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Erowid Center is made possible by a crew of four staff members and dozens of active volunteers who help process incoming data, seek out new resources, and/or help to update Some of these people are listed below. If you'd like to contribute your time and energy to this project, please fill out the volunteering form.

fire Fire Erowid is Executive Director of Erowid Center and Head Archivist of She is the site's primary information architect, designer, and editor as well as being responsible for fundraising and budget management. Fire has more than 18 years experience studying psychoactive plants and drugs. She has written thousands of pages of information about these materials, authored numerous articles, received multiple awards, spoken at academic and professional conferences, and has had her work cited by newspapers, education programs, college classes, and seminars around the world.

earth Earth Erowid is Erowid Center's Technical Director and the Chief Software Engineer of He designs and implements the custom software systems necessary for managing the large flow of information through the site and is the lead editor responsible for scientific information published by Erowid. Earth has worked in the field of psychoactive information distribution for more than 18 years and has written extensively on the topic. He has co-authored academic posters, been published in both large and small publications, and been interviewed by major news organizations about his work.

jl JL is the primary systems administrator on three of Erowid's servers, keeps the security of Erowid servers up to date, and provides the main Erowid archive mirror and repository, Aside from being one of the site's key sysadmins, JL is a full-time programmer and systems designer and is involved with European drug policy reform. Read his article about life as an Erowid sysadmin from our newsletter.

blake Bläk is Erowid Center's Mistress of Shipping. She is a para-educator (third and fourth grades), an avid gardener, and a collector of fine cats.

sylvia Sylvia has over 18 years of experience in nonprofit educational work and volunteer management. In 2003, and again in 2006, she was a recipient of the Women's Entheogen Fund Award, for her work in the field of progressive drug education. As Managing Editor of Erowid from 2001 through 2012, Her focus was on raising awareness of how the language used to describe psychoactive drugs and experiences can deeply affect the thoughts and actions of others, with a significant impact on individual and societal understandings of drug use, misuse, and abuse.

abrad Abrad, currently residing in Dublin, Ireland, joined Erowid crew in 2007 as a triager and quickly developed a liking for it. He has a keen interest in pharmacology and all things psychoactive, particularly psychedelics. Abrad tries to keep abreast on developing stories regarding the legality of novel compounds around the world as well as collect information relevant to the site from across the net.

no image Antheia has an MS in Physics and extensive experience with and knowledge of altered states of consciousness through her work as a Wiccan High Priestess. Antheia has been reviewing Erowid experience reports since April 2006. Her primary interest is in the use of psychoactives for spiritual and therapeutic purposes, but she often finds reports of recreational use to be just as enlightening. She believes that experience reports provide an important outlet for individuals to process their experiences and understand them in light of others'.

dreamstudy David Bey threw away a bright future in biochemistry to run off to China in search of adventure. He was last in his class at circus school, but ended up the first foreigner ever to serve as ringmaster of a big top in India. He believes himself to be the world's only Jewish performer of stand-up comedy in Mandarin and once taught the abbot of a Shaolin monastery how to juggle. He holds a fine arts degree in creative writing, and is currently pursuing graduate studies in the philosophy of comic books.

erik Erik Davis graduated magna cum laude from Yale and is now an author, teacher, and independent scholar. One of his core interests is the history of the counterculture and its involvement with spirituality and visionary experience. His most recent books include, The Visionary State: A Journey through California's Spiritual Landscape, and Nomad Codes: Adventures in Modern Esoterica. He posts regularly to, and he hosts the show Expanding Mind on the Progressive Radio Network. Erik has written for Erowid Extracts and assists from time to time as an Associate Editor.

jon Jon Hanna is the author of the Psychedelic Resource List and producer of the Mind States conference series. He holds a B.A. in Art, and has lectured worldwide on the topics of entheogens and art. He worked as a Senior Editor for Erowid Center from 2008 through 2013.

harmony Harmony is a Canadian who has been a regular visitor to Erowid since 2002. She decided to start volunteering in 2008. She holds a BA in psychology, and plans to continue her education in clinical psychology. Her passions include the outdoors, good friends, reading, dancing, music, and perceiving the world through different lenses in healthy ways. Her heroes include Laura Huxley, the Shulgins, and Stephen Lewis.

jonathan Jonathan Taylor is a professor of Geography at California State University, Fullerton, and one of the few geographers in the United States conducting research and teaching on the geography of illegal drugs. He has been working as a researcher/editor for Erowid since running into some of the Erowid crew at a party, uh... junket, uh... conference in 2008.

trout Keeper of the Trout is an independent scholar, author, and photographer, trained in chemistry and microbiology, who has been studying altered states of consciousness for over two decades. He has written and published numerous densely informative pamphlets and books on these topics, as part of his "Trout's Notes" series. He is a member of the Erowid Expert Network and has volunteered as an Associate Editor for Erowid Extracts.

kernel Kernel holds degrees in both engineering and business administration and has been triaging and reviewing experience reports for Erowid since 2005. Kernel has a passionate interest in the therapeutic potential of psychedelic medicines, and believes in the preservation of human rights and freedoms through free availability of information.

lizard Lizard Lizard is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a double major in Anthropology and Environmental Science and a minor in Religious Studies. Her interests include shamanism and healing as well as educating others about the effects of psychoactive substances. She firmly believes in the communitas created by the open sharing of personal experiences. She has triaged experience reports since 2006.

no image Marak Spencer is Erowid's volunteer manager of copyright issues. A civil attorney providing pro-bono services to Erowid Center.
no image Plutonic is an electrician from Vancouver, BC. He is Project Leader for the Shulgin Lab Book transcription team. He enjoys particle physics, all things psychoactive drugs (in particular tryptamines) and is a collector of electronic music. He has an insatiable thirst for knowledge, has been coming to Erowid for information for over a decade, and considers it to be one of the greatest resources on the internet. He believes teaching the truth about psychoactive drugs is the best way to reduce people's fear of them.

psilo Psilo has his PhD in the molecular pharmacology of hallucinogens and is currently working as a post-doctoral research fellow in computational chemistry/molecular pharmacology of neurotransmitter transporters. Psilo is passionate about science education and harm reduction; he has contributed to the site as a technical consultant in the areas of biology, chemistry and pharmacology since the late 1990s.

no image Rev. MeO has a BA in messing with words. Since 1995, he has been active with numerous ethnobotanical groups. He founded (and closed) The Entheogen Explorer website and the original (no relation to what currently resides there). He makes a living manipulating the English language while writing for business/professional media and an international assortment of commercial publications. He has been triaging experience reports for Erowid since 2006.

no image Katherine Frey Rochlin is a long time supporter of Erowid Center. She is a member of Erowid's Council of Electors, which elects the Board of Directors, and has been since Erowid gained non-profit status in 2007. She has provided financial support, assisted with fundraising, contributed as associate editor for Erowid Extracts, and co-organized a gala event in 2008.

scab13 Scab13 is a South African human being fascinated by nature, technology and music. Currently he works as a sub-editor at a magazine covering the dry bulk industry. He spends his free time fiddling with music recordings, band practice, animating in Flash, brewing beer and, since 2007, triaging experience reports on Erowid.

scruff Scruff holds a BS in Computer Science, has been happily married for over 20 years, and is the father of twin sons. Scruff came to Erowid in 2000 to review experience reports -- 5000+ reports later, he stepped away from that role and now consults on legislative activity at the state and federal level by sharing over two decades of systems engineering experience, 11 years of it in the state legislative arena. His primary interest in Erowid is the dissemination of objective information previously unavailable to the general public.

spoon Spoon There is no spoon.

no image Stu has been contributing software expertise, obscure bits of knowledge, and benevolent heckling to Erowid since 2000. He is a senior software architect, and is generally regarded as a raconteur without peer. By himself. Stu was instrumental in cheerleading the adoption of Eclipse for version control on the site.

teafaerie The Teafærie writes the Teatime column for Erowid.

tforceimaj Tforceimaj lives in England and has been triaging experience reports since summer 2008. He has studied chemistry, Traditional Chinese Medicine and martial arts, and with a keen interest in consciousness and metaphysics, enjoys keeping the substance-specific information accurate and clear. Tforceimaj is currently learning Spanish and working part-time to save to travel to Peru, to study shamanism.

zachawry Zachawry lives in Japan, where he spends his time translating in the biomedical field and raising his children. He also plays shakuhachi and is on track to finish his novel by 2019. Twice a year he's on-call as an Associate Editor for Erowid Extracts, providing expert feedback on article drafts in progress.