April 7, 2022 — Dr. Suzanne K M Marcy — Nature’s Wisdom: What We Gain by Listening Deeply

Dr. Suzanne K M Marcy is a scientist, master facilitator, and author who works for the protection of nature. Her presentation will share what her research has taught her, why she paddles into the wild alone to recharge her soul, and her vision of the natural world she treasures.

Suzanne is passionate about the natural world and the animals with which we share the earth. Her passion was spawned early in life as she enjoyed visits to Mt Rainier National Park where her grandfather was Superintendent. Later a science class captured her heart and led her to earn her doctorate in Animal Behavior and Ecology at the University of Washington, Seattle. Her dissertation research was on Northern Fur Seal behavior conducted on the Pribilof Islands in the Bering Sea.

Following a “postdoc” in science policy, Suzanne dedicated her career to protecting the environment, both in our nation and the world in her professional roles as Senior Scientist for Ecology and then Senior Scientist for Arctic for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Communicating her work effectively has been central to her accomplishments.

Suzanne serves on the Board of Directors for the Alaska Wildlife Alliance and is currently organizing a non-profit to restore, maintain, and enhance stewardship of hiking trails in the Chugach State Park wilderness surrounding her home.

Suzanne feels that there is a key element not normally addressed in the scientific realm—recognizing and listening to the wisdom of living beings within our midst and on whom we have such powerful influence. She says, “Communication is about listening first and then sharing what we learn; it is time for us to listen more deeply to our fellow creatures.”

Participants can join the Zoom meeting at 11:30 a.m. for conversation and to troubleshoot connections. Please sign on by 11:50 a.m. to be prepared for start of the program at noon. Get details by sending a message to sherrie@arctic.net.

Suzanne Marcy

Suzanne Marcy