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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.
<para>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.
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