Merlin Sheldrake’s experience in the areas of ecology, mycology, botany and the history and philosophy of science give him a broad perspective from which to write his forthcoming book on mycelium: Entangled Life: Fungal Networks and Intimacies.
Merlin received a triple First in Biological Sciences, and a starred First in History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University where he was a prize winning scholar. He recently completed his Ph.D. – working on mycorrhizal fungal networks in Panamanian tropical forests – at Cambridge, and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, where he was a predoctoral research fellow.
Merlin has lectured on a wide variety of topics alongside fungi, from nineteenth-century vegetable breeding, to Amazonian ethnobotany, early-modern beer brewing practices, William Burroughs and his pursuit of psychotropic vines in South America, imperial agriculture in India in the mid-twentieth century, to the relationship between sound and form in resonant systems. He is also an experienced musician and performer.
Merlin’s work featured in a recent piece in the New Yorker by Robert Macfarlane (Secrets of the Wood Wide Web, August 2016).