Case Studies in the Environment
A journal of peer reviewed environmental case studies


Editor-in-Chief: Wil Burns, Section Editors: Martha Groom, Tuyeni Mwampamba, Kate O'Neill, Cynthia Wei, 


Editorial Team

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Wil Burns

Dr. Wil Burns is the founding Co-Executive Director of the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment, a scholarly initiative of the School of International Service at American University; he is based in its western office in Berkeley, California, USA. He previously served as the Director of the Energy Policy & Climate program at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC. He also serves as the Co-Chair of the International Environmental Law Committee of the American Branch of the International Law Association. He is the former President of the Association for Environmental Studies & Sciences and former Co-Chair of the International Environmental Law interest group of the American Society of International Law and Chair of the International Wildlife Law Interest group of the Society. He has published over 75 articles in law, science, and policy journals and has co-edited four books and served as founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy. He holds a Ph.D. in International Environmental Law from the University of Wales-Cardiff School of Law. Prior to becoming an academic, he served as Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs for the State of Wisconsin and worked in the non-governmental sector for twenty years, including as Executive Director of the Pacific Center for International Studies, a think-tank that focused on implementation of international wildlife treaty regimes, including the Convention on Biological Diversity and International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling. His current areas of research focus are: climate geoengineering; international climate change litigation; adaptation strategies to address climate change, with a focus on the potential role of microinsurance; and the effectiveness of the European Union’s Emissions Trading System. 

Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

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Iara Lacher

Dr. Iara Lacher is a landscape ecologist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Virginia, USA. She is interested in applied research that addresses impacts of global environmental change on biodiversity conservation. Her work at SCBI combines scenario planning and spatially explicit land use models to illustrate how different land use futures may impact biodiversity and ecosystem services. This interdisciplinary research involves collaborating with scientists and regional stakeholders to identify ecologically relevant drivers of change and to develop scenarios representative of regional policies and preferences. Dr. Lacher earned a PhD in Ecology from the University of California at Davis, where her dissertation evaluated the climatic responses of species and the use of species distribution models to predict extinction risk. Research in this avenue is ongoing, with work focused on their use in reserve prioritization and the influence of local adaptation on model assumptions. Related research endeavors include assessing the conservation value of protected area networks and exploring the use of landscape based metrics in predicting species invasions.

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Ecology and Biodiversity Conservation

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Martha Groom

Dr. Martha Groom is a Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Washington Bothell & Seattle, based in Seattle, USA. She earned a Dual B.A. in Biology and Public Policy from Princeton University, an MS in Zoology and Tropical Conservation and Development from the University of Florida, and a PhD in Zoology from the University of Washington. She is the lead editor and author of Principles of Conservation Biology, 2006, using the text to highlight case studies of conservation practice. Her research focuses on the intersections of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development, and on effective teaching practice. Currently, she is one of the leaders of the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Washington, a summer intensive program for undergraduates aimed at supporting the building of truly inclusive conservation organizations.

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Tuyeni Mwampamba

Dr. Tuyeni H Mwampamba is an Associate Researcher at the Institute for Ecosystems and Sustainability Research at the Morelia Campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), based in Morelia, Mexico. She obtained her PhD in Ecology and a Graduate Certificate in Conservation Management from the University of California at Davis, focusing her doctorate thesis on understanding above and belowground carbon dynamics in shifting cultivation systems in Tanzania, her homeland. Her research topics today are highly diverse, ranging from site-level quantification of ecosystem services, to policy analysis, to understanding ecological and social tradeoffs in natural resource management. Her primary research objective is to develop in-depth understanding of complex socio-ecological problems for better on-site management and for the design of relevant national and international environmental policy. She is a strong advocate of participatory processes and stakeholder involvement, and consequently works closely with private landowners, communities, government and non-government organizations in Mexico and Tanzania to generate her research questions.  At UNAM, she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in which case studies are an integral part.

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Cynthia Wei

Dr. Cynthia Wei is the Associate Director of Education at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), based in Annapolis, Maryland, USA. In this role, she leads and supports several SESYNC education programs and initiatives, including one that aims to enhance the teaching of S-E synthesis by promoting the case study approach. This initiative centers around the SESYNC short course, Teaching about Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies, which she developed and leads. Previously, she worked on several national STEM education programs and initiatives related to biology and climate change education, work which built on her experiences as a K-12 science teacher and college-level biology instructor. This work was conducted during an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellowship at the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s Division of Undergraduate Education and a Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Fellowship at the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Prior to moving to DC, she researched animal cognition. At the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, where she was a postdoctoral research associate, she combined psychological and biological approaches to research the cognitive abilities of corvids. She also studied learning and navigation in honeybees at Michigan State University, where she earned a dual-degree Ph.D. in zoology and ecology, evolutionary biology, and behavior. She holds a B.A. in biology (neurobiology and behavior) from Cornell University.

Energy and the Environment

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Dustin Mulvaney

Dr. Dustin Mulvaney is based at and teaches in the Environmental Studies Department at San Jose State University, California, USA - one of the first six interdisciplinary environmental studies programs in the USA (founded as a result of the first Earth Day 1970). His research focuses on the social and environmental dimensions of food and energy systems where he researches questions at the intersection of innovation, emerging technologies and environmental change. Since 2008, his primary focus has been on energy commodity chains and with an emphasis on the solar industry. His research on solar energy commodity chains is synthesized in his forthcoming book entitled Solar Power, Innovation, Sustainability, Environmental Justice, which is under contract with the University of California Press, planned to be released in spring 2017. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Bill Lane Center for American West at Stanford University, and beginning a new project on federal lands management, energy development, and natural resource conservation. The interdisciplinary research communities he works with use both qualitative and quantitative research methods and include scholars and practitioners of political ecology, science & technology studies, environmental studies, life cycle assessment, GIS, utility rate design, and energy transitions studies.

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SECTION EDITOR: energy and the environment

Maria Petrova

Dr. Maria A. Petrova is the program manager of the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Coasts and Communities transdisciplinary program based at the University of Massachusetts Boston, USA. Prior, Dr. Petrova was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. While there, she conducted an extensive literature review on the public perceptions of wind energy, which was published in 2013 by Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, NIMBYism revisited: public acceptance of wind energy in the United States. She was invited to brief the Massachusetts Undersecretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs on best practices for successful siting of wind energy installations. Petrova is an Associate of Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and has taught at the Fulbright International Summer Institute in Bulgaria. She conducts research in Europe and the United States, which focuses on understanding motivations for adopting green energy technologies among companies, policy makers, and the general public. Petrova earned a PhD in Environmental Science from Oregon State University, an MA in Marketing, Advertising and PR from the University of Sheffield in Greece, and a BA in Business Administration and Southeastern European Studies from the American University in Bulgaria.

Environmental Law, Policy and Management

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Ann Brower

Dr. Ann Brower is a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Policy in the Department of Environmental Management at Lincoln University, New Zealand. She holds a PhD in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from the University of California Berkeley. She also holds Masters degrees in Forest Science from Yale University, and Political Science from the University of California Berkeley. Her specialty is environmental policy, especially as it relates to state-owned lands and natural resources in the US, Australia, and New Zealand. Her theoretical interests lie in land policy -- at the intersection of property law, economics, and political science. She is the author of Who owns the high country? (Craig Potton Publishing, 2008), stimulating a national debate about the on-going South Island land reform that is transforming the landscapes of the Southern Alps. Borrowing from Wildavsky (1973), her book aims to uncover how great expectations in Wellington were dashed in Wanaka. She has published in numerous journals, including Land Economics, Georgetown International Environmental Law Review, Conservation Letters, Environmental Law Reporter, NZ Journal of Ecology, and NZ Economic Papers.

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Kate O'Neill

Dr. Kate O’Neill is Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at UC Berkeley, USA, and she holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University. She has authored two books, Waste Trading Among Rich Nations: Building a New Theory of Environmental Regulation (MIT Press, 2000) and The Environment and International Relations (Cambridge University Press 2009, 2016). She has published in The Annual Review of Environment and Resources, International Studies Review, and Global Environmental Politics, among other venues. Until 2017, she is co-editor of the MIT Press journal Global Environmental Politics. Professor O’Neill has written and spoken widely on global environmental governance and international organizations, environmental movements, methods and research design, and the global political economy of wastes. She teaches courses on global environmental politics and movements at graduate and undergraduate levels, and is a Resident Faculty member at UC Berkeley.


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SECTION EDITOR: sustainability

Lyuba Zarsky

Professor Zarsky has a PhD in Economics and has a distinguished record of professional experience and publication in the fields of sustainable development and business and sustainability, and is based in Berkeley, California, USA. She was Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability (1992-2001) and staff economist on the Commission for the Future for the Government of Australia (1989-1991). Since 1991, she has consulted to numerous international and national organizations, including the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Asian Development Bank, United Nations Development Program, and the Government of Australia and Environment Institute at Tufts University in Boston (2002-present). She has a joint appointment with the International Master of Business Administration (MBA) and the International Environmental Policy (IEP) programs in the Graduate School of International Policy and Management at the Middlebury Institute of
International Studies at Monterey (MIIS). She leads the Business, Sustainability and Development track in the IEP program and coordinates the Joint MBA-International Environmental Policy program, which trains students to be leaders in business sustainability initiatives. Her courses on Business, Sustainability and Society and Business Models for Sustainable Development provide cutting edge knowledge and skills for students seeking to harness market forces to address critical global problems such as climate change, poverty, and sustainable livelihoods. Professor Zarsky is an affiliated faculty member with the Center for the Blue Economy and is spearheading research on innovative approaches to private sector finance for climate resilient coastal infrastructure. She is also researching the costs and benefits of coal mining and port expansion near Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, a World Heritage site.

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SECTION EDITOR: Sustainability

Song Gao

Dr. Song Gao takes an interdisciplinary approach to studying the characteristics and mechanisms of pollution in the atmosphere and hydrosphere. He also takes a keen interest in formulating science-based policies with regard to climate change and new energy utilization. He has published articles in the fields of aerosol chemistry, urban air pollution, biomass burning, ground water remediation and climate mitigation strategies. Based at Stetson University, DeLand Florida, USA, he studies environmental issues through teaching, research and student mentoring.

Gao obtained his Ph.D. degree in analytical/environmental chemistry from the University of Washington. He then did postdoctoral research at Cal Tech, studying the molecular identities and formation mechanisms of atmospheric aerosols. He has since served on faculty at several academic institutions, enjoying the interactions with students in classes, research projects and field trips. He is currently also an associate editor for the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences.

Water Management, Science and Technology

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SECTION EDITOR: Water Management, Science and technology

Ronlyn Duncan

Dr Ronlyn Duncan's research expertise addresses the complex and increasingly contested relationship between science and other knowledges, their translation into policy and practice, and the implications for policy implementation. Her research aims to identify pathways for engagement and changes in practices and adopts social qualitative research methods, interpretive modes of analysis and draws on co-constructivist theories of knowledge. Her current research addresses the implementation of the Canterbury Water Management Strategy and New Zealand’s water policy and management reforms, both of which involve setting quantitative water quality and quantity limits. These reforms present unique opportunities to examine science policy interactions and raise important questions about how and where knowledge is produced and translated into policy and the challenges of making decisions about contingent and unknowable futures.

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SECTION EDITOR: Water Management, Science and technology

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Editorial Office

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Managing editor

Liba Hladik

Liba is a Managing Editor at UC Press, and based in Vermont, USA. Native of Prague, Czech Republic, she has over twenty years of publishing experience holding a wide range of professional positions as Digital Publishing Manager, Production Services Director, and Digital Prepress Manager at different organizations, spanning from editorial services, technical support, digital production and to a variety of other related services. She managed publishing and production service departments with responsibilities ranging from desktop publishing, page layout and composition, design, printing operations, product procurement, vendor selection, product life cycle, sales support and customer relationship management, and she has led and participated in numerous new product development efforts, efficiency as well as change management initiatives. She is also the Managing Editor of the journal Elementa which she helped launch.