Research Team

Jill Caviglia-Harris

Jill Caviglia-Harris is a Professor of Economics in the Economics and Finance Department at Salisbury University. She received her B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Binghamton University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Tennessee. At Salisbury University, she teaches undergraduate and master’s courses in environmental and natural resource economics, microeconomics principles and intermediate microeconomic theory. Caviglia-Harris’s research is focused on understanding the nexus between land use change and welfare in the Brazilian Amazon. Her approach includes the collection and analysis of survey, geographical information systems (GIS), and remote sensing data at the household level to create a spatial panel used to investigate multiple issues as they relate to welfare and deforestation trajectories over time.

Erin Sills

Erin Sills is associate professor of forest economics and coordinator of international programs in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University. Dr. Sills has a PhD in natural resource economics from Duke University, and a BA in public policy from Princeton University. She consults with the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank, and she is a research associate of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the Amazon Institute of People and the Environment (IMAZON). Her research focuses on the economics of multiple-use forest management, including quantifying the value of non-timber benefits from forests, modeling the behavior of households who own or use forests, and evaluating causal impacts of forest policies and programs. Recent research has included designing rigorous evaluations of the livelihood impacts of REDD (reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation) across five countries; modeling the impact of iron ore mines on tribal livelihoods in Orissa, India; tracking the dynamics of households land use and economic welfare with a spatially referenced panel survey of colonist farmers in Rondônia, Brazil; cost-benefit analysis of invasive species policies in the US; willingness to pay for game and non-game wildlife management in North Carolina; estimating discount rates and their influence on preventive health and natural resource management decisions in India and North Carolina; assessing the demand for non-timber forest products from community managed forests in the eastern Brazilian Amazon; and applying matching methods to evaluate payments for ecosystem services in Costa Rica, and forest based micro-enterprises and farmer associations in Brazil. Funding sources include NSF, USDA, USFS, and the World Bank. Dr. Sills teaches world forestry, forest economics, and survey methods. She coordinates a masters degree program that integrates Peace Corps service, and has collaborated with students in that program on research about adoption of new agricultural technologies, management of natural resources, and environmental education in several countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Dar Roberts

Dar Roberts is a Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he started in January 1994 and currently serves as Chair. He is the author of over 108 refereed publications, over 15 books/book chapters and over 100 abstracts and non-refereed articles. Research interests include imaging spectrometry, remote sensing of vegetation, spectroscopy (urban and natural cover), land-use/land-cover change mapping with satellite time series, height mapping with lidar, fire danger assessment and, recently remote sensing of methane. He has worked with hyperspectral data since 1984 and broad band sensors such as MSS and TM over the same period, as well as Synthetic Aperture Radar. More recently he has been working with Lidar. He is the UCSB Principal Investigator of the Southern California Wildfire Hazard Center and leads the group in developing wildfire fuels maps and mapping fuel moisture using remote sensing. Courses he teaches include Land Surface Processes, History of Geography, Spatial Environmental Modeling, Measuring our Environment, Environmental Optics, and Advanced Remote Sensing in the Optical (214a) and Microwave (214b).

GIS Coordinator

Daniel W. Harris

Daniel W. Harris is a senior lecturer in Geography and Geosciences at Salisbury University. He received a BA in Geography from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and a MA in Geography from Appalachian State University. He is currently ABD at the University of Maryland – College Park in Curriculum and Instruction – Science Teaching Center. His research has focused on the design and implementation of GIS applications across multiple disciplines including the geosciences, economics, microbiology, and local government.

Post-Doctoral Researchers

Katrina Mullan

Katrina Mullan is a Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. She has a PhD in Environment and Development Economics from Cambridge University, an MSc in Development Economics from the University of London, and a BA in Economics from Cambridge University. Dr Mullan conducts empirical research on the use of forest and agricultural land by rural households in developing countries, focusing on the impacts of conservation and development policies on household welfare and the environment. Her PhD thesis used household survey data to examine the impacts of the Chinese Sloping Land and Natural Forest Protection Programs on rural poverty alleviation and household decision-making. More recently, as a postdoctoral research associate at North Carolina State University, she has been using a spatially-referenced panel dataset to investigate the long term welfare outcomes for migrant settlers to the Brazilian Amazon.

Pedro Pires de Matos

Pedro Pires de Matos is a Post-Doctoral researcher at the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University. He received his BSc. in Regional Planning and Urban Management from the Technical University of Lisbon, his MSc. in Urban Economic Development from the University College London, and his PhD in Spatial Economics and Econometrics from the University of Cambridge. His research interests lie in understanding the impacts of geography and location on the spatial distribution of economic growth and productivity, and on the effects of agglomeration on the dynamics of cities' economies. He has worked with spatial panels, a range of advanced statistics packages and has developed his own econometrics software (using MATLAB), which is able to estimate complex spatial econometrics models using longitudinal data with geographic dimension.

Graduate Students

Michael Toomey

Michael Toomey is a PhD student with a BA in Geology from Colorado College and MS in Earth System Science from the South Dakota School of Mines. He primarily works with multispectral and multitemporal remote sensing to study forest ecological dynamics, agriculture, and human-environment relations. Recently, he has developed an interest in the use of eddy covariance data in association with remote sensing data for furthering understanding of ecosystem functioning. Current projects concern land use in Rondônia, Brazil and tropical canopy albedo modeling. Michael was awarded a NASA Earth and Space Sciences Fellowship for the 2010-2011 academic year, with potential for renewal until 2013 - though he certainly hopes to have graduated well before then. Before coming to UCSB, Michael was a Natural Resources and Development volunteer for the Peace Corps in Morocco. In his spare time, he enjoys playing drums, biking, hiking, traveling, languages and reading.

Simon Hall

Simon Hall is currently pursuing his Masters Degree in the Forestry and Natural Resources Department at North Carolina State University after graduating from Salisbury University with Bachelors degrees in Economics and Environmental Studies. He is interested in studying the management practices and household level decision making within the agricultural sector of the Brazilian Amazon and is focusing on the socioeconomic aspects of cattle ranching in Rondônia. The goal of his research is to promote policy that encourages more conservation based management practices in severely deforested regions of the Brazilian Amazon. Simon is currently studying abroad at the Universidade Federal do Paraná in Curitiba. He is enrolled in an exchange program, focused on promoting ecosystem services and best management practices in the Brazilian Amazon.

Undergraduate Students

Jamison Douglas

Jamison Douglas is a senior at Salisbury University with an interest in the field of Environmental Economics. He is double majoring in Economics and Environmental Studies, and double minoring in Business Administration and Mathematics. He plans to graduate from Salisbury in May of 2012, and would like to attend graduate school to pursue a PhD in Agricultural and Resources Economics. He has maintained a 4.0 cumulative GPA while working Salisbury University's Horticulture Department, a Resident Assistant, and as a Student Business Leader for the Perdue School of Business. He is currently working on finding a niche in the expanding field of Agricultural and Resources Economics and plans to narrow down a thesis in Spring 2011.


Shubho Saha, Center for Disease Control, Atlanta, GA
Luke Jones, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Tennessee
Suzanne McArdle, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington DC
Simone Bauch, Dept of Economics and Resource Management, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Charlie MacIntyre
Jeffrey Dawson
Brian Klitch