Stopping a Wildlife Disease from Becoming a Crisis: A Collaborative Leadership Success Story (2016-5)

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May 11, 2017
Margaret Krebs, Karen Lips, Tyler McIntosh, Richard Nevle, and Pam Sturner

Using the example of a biodiversity crisis, this case study enables students or workshop participants to see a situation from multiple perspectives. Although the crisis is global, the case involves four key individuals—a scientist, a policy analyst, a journalist, and a government agency administrator who all work in U.S. organizations and are key players in various networks. To get an in-depth exploration, the students/participants:
1) produce a timeline with the key events to understand the activities and strategies;
2) draw actor maps to show the connections and get an overall view of the system or the socio-environmental, political, economic landscape.

Estimated time frame: 
A few class periods
SES learning goals: 
  • Consider the importance of scale and context in addressing socio-environmental problems
  • Find, analyze, and synthesize existing data, concepts, or methods
Has this been tested in the class room: 
Course and class size: 
undergraduate capstone course for Earth Systems majors at Stanford
Does this case have an answer key: 
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