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The Deforestation of the Amazon A Case Study in Understanding Ecosystems and Their Value
In this case study, students examine tropical deforestation in the Amazon from the perspective of three dominant stakeholders in the region: a peasant farmer, logger, and environmentalist. As part of the exercise, students perform a cost-benefit analysis of clearing a plot of tropical forest in the Amazon from the perspective of one of these stakeholder groups. Developed for a course in global change biology, this case could also be used in courses in general ecology, environmental science, environmental ethics, environmental policy, and environmental/ecological economics.
This collection contains the teaching materials I used for designing the Freshman Science Seminar Mathematics 190 - A Climate of Uncertainty at UNC-Chapel Hill Fall 2013. This collection is maintained as a reference for other instructors interested in teaching about climate change using open curriculum. I made extensive use of the training modules provided by MetEd to utilize a "flipped classroom" approach. Traditional lecturing was largely replaced by assigning the training modules in this collection for homework and having my students send me their quiz scores. In class, I utilized a mix of "read and report" group presentations, discussions, roleplays, and modelling exercises on laptops. I encourage others to build and improve on the ideas I had for this course, and to contact me with questions related to the materials and course design.
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