Project Description

Professor of Forest Ecology, Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Suzanne Simard is known for her research on mycorrhizal networks, which are characterized by underground webs of fungi that facilitate communication and interaction between trees and plants of an ecosystem.  This involves below ground exchange of carbon, water, nutrients and defense signals between trees.  Other areas of research include forest stand dynamics, forest disturbances, complex adaptive systems, ecological resilience and global change.  She is leader of TerreWEB at UBC, a graduate training program dedicated to training graduate students and Post Doctoral Fellows in global change science and its communication.