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:

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Case Study Collection
"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.

A simple example of a socio-environmental system: coupled rabbit and farm dynamics
Author(s): Andres Baeza-Castro and Neil Carter

Quantitative models are excellent tools for understanding the dynamics of complex socio-environmental systems (SES), and for explicating those dynamics in a meaningful way to students. Here we utilize both a dynamical and an agent-based model to examine a suite of human-environment interactions in a hypothetical SES. Specifically, the hypothetical SES involves the management of rabbit populations while maximizing nearby farm productivity and profitability. The purpose of this exercise is to demonstrate how manipulating different components of these two alternative models can help students visualize and analyze key features of the SES, such as feedbacks and adaptation. The models also allow students to assess how different decisions, like implementing certain policies, influence tradeoffs and synergies in the SES.

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.

His Lips Drink Water But His Heart Drinks Wine: Groundwater Availability, Access, and Governance in the Guadalupe Valley, Mexico (2014-12)
Author(s): Tuyeni Mwampamba, Chantelise Pells, and Matt Robbins

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.

Green Civil War in the California Desert: The Ocotillo Express Wind Energy Project (2014-11)
Author(s): Dustin Mulvaney

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.

Tell Them We Don't Want to Leave: The Marshallese and Sea-Level Rise (2014-10)
Author(s): Zola K. Moon and Donna S. Davis

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

Multi-'steak' holder Sustainability: Reduced Deforestation and the Cattle Agreement in Brazil (2014-9)
Author(s): Peter Newton and Avery S. Cohn

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.

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