How Trees Talk to Each Other

This 20-minute TED video features Suzanne Simard, an ecologist with 30 years working in Canadian forests. Suzanne tells the story of her grandfather, who inspired her interest in forests, and then of her subsequent research showing how trees share carbon and nutrients with other trees,  "communicating" their needs to each other through the seasons. This story of nature is a welcome update to the "survival of the fittest" story of nature--widening the lens to show a collaborative side of nature that humans can use as a model for our own communities.