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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 Collection
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.

When It Rains, It Pours: A Socio-environmental Approach to Understanding Coastal Flooding (2014-5)
Author(s): Elizabeth A. Albright, Emily Eisenhauer, Melissa A. Kenney, and Ariana E. Sutton-Grier

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.

Designing an Urban Green Infrastructure Network: Balancing Biodiversity and Stakeholder Needs (2014-4)
Author(s): Emilie Stander and Myla Aronson

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.

To Fish or Not to Fish: Challenges of Managing Culturally and Ecologically Important Species (2014-3)
Author(s): Lindley Mease and Rebecca Martone

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

Using System Maps to Analyze Complex Social-Environmental Issues: A Case Study of Geoduck Aquaculture in the Puget Sound (2014-2)
Author(s): Kate K. Mulvaney, Simone Pulver, Clare M. Ryan, and Yen-Chu Weng

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.

Go-Back Land: Restoring Abandoned Farmland and Sustaining Farm Towns (2014-1)
Author(s): Mark Brunson

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

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 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.

Regulation of Estrogen in Water Management Facilities (2013-17)
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. This case has been tested in a classroom.

Cowboys and Aliens: Cheatgrass Invasion in Wyoming (2013-16)
Author(s): Kristen Gunther

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

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