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Biodiversity Collection

Added06/29/2017

Author(s) Michelle Sullivan Govani
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Contributor(s) Michelle Sullivan Govani Karin Ellison Joseph R. Herkert
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Notes The author wishes to acknowledge the contributions of Karin Ellison, OEC - Life and Environmental Sciences Editor, and Joseph Herkert, OEC Engineering Co-Editor. They provided valuable input in selecting topics and crafting the resources.
Funder This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Award No. 1355547. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
Year 2016
  • Biodiversity Case Study: Assisted Migration

    Added07/26/2018

    This case explores ethical issues surrounding assisted migration of endangered species. In particular, it focuses on Torreya taxifolia, an evergreen conifer tree endemic to Florida, and an activist group, Torreya Guardians, that has been distributing trees to sites outside the endemic range, including in North Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, and Oregon.

    Author(s) Michelle Sullivan Govani
    Year 2017
  • Biodiversity Case Study: Ecotourism

    Added07/26/2018

    This case explores a variety of ethical issues concerning ecotourism. The setting is a fictitious lodge in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Mini-vignettes offer three perspectives. Nuru is a poor Botswanan who lives near the lodge and would like to be involved in its activities. Rachel, the lodge’s new manager, has just come to the position from working as a field biologist specializing in African elephants with Conservation International (CI), a non-profit dedicated to worldwide conservation of ecosystems. She must make decisions on how the lodge will pursue environmental and sustainability goals. Mahendra is a well-known expert in elephant behavior and social structures, as well as an avid traveler and photographer. He is coming to the delta to conduct research and must decide where he and his family will stay.

    Author(s) Michelle Sullivan Govani
    Year 2017
  • Biodiversity: Class Plan (75 minutes)

    Added07/26/2018

    This class plan takes an ecotourism case and builds a course session around it. The plan includes learning objectives, a student reading assignment, prompts for an opening conversation, and detailed instructions on using a town hall format to discuss the case.

    Author(s) Michelle Sullivan Govani
    Year 2017
  • Biodiversity Case Study 1: Biodiversity and Human Health

    Added06/28/2017

    A scientist working for an environmental advocacy group in Indonesia fights against the transfer of a portion of state owned native forest to a palm-oil plantation. The case raises ethical issues including how to establish the value of natural lands, environmental justice, and communicating science.

    Author(s) Michelle Sullivan Govani
    Contributor(s) Michelle Sullivan Govani Karin Ellison Joseph R. Herkert
    Year 2016
  • Biodiversity Case Study 2: Conservation in the Amazon

    Added06/28/2017

    In this case, Armando, a Brazilian Federal Senator with a BS and MS in Biology, must confront ethical dilemmas concerning the Amazon forest. Topics for consideration include: 1) the biodiversity and ecosystem services associated with the forest, 2) the social and economic issues surrounding deforestation, and the 3) options available to Armando as he makes his recommendation on how to use the US funds. Finally, we will explore the role of Maria as a science advisor and address her responsibilities, as well as her mistake in addressing the press.

    Author(s) Michelle Sullivan Govani
    Contributor(s) Michelle Sullivan Govani Karin Ellison Joseph R. Herkert
    Year 2016
Cite this page: "Biodiversity Collection" Online Ethics Center for Engineering 6/29/2017 OEC Accessed: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 <www.onlineethics.org/Resources/Biodiversity-Collection.aspx>