Kate Marianchild: Cooperation and Co-evolution in California’s Oak Woodlands

Monday Sep 14 2015   7:00 PM
UC Santa Cruz Arboretum   1156 High St., Santa Cruz, CA  map

Kate Marianchild will look at life in California’s oak woodlands through the lens of cooperation and mutualism rather than the more conventional competition model. She will present examples of conspecific (intraspecies) cooperation and go on to discuss one of the most widespread symbioses on earth, telling a story that began 1.3 billion years ago with fungi and primitive plants and continues to the present in ways that humans are just beginning to recognize and understand.

Free and open to the public; for more information visit http://www.katemarianchild.com/walks-talks-classes/

Kate MarianchildWhen Kate Marianchild migrated to the oak woodlands of inland Mendocino County in 2001, she promptly fell in love with an ecosystem. After writing for Audubon and other nature-oriented nonprofits for several years, she began the research that led to the writing of this book. Marianchild studied Chinese language and literature at UC Berkeley and New Asia College in Hong Kong, graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Berkeley with a degree in comparative literature. Following years of grassroots political activism, she moved to Mendocino County in 1980 and supported herself as a carpenter while founding and running Rising Tide Sea Vegetables, a company that is still thriving today under new ownership. For the past thirteen years she has lived in a cozy twenty-five-foot-diameter yurt with no indoor plumbing except a sink and a two-gallon hot water heater. In addition to watching wildlife, leading nature walks, and giving slide presentations, Marianchild sings with two community choirs, kayaks, swims, and participates in the events of her beloved community. (Kate Marianchild was known as Kathy Roberts before she changed her name to honor her deceased mother.)