Our Interview with Suzanne Simard

Swami Lalitananda interviews Dr. Suzanne Simard, professor of Forest Ecology in the UBC Faculty of Forestry. An enlightening discussion about climate change, forestry and mother trees. She has recently published her bestselling book: Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest.

Suzanne’s research has shown that trees become more dependent on mycorrhizal networks when they are stressed, such as in hotter and drier climates. So the Mother Tree Project is experimenting with a range of forestry practices in different climatic regions, to learn how to create more resilient forests for the future.

Special thanks to Eva Snyder for arranging the interview with Suzanne Simard. Eva is an Ashram student and teacher, as well as a PhD candidate under Suzanne’s tutelage and the first student on the Mother Tree project. She has been instrumental in teaching us about trees’ underground communication and how to support the health of the forest we live in.

About the Speaker:
Dr. Suzanne Simard is a Professor of Forest Ecology in the UBC Faculty of Forestry and the leader of The Mother Tree Project. She holds a PhD and MSc in Forest Ecology from Oregon State University and a BSF in Forest Resource Management from UBC. She obtained Registered Professional Forester Status in 1986.

Suzanne has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and presented at conferences around the world. She has communicated her work to a wide audience through interviews, documentary films and her TED Talk.

Find Suzanne online:
The Mother Tree Project


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