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Suzanne Simard

The forest ecologist and author is championing Life in the City of Dirty Water by Clayton Thomas-Müller.

Championing Life in the City of Dirty Water by Clayton Thomas-Müller

Suzanne Simard is championing Life In the City of Dirty Water by Clayton Thomas-Müller. (CBC)

Suzanne Simard championed Life in the City of Dirty Water by Clayton Thomas-Müller on Canada Reads 2022.

Canada Reads took place March 28-31, 2022 The debates were hosted by Ali Hassan and broadcast on CBC Radio OneCBC TVCBC Gem and on CBC Books

About Suzanne Simard

Suzanne Simard is a B.C.-based author and academic who grew up in Canadian forests as a descendant of loggers. She is a professor in the department of forest and conservation sciences at the University of British Columbia. Simard is the author of the bestselling memoir, Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest, which describes her life and research. 

Finding the Mother Tree documents Simard's research into the reality of the interconnection and intelligence of the forest. Finding the Mother Tree was the grand prize winner for the 2021 Banff Mountain Book Competition and a category winner for the mountain environment and natural history award. It was named one of the bestselling books of 2021 by CBC Books and Hollywood actor Amy Adams is set to play Simard in an upcoming feature film based on the book.

Interviews with Suzanne Simard

Suzanne Simard champions Life in the City of Dirty Water by Clayton Thomas-Müller

8 months ago
Duration 0:51
On the opening day of Canada Reads 2022, Suzanne Simard argues that Clayton Thomas-Müller's memoir bridges the past with the future.

Why 'mother trees' are crucial in fighting climate change

3 years ago
Duration 2:29
UBC scientist Suzanne Simard researches how the oldest trees in forests nurture, communicate and protect younger seedlings.
Suzanne Simard has spent a lifetime trying to understand the secret societies of trees — how they work together, help each other and even how they speak to one another. Simard is a professor of forest ecology at the University of British Columbia. She tells us about her work, what it means for old-growth forests amid a climate emergency and her new book Finding the Mother Tree.
Suzanne Simard talks to Shelagh Rogers about her book, Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest.

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