Finding the Mother Tree: A Conversation with Suzanne Simard
This Week on the Emergence Magazine Podcast
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In this in-depth interview, Dr. Suzanne Simard—the renowned scientist who discovered the “wood-wide web”—speaks about mother trees, kin recognition, and how to heal our separation from the living world. Simard’s new book, Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest, is out now from Knopf.
Suzanne Simard is Professor of Forest Ecology at the University of British Columbia’s Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences in Vancouver. She is known for her groundbreaking research on below-ground fungal networks that connect trees and facilitate underground inter-tree communication and interaction. She is the author of the new book Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest.