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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 ...


Caribou Conservation Conundrum

As a Government of Canada biologist, "Rachael Mercer" faces the task of advising the Environment Minister on whether a proposed wolf cull should be ...


Cat vs. Bird: Another Look at Complexity in Conservation

This clicker case is an adaptation of a case by Loren Byrne that told the true story of a Texas man who killed a cat that was killing piping plover ...


Cauldron of Democracy

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


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 ...


Counting Sheep

In this case study, students hear arguments on both sides of a debate over wildlife management and must integrate ethical and scientific perspectiv ...


Do Corridors Have Value in Conservation?

This case study discusses conservation corridors as a means to reduce the problems of population size and isolation in a fragmented habitat. In an ...


Does the Matrix Matter?

In this case study, students apply principles of landscape ecology, experimental design, and data interpretation to examine alternative explanation ...


Hunting the Black Rhino

This case study was developed to teach students the importance of understanding the behavior of wildlife, explore the difficulty in making manageme ...


Killing Coyote

In this interrupted case study, students view a documentary film about a coyote hunting contest and then assume the role of various stakeholders in ...


Making It Fit: Using Excel to Analyze Biological Systems

In this case, students read about a biologist who needs to determine how to analyze age-at-length data, a common situation in fisheries biology. Th ...


Mathematics in Conservation

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


Mini Cases on Choosing Appropriate Statistical Tests for Ecological Data

This set of mini cases on the ecology of eastern cottontail rabbits is designed to give students practical experience using statistics in a scienti ...


Monkey Brains

This case study in comparative physiology explores the connections between physiology, evolution and behavior. Students assume the role of research ...


No Bats in the Belfry

This interrupted case study investigates the geographic origin of white-nose syndrome (WNS) in little brown bats (Myotis lucifugus). WNS i ...


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 ...


One Whale or Two or … ?

This case study focuses on the intersection of defining a scientific species and defining a legal species. The compelling story of Lolita, an orca ...


Rabbit Calicivirus Disease - Magic Bullet or Pandora's Box?

The characters in this dilemma case, representing the scientific community and government, must make a decision about whether or not to release a v ...


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 ...


Sealing the Deal

This case study uses a PowerPoint-driven approach combined with role-playing to explore issues surrounding the grey seal population off the coast o ...


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 ...


Si el Norte Fuera el Sur

In this case study, students are given the task of developing a recovery plan to protect a recently discovered population of Central American squir ...


Snakes in a Storm!

In this interrupted case study, students follow “Joseph Summers” as he attempts to do a late-night relocation of a snake exhibit as a r ...


Speciation and the Threespine Stickleback

This case study teaches students about allopatric speciation through an investigation of the benthic and limnetic sticklebacks of Paxton Lake, whic ...


The Bear Facts

In this decision case, students consider the pros and cons of reintroducing grizzly bears into the northwestern United States as they learn about n ...


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 Dangers of Deicing

Loss of species richness is often due to anthropogenic activity. The global decline of amphibians is one such example. This case study examines the ...


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 Dilution Effect

In this case study students are provided with information for piecing together the story of how forest fragmentation and biodiversity loss can affe ...


The Effects of Coyote Removal in Texas

This interrupted case study presents published data on the effect of coyote removal in Texas. It was designed to help students in introductory leve ...


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 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 Perilous Plight of the Pika

This interrupted case study addresses several concepts related to climate change and its effect on the American pika. Often called an indicator spe ...


The Return of Canis lupus?

Although gray wolves once freely roamed North America, the gradual loss of their habitat from westward expansion and extermination programs led to ...


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 ...


Too Many Deer!

A town meeting is the setting for this case study in which students explore the topics of overpopulation, bioethics, and management of urban wildli ...


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 ...


Which Elephant Population Would You Protect?

This case study has students analyze real population and climate data to address a problem in conservation. Many elephant populations exist in Afri ...


Why Did the Snake Cross the Road?

Although Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium is a fundamental part of introductory biology classes, students often have difficulty understanding its implica ...