Mastering Environmental Science Instructor Access Code
DescriptionEnvironment: The Science behind the Stories continues to revolutionize the environmental science course with integrated central case studies and real-life stories that provide students with a concrete and engaging framework for understanding and applying the scientific process to environmental concerns. The newly revised Fifth Edition offers a highly effective integration between text and media and an emphasis on scientific literacy and data analysis skills to encourage students to critically evaluate information about environmental issues.
- Integrated Central Case Studies begin and are woven throughout each chapter, highlighting the real people, real places, and real data behind environmental issues. The Central Case Studies draw students in, and provide a contextual framework to make science memorable and engaging.
- Science behind the Story boxes highlight how scientists develop hypotheses, test predictions, and analyze and interpret data. These fascinating profiles of current research help students understand “how we know what we know” about environmental issues.
- Weighing the Issues questions encourage students to develop critical-thinking skills, grapple with ethical questions, and apply what they have learned as they go through each chapter.
- Calculating Ecological Footprint activities at the end of every chapter allow students to quantify the environmental impacts of their own actions, and then scale these impacts up to the societal level.
- Campus Sustainability coverage in the final chapter shows how students are helping to forge sustainable solutions on campuses across North America.
- MasteringEnvironmentalScience® is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment product designed to improve results by helping students quickly master concepts. Students benefit from self-paced tutorials that feature immediate wrong-answer feedback and hints that emulate the office-hour experience to help keep students on track. With a wide range of interactive, engaging, and assignable activities, students are encouraged to actively learn and retain tough course concepts.
- Video Field Trips give students fascinating behind-the-scenes tours of real environmental issues and the strategies and solutions employed to cope with them. These popular short videos are included on the Instructor Resource DVD for classroom presentations and within MasteringEnvironmentalScience for automatically graded student assignments. These exclusive videos explore:
- Coal-Fired Power Plant
- Waste Water Treatment Facility
- Sustainable Agriculture
- Landfill and Recycling Center
- Water Utility Facility
- Wind Power
- Campus Sustainability
- Invasive Species: Lionfish
- Solar Energy
- Electronic Waste
- Carbon Neutrality on Campus
- Prescribed Fires
- The Viewpoints, Causes & Consequences, and Interpreting Graphs & Data sections from the Activities Workbook are available on MasteringEnvironmentalScience as auto-graded assignments.
- This book is printed on FSC certified paper to set the gold standard for environmentally responsible publishing, following guidelines from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for reducing energy usage, reducing impact on forests, and limiting the release of toxic chemicals into the environment.
New to This Edition
- NEW! FAQs feature common misperceptions students often hold about environmental issues. Each FAQ captures a moment to correct these widely held student misperceptions are integrated throughout each chapter. Examples include: “But isn’t positive feedback “good” and negative feedback “bad?” (ch 5); “How big is a billion?” (ch. 8); and “Is it safe to eat genetically modified foods?” (ch. 10).
- NEW! Data Q’s are data analysis questions paired with figures in each chapter to help students develop their scientific literacy skills. With 2–3 Data Q’s per chapter, students can check their own understanding as they read the chapter, or complete a similar activity in MasteringEnvironmentalScience for credit.
- NEW! Revised Central Case Studies offer a wealth of fresh stories. 30% of the Case Studies are new to this edition and feature topics like the Tohoku Earthquake in Japan, Hawaii’s Native Forest Birds, Hydrofracking in the United States, and Transgenic Maize in Southern Mexico.
- NEW! Revised Science behind the Storyfeatures give you a more current and exciting selection of scientific studies to highlight. New topics include Tracking Fukushima’s nuclear legacy, Did Soap Operas Reduce Fertility in Brazil?, and Does Fracking Contaminate Drinking Water?
- NEW! Activities in MasteringEnvironmentalScience®, created by coauthor Matt Laposata, include:
- Process of Science coaching activities help students think critically about environmental research presented in in-text Science Behind the Stories. There are fifteen Process of Science activities that will help students think like a scientist and understand basic experimental design skills.
- New Data Analysis questions help students develop basic data analysis skills and practice interpreting environmental data. Each of these questions pair with new in-text Data Q’s.
- First Impressions Quiz questions, offered as quiz questions or through Learning Catalytics, help instructors assess student understanding of environmental issues and key concepts from the very first day of class.
- UPDATED! Current Events articles from the New York Times are updated twice yearly with almost 50 new articles.
- UPDATED! The popular Video Field Trips now include Campus Sustainability; Invasive Species: Lionfish; and Wind Power–for the Fifth Edition
- NEW! Misconception Test bank items help to assess whether students have effectively grasped a concept. These questions target content areas where students commonly have the most misperceptions about what they do and don’t know.
Table of Contents
I. FOUNDATIONS OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
1. Science and Sustainability: An Introduction to Environmental Science
2. Earth’s Physical Systems: Matter, Energy, and Geology
3. Evolution, Biodiversity, and Population Ecology
4. Species Interactions and Community Ecology
5. Environmental Systems and Ecosystem Ecology
6. Ethics, Economics, and Sustainable Development
7. Environmental Policy: Making Decisions and Solving Problems
II. ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AND THE SEARCH FOR SOLUTIONS
8. Human Population
9. Soil and Agriculture
10. Agriculture, Biotechnology, and the Future of Food
11. Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
12. Forests, Forest Management, and Protected Areas
13. The Urban Environment: Creating Sustainable Cities
14. Environmental Health and Toxicology
15. Freshwater Systems and Resources
16. Marine and Coastal Systems and Resources
17. Atmospheric Science, Air Quality, and Pollution Control
18. Global Climate Change
19. Fossil Fuels, Their Impacts, and Energy Conservation
20. Conventional Energy Alternatives
21. New Renewable Energy Alternatives
22. Managing Our Waste
23. Minerals and Mining
24. Sustainable Solutions
Mastering Environmental Science Instructor Access Code
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Instructor's Guide for Environment: The Science behind the Stories, 5th Edition
Withgott & Laposata
Instructor's Resource DVD for Environment: The Science behind the Stories, 5th Edition
Withgott & Laposata
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About the Author(s)
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.
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.
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