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Suzanne Simard On The Wisdom Of The Forest

Tim Slover

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.

Finding the Mother Tree [Amazon|Indiebound|Bookshop]

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.