Dr. Suzanne Simard

Dr. Suzanne Simard

Suzanne Simard is a professor of forest ecology and teaches at the University of British Columbia. Her main focus is on the below-ground fungal networks that connect trees and facilitate underground inter-tree communication and interaction.

Professor of Forest Ecology
University of British Columbia

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Dr. Suzanne Simard is a Professor of Forest Ecology, Leader of The Mother Tree Project, and Director of the Masters of Sustainable Forest Management at the University of British Columbia. She holds a Ph.D. and MSc from Oregon State University and a BSF from the University of British Columbia. She conducts research on ecological relationships between trees, soils, and disturbances that underlie forest structure and function. She is known for her work on below-ground fungal networks that connect trees and facilitate inter-tree communication, and she is investigating how this underlies the complexity, adaptability, and resilience of forests to climate change. She has published over 200 scientific and popular science articles and her forthcoming book, "Finding the Mother Tree," will be published on May 4, 2021, by Penguin Random House.


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