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Jill L. Caviglia-Harris 
Economics and Finance Department
Environmental Studies Department
Salisbury University
Salisbury, MD 21801-6860
phone: (410) 548-5591
fax: (410) 546-6208
email: jlcaviglia-harris@salisbury.edu

Welcome to my homepage. I am a Professor of Economics in the Economics and Finance Department in the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business and the Environmental Studies Department in the Fulton School of Liberal Arts at Salisbury University. My areas of teaching include environmental and natural resource economics and microeconomics. 

My research is focused on understanding the tradeoffs between development and deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. The substantial ecological costs of deforestation are well recognized and considered globally significant because they include biodiversity loss and contributions to climate change. A key question for policy makers who wish to reduce deforestation rates is to what degree these global losses are offset by local gains from economic development. My research is focused on developing answers to these complex, and often politically energized, questions. A second dimension of my research includes an investigation of teaching approaches and methods to improve student achievement.  See my curriculum vitae and short bio for additional information.

I currently lead the “Forests, Agriculture, and River (FAR) systems in the Amazon Basin” project supported by the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC). This project is focused on addressing research questions co-developed with representatives from the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment on the expected impacts of the 2012 Forest Code on water quality and quantity in Rondônia. This research includes an interdisciplinary team of faculty, researches and students from the social and natural sciences and builds on the project "Living with Deforestation: Analyzing Transformations in Welfare and Land Use on an Old Amazonian Frontier," NSF Project SES-0752936 (2008-2012) directed with Erin Sills, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, North Carolina State University, and Dar Roberts, Geography Department, University of California, Santa Barbara.  Our  spatially referenced four-period panel (collected in 1996, 2000, 2005, and 2009) is available for download at the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)