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.