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.

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Navigating Coastal Decision-Making: Using Shellfish Aquaculture as a Model for Socio-Ecological Knowledge Development
Author(s): Lindsey C. Williams, Amanda A. Wenczel, Joana F. Taveres

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2016. This case has been selected by SESYNC as an exemplary S-E synthesis case study.

No Such Thing as a Free Lunch: Trade-offs of Trees in Grassy Ecosystems
Author(s): Dillon Fogarty, Victoria Donovan, Conor Barnes, Daniel Uden

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2019.

Our Coffee Conundrum: The Socio-Environmental Issues of our Cultural Addiction
Author(s): Dustin Wilgers

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2017. 

People, Pigs, and Tigers in Shangri-La
Author(s): James Lassoie

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

Perspectives on the Gulf of Mexico Shrimp Fishery
Author(s): Marcia Allen Owens, Jolvan Morris

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

Pollinators in Chicago
Author(s): Kelly Garbach, Tania Schusler, Ping Jing, Dustin Herrmann

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

Pursuing a Silver Standard for Sustainability
Author(s): Meghan Wagner

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2017. 

Regulation of Estrogen in Water Management Facilities
Author(s): Helen Smith

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

Resilience to Climate Change: A Socio-Ecological Case Study from Puerto Rico
Author(s): Tatiana Abatemarco, Tatiana Gladkikh, Elvia J. Melendez-Ackerman, Christopher J. Nytch

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2019.

Returns of the Unicorn: Socio-Environmental Synthesis of the Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros Conservation in Nepal
Author(s): Anil Shrestha

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2019.

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