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Join us virtually Thurs., Oct. 1 for a conversation with Ashley McGuigan and Zoe Hastings. Biodiversity loss due to agricultural expansion and intensification is a critical challenge. However, traditional land management practices that integrate trees and other plants into cropping systems, sometimes called agroforestry, can simultaneously conserve biodiversity, provide dietary diversity, and produce many other benefits such as carbon sequestration. We will share insights from community-based research on the conservation and restoration of traditional agroforestry systems in Fiji and Hawai‘i. Register in advance for the meeting here (https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvf-GrqjwtE9Gyo0eqvn3uxa_W_cvu-WDJ). How to Attend Register in advance for the meeting here (https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvf-GrqjwtE9Gyo0eqvn3uxa_W_cvu-WDJ). The Zoom meeting will begin promptly at 6 p.m. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Meet the Speakers Ashley McGuigan is a PhD Candidate at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Ashley’s research focuses on how agroforestry, a traditional and sustainable way of farming the Pacific Islands, can conserve biodiversity, provide food, and enhance social and ecological resilience to disturbances in Fiji. She uses interdisciplinary qualitative and quantitative methods to explore these connections. To ensure her work contributes to policy development, Ashley works closely with the Fiji government to meet their research needs. Ashley has a BS in Biology from North Carolina State University and an MS in Botany from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Zoe Hastings is a PhD Candidate at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She is fascinated by the interactions between humans and plants and passionate about creating a more just and sustainable food system. Zoe uses decolonized, community-based approaches to explore how to restore resilient agroecosystems. Previously, Zoe was the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s first Farm to School Coordinator, served with FoodCorps Maine, and conducted applied conservation research across the US. She earned a BA in Biology and Environmental Studies from Macalester College and an MS in Botany from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Meetings are free to attend; however, advance registration is required. To R.S.V.P., please use this link (https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvf-GrqjwtE9Gyo0eqvn3uxa_W_cvu-WDJ).