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 Collection
South Florida Rising Tides: Should We Stay or Should We Go? (2015-8)
Author(s): Alana Edwards and Julie Lambert

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

Up in the Air: Understanding Vulnerability when Toilets Fly (2015-7)
Author(s): Amy Krakowka Richmond, Suzanne Pierce, and Gautam Sethi

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 and selected by SESYNC as an exemplary S-E synthesis case study.

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.

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.

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.

"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.

The Fish, the People, the Tradeoffs: Social-Ecological Coupling in the Wetfish Fishery of Monterey Bay, California (2015-2)
Author(s): Stacy Aguilera and Rachel Zuercher

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

Socio-Environmental Influences on Algal Blooms in the Western Lake Erie Basin (2015-1)
Author(s): Ramiro Berardo and Ajay Singh

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 and selected by SESYNC as an exemplary S-E synthesis case study.

Ways of Knowing: The Integration of Indigenous Knowledge and Scientific Knowledge for Natural Resource Management (2014-14)
Author(s): Amity Doolittle

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.

Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: North American Beavers in Tierra del Fuego (2014-13)
Author(s): Kathleen Guillozet and Christopher B. Anderson

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

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