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Case Study Collection



Participants of the Teaching Socio-Environmental (S-E) Synthesis with Case Studies short course have developed a collection of case studies, each focusing on learning goals critical for understanding and practicing S-E synthesis. These case studies provide information about the case itself, detailed teaching notes, and all materials to be used with students in the activity. Many provide suggestions for ways to modify the activities to suit different time constraints, levels, or course goals. The durations of these cases range from a small number of class periods to entire semesters. Several of these cases have been tested in the classroom and/or peer reviewed.

Unless otherwise noted in the case studies, reproduction of these materials is authorized for non-profit/non-commercial educational use only. All reproduction or distribution must provide full citation of the original work and provide a copyright notice as follows:

“Copyright 2015, by the authors of the material, with license for use granted to the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center. All rights reserved.”

Any opinions, findings and conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these materials are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of SESYNC.

Case Study Collectionsort descending
"Expanding the Pie" in the Jordan River Basin: Multiple-issue Water Negotiations(2015-3)
Author(s): Jacob Petersen-Perlman

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2015.

Are Eastern Fox Squirrels "Good" or "Bad" for the Greater Los Angeles Area? (2015-4)
Author(s): Teresa Lloro-Bidart

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2015. This case has been classroom tested.

A Case Study on Ocean Acidification (2013-19)
Author(s): Sindia Rivera-Jimenez

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2013. This case has been tested in a classroom.

A Pipeline in Paradise, Part 1: Learning the Relevant Science (2014-6)
Author(s): Shannon N. Conley, Kathryn De Ridder-Vignone, Mary K. Handley, and Michael L. Deaton

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2014. This case has been classroom tested.

A River Runs Through It: Socio-Environmental Synthesis as a Means for Preparing Ecological Restoration Goals- Glen Canyon Dam and the Colorado River (2013-18)
Author(s): John Graham

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2013.

Addressing deforestation and other land-based conflicts in the frontier forests of eastern Panama: The case of REDD+ (2015-5)
Author(s): Javier Mateo-Vega, Ana Spalding, Gordon Hickey

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2015. This case has been classroom tested.

Balancing economic and environmental tradeoffs for dairy production in California and New Zealand (2015-6)
Author(s): Rachael Garrett and Meredith Niles

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2015. This case has been classroom tested.

Climate Resilient Agricultural Choices (2013-12)
Author(s): Saleh Ahmed, Vera Bissinger

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2013.

Community-Based Management and Conservation in Africa (2013-4)
Author(s): Narcisa Pricope, Susan Caplow, and Andrea E. Gaughan

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2013. This case has been peer-reviewed and published in the National Center for Case study Teaching in Science. This case has been classroom tested.

Conflict in Paradise: Managing Watersheds on a Crowded Island (2015-11)
Author(s): Kirsten Oleson

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2015. This case has been classroom tested.

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