Last updated on March 18th, 2021 at 03:43 pm
Over the past few years, we’ve been learning more about how connected trees are to one another. I’m a big fan of ‘The Daily’ podcast from the New York Times and was super excited to see this topic covered during one of their Sunday Reads. ‘The Social Life of Forests’ inspired me to write about Dr. Suzanne Simard for Women’s History Month.
From her interview with Ferris Jabr, I learned that Dr. Simard has been fascinated by forest systems for her whole life. She turned that fascination into a career of research about the connectedness of trees, even when others in the industry doubted her hypothesis. This quote really stood out to me:
“The old foresters were like, Why don’t you just study growth and yield?” Simard told me. “I was more interested in how these plants interact. They thought it was all very girlie.”
Dr. Simard is a trailblazer in forest ecology for her work on symbiotic networks amongst trees and other organisms in the forest. She has challenged the misconception that trees are independent of each other by showing how they share resources and communicate. Our team at Vermont Woods Studios is so grateful for her dedication and perseverance that led to her discoveries.
Dr. Simard is currently a Professor of Forest Ecology at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She also leads The Mother Tree Project, a research study on forestry practices that can promote forest health and resiliency as climate change intensifies.
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