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Anne Biklé

Biologist and co-author, The Hidden Half of Nature

Anne Biklé is an author, gardener, and biologist with wide-ranging interests. She has worked in the private, government, and non-profit sectors on projects involving land stewardship, threatened and endangered species, and urban livability. She uses nature to frame her explorations and investigations of how we interact with landscapes and the environment in general. She finds the botanical world particularly enthralling. This has led to a number of things—building a garden, a bad case of plant lust, and writing about microbiomes. However, as she has learned, the intimate microbial menageries that make us and our gardens who and what we are face some major challenges. Many gardening, agricultural, and medical practices chisel away at our tiny allies. Fortunately it’s possible to change our practices so that they restore and cultivate microbiomes. And it can happen rapidly. Anne believes that greater awareness of plant and soil microbiomes will lead to much-needed advocacy and stewardship for the little-loved members of the microbial world that allow gardens and the larger botanical world to enrich our lives. Anne attended the University of California, Santa Cruz earning Bachelors’ degrees in Biology and Natural History. She holds a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. She is co-author, along with David Montgomery, of The Hidden Half of Nature (W.W. Norton, 2016).

BOOKS BY THIS SPEAKER

A Plant’s-eye View of Your Gardening Practices

Breaking discoveries about the plant microbiome—the communities of bacteria, fungi, and other microbes that swath and coat a plant’s body—continue to up-end our notions of what it means to be a gardener. Sometimes what we think is good gardening practice (soil disturbance, fertilizers, pruning, fall cleanup tasks, and even plant choices) actually isn’t. Learn how you can modify your practices so that they best support the grand inner workings of a plant’s green body with its microbiome.

Wednesday, Feb 7 at 5:45 pm / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow

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