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The Environment and You

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2018-01-31
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Supplemental Materials

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For Introductory Environmental Science Courses (Non-Majors).


Build and practice skills needed to understand complex environmental issues

The Environment and You, 3rd Edition, by Norm Christensen, Lissa Leege, and new co-author Justin St. Juliana, gives today’s generation of students reason to be hopeful about environmental challenges. The authors draw on their pedagogical expertise and classroom experience to help students establish a reliable foundation in science.


The unbiased approach of the text equips students with important analytical and quantitative reasoning skills, including how to ask questions to seek information required to develop informed opinions. The authors strive to inspire students, by connecting the course to choices they can make as citizens and demonstrating the role science can play in influencing personal, community and global environmental issues.


With the 3rd Edition, new features include You Decide which presents complex environmental issues and invites students to take a position and consider the results of their position. New Misconceptions address common student misunderstandings related to matters of scientific fact and tackle them head on.

Also available packaged with Mastering Environmental Science or as an easy-to-use, standalone Pearson eText

Mastering is the teaching and learning platform that empowers you to reach every student. By combining trusted author content with digital tools developed to engage students and emulate the office-hour experience, Mastering personalizes learning and often improves results for each student. With a wide range of interactive, engaging, and assignable activities, students are encouraged to actively learn and retain tough course concepts.

Pearson eText allows educators to easily share their own notes with students so they see the connection between their reading and what they learn in class—motivating them to keep reading, and keep learning. Portable access lets students study on the go, even offline. And, reading analytics offer insight into how students use the eText, helping educators tailor their instruction.

Note: You are purchasing a standalone product; Mastering Environmental Science and Pearson eText do not come packaged with this content. Students, if interested in purchasing this title with Mastering Environmental Science or Pearson eText, ask your instructor for the correct package ISBN and Course ID. Instructors, contact your Pearson representative for more information.


If you would like to purchase both the physical text and Mastering Environmental Science search for:


0134784448 / 9780134784441 The Environment and You Plus Mastering Environmental Science with Pearson eText -- Access Card Package, 3/e

  • 0134748301 / 9780134748306 Mastering Environmental Science with Pearson eText -- ValuePack Access Card -- for The Environment and You
  • 0134646053 / 9780134646053 Environment and You, The

If you would like to purchase the standalone Pearson eText, search for:

  •  0135213096 /  9780135213094 Pearson eText The Environment and You  -- Access Card
  •  0135213088 / 9780135213087 Pearson eText The Environment and You  -- Instant Access

Author Biography

Norm Christensen is professor emeritus and founding dean of Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. A central theme in Norm’s career has been ecosystem change from both natural and human causes. Norm has worked on numerous national advisory committees on environmental issues and on the boards of several environmental organizations including Environmental Defense Fund and The Wilderness Society. He is a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a fellow and past president of the Ecological Society of America. Norm was the 2017 recipient of the Herbert Stoddard Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association for Fire Ecology.


This book is very much a product of Norm’s passion for connecting students with their environment. Norm was honored twice by the Duke University with awards for  distinguished undergraduate teaching. He was instrumental in the development of Duke’s undergraduate program in environmental science and policy, and he taught the introductory course for this program for over 15 years.

Lissa Leege
is a professor of biology and the founding director of the Center for Sustainability at Georgia Southern University. She earned her undergraduate degree in biology from St. Olaf College and received her Ph.D. in plant ecology at Michigan State University. Her ecological research concerns threats to rare plants, including the effects of fire and invasive species on endangered plant populations and communities. She has also conducted 20 years of research on the impacts of invasive pines on the sand dunes of Lake Michigan and the subsequent recovery of this system following invasive species removal. Lissa was instrumental in the development of an Interdisciplinary Concentration in Environmental Sustainability for undergraduates at Georgia Southern. Under her direction, the Center for Sustainability engages the campus and community with annual sustainability celebrations, a sustainability grant program, and a robust speaker series. Lissa is also involved with the environment on a statewide level as a member of the 2013 Class of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership and a founding member of the Georgia Campus Sustainability Network.


Lissa has taught nonmajors environmental biology for 19 years with an emphasis on how students can contribute to environmental solutions. In 2006, she established an Environmental Service Learning project, through which thousands of environmental biology students have engaged in tens of thousands of hours of environmental service in the local community. Lissa has been honored with both college and university service awards and has served as a faculty fellow in Service-Learning. Her contributions to this book have been inspired by her passion for engaging students in positive solutions to environmental problems.


Justin St. Juliana is a lecturer in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at Cornell University. He received his bachelor’s degree in animal ecology at Iowa State University, his master’s degree in evolutionary ecology from Ben Gurion University of the Negev (Israel), and his Ph.D. in biology from Indiana State University. Justin’s research lies at the interface of predator prey interactions, optimal foraging, and stress hormones. His study organisms include rodents, foxes, fleas, owls, snakes, and feral cats. Before taking his position at Cornell University, Justin was an associate professor at Ivy Tech Community College (Terre Haute Campus) in Indiana. While at Ivy Tech he taught at multiple biological levels from microbiology to environmental science. Justin also developed and still administers a  statewide online nonmajors biology course taken by thousands of Ivy Tech students every year.

Justin teaches the large mixed majors/nonmajors Ecology and the Environment course at Cornell University. He is very interested in the latest teaching innovations and heavily incorporates active and community-based learning into his courses. Justin believes that scientific concepts can be taught as stories that relate to a student’s life. He also extensively utilizes technology to improve student learning outcomes. In addition to being a coauthor, Justin developed the Process of Science, Global Connects, and Focus on Figures activities associated with this book, in Mastering Environmental Science.

Table of Contents

1.     Environment, Sustainability, and Science

2.     Environmental Ethics, Economics, and Policy

3.     The Physical Science of the Environment

4.     Organism and Population Ecology and Evolution

5.     Human Population Growth

6.     Communities and Ecosystems

7.     The Geography of Life

8.     Biodiversity Conservation

9.     Climate Change and Global Warming

10.  Air Quality

11.  Water

12.  Agriculture and the Ecology of Food

13.  Forest Resources

14.  Nonrenewable Energy and Electricity

15.  Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation

16.  Urban Ecosystems

17.  Waste Management

18.  The Environment and Human Health

19.  The Environment and You

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