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Overview

Learn how to make a difference in our environment! This succinct 11-chapter, full-color textbook covers scientific principles and concepts, ecosystems, evolution, biodiversity, population ecology, and more. Sustainability is the integrating theme and co-authors G. Tyler Miller and Scott Spoolman help you find and implement useful environmental solutions in your life and career. Updated with new information, art, and "Good News" examples, this engaging book offers vivid case studies and hands-on quantitative

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780538735360
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,279,660
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

GG. Tyler Miller, Jr., has written 58 textbooks for introductory courses in environmental science, basic ecology, energy, and environmental chemistry. They include ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, LIVING IN THE ENVIRONMENT, SUSTAINING THE EARTH, and ESSENTIALS OF ECOLOGY. Since 1975, Miller's books have been the most widely used textbooks for environmental science in the United States and throughout the world. They have been used by almost 3 million students and have been translated into eight languages. Miller has a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and has received two honorary doctorate degrees for his contributions to environmental education. He taught college for 20 years and developed an innovative interdisciplinary undergraduate science program before deciding to write environmental science textbooks full time since 1975. Currently, he is the President of Earth Education and Research, devoted to improving environmental education. He describes his hopes for the future as follows: If I had to pick a time to be alive, it would be the next 75 years. Why? First, there is overwhelming scientific evidence that we are in the process of seriously degrading our own life support system. In other words, we are living unsustainably. Second, within your [students'] lifetime we have the opportunity to learn how to live more sustainably by working with the rest of nature, as described in this book."

Scott Spoolman is a writer and textbook editor with more than 25 years of experience in educational publishing. He has worked with Tyler Miller since 2003 as a contributing editor on two editions each of LIVING IN THE ENVIRONMENT and ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE and one edition of SUSTAINING THE EARTH. Spoolman holds a master's degree in science journalism from the University of Minnesota. He has authored numerous articles in the fields of science, environmental engineering, politics, and business. He worked as an acquisitions editor on a series of forestry textbooks. He has also worked as a consulting editor in the development of more than 70 textbooks in fields of natural and social sciences. In his free time, he enjoys exploring the forests and waters of his native Wisconsin along with his family—his wife, environmental educator Gail Martinelli, and his children, Will and Katie.

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Table of Contents

PART I: HUMANS AND SUSTAINABILITY: AN OVERVIEW. 1. Environmental Problems, Their Causes, and Sustainability. PART II: SCIENCE, ECOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES, AND SUSTAINABILITY. 2. Science, Matter, Energy, and Systems. 3. Ecosystems: What Are They and How Do They Work? 4. Biodiversity and Evolution. 5. Biodiversity, Species Interactions, and Population Control. 6. The Human Population and Its Impact. 7. Climate and Biodiversity. 8. Aquatic Biodiversity. PART III: SUSTAINING BIODIVERSITY. 9. Sustaining Biodiversity: The Species Approach. 10. Sustaining Terrestrial Biodiversity: The Ecosystem Approach. 11. Sustaining Aquatic Biodiversity.

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