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Essential Environment: The Science behind the Stories, Fourth Edition engages students with integrated central case studies that provide students with a tangible framework for understanding science in a brief 18-chapter text. Jay Withgott and new co-author Matt Laposata present the latest coverage of environmental science and introduce new FAQ sections to address common student misconceptions. With over 50 new MasteringEnvironmentalScienceâ„¢ activities written by the authors, your students will arrive better prepared for class.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321752543
  • Publisher: Benjamin Cummings
  • Publication date: 9/30/2011
  • Series: MasteringEnvironmentalSciences Series
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 183,283
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jay H. Withgott

Jay H. Withgott has authored Essential Environment and its parent volume, Environment: The Science behind the Stories, since their inception. In dedicating himself to these books, he works to keep abreast of a diverse and rapidly changing field and continually seeks to develop new and better ways to help today’s students learn environmental science.

As a researcher, Jay has published papers in ecology, evolution, animal behavior, and conservation biology in journals ranging from Evolution to Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. As an instructor, he has taught university lab courses in ecology and other disciplines. As a science writer, Jay has authored articles for journals and magazines including Science, New Scientist, BioScience, Smithsonian, and Natural History. By combining his scientific training with prior experience as a newspaper reporter and editor, he strives to make science accessible and engaging for general audiences. Jay holds degrees from Yale University, the University of Arkansas, and the University of Arizona.

Jay lives with his wife, biologist Susan Masta, in Portland, Oregon.


Matthew M. Laposata

Matthew M. Laposata is a professor of environmental science at Kennesaw State University (KSU). He holds a bachelor's degree in biology education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a masters in biology from Bowling Green State University, and a doctorate in ecology from The Pennsylvania State University.

Matt is the coordinator of KSU's two-semester, general education science sequence Science, Society, and the Environment which enrolls roughly 7,000 students a year. He focuses exclusively on introductory environmental science courses, and has enjoyed teaching and interacting with thousands of non-science majors during his career. He is an active scholar in environmental science education and has received grants from state, federal, and private sources to develop and evaluate innovative curricular materials. His scholarly work has received numerous awards, including the Georgia Board of Regents' highest award for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

He resides in suburban Atlanta with his wife Lisa, and children Lauren, Cameron, and Saffron.

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Table of Contents

I. FOUNDATIONS OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

1. Science and Sustainability:An Introduction to Environmental Science

2. Environmental Systems: Chemistry, Energy, and Ecosystems

3. Evolution, Biodiversity, and Population Ecology

4. Species Interactions and Community Ecology

5. Environmental Economics and Environmental Policy

II. ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AND THE SEARCH FOR SOLUTIONS

6. Human Population

7. Soil, Agriculture, and the Future of Food

8. Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

9. Forests, Forest Management, and Protected Areas

10. Environmental Health and Toxicology

11. Geology, Minerals, and Mining

12. Fresh Water, Oceans, and Coasts

13. Atmospheric Science and Air Pollution

14. Global Climate Change

15. Nonrenewable Energy Sources, Their Impacts, and Energy Conservation

16. Renewable Energy Alternatives

17. Managing Our Waste

18. The Urban Environment: Creating Sustainable Cities.

Epilogue: Sustainable Solutions

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