Suzanne Simard: Finding the Mother Tree

In this episode of Spoken Earth, Adam Weymouth discusses the work of forest ecologist Suzanne Simard, who has spent a lifetime uncovering the hidden networks that bind the forest together.


Suzanne Simard is a professor in the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences at the University of British Columbia. After battling for years to have her science recognised, it has begun gathering wide attention, not just in the scientific community, but featuring in Richard Powers’ Pulitzer prize-winning The Overstory and James Cameron’s 2009 blockbuster Avatar. She has recently published her own book, Finding the Mother Tree, both a biography and a scientific journey of discovery. It unearths a story of community within our forests, and of how ecosystems do not only compete, but also yearn to cooperate.

Find the full story here and listen on Soundcloud here.

Interviewer: Adam Weymouth
Producer and musician: Ulli Mattsson

Main image of Suzanne Simard.

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