On Butterfly Wings

Bethany Harris (BSES – Environmental Resource Science, ’13; MS – Entomology, ’15, PhD – Horticulture, ’18) has found the perfect job using both her entomology and horticulture education from CAES. As assistant director of education at Callaway Gardens, Harris works out in the field, overseeing the butterfly center and educational gardens, managing more than 200 volunteers and teaching workshops for the public.

“My degrees exposed me to working with pollinators and butterflies, so this job is a perfect fit for me,” said Harris. “In addition to the butterfly center, we have an outdoor butterfly garden and my research at UGA centered around native pollinators and butterflies.”

Harris said her doctoral work with CAES horticulture Professor Bodie Pennisi on the UGA Griffin campus exposed her to many horticultural concepts that she brings to her new role. She hopes to reestablish an insect zoo at Callaway Gardens and she’s working with her UGA colleagues in the Department of Entomology to make that a reality. She also plans to establish a honey bee colony at Callaway with the help of a volunteer beekeeper.

Bethany Harris