UBC Forestry wishes to congratulate Dr. Suzanne Simard for winning the Kew International Medal and the Lewis Thomas Prize! The Kew award is in recognition of her work exploring and sharing the complexity and wonder of trees and forests. The Lewis Thomas Prize recognizes her work in bridging the worlds of science and the humanities with her book Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest.
“I am just thrilled, even overwhelmed, to be honored with these awards from such noted and globally recognized establishments,” says Suzanne. “The important work they are doing allows me to continue my journey as a scientist, teacher and author who hopes to help the whole world understand forests are made of relationships that create community, and its their connectedness that keeps them healthy and resilient. Working to solve mysteries of what makes forests tick, and how they are linked keeps me inspired to continually learn more.”
The Kew International Medal was presented to Professor Simard in a ceremony at London’s Royal Society on March 30, 2023, where she delivered a keynote lecture entitled ‘The importance of keeping community in forests’. She will be presented with the Lewis Thomas Prize at a special award ceremony in New York, April 17, 2023.