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Biocultural Stewardship and Restoration
Meet NTBGs curator of living collections, Mike DeMotta, Director of Limahuli Garden Lei Wann and Conservation Operations Manager and Ecologist Uma Nagendra. Learn about the traditional Hawaiian concept of land stewardship and how it aligns with today's call for more sustainable land management and restoration.

Nov 3, 2021 12:00 PM in Hawaii

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Lei Wann
Director, Limahuli Garden and Preserve @NTBG
Uma Nagendra
Conservation Operations Manager and Ecologist Limahuli Garden @NTBG
Dr. Uma Nagendra is the Conservation Operations Manager and Ecologist, at NTBG’s Limahuli Garden and Preserve on Kaua’i, where she is responsible for leading biocultural conservation projects within the 1,000-acre Limahuli Preserve. Uma has a PhD in disturbance ecology from the University of Georgia from 2017. Uma’s research interests span many aspects of applied ecological conservation. Overall, work at Limahuli aims to find appropriate management strategies for ecological and cultural resilience while connecting modern science to traditional ecological practice and knowledge.
Mike DeMotta
Curator of Living Collections @NTBG
Mr. Michael “Mike” DeMotta has served as head curator for living collections for NTBG organization since the latter part of 2006. He previously served as Horticulturist and then Manager of Living Collections at NTBG’s Limahuli Garden and Preserve. In addition to curating the collections for all of NTBG’s gardens and preserves, and overseeing plant records, Mike is responsible for other activities in the Lawa’i Valley Conservation and Horticulture Center, including plant production.