This title utilizes innovative learning techniques, such as problem-based, active, and critical learning. Group and cohort paths to knowledge are encouraged. As part of this approach, the authors stress student-initiated inquiry and experimentation as well as emphasizing civic responsibility in environmental science. This title develops a variety of topics that mirrors a variety of subjects found in environmental science, including urban ecology, global impacts, air pollution, solid waste, energy consumption, soils identification, water quality assessment, and the scientific method.It encourages students to grasp the big picture by relating the lab activity to real life conditions and their individual contribution to environmental problems. We have individual measures and descriptions, but we also nurture application of this learning to the larger ecological picture. It develops a variety of techniques that include traditional laboratory activities, field exercises, Internet research, calculations/extrapolations, and critical analysis. Because the pursuit of real-world environmental science involves all these components, so do the lab activities found in Wagner.
This title emphasizes the improvement of written and other forms of communication. So much of science has become participatory, particularly in making decisions about its application ( i.e. environmental policy). This title contains relevant problem sets that can be used as labs, lab supplements, or as homework assignments (for courses w/out a lab) for environmental science lectures.
Table of Contents
Introduction. PART ONE: GENERAL INFORMATION. Laboratory Health & Safety. Procedures. Writing Laboratory Reports. PART TWO: LABS. Chapter One. Environmental Awareness. Chapter Two. Science and the media. Chapter Three. Field Trip: Greeting of Business. Chapter Four. Environmental Site Inspection. Chapter Five. Life Cycle Assessment. Chapter Six. Urban Ecosystems. Chapter Seven. Experimental Design: Law of Tolerance. Chapter Eight. Experimental Design: Environmental Contamination. Chapter Nine. Trophic Ecology of Humans: The best Guess Breakfast Interview. Chapter Ten. Human Survivorship Changes. Chapter Eleven. Dowsing for water. Chapter Twelve. Aquatic Species Diversity. Chapter Thirteen. Environmental Forensics, Chapter Fourteen. Field Trip: Sewage Treatment Plant. Chapter Fifteen. Field Trip: Wetlands Mitigation. Chapter Seventeen. Air Quality and Automobiles. Chapter Eighteen. Indoor Air Quality. Chapter Nineteen. Soil Characterization. Chapter Twenty. Environmental Assessment and Project Planning: Desktop Research. Chapter Twenty-One. Pollution Prevention: Solid Waste. Chapter Twenty-Two. Field Trip: Solid Waste management. Chapter Twenty-Three. Toxicity Testing and the LC. Chapter Twenty-Four. Environmental Risk Ranking. Chapter Twenty-Five. Public Awareness and Silent Spring. Chapter Twenty-Six. Energy Conservation. PART THREE: APPLIED PROBLEMS SETS. Problem One. The Scientific Method Part 1: Observations and Hypotheses. Problem Two. The Scientific Method Part 2: Results and Discussion. Problem Three. Quantification of Environmental Problems. Problem Four. Ecosystem Diagram. Problem Five. Biochemical Concept Diagram. Problem Six. Global Warming, CO2, and You. Problem Seven. Recognizing Human Impacts. Problem Eight. Ecological Footprints and Sustainability. Problem Nine. Oil Consumption and Future Availability. Problem Ten. Water Quality, Chemicals, and Consumer Choice. Problem Eleven. Local Environmental Risk. Problem Twelve. Society and Waste. Problem Thirteen. Introduction to Environmental Modeling. Problem Fourteen. Ecological Identity. Problem Fifteen. Review and Reflection. PART FOUR: APPENDICES. Glossary. The Metric System. Conversion Factors. Numerical Prefixes. About the Authors.
Travis Wagner is a Visiting assistant professor in environmental science and policy in the Department of Environmental Science, University of Southern Maine. He received his ph.D. in environmental and natural resource policy from The George Washington University, his M.P.P. in environmental policy from the University of Maryland-College Park, and his B.S. in environmental science from Unity College. Robert Sanford is an associate professor of environmental science and policy in the Department of Environmental Science, University of Southern Maine. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. in environmental science from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a B.A. in Anthropology from the State University of New York College at Potsdam.