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A Green Light for CFLs?

In this problem-based learning case, three housemates in an environmentally-themed college house debate the pros and cons of compact fluorescent la ...


A Struggle for Power in China: The Three Gorges Dam

The Three Gorges Dam in China is one of the world's largest hydroelectric dams, providing energy for millions of people. However, the dam's constru ...


Agony and Ecstasy

This interrupted case study explores the scientific, legal, and societal complexities of repurposing an illicit substance, 3,4-methylenedioxymetham ...


Aliens on Earth?

The discovery of a bacterium capable of substituting arsenic for phosphorus in its DNA was announced with much fanfare in 2010. It was immediately ...


Breaking Bad: Real Science or Hollywood Science?

This two-part case study with a laboratory component uses a pop-cultural reference to engage students and takes the study of electrochemistry from ...


Cauldron of Democracy

This case study explores the controversy surrounding Yellowstone bison (Bison bison) and the relationship between wildlife management and ...


Chemical Eric Can't See

This autobiographical case study presents the story of Eric as he learns that he has a genetic eye disease, which progresses to the point that he b ...


Chickens and Humans and Pigs, Oh My!

Influenza is a common topic in the popular press and a point of interest for many students.  This case study was written to promote interdisci ...


Community-Based Management and Conservation in Africa

Niko lives in Namibia and is about to attend a community meeting at which the fate of his family's re-settlement will be decided. He is not sure wh ...


Complexity in Conservation

Conservation biology focuses on the scientific study and practice of preventing biodiversity loss. Many complex sociocultural factors affect the su ...


Crazy About Cryptids! An Ecological Hunt for Nessie and Other Legendary Creatures

Who wouldn't want to go in search of a creature like Bigfoot, Yeti, or the Loch Ness Monster?  Using the science of ecology, students do exact ...


East Meets West

Ying is sick and is progressively getting worse. His parents' clashing views on Eastern and Western medicine prevent them from agreeing on a course ...


Ethnomedicine in Latino Communities of Madison

This PowerPoint-delivered case study guides the reader, a hypothetical student intern with the City of Madison (Wisconsin) Public Health Department ...


Fannie’s Fix

This case study is targeted to the middle school science student and written especially with female students in mind. Using an interdisciplinary ap ...


Farming in Space

If you were limited to choosing only three crops to sustainably farm in an arid, inhospitable environment, what would they be and how would you dec ...


Going for Gold

This case study introduces students to the true story of Caster Semenya, an outstanding female mid-distance runner from South Africa.  Caster ...


Hidden in Plain Sight

As nonliving entities, viruses face specific challenges when replicating in a host.  Avoiding the host immune system is something that every v ...


Josie

In this interdisciplinary case, students meet Josie, the main character, who suffers from a variety of symptoms. Students must grapple with the con ...


Just Lose It!

This case study introduces “Rose” and “Michael,” a couple with infertility issues that may be related to Rose’s weigh ...


Mathematics in Conservation

This interrupted case study teaches probability theory and transmission genetics through their application to the conservation of the endangered Fl ...


Modern Frankenstein?

This interdisciplinary case study uses the format of a progressive disclosure to explore certain advances in biotechnology and evaluate them within ...


Moving to Higher Ground: Ecosystems, Economics and Equity in the Floodplain

Healthy river systems serve a wide variety of functions, including recreation, crop production, and navigation. Effective floodplain management req ...


Of Silt and Ancient Voices

This case explores the complex and multifaceted resource management issues that arose when traditional Zuni Indian land and water use practices wer ...


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 ...


Potato Chip Problems

In this case study, students assume the role of a quality assurance team that is in charge of determining potential causes and solutions for potato ...


Restoring Resilience: Changing the Landscape Legacy in Patagonia

Sheep ranching has destroyed habitat and decimated species in many areas of the world, but in Patagonia declining wool prices provide an opportunit ...


Retro Goes Modern

This case study considers the evolution of HIV from SIV, as well as the evolution of HIV within humans by mutation rate. It also discusses the immu ...


Skinny Genes?

This case study introduces Megi, an active teenager who has recovered from anorexia nervosa.  The method of progressive disclosure is used to ...


The Big Bad Wolf or Symbol of the American Wilderness?

Students enrolled in natural resource programs typically have classroom experience in science-based curricula with little exposure as to how to app ...


The Challenge of Epilepsy

This case study was originally developed for undergraduate science students as part of an extracurricular competition, but it could also be deliver ...


The Demise of the Forest People

In this case study, the complexity of the Malaysian palm oil industry is examined through the perspective of various stakeholders, namely, villager ...


The Horseshoe Crab

This case study examines the population dynamics of the horseshoe crab, which is sometimes described as a “living fossil.” Students are ...


The Spark of Life

In biology classes, students are typically taught that spontaneous generation does not take place. And yet, at the origin of life, life had to aris ...


The Value of a Wetland

This case study introduces students to the elements of a renewable resource management project. The issue of wetland drainage, for the purpose of i ...


To Be or Not To Be a Golf Course in Wimberley?

This interrupted case study examines the tensions that a small town in Texas faces between economic development and the preservation of a natural w ...


To List or Not to List?

The federal governments in Canada and the United States have adopted vastly different positions regarding the conservation status of the greater sa ...


Unsustainable Use of the High Plains Aquifer

This case spotlights Great Plains water shortages by focusing on the High Plains Aquifer. This groundwater reservoir provides nearly a third of gro ...


Vikings on Mars

Three experiments carried out by the Mars Viking landers in 1976 remain, to this day, our only attempt to detect life on another planet. All other ...


White Bear Lake

This case study reviews the hydrologic cycle and uses a water balance equation to examine the hydrology of White Bear Lake, a 2,531-acre natural wa ...