'Finding the Mother Tree' With Suzanne Simard
If you look at a forest, what do you see? It’s just trees, right? Well, when Suzanne Simard looks at a forest, she sees a community of social, cooperative, communicative creatures with lives very much like our own.
Simard is a forest ecologist. She studies the communication and intelligence of plants, and in a new book she reveals the surprisingly complex lives of trees: How they perceive each other, how they learn and adapt their behaviors, how they compete and cooperate. It’s also a personal story about Simard’s journey as a scientist and how trees quite literally saved her life. The book is called Finding the Mother Tree, and she joins us Friday at 11 a.m. MST to talk about it. (Rebroadcast)