Merlin Sheldrake Keynote Speaker
- Bestselling author of Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds, and Shape Our Futures
- Expert on fungi
- Experienced speaker and panelist
Merlin Sheldrake's Biography
Merlin Sheldrake is a biologist and bestselling author of ‘Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds, and Shape Our Futures’. He works at the intersection of mycology, ecology, plant sciences, microbiology, and the history and philosophy of science, and is a frequent speaker for a variety of audiences.
Merlin received a Ph.D. in tropical ecology from Cambridge University for his work on underground fungal networks in tropical forests in Panama, where he was a predoctoral research fellow of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. His research ranges from fungal biology, to the history of Amazonian ethnobotany, to the relationship between sound and form in resonant systems. A keen brewer and fermenter, he is fascinated by the relationships that arise between humans and more-than-human organisms.
‘Entangled Life’ was one of Time magazine’s 100 must read books of 2020, and has been described by the Wall Street Journal as ‘food for the soul’; by the Guardian as ‘brilliant’ and ‘entrancing’; by the Observer as ‘astonishing’; by the Mail on Sunday as ‘dazzling’; by the Spectator as ‘truly astounding’; by the Telegraph as ‘mind boggling’, by the Sunday Times as ‘wondrous’, and has received endorsements from numerous scientific and literary figures, including: Michael Pollan, Ed Yong, Robert Macfarlane, Elizabeth Kolbert, Helen Macdonald, Jaron Lanier, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Paul Stamets. ‘Entangled Life’ inspired a couture collection by Iris van Herpen (‘Roots of Rebirth), and the audiobook, read by Merlin, was the Times audiobook of the year 2020 in the category of authors voicing their own work.
- How fungi make our worlds, change our minds, and shape our futures
- Fungal ecology and ‘wood wide webs’
- Fungi in food, medicine, and technology
- Ecology, evolution, and a symbiotic view of life
- Human relationships with the living world