About the Islands

Interview excerpts from the Coastal Nature, Coastal Culture symposium Feburary 18-20, 2016 Savannah, Georgia

The team interviewed six presenters with expertise on the environmental histories of the Georgia coast. These excerpts provide an introduction to the industry, culture, and ecology of this dynamic environment.

William Boyd

Professor of Law

University of Colorado Boulder

On the effects of the pulp and paper industry on the Georgia coast.

Max Edelson

Associate Professor of History

University of Virginia

On 18th century mapping of the coastal environment.

Edda Fields-Black

Associate Professor of History

Carnegie Mellon University

On the African connections to the commercial rice industry along the coast.

Tiya Miles

Associate Professor of History

University of Michigan

On the connections between the natural world and African American enslavement.

Janisse Ray

Writer and Naturalist

Author, Ecology of a Cracker Childhood

On the conservation legacy of the Georgia barrier islands.

Mart Stewart

Associate Professor of History

Western Washington University

On the development of the cotton industry on the sea islands.

The Georgia Coast Atlas

The Georgia coast, approximately 100 miles long is defined by its barrier islands and their back-barrier environments.

About the Atlas

The Georgia Coast Atlas is a collaborative project between the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship and the Emory Environmental Sciences department.

Meet the Team

Experts talk about the industry, culture, and ecology of the Georgia Coast.

About the Islands

Learn about the maps used in the Atlas and how to navigate the site.

Using the Atlas