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Environmental Science, Sixth Edition Includes Navigate 2 Advantage Access
Systems and Solutions

Author(s): Michael L. McKinney, PhD, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Robert M. Schoch, PhD, Boston University
Logan Yonavjak
Grant Mincy, PhD, Pellissippi State Community College
  • ISBN-13: 9781284091700
  • Navigate 2 Advantage Access     576 pages      © 2019
Price: $184.95 US List
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Putting the Science Back into the Environment

What is the “big picture” in environmental science? Our authors know and effectively communicate it in Environmental Science: Systems and Solutions, Sixth Edition. Whether you view the subject through a scientific, social, political, or historical lens, you’ll find the concrete foundations here that work for courses in both environmental science and environmental studies. A systems approach is the connective fabric that makes sense of the wealth of topics and data, which demonstrates how aspects of the natural environment interconnect with each other and with human society. A section on Resource Use and Management introduces the concept of sustainability, and another on Dealing with Environmental Degradation discusses threats to the environment and mitigation strategies. A bonus section available online on Social Solutions to Environmental Concerns, discusses the complex issues impacting  the environment and the scientific, technologic, and human behavioral ways to address them. Throughout the text you will find the hard data necessary for a scientific study of the environment and the measured analysis ideal for our time.

Combining evidence-based, contemporary information and data with relevant case studies, practical applications, numerous calculations, and modern references, Environmental Science: Systems and Solutions teaches and engages.

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  • Thought-provoking case studies of current and relevant issues encourage critical thinking
  • Unique What’s The Evidence? feature invites the reader to review arguments and determine their validity
  • Updated data and statistics and additional tables provide a fresh and current picture of the subject
  • An expanded selection of calculations problems challenges the student and encourages them to apply new practical skills
  • Visually stunning design with new and revised figures, photographs, and tables
  • Two bonus chapters covering Social Solutions to Environmental Concerns are available online, offering instructors the flexibility to include these topics in their course
  • Instructor Resources include a comprehensive Instructor’s Manual, Lecture Slides in PowerPoint format, a Key Image Review, and Test Bank

Applicable Courses

Designed for one- or two-semester introductory Environmental Science or Environmental Studies courses.

Course titles:

  • Pollution Ecology
  • Our Planet in the 21st Century
  • Biology & Environment
  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Health and Safety Education
  • Introduction to Environmental and Sustainability Studies
  • Global Solutions for Sustainability
  • Sustainable Earth
Section  1  The Environment and People
Chapter  1  Environmental Science: An Overview
Chapter  2  Human Population Growth
Section  2  The Environment and History of Life on Planet Earth
Chapter  3  The Ever Changing Earth: The Biosphere and Biogeochemical Cycles
Chapter  4  The Distribution of Life on Earth
Chapter  5  The Dynamic Earth and Natural Hazards
Section  3  Resource Use and Management
Chapter  6  People and Natural Resources
Chapter  7  Fundamentals of Energy, Fossil Fuels, and Nuclear Energy
Chapter  8  Renewable and Alternative Energy Sources
Chapter  9  Water Resources
Chapter  10  Mineral Resources
Chapter  11  Conserving Biological Resources
Chapter  12  Land Resources and Management
Chapter  13  Food and Soil Resource
Section  4  Dealing with Environmental Degradation
Chapter  14  Principles of Pollution Control, Toxicology, and Risk
Chapter  15  Water Pollution
Chapter  16  Air Pollution: Local and Regional
Chapter  17  Global Air Pollution: Destruction of the Ozone Layer and Global Climate Change
Chapter  18  Municipal Solid Waste and Hazardous Waste
Section  5  Social Solutions to Environmental Concerns (online only)
Chapter  19  Environmental Economics (online only)
Chapter  20  Historical and Cultural Aspects of Environmental Concerns (online only)

Michael L. McKinney, PhD-University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Michael L. McKinney is Director of the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is also a Professor in the Geological Science Department and the Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Department. Since 1985, he has taught a variety of courses, focusing on environmental science and biodiversity issues at the undergraduate level.

Dr. McKinney has two master’s degrees, one from the University of Colorado at Boulder and one from the University of Florida. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1985. Since that time, he has published several books and dozens of technical articles. Most of his recent research has focused on conservation biology. Dr. McKinney has received several teaching awards and a prestigious University award for creative research. He is currently working on a book documenting the harmful impact of urban sprawl on native species.

In addition to his scholarly work, Dr. McKinney is very active in promoting environmental solutions where he lives, the Southern Appalachian bioregion. He is on the Board of Directors of the Foothills Land Conservancy, which is the major private land trust that creates wilderness preserves around the Smoky Mountain National Park. In 2001, Dr. McKinney received the Environmental Achievement award from the city’s main newspaper, the Knoxville News-Sentinel, given to the individual who has done the most to promote a better environment. Dr. McKinney is also an active member of the Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning, the East Tennessee Sierra Club (Harvey Broome Chapter), the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, the Tennessee Clean Water Network, and Ijams Nature Center. He writes a bimonthly column called the “Suburban Ecologist” in the Hellbender, the environmental newspaper of East Tennessee.

Dr. McKinney lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he greatly enjoys hiking and promoting sustainable living.

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Robert M. Schoch, PhD-Boston University

Robert M. Schoch, a full-time faculty member of the College of General Studies at Boston University, received his Ph.D. in geology and geophysics from Yale University in 1983. Since 1984, he has specialized in teaching undergraduate science, including environmental science, biology, physical science, geology, geography, and courses in science and public policy – with a strong environmental component in all courses he teaches. He is a recipient of his college’s Peyton Richter Award for interdisciplinary teaching, and serves as director of its Institute for the Study of the Origins of Civilization.

Dr. Schoch is the author or coauthor of books both technical and popular, including Phylogeny Reconstruction in Paleontology; Stratigraphy: Principles and Methods; Horns, Tusks, and Flippers: The Evolution of Hoofed Mammals; Voices of the Rocks; Voyages of the Pyramid Builders; Forgotten Civilization: The Role of Solar Outbursts in Our Past and Future; and Origins of the Sphinx. Keenly interested in how environmental factors have helped shape ancient and modern civilizations, and passionate in his assertion that understanding past environmental changes is important as we face future challenges, Dr. Schoch has undertaken fieldwork in numerous countries, including England, Wales, Scotland, Norway, Malta, Egypt, Turkey, South Africa, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Chile (Easter Island), Romania, Bulgaria, Bosnia, India, Japan, and Indonesia.

Besides his academic and scholarly studies, Dr. Schoch is an active environmental advocate who stresses a pragmatic, hands-on approach. In this connection, he helped found a local community land trust devoted to protecting land from harmful development, for many years serving on its Board of Directors. Furthermore, he takes an active part in “green” politics and for over a decade served as an elected member of the city council of Attleboro, Massachusetts.

Logan Yonavjak

Logan Yonavjak is an investment professional who has worked with a variety of organizations on a suite of projects ranging from ESG product development, the development of social and environmental impact metrics methodologies, and a variety of renewable energy and conservation finance deals. She is currently the Manager of Research and Analysis at CREO Syndicate, a network of family offices focused on driving more private capital to solve global environmental challenges. More recently she worked at Morgan Stanley's Institute for Sustainable Investing, Align Impact, and the Yale Investments Office. Logan received her B.A. with Distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Logan is a Startingbloc Fellow, a Property and Environment Research (PERC) Fellow and a Kinship Fellow. She has also been a freelance writer for Ashoka Changemakers, Forbes, ImpactAlpha, and Nextbillion, and is also the author of several books. Logan received her Masters in Forestry and MBA (with a concentration in Asset Management) from Yale in 2016. Logan currently sits on the Board of Slow Money NYC, which connects investors with local food entrepreneurs in NYC, and she is also an Advisor to the Yale Initiative on Sustainable Investing (YISF).

Grant Mincy, PhD-Pellissippi State Community College

Grant A. Mincy is an Instructor of Biology at Pellissippi State Community in Knoxville, Tennessee where he leads the Concepts of Biology curriculum, teaches General Biology and offers a course inConservation Science. He has also taught Physical Geology, Historical Geology and Environmental Geology. In the classroom, Grant includes information regarding issues of concern in his town of Knoxville and the Southern Appalachian Bio-Region in general. He also likes to discuss local environmental policy and new sustainable initiatives having great success in the area as well.

Grant earned his graduate degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where he  studied  Earth and Planetary Science with a concentration in Conservation Biology and Environmental Science. During his time at UTK, Grant was Dr. McKinney's student and worked on many local and regional environmental research projects with his mentor. Grant is still very active in environmental issues. He serves as the Elinor Ostrom Chair of Environmental Studies and Commons Governance at the Molinari Institute and is also an Energy and Environment Advisory Council Member for the Our America Initiative. He has numerous popular publications on sites such as The Ecologist, Counter Punch and Resiliency and has published columns regarding environmental issues in numerous newspapers across the world, including the local Knoxville News Sentinel and the Knoxville Mercury. In addition, Grant regularly volunteers his time to Ijams Nature Center and encourages service learning in all of his courses.

Grant's most important role is that of a husband and a father. In his free-time he likes to pass the time hiking away the day with his wife and three year old son in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The following instructor resources are available to qualified instructors for download

ISBN-13: 9781284091700

Answers to In-Text Questions
Image Bank
Instructor Manual
Slides in PowerPoint Format
Test Bank

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