Case Studies in the Environment is pleased to announce the 2021 winners of its Case Studies in the Environment Prize Competition for best environmental case study submitted to the journal through the November 15, 2021 submission deadline.

All entries to the competition went through a rigorous peer review process and were judged for their contributions to teaching environmental concepts to students or practitioners, including making the best use of the complement of learning support features that the journal provides, such as Case Study Questions, Teaching Notes, and Slides.

The top prize article for 2021 is “Stakeholders and Invasive Asian Carp in the Great Lakes,” from Bowling Green State University political scientist Shannon Orr.

“Shannon Orr’s ‘Stakeholders and Invasive Asian Carp in the Great Lakes’ is a worthy recipient of this year’s prize for CSE’s best case study,” notes Editor-in-Chief Wil Burns. “It provides a compelling example of the nuances and frequent dynamism of stakeholder interests, and the difficulty of reconciling said interests. As Dr. Orr suggests, this can be the case even when everyone agrees that there is a need to address a serious issue, such as the ramifications of invasive species in aquatic ecosystems. Dr. Orr also provides an excellent template for categorizing stakeholder interests that may prove helpful in future conflicts, as well as providing a powerful example of how ‘fixes’ to environmental or health issues can have serious unintended consequences.”

Runners-up for the 2021 prize competition are “The Pinelands Development Credit Program: Using Market Mechanisms to Achieve Preservation Goals,” from the Rowan University interdisciplinary team of Jordan P. Howell, Mahbubur Meenar, Christina Friend, Jack Kelly, and Owen Feeny; and “Developing Collegial Relationships to Address Hurdles in Ex Situ Turtle Conservation on an Indonesian University Campus,” from University of Bengkulu researchers Aceng Ruyani and Deni Parlindungan, Columbus State University’s Patricia G. Patrick and University of North Carolina Greensboro’s Catherine E. Matthews.

Each of these prize-winning articles is free to read at

The editors and publishing team behind Case Studies in the Environment extends its thanks to all the authors who submitted articles for the 2021 competition. For previous Case Studies in the Environment Prize Competition winners, please see our prize competition landing page.

Case Studies in the Environment is a journal of peer-reviewed case study articles and case study pedagogy articles. The journal informs faculty, students, researchers, educators, professionals, and policymakers on case studies and best practices in the environmental sciences and studies.