Synopses & Reviews
KEY BENEFIT: The first edition of Environment: The Science behind the Stories made the biggest splash of any new entry in environmental science over the past thirty years. The newly revised Third Edition retains all the popular features of this landmark first edition–including its integrated central case study approach, and focus on current data and critical thinking–while new instructor resources make it easier than ever to give dynamic lectures. Foundations of Environmental Science: An Introduction to Environmental Science, Environmental Ethics and Economics: Values and Choices, Environmental Policy: Decision-Making and Problem-Solving, From Chemistry to Energy to Life, Evolution, Biodiversity, and Population Ecology, Species Interactions and Community Ecology , Environmental Systems and Ecosystem Ecology. Environmental Issues and the Search For Solutions: Human Population Growth, Agriculture, Soils, and Soil Conservation, Agriculture, Biotechnology, and the Future of Food, Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, Resource Management, Forestry, Land Use, and Protected Areas, Urbanization and Creating Livable Cities, Toxicology and Environmental Health, Freshwater Resources: Natural Systems, Human Impact, and Conservation, Marine Resources: Natural Systems, Human Impact, and Conservation, Atmospheric Science and Air Pollution, Global Climate Change, Fossil Fuels: Energy and Impacts, Conventional Energy Alternatives: Hydropower, Biomass, and Nuclear Energy, New Renewable Energy Alternatives, Waste Management, Sustainable Solutions. For all readers interested in environmental science and its issues.
About the Author
Jay H. Withgott
Jay H. Withgott is a science and environmental writer with a background in scientific research and teaching. He holds degrees from Yale University, University of Arkansas, and University of Arizona. As a researcher, he has published scientific papers on topics in ecology, evolution, animal behavior, and conservation biology in a variety of journals including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, Evolution, and Animal Behavior. He has taught university-level laboratory courses in ecology, ornithology, vertebrate diversity, anatomy, and general biology.
As a science writer, Jay has authored articles for a variety of journals and magazines including Science, New Scientist, BioScience, Current Biology, Conservation in Practice, and Natural History. He combines his scientific expertise with his past experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers to make science accessible and engaging for general audiences.
Jay lives with his wife, biologist Susan Masta, in Portland, Oregon, and takes every opportunity he can to explore the diverse landscapes of Oregon and the American West.
Scott Brennan has taught environmental science, ecology, resource policy, and journalism at Western Washington University and at Walla Walla Community College. He has also worked as a journalist, photographer, and consultant.
Scott has cultivated his expertise in environmental science and public policy by serving as Campaign Director of Alaskans for Responsible Mining, as Executive Conservation Fellow of the National Parks Conservation Association in Washington, D.C., and as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Defense Environmental Security Office at the Pentagon
When not at work, Scott is likely to be found exploring Alaska’s Chugach Mountains and the Bristol Bay drainages in Southwest Alaska. He lives with his wife, Angela, and their dogs Raven and Hatcher in South Central Alaska’s Chester Creek Watershed.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
I. Foundations of Environmental Science
1. An Introduction to Environmental Science
2. Environmental Ethics and Economics: Values and Choices
3. Environmental Policy: Decision Making and Problem Solving
4. From Chemistry to Energy to Life
5. Evolution, Biodiversity, and Population Ecology
6. Species Interactions and Community Ecology
7. Environmental Systems and Ecosystem Ecology
II. Environmental Issues and the Search For Solutions
8. Human Population
9. Soil and Agriculture
10. Agriculture, Biotechnology, and the Future of Food
11. Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
12. Resource Management, Forestry, Land Use, and Protected Areas
13. Urbanization and Creating Livable Cities
14. Environmental Health and Toxicology
15. Freshwater Resources: Natural Systems, Human Impact, and Conservation
16. Marine and Coastal Systems: Resources, Impacts, and Conservation
17. Atmospheric Science and Air Pollution
18. Global Climate Change
19. Fossil Fuels, Their Impacts, and Energy Conservation
20. Conventional Energy Alternatives
21. New Renewable Energy Alternatives
22. Waste Management
23. Sustainable Solutions