Jill Caviglia-Harris

Jill Caviglia-Harris

Research Interest

Jill Caviglia-Harris's research is focused on understanding the underlying tradeoffs between development and deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon and identifying answers to complex, and often politically energized, questions concerning the degree to which the ecological costs of deforestation are offset by local gains from economic development, or in reverse, the costs of forest preservation for local inhabitants. Her approach includes the collection and analysis of survey and geospatial data to investigate issues as they relate to welfare, poverty and land cover/land use trajectories over time. A second dimension of her research includes investigating best practices for teaching and motivating students. This work has led to her recent work on improving the academic achievement of first-generation, minority and low-income students at Salisbury University.