My primary research interest focuses on the drivers of land use and land cover change in the Brazilian Amazon although I am a broadly trained geographer with interests in the physical geography of the local environment. I am also interested in student learning in the Geosciences specifically how information is coordinated for learning from multiple representations including animations and visualizations.
My teaching philosophy continues to evolve with the proliferation of digital media to aid student learning but is built upon providing students with an opportunity to learn. I discover/develop, organize and curate content specific to my course learning objectives and guide students toward these objectives through lectures and labs utilizing hands-on or applied activities.
Caviglia-Harris, Jill L. and Harris, Daniel W. The Impact of Settlement Design on Tropical Deforestation Rates and Resulting Land Cover Patterns. pp. 451-470. Agricultural and Resource Economics Review.
Caviglia-Harris, Jill L., Harris, Daniel W., Sills, Erin , Bell, Andrew, Mullen, Katrina and Roberts, Dar (2016) Busting the Boom-Bust Pattern of Amazonian Development. vol. 79. World Development.
Caviglia-Harris, Jill L., Toomey, Michael, Harris, Daniel W., Mullan, Katrina , Bell, Andrew Reid, Sills, Erin and Roberts, Dar (2015) Detecting and Interpreting Secondary Forest on an old Amazonian Frontier. vol. 10. no. 4. Journal of Land Use Science.
Folkoff, Michael E. and Harris, Daniel W. (2016) Small Water Bodies in Wicomico County on the Eastern Shore of Maryland: 1600 Ponds and Counting. vol. 53. pp. 66-93. The Pennsylvania Geographer.
Zaprowski, Brent J., Parnell, Darren B., Bailey, Matthew A., Harris, Daniel W. and Smullen, Vanessa S. (2015) Earth and Beyond: An Introduction to Earth-Space Science. no. 3rd. pp. 374. Kendall-Hunt.
Fall 2019GEOG 105 INTRO TO PHYSICAL GEOG (Fall 2019)Introduction to the variable physical character of the earth. Treatment of weather, climate, soil, vegetation, landforms and oceanic circulation with emphasis on processes, interrelationships and distributional patterns. Students can not receive credit for both GEOG 104 and GEOG 105. Three hours lecture, one two-hour laboratory per week. Meets General Education IVA or IVB.GEOG 219 MAP INTERPRET & ANALYSIS (Fall 2019)Introduction to mapping science principles and practice, focusing on the application of methods to produce hardcopy and digital maps. Topics include earth representation and map projections, field data collection utilizing ground survey, global positioning systems (GPS) and remote sensing, and map compilation and design within a geographic information system (GIS). Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory per week.Spring 2020GEOG 105 INTRO TO PHYSICAL GEOG (Spring 2020)Introduction to the variable physical character of the earth. Treatment of weather, climate, soil, vegetation, landforms and oceanic circulation with emphasis on processes, interrelationships and distributional patterns. Students can not receive credit for both GEOG 104 and GEOG 105. Three hours lecture, one two-hour laboratory per week. Meets General Education IVA or IVB.GEOG 110 AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS (Spring 2020)An examination of the varied and spectacular physical environments protected within the United States National Park System. The geology, geomorphology, weather, climate and biogeography of selected parks are examined with an eye toward the future of these national treasures. Three hours per week. Meets General Education IVB.GEOG 219 MAP INTERPRET & ANALYSIS (Spring 2020)Introduction to mapping science principles and practice, focusing on the application of methods to produce hardcopy and digital maps. Topics include earth representation and map projections, field data collection utilizing ground survey, global positioning systems (GPS) and remote sensing, and map compilation and design within a geographic information system (GIS). Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory per week.
- Professional MembershipsAssociation of American Geographers
Pennsylvania Geographical Society
- Grants and Sponsored ResearchForests, Agriculture, and River (FAR) Systems in the Brazilian Amazon: Interactions Between Deforestation, Seasonal Water Availability and Farms, Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)
Enhancing Core Learning through Integrated Problem Solving Experiences Purpose (ECLIPSE): Integrating multiple disciplines’ content standards into curriculum design through problem solving inquiry, Maryland Higher Education Commission
Living with Deforestation: Analyzing Transformations in Welfare and Land Use on an Old Amazonian Frontier – Purpose: Continuation of prior NSF grants to examine household welfare and land use patterns in Ouro Preto do Oeste, Rondonia, National Science Foundation
- PresentationsReconstructing the Colonial Forest of the Mid-Atlantic Coast Plain in Wicomico County, Maryland: Reconciling 21st and 18th century environmental data to model forest compositionto reconstruct the colonial forest of the Mid-Atlantic Coast of the United States for Wicomico County, MarylandNovember, 6 20152015 ANNUAL MEETING OF THE PENNSYLVANIA GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY, WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY WEST CHESTER, PENNSYLVANIA
The impact of agricultural production on land use in the Brazilian Amazon: analyzing household decisions within a spatial contextMarch 2004Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Philadelphia, PA
Examining the impact of animations and viewing sequence on learners' understanding of Hadley Cell circulationApril 2014National Association for Research in Science Teaching Annual International Conference, Pittsburgh, PA
- Service Activities and Community Relations
Currently, I am the Chair of the Department of Geography and Geosciences. I also serve as the Director of Outreach for the Pennsylvania Geographical Society. I continue to be active in the Salisbury community through work with Boy Scouts of America and with K-12 geography/geoscience collaborations.
- External Collaboration Highlights
I collaborate with colleagues across the United States and Brazil on research projects related to change on the Amazonian frontier.
- Press Releases
NSF Awards SU Researchers $178K to Continue Rainforest Work
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
SU Faculty Go Into the Amazon--With Kids
Friday, September 18, 2009
- Professional Memberships