Environment: Science, Issues, Solutions

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2016-01-10
  • Publisher: W. H. Freeman

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Written by bestselling author Manuel Molles and acclaimed science journalist Brendan Borrell, this new textbook gives non-major students the scientific foundation they need to understand environmental issues and think critically about possible solutions. Molles and Borrell make clear the connections between research and real-world problems with a "science/issues/solutions" framework for each chapter. This unique approach reinforces a positive, solutions-based framework for the science, empowering students to feel that they can have an impact on preserving biodiversity, protecting natural resources, addressing pollution hazards, confronting climate change, and more.

Environment: Science, Issues, Solutions is accompanied by its own dedicated version of LaunchPad, an online course space bringing together all of the book’s teaching and learning media, including graphing exercises, assignable video activities, and more. Together, the text and LaunchPad provide a seamless learning experience for students, and a reliable assessment mechanism for instructors and programs.

Author Biography

Manuel Molles is Professor Emeritus of Biology at the University of New Mexico, where he has been a member of the faculty and Curator for the Museum of Southwestern Biology since 1975. Presently he and his wife Mary Anne live in a cabin in the mountains of La Veta, Colorado, where he writes full time and manages his 100-acre property. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in fisheries from Humboldt State University in 1971, and his Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Arizona in 1976. His dissertation topic was, "Fish Species Diversity on Model and Natural Patch Reefs: Experimental Insular Biogeography."

Manuel has taught and conducted ecological research in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe. He was awarded a Fulbright Research Fellowship to do research on river ecology in Portugal, and has been a visiting professor at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain, and at the University of Montana. Most recently, in 2014 Manuel was awarded the Ecological Society of America Eugene P. Odum Award for "Excellence in Ecology Education."

Brendan Borrell is a biologist and journalist who has written about science and the environment for a dozens of outlets including Bloomberg Businessweek, Outside, Nature, New York Times, Scientific American, and Smithsonian. His reporting at home and abroad has given him a first-hand view of some of the most pressing environmental issues of today. He has visited the phosphate mines of Morocco, followed a rhino hunt in South Africa, and taken a road trip through the expanding soy plantations of central Brazil.

Brendan received his Ph.D. in Integrative Biology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2006. For his dissertation research, he studied the evolution, ecology, and physiology of nectar feeding in the orchid bees of Costa Rica and Panama.  His articles have received awards from the American Society for Journalists and Authors and his reporting has been funded by the Alicia Patterson Foundation, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, and the Mongabay Special Reporting Initiative.

Table of Contents

1. Humans and the Environment

2. Ecosystems and Economics: Matter, Energy, and Information

3. Population Ecology and Conservation of Endangered Species

4. Ecosystem and Landscape Approaches to Sustaining Biodiversity

5. Human Populations

6. Sustaining Water Supplies

7. Terrestrial Resources

8. Sustaining Fisheries

9. Environmental Health and Toxicology

10. Solid and Hazardous Waste Management

11. Pollution: Air, Water, and Soil

12. Nonrenewable Energy

13. Renewable Energy

14. Atmospheric and Climatic Change

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