Ph. D., University of Maryland College Park
M.A., Appalachian State University
B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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 2020GEOG 105 Introduction to Physical Geography (Fall 2020)GEOG 219 Map Interpretation and Analysis (Fall 2020)Spring 2021GEOG 105 Introduction to Physical Geography (Spring 2021)GEOG 219 Map Interpretation and Analysis (Spring 2021)
- 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