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.