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Jill Harris, PhD.

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Jill Harris, PhD. Marine Scientist

World Wildlife Fund

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Dr. Jill Harris is a Marine Scientist on WWF’s Oceans Team, where she works on the ecological aspects of monitoring and evaluation of conservation activities. She also provides scientific support for work in the Birds Head and Sunda Banda Seascapes. Jill’s PhD in Marine Biology, from the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, was about seaweed ecology and the interaction between corals and seaweed on coral reefs. Her academic background is interdisciplinary: she also holds a Master’s in Marine Affairs from the University of Washington, where she studied the social and institutional factors involved in scaling up small, community-based MPAs to larger MPA networks, and an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College in Biology and Environmental Studies. Prior to her academic career, Jill was a high school science and math teacher in the Bahamas, where she and her students studied the ecological and social impacts of a proposed MPA on economically important reef species and the local fishing community. She has research experience in all major tropical oceans: Indonesia and the Philippines in the western Pacific, the Maldives in the Indian Ocean, the Bahamas, Curacao in the Caribbean, Brazil in the sub-tropical Atlantic, and Hawaii and the US and Kiribati Line Islands in the central Pacific. She has both a dog and a cat who sometimes get along really well.