Suzanne Simard, New York Times Bestselling Author of Finding the Mother Tree
Suzanne Simard is a Professor of Forest Ecology at the University of British Columbia and the leader of The Mother Tree Project, which researches forest renewal practices that protect biodiversity against climate change. Dr. Simard’s has published over 170 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Nature, Ecology, and Global Biology. She is also co-author of the book Climate Change and Variability. Her latest book, Finding the Mother Tree, brings us into the intimate world of trees, exploring the ways in which trees learn and adapt their behaviors, remember the past, demonstrate agency over the future, and cooperate with a sophistication typically ascribed to humans. Dr. Simard’s research has been communicated broadly through TED Talks and TED Experiences, as well as articles and interviews in The New Yorker, National Geographic, The Globe and Mail, NPR, CNN, CBC, and more.
Barbara Ching is the Former President of the North American Mycological Association, a non-profit citizen-science organization and a professor in the English Department at Iowa State University.
Pat has been an avid lover and student of Nature all her life. She has a Master’s Degree in Botany/Ecology from the University of Chicago and has traveled widely in remote mountainous areas of the world visiting with aboriginal cultures. She has taught numerous classes on all aspects of nature including wild edible plants for over 60 years. Her Wild Plant Family Cookbook contains recipes for 600 different plants. Pat lives in Naperville, IL in a passive/active solar house she and her husband designed and built themselves.