Dr. Suzanne Simard | The Mother Tree Project
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.
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I highly recommend Dr. Simard’s TED talk on ‘How trees talk to each other’. And of course, listening to or reading ‘The Social Life of Forests’ by Ferris Jabr of the New York Times.
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.