Jane Claire Dirks-Edmunds Lectures

Title

Jane Claire Dirks-Edmunds Lecture: Suzanne Simard

Streaming Media

Document Type

Video File

Duration

1 hour 8 minutes

Publication Date

11-6-2017

Disciplines

Biology | Environmental Sciences | Environmental Studies | Forest Sciences | Plant Sciences | Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecology

Abstract

In the 2017 Jane Claire Dirks-Edmunds lecture, Dr. Suzanne Simard (professor of forest ecology at the University of British Columbia) discusses her research on northwest forest ecology. Simard focuses on the below-ground fungal networks that connect trees and facilitate underground inter-tree communication and interaction. Her findings have established that these forest networks mimic human neural and social networks. In addition to forests, Simard's research also looks at grasslands, wetlands, tundra, and alpine ecosystems, particularly with regard to climate change, loss of biodiversity, and the breakdown of ecosystems.

Comments

Sponsored by the Jane Claire Dirks-Edmunds Lectureship, PLACE, and the Linfield College Office of Academic Affairs.

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