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Brian Pace

Brian Pace

Brian Pace

Lecturer | Department of Plant Pathology | College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


246A Kottman Hall
2021 Coffey Rd
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Psychedelics
  • Ethnobotany
  • Plant Ecophysiology


  • (2019) Ph.D., Evolutionary Ecology, The Ohio State University
  • (2013) M.S., Evolutionary Ecology, The Ohio State University
  • (2008) B.S., Biology: Botany, Honors, Portland State Univeristy
  • (1999) A.A., Portland Community College

Brian Pace, PhD teaches in the Department of Plant Pathology and is an Affiliate Scholar of the Center for Psychedelic Drug Research and Education in the College of Social Work at The Ohio State University. Trained as an evolutionary ecologist, he specialized in phytochemistry, ethnobotany, and ecophysiology. He is the Politics and Ecology Editor at Psymposia, a 501c3 watchdog of the emerging psychedelics industry, and the co-organizer of the interdisciplinary psychedelics conference, Psychedemia. His research has examined how psychedelic experiences interact with ideology and the socio-political context of the so-called psychedelic renaissance. It has been featured in VICE, translated into French and Italian, and covered internationally. 

A former US Borlaug Global Food Security Fellow and CLAS Tinker Grant recipient, he has conducted fieldwork in Southern Mexico, the US midwestern prairie, and the Ecuadorian Amazon. For more than a decade, Brian worked on agroecology and climate change. Along the way, he has taught several original university courses on cannabis and psychedelics.