Lilly Briggs

Postdoctoral Fellow

Expertise

Social Science • Qualitative Research • Environmental Education • Citizen Science

I conduct social science research focused on environmental education and citizen science, as well as coordinate community-based outreach initiatives involving educators, youth, bird guides, non-profit organizations, and government agencies, in Latin America. I helped create the Lab’s BirdSleuth International curriculum, which engages students in learning about birds, habitat, citizen science, and conservation. After conducting the first field test of the curriculum in Costa Rica in 2009, I’ve been expanding the reach of BirdSleuth International by teaching workshops about it in multiple countries, as well as investigating how the curriculum impacts youth participants’ knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors with respect to birds, science, and the environment.

I’m passionate about using environmental education and citizen science to inspire kids to care for and take action on behalf of our planet. Birds are found in so many diverse habitats, both rural and urban, which makes them a powerful tool for connecting individuals to their local environment. I’m fascinated by questions of how we can best inspire youth to get excited about the birds around them, to consider them “the ornaments of the forest‚” as one young indigenous woman in Guatemala put it, and to relinquish the slingshots they may have once used to kill birds for fun. I fell in love with Costa Rica on my first trip in 2003, and since then I have seized or created every opportunity to explore more of Latin America, collaborate more with the region’s incredible people, see more of its amazing birds, and learn more of its beautiful languages. The work I do for the Lab allows me to pursue all of these passions.

Education

Ph.D., Natural Resources, Cornell University
M.S., Environmental Studies, York University

Recent Publications

Briggs, L., N. Trautmann, and T. Phillips (2019). Exploring challenges and lessons learned in cross-cultural environmental education research. Evaluation and Program Planning 73:156–162.
Briggs, L., M. Krasny, and R. C. Stedman (2019). Exploring youth development through an environmental education program for rural indigenous women. The Journal of Environmental Education 50:37–51.
Briggs, L., R. Stedman, and M. Krasny (2019). Place attachment and social–ecological system sustainability examined through the voices of indigenous Guatemalan women. Sustainability Science 14:655–667.
Briggs, L., M. E. Krasny, and R. C. Stedman (2019). [In press] Exploring youth development through an environmental education program for rural indigenous women. Journal of Environmental Education.
Briggs, L., R. C. Stedman, and M. E. Krasny (2019). [In press] Place attachment and social-ecological system sustainability examined through the voices of indigenous Guatemalan women. Sustainability Science.
Briggs, L., N. M. Trautmann, and C. Fournier (2018). Environmental education in Latin America and the Caribbean: the challenges and limitations of conducting a systematic review of evaluation and research. Environmental Education Research 24:1631–1654.
Briggs, L., R. Stedman, and M. Krasny (2018). Place attachment and social-ecological system sustainability examined through the voices of indigenous Guatemalan women. Sustainability Science:1–13.
McKinley, D. C., A. J. Miller-Rushing, H. L. Ballard, R. Bonney, H. Brown, S. C. Cook-Patton, D. M. Evans, R. A. French, J. K. Parrish, T. B. Phillips, S. F. Ryan, et al. (2017). Citizen science can improve conservation science, natural resource management, and environmental protection. Biological Conservation 208:15–28.

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