The Three-Wattled Bellbird: Corridor, Conservation, and Costa Rica (2016-11)

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Jun 26, 2017
Jennifer Penner, Peter Gess, and Noelle Beckman

Through an exploration of the history, implementation, and current state of the Three-Wattled Bellbird Biological Corridor (BBCP) in Costa Rica, this case engages students in a hands-on exploration of how different stakeholders work together to address conservation problems.

Students will come away from the case study with a deeper understanding of how the social and natural sciences intersect to inform public policy and conservation practices, the value of corridor building as a conservation tool, and the ways in which we value and balance the needs of humans and the rest of the natural world. The case is scalable from a couple of class sessions to the majority of a semester, depending upon instructor choice of modules and assignments. It targets second-year university students in a multidisciplinary course, but may also be used in any course (e.g., political science, biology, environmental studies, ecology) exploring conservation issues.

Estimated time frame: 
A few class periods or Units within course (i.e. multiple weeks)
SES learning goals: 
  • Understand the structure and behavior of socio-environmental systems
  • Co-develop research questions and conceptual models in inter- or trans-disciplinary teams
  • Consider the importance of scale and context in addressing socio-environmental problems
Has this been tested in the class room: 
Course and class size: 
POLI/PYSC 279 "Animals, People, and Ecosystems" (Hendrix College, Spring 2017): 15 students
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