Graduation Date

Spring 2021

Document Type



Master of Arts degree with a major in Social Science, Environment and Community

Committee Chair Name

Nicholas Perdue

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Erin Kelly

Second Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Third Committee Member Name

Levon Durr

Third Committee Member Affiliation

Community Member or Outside Professional

Subject Categories

Environment and Community


Mycorestoration is the use of saprophytic fungi to remediate pollutants from land and water. To address contaminant presence in non-point source pollution primarily from agricultural runoff, we worked towards identifying the community-scale implementation process of mycofiltration, a type of mycorestoration that filters contaminants from water, in Arcata, California. This place-based study used Participatory Action Research (PAR) to collaboratively conduct Transdisciplinary Research (TR) to collect baseline qualitative and quantitative data that did not exist for Arcata’s context. These data have been compiled into a written implementation plan which is intended to exist as a living document that is referenced and transformed by additional projects pursued by community members. It includes background information for Arcata and mycofiltration, designs, baseline evidence for effectiveness, and identification of potential sites for mycofilters, and recommended subsequent projects. The methods used to compose this implementation plan provided insight into distinct disciplinary and epistemological divides that affect access to knowledge about mycofiltration. We found that environmental restoration focused on longevity and intrinsic value must be pursued through cooperative community collaboration.

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