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Gabriel Orrego

Name: Gabriel Orrego            Degree: M.Sc. candidate

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I am from Chile and currently starting my MSc in the faculty of Forestry. I have lived all my life in a nature sanctuary in the Andes Mountains where my family manages a wildlife rescue center. Since I was very young I have worked as a wilderness guide in some of the most remote old growth forests of Chile. My experiences have given me a very strong connection with nature and an endless curiosity about it.

A couple years ago, I watched a video featuring University of British Columbia (UBC) professor Suzanne Simard, which showed the complex systems of communication and cooperation between plants. Encountering this concept of plant interaction challenged and changed almost everything that I had been taught up to that moment. In my research I would like to deeply investigate the role of the “Mother Tree” as the source of the underground flux in the transfer of resources between individual trees. I’m intrigued by the concept of legacy in old trees, and how this is transmitted from one generation to the next.

As a TerreWEB scholar I have the opportunity to communicate my future research. Personally, I found out about Mycorrhyzal Network thousands of kilometers away, thanks to the aforementioned video. My objective is to make a smart, attractive and accessible film that would reach Spanish and English speaking people, communicating a review of the work and the latest studies done on the topic. The project will involve the collaboration of filmmakers and media professionals in order to capture and portray the beauty of these forest interactions.

The fragmentation of knowledge is an impediment for the communication between scientific disciplines, scholars, decision-makers and the general public; creating obstacles in translating knowledge into action. I look forward to the opportunity to share my future research within the initiatives of TerreWEB to enhance scientific communication.

Research Topic: Investigating the role of the “Mother Tree” as the source of the underground flux in the transfer of resources between individual trees and bringing in the concept of legacy in old trees, and how this is transmitted from one generation to the next.

Supervisor: Dr. Suzanne Simard

 

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