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Friday, October 20 • 2:45pm - 4:15pm
What Humans Need to Learn from the Natural World
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This edge-walking dialogue brings together world-renowned author/ecologist Carl Safina, a seminal figure in exploring what animals think and feel and a heroic campaigner to preserve marine life and the biosphere, with the groundbreaking researcher in forest ecology, Suzanne Simard, whose brilliant work has revealed the "hidden life of trees," including the extraordinary interspecies communication and symbiotic support networks that underlie forest ecosystems. Hosted by Brock Dolman, Director of OAEC’s WATER Institute.

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Carl Safina

Humanity at Stony Brook
Carl Safina, Ph.D., an ecologist, inaugural holder of the Chair for Nature and Humanity at Stony Brook and President of The Safina Center, is a world-renowned, multiple award-winning author on oceans, animals, and the human relationship with the natural world. A MacArthur, Pew and... Read More →
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Suzanne Simard

University of British Columbia
Suzanne Simard, Professor of Forestry at the University of British Columbia, is an expert in the synergies and complexities of forests and the development of sustainable forest stewardship practices. Her groundbreaking research centers on the relationships between plants, microbes... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
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Brock Dolman

Brock Dolman, co-founder (in 1994) of the Sowing Circle, LLC Intentional Community and the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center (OAEC), is the Director of OAEC’s WATER Institute and its Permaculture/Resilient Community Design Program. For 20+ years Brock has worked as a watershed... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm PDT
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)