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.