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Essential Environmental Science provides a non-quantitative approach that is based on principles, critical thinking and the big questions that are driving the field today. It offers a condensed look at the field, covering topics in way that will help readers answer the "big questions." It eliminates more detailed or advanced topics to make the material more accessible while also placing the focus on today's important issues.
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Meet the Author
Edward A. Keller was chair of the Environmental Studies andHydrologic Sciences Programs from 1993 to 1997 and is Professor ofEarth Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, wherehe teaches earth surface processes, environmental geology,environmental science, river processes, and engineering geology,.Prior to joining the faculty at Santa Barbara, he taughtgeomorphology, environmental studies, and earth science at theUniversity of North Carolina, Charlotte. He was the 1982-1983Hartley Visiting Professor at the University of Southampton, aVisiting Fellow in 2000 at Emmanuel College of CambridgeUniversity, England, and Recipient of the Easterbrook DistinguishedScientist award from the Geological Society of America in 2004.Professor Keller has focused his research efforts into three areas:studies of Quaternary stratigraphy and tectonics as they relate toearthquakes, active folding, and mountain building process;hydrologic process and wildfire in the chaparral environment ofSouthern California; and physical habitat requirements for theendangered Southern California steelhead trout. He is the recipientof various water Resources Research Center grants to study fluvialprocesses and U.S. Geological Survey and Southern CaliforniaEarthquake center grants to study earthquake hazards.
Professor Keller has published numerous papers and is the author ofthe textbooks Environmental Geology, Introduction to EnvironmentalGeology and (with Nicholas Pinter) Active Tectonics(Prentice-Hall). He holds bachelor's degrees in both geology andmathematics from California State University, Fresno; an M.S. ingeology from the University of California; and a Ph.D. in geologyfrom Purdue University.
Daniel B. Botkin is President of The Center for the Studyof Environment, and Professor Emertius of Ecology, Evolution, andMarine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, where hehas been on the faculty since 1978, serving as chairman of theEnvironmental Studies Program from 1978 to 1985. For more thanthree decades, Professor Botkin has been active in the applicationof ecological science to environmental management. Trained inphysics and biology, Professor Botkin is a leader in theapplication of advanced technology to the study of the environment.He was one of the pioneers in doing research on possible ecologicaleffects of global warming, starting this work in the late 1960s,and continuing to the present.
The originator of widely used forest gap-models, he has conductedresearch on endangered species, characteristics of naturalwilderness areas. His recent research includes studies of thebowhead whales, an endangered species hunted actively by Yankeewhalers in the 19th century, important since ancient times to theEskimos, and one of the longest-lived species, with individualsknown to live 120 years.
During his career, Professor botkin has advised the World Bankabout tropical forests, biological diversity, and sustainability;the Rockefeller Foundation about global environmental issues; thegovernment of Taiwan about approaches to solving environmentalproblems; and the state of California on the environmental effectsof water diversion on Mono Lake. He served s the primary advisor tothe National Geographic Society for its centennial edition map on"the Endangered Earth. "He directed a study for the states ofOregon and California concerning salmon and their forestedhabitats. He has published many articles and books aboutenvironmental issues. His books include: Beyond the StoneyMountains: Nature in the American West from Lewis and Clark toToday (Oxford University Press), Strange Encounters: Adventures ofa renegade Naturalist (Penguin/Tarcher), The Blue Planet (Wiley),Our Natural History: The Lessons of Lewis and Clark (OxfordUniversity Press),Discordant Harmonies: A New Ecology for the 21stCentury (Oxford University Press), and Forest Dynamics: AnEcological Model (Oxford University Press).
Professor Botkin was on the faculty of the Yale School ofForestry and Environmental Studies (1968-1974) and was a member ofthe staff of the Ecosystems Center at the Marine BiologicalLaboratory, Woods Hole, MA (1975-1977). He received a B.A. from theUniversity of Rochester, an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin,and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University. He is the winner of theMitchell International Prize for Sustainable development and theFernow Prize for International Forestry, and he has been elected tothe California Environmental Hall of Fame recently he wasawarded the Astor Lectureship of Oxford University, GreatBritain.