About the speaker: Dr. Perfecto is the George W. Pack Professor at the School of Natural Resources and Environment of the University of Michigan. She has 35 years of experience working on issues of agriculture and the environment and 30 years teaching courses on environmental science and food systems at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on agroecology, biodiversity and ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes. She has more than 200 publications in peer-review journals, and is author with John Vendermeer of three books, Breakfast of Biodiversity (2005), Coffee Agroecology (2015), and Ecological Complexity and Agroecology (2017). The second edition of her fourth book, Nature’s Matrix: Linking Agriculture, Conservation and Food Sovereignty, with Angus Wright and John Vandermeer, was published last year. Professor Perfecto was one of the lead coordinating authors of the United Nation’s International Assessment on Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD). She has received several awards including the ESA Diversity Award, SNRE Outstanding Teaching Award and University of Michigan Faculty Recognition Award. She is an elected Senior Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Ecological Society of America (ESA), and the Michigan Society of Fellow.