publication date: Wednesday, November 3, 2021 (part of Fall 2021)
clue: Our understanding of the interconnected forest has grown exponentially thanks to this Canadian mother stumper.
explanation: Simard is a leading scientist in the study of mycorrhizal networks, an underground network through which plants and fungi share nutrients across a forest. She coined the term "mother tree" to describe the largest trees in the forest that act as central hubs for these networks. more…
intended difficulty: hard
solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, LaVonne Lemler, Samir Mehta, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Matthew Preston, and Denise Sawicki