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Boreal Forest Dynamics at the Hardwood Ecotone

This “clicker” case uses a handout and a PowerPoint presentation to guide students through the interpretation of three key traits of tw ...

Carbon Balance of Forest Thinning and Bioenergy Production

This interrupted case study introduces students to the concept of carbon storage and how land management decisions can affect this vital ecosystem ...

Impacts of Climate Change on Pinyon Pine Cone Production

In this interrupted case study, students explore how changing climate may affect cone production in pinyon pine (Pinus edulis). Students b ...

Oak Clearcutting

The topic of this debate case, developed for a course in “Issues in Environmental Biology,” is clear-cutting, a controversial method of ...

Oil in the Amazon

In this case study, students participate in a game in which they assume the roles of various stakeholders in a proposed oil and gas proje ...

Rings as Keys to the Past

This flipped case study was written to provide foundational understanding of woody stem (tree) anatomy and to illustrate how scientific support is ...

Seeing the Forest for the Trees

This case study has for its central theme the importance of tree size in both ecology and natural resource management and is designed to introduce ...

The Deforestation of the Amazon

In this case study, students examine tropical deforestation in the Amazon from the perspective of three dominant stakeholders in the region: a peas ...

The Last Spruce Grove

This case study follows a drama that unfolded around a stand of Sitka spruce trees (Picea sitchensis) on Vancouver Island, British Columbi ...

The Mystery of the Missing Martens

This interrupted case study introduces basic modeling to investigate a decline in an American marten population on an island in Southeast Alaska. T ...

The Wolf, the Moose, and the Fir Tree

In this analysis case, students study predator-prey dynamics in the Isle Royale National Park ecosystem drawing on data and findings from the artic ...