Dr. Bethany Harris

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Dr. Harris graduated from the University of Georgia with her BSES in Environmental Resource Science in 2013 and completed her MS degree in Entomology in 2015. While an undergraduate at UGA – Griffin, Bethany was also a member of the UGA Griffin Ambassadors program. Her master’s degree research focused on the importance and conservation of pollinators and the beneficial insects in southeastern landscapes. She completed her PhD in Horticulture in 2018; thus, she is a “Triple Dawg.” During her time as a PhD student, she focused her research on the use of biodegradable containers and their decomposition in landscapes. As Director of Education at Callaway Gardens, Bethany oversees the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center and Callaway Gardens Discovery Center. In addition to serving as Director of the Callaway Gardens Volunteer Program, Bethany is also responsible for leading educational and horticultural programs and workshops for visiting guests, including K5-12th grade students. Her passions include teaching about pollinators and their role in our environment as well as educating all who visit Callaway Gardens about horticulture and the use of floral resources for insects.  


Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science (BSES), Environmental Resource Science; Master of Science (MS), Entomology; Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Horticulture