More Info:

To learn more about environmental history and land use legacy visit the Havard Forest LTERS website.

GA Trivia:

GA is home to over 40 snake species, of which the vast majority are non-venomous.

Snakes of SE


Craig and Diana Barrow

Craig and Diana Barrow continue the preservation and stewardship of Wormsloe through the Wormsloe Foundation. As a direct descendent of Noble Jones, the 18th century settler of Wormsloe, Craig represents the ninth generation to oversee this unique site. They currently reside on-site in the family's early 19th century house.




Research Faculty

MMadden TJordan
Marguerite Madden Tommy Jordan Paul Sutter
KParker AParker
Ervan Garrison Kathy Parker Al Parker
Daniel Nadenicek Jon Calabria Brian Meyer
Jeb Byers Ron Carroll Kimberly Andrews
Andy Davis and Sonia Altizer Cari Goetcheus Keith Bradley

Wormsloe Fellows (Current)

Darren Fraser (Ph.D., Ecology) was born and raised in Fresno, California. From a young age, he developed a love of nature while exploring the Sierra Nevada Mountains found just outside his backyard. He channeled this love into wildlife research with the Animal Behavior Lab while attending school at San Diego State University. It was with this lab that he first gained field experience radio- tracking Northern Pacific rattlesnakes and trapping California ground squirrels as part of a project looking at the interactions between a predator and its prey. After completing his B.S. in Biological Sciences in 2013, he stayed on with the Animal Behavior Lab at San Diego State as a volunteer for the summer.
In 2014 Darren moved to Jekyll Island, Georgia to join the Applied Wildlife Conservation Lab as a research technician with the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. As a technician he gained more research experience assisting with various radio-telemetry, mark-recapture, and wildlife surveying projects focused on the reptiles and amphibians on the island. Darren started graduate school in the Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia under the advisement of Dr. Kimberly Andrews in August 2015. He is interested in terrestrial wildlife and their use of the interfaces between terrestrial and aquatic habitats. As a fellow, his project will focus on how a terrestrial predator uses the edge habitat at the salt marsh-maritime forest interface for movement and foraging.  

Ania Majewska (Ph.D., Ecology).  Ania's fascination with nature began in childhood and motivated her to pursue a career in ecology. After completing a bachelor’s in Biology at Boston University she contributed as an assistant and crew leader to various field studies. Through these projects, Ania gained valuable skills ranging from luring Grizzly Bears, capturing songbirds, and trapping small mammals to conducting vegetation surveys. Her extensive research experience prepared her for Master’s research, which she completed in 2010 at the University of Montana. Over the years, Ania formed strong interests in conservation and disease ecology, which she has developed into a very intriguing PhD project. She is pursuing her PhD at Odum School of Ecology under the supervision of Dr. Sonia Altizer and Dr. Andy Davis. Her project is examining the effects of pollinator gardens on four common species of butterflies (

Sean W. Dunlap (Master of Landscape Architecture, College of Environment and Design) is working on the Wormsloe National Register of Historic Places Nomination Update.  His project entails updating the 1973 National Register of Historic Places nomination for Wormsloe Historic Site. Recent research has shown that Wormsloe may qualify for a revised level of significance, boosting the site from state level to national level. The revision will include an assessment of areas of historic significance, dates of historic significance, nomination boundary, and integrity of resources. Findings will be sent to the State Historic Preservation Office in Atlanta for official review.
Sean’s professional goal is to help foster public appreciation of, and scholarly engagement with, cultural landscapes. He is also interested in Piedmont prairies, regional-specific folk craft, vernacular yards and gardens, environmental art, experimental music, and river corridors. 


Wormsloe Fellows (Alumni)

Alyssa Gehman (Ph.D., Ecology) was a 2013-2015 Wormsloe Fellow. Alyssa received her PhD from the Odum School of Ecology under mentorship of Dr. Jeb Byers  and studied an invasive barnacle that parasitizes mud crabs. Alyssa  found her first love of the ocean while growing up in Seattle, Washington.  Alyssa graduated with a B.A. in biology at Colorado College in 2005 and went on to receive a M.S. in Marine and Estuarine Science at Western Washington University in 2008.  She spent two years working at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute as a research technician and lab manager before moving to Georgia to pursue a PhD.


Paul Cady (MLA, College of Environment and Design) was a 2013-2015 Wormsloe Fellow in College of Environment and Design. Paul wrote a Cultural Landscape Report (CLR) for the slave cabin area, estate house, farm complex, and fort house ruins sections of Wormsloe.  This document, based on historic research, will serve as a guide for future preservation activities on site.  

Paul has his undergraduate degree from Cornell University in plant science and was working as a horticulturist for a variety of public gardens before starting the program at UGA.

Paul is currently working for Land Morphology in Seattle, WA.


Alessandro Pasqua (Ph.D Geography) was a 2013-2015 Wormsloe Fellow in Geography and operated at the Center for Geospatial Research (CGR) at the University of Georgia led by Drs. Madden and Jordan. His dissertation focused on the investigation of rice cultivation at Wormsloe to understand whether rice was ever cultivated on the property. In particular, his dissertation involved the use of remote sensing techniques – such as terrestrial laser scanning and unmanned aerial vehicles – as well as archaeological methods consisting in phytolith analysis and flotation of soil samples to analyze evidence of rice cultivation. 

His academic background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Human Geography from the University of Milan (Italy), and a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the Politecnico di Milano University (Italy). Furthermore, as part of his Master’s degree, he spent one academic year as an exchange student at the University of the West of England in Bristol, UK.


Holly Campbell (M.S., Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources) was a 2013-2014 Wormsloe Fellow.Holly's research project combined soil sampling, geophysical survey, ArcGIS, and environmental education to investigate how human activity and natural forces have influenced present day soil conditions at Wormsloe Historic Site.Overall, her project examined how human activity leaves an imprint on the landscape; investigated the influence of recent geologic history on soil formation; and communicated the human and environmental history of Wormsloe to the public through its soils.The environmental education component of Holly's project involved the creation of soil profile displays, called soil monoliths, for exhibit at Wormsloe Historic Site in Savannah, Georgia.

Before returning to graduate school, Holly worked fifteen years as a landscape gardener and farmer.  Her landscape company focused on edible and wildlife-attracting gardens, as well as soil development.  Three years preceding Holly’s return to graduate school, she designed and managed a diverse fruit and nut farm in Gaffney, SC.  Holly's interest in human-environment interactions and the sustainable use of natural resources guided her previous career and is at the foundation of her current research in graduate school.  Her future career interests are natural resource consultation and education.  Holly holds a BSA in horticulture from UGA. She is currently working for the Southern Regional Extension Forestry.


NOHareNancy O’Hare’s memorable moments are rooted in nature: hiking mountain trails in Romania, gently drifting in a kayak in Florida Bay with a manatee for company, or a picnic along the Big Sur coast cheering on the crashing waves. Her deep connection with nature was forged by growing up in rural Michigan where she spent countless hours wandering in the woods, flipping over rocks and logs, dangling her toes in the creek or looking for wildflowers. Time in nature teaches those willing to learn lessons of adaptability, adversity, and the paradox of change and timelessness.

After completing her Bachelor’s degree at Northern Arizona University, she moved to Miami, Florida and earned her Master’s degree from Florida International University. After completing her Master’s degree, she co-founded a biological consulting specializing in wetland restoration issues in the Everglades, working with both plants and wildlife. She spent 12 years as co-leader studying one of the largest wetland mitigation/restoration projects in the USA.

It was on this project that she started merging her interests of the natural world with maps and GIS. In the Everglades, subtle differences in elevation (less 3 feet) defined upland versus wetland habitat, each with their own distinctive flora and fauna. She came to appreciate the effect of between yearly differences in weather (wet versus dry years) and short-duration but highly intense single events (hurricanes) on individual species. More importantly, she began to understand relationships between past and current conditions. Her current interest is melding the viewpoints of individual species with the larger geographic context and chance events that shape the current patterns that we see.


Emily Cornelius was a 2011-2013 Wormsloe Fellow and a M.S. student in the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia. Her thesis work focused on the energetic trade-offs that occur within migratory songbirds during the fall migration. As birds migrate they must store an immense amount of fat to fly the long-distance to their wintering ground, and thus other physiological needs are over-looked, such as the ability to fight off parasite or disease infection.

Emily grew up in Southwest Michigan where she didn’t discover her strong interest in the outdoors until a study abroad trip to Panama in 2009! She went on to receive a B.S. from Michigan State University (MSU) in Zoology: Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology. While at MSU, she worked in the Avian Health and Disease Ecology laboratory in the Fisheries and Wildlife department for two years. It was while working in this lab that she developed her passion for birds and disease research. After coming to UGA, she discovered her love of migration ecology, which perfectly aligned with her passion for avian research.

Emily is currently persuing a PhD in Wildlife Ecology at the University of Winsconsin.

Wes Ryals was a 2011-2013 Wormsloe Fellow in the College of Environment and Design.Wes holds a BS in history from Georgia Southern University.  Following his passion for the environment, he returned to school in 2007 to pursue a degree from the University of Georgia in landscape architecture—an integrative profession, which synthesizes knowledge from a variety of fields and disciplines.Wes’s studies in landscape architecture have allowed him to draw upon his experiences in historical research, environmental science, education, and recreation:prior to returning to UGA, Wes served as a backcountry hiking instructor for the High Rocks camp for boys in Brevard, North Carolina, and a special education instructor in Macon, Georgia.

Wes’s involvement with Wormsloe stems from an initial 2009 master-planning workshop, which spurred his interest in continuing with the property to explore landscape planning and design issues.  His work with Wormsloe has earned state and national recognition from the American Society of Landscape Architects. 

Wes also has been actively involved in the Cultural Landscape Laboratory (CLL) in the College of Environment and Design, where his work has fostered a convergence of past experience with history and landscape architecture to examine the interwoven layers of ecology, cultural history, and historical land use practices through the lens of environmental history.  He has also contributed to many of the geographic information system (GIS) data layers for existing features, boundaries, and significant vegetation that will be pertinent to assessing the historical integrity of Wormsloe.  Wes’s thesis research focuses on exploring the affordances of digital technologies for augmenting visitor experiences and aiding in cultural heritage interpretation.  Wormsloe will serve as a principal case study in this exploration.

DSwasonDrew Swanson served as a Wormsloe Fellow from 2008-2010. Drew received his PhD in history at the University of Georgia, with a focus on environmental and agricultural history. He received an M.A. in American history from Appalachian State University and a B.S. in naturalist biology and history from Lees-McRae College. He completed an environmental history of Wormsloe plantation, with an emphasis on the transatlantic relationships of the early plantation and the preservation challenges of a managing a historical landscape.

Prior to entering graduate school, Drew worked as Assistant Manager of the Backcountry at Grandfather Mountain Park, in Linville, North Carolina. His articles, reviews, and essays on the southern environment have appeared in a number of publications, including Southern Cultures, Appalachian Journal, and Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. His 2009 article, “Fighting over Fencing,” received the Theodore C. Blegen Award from the Forest History Society for the year’s best article on conservation history. Drew lives with his wife, Margaret, and son, Ethan, in Cleveland, Mississippi.


Andrew Parker graduated with an M.S. in  Geography from the University of Georgia in 2011.  His Master's Degree research was on extraction of ground surface models from LiDAR data.

A former Wormsloe Fellow himself, Andrew has created many geographic information system (GIS) data layers from aerial image interpretation, the use of Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers, and historical map and document extraction. Working out of the Center for Remote Sensing and Mapping Science (CRMS), in the University of Georgia’s Department of Geography, Andrew has augmented and maintained a geodatabase containing imagery, feature points and footprints, boundaries, roads, elevation, land use, and etc. pertinent to Wormsloe.


Carey Burda was a 2010-2011 Wormsloe Fellow. Carey received her Master's of Science in the University of Georgia’s Geography Department. For her thesis project, she used historic maps, vegetation surveys, and light detection and ranging (lidar) applications to compare vegetation patterns and canopy structure between land use legacies at Wormsloe.

Carey received a BS from Western Carolina University in Natural Resources Conservation with a concentration in Landscape Analysis, and a BS from North Carolina State University in Wildlife Management. Before coming to UGA, she worked as a seasonal employee monitoring neotropical migrant nests in the southern Appalachians, observing prairie dog behavior in Utah, studying urban bird populations in New Hampshire, mapping vistas along the Blue Ridge Parkway, among other biological and spatially-oriented jobs. She grew up in Mars Hill, North Carolina, where her family instilled her with a deep sense of responsibility in taking care of the land.

Jennifer Pahl was a 2011-2012 Wormsloe Fellow. Jenny received her Ph.D from the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia where she also earned her M.S. in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development in 2009. Her thesis work focused on the effects of municipal water extraction and drought on an important shoal plant in a Piedmont river. This work, in conjuntion with an ongoing interest in ecological design stemming from her undergraduate experience at the University of Vermont (where she received a BS in Integrated Natural Resources in 2005), has focused her research goals on solving water issues using natural treatment systems.

Today Jenny is researching the effectiveness of constructed wetlands to serve as both wetland mitigation and waste treatment facilities in the coastal plain region of Georgia . At Wormsloe, she is developing an initial constructed wetland design to meet the waste needs of future visitors to the site. She is using LiDAR/GIS to select appropriate locations on site for this future wetland. She will use concurrent work on biological monitoring strategies at the Clayton County Water Authority treatment wetlands in Lovejoy, GA to provide a monitoring plan for the future wetland at Wormsloe.

Carrie Jensen (2010-2011)
assisted with dendrochronology
of pine trees to reconstruct
climate for the past ~100 years.
This was her first research project, and it motivated her to continue her studies at UGA with a Master’s degree. She is currently applying to PhD programs to study hydrology.

Jessica CookJessica Cook began working at
Wormsloe before the Fellows
program officially began,. She,
was one of the inaugural Fellows. Her skills in Anthropology and Archaeology contributed to the interpretation of shell middens and other features . She is currently finishing her PhD in Anthropology at UGA, researching archaeological evidence of past human habitation at Gray’s Reef, when sea levels were lower.