with stories about the interconnectedness of nature and humanity.
Dr. Steve Sheppard
Steve is the Thurber professor of apiculture and chair of the Department of Entomology at Washington State University. Along with his students, post-docs, and research collaborators, Steve is revolutionizing research on honey bee population genetics, breeding, and evolution. His lab is devising a path forward on restoring bee colony health, focusing on the antiviral properties of mushroom extracts for bees and the use of fungal mycelium for biological control of parasitic mites.
Dr. Brandon Hopkins
Brandon is the apiary and research manager of the WSU Apiary Program. He led the development of the cryopreservation of honey bee germplasm for international breeding and conservation, a discovery that established the world’s first honey bee germplasm repository, found only at the Washington State University campus in Pullman, Washington. He also oversees the WSU Disease and Diagnostic Laboratory, a facility that provides beekeepers with critical information and research data to help them ensure the health of bee colonies.
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