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Exercises in Environmental Science contains 11 laboratory and field exercises that include both hands-on and data analysis labs to help students develop a range of skills in the environmental sciences. The manual is designed for use in an introductory course in environmental science and covers material that is digestible by both the non-science and beginning science student. The present edition covers a diverse range of subjects, including ecological footprints, population, energy, food, climate and carbon budgets, endangered species, water quality, and air quality. Each lab exercise includes background information that is helpful in framing the topic.
LAB I: Your Ecological Footprint
LAB II: Population
LAB III: Food
LAB IV: Energy
LAB V: Air Pollution, Trophic Levels, and Bioaccumulation
LAB VI: The Greenhouse Gas Effect and Carbon Budgets
LAB VII: Island Biogeography and Biodiversity
LAB VIII: Policymaking and Endangered Species
LAB IX: Soil and Water (Lab Day)
LAB X: Soil and Water (Field Day)
LAB XI: The Flint Water Crisis
Dr. Mike Slattery is Director of the Institute for Environmental Studies and Professor in the School of Geology, Energy, and the Environment at Texas Christian University. Originally from South Africa, Mike is an internationally-trained geographer and environmental scientist: he holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, a M.Sc. from the University of Toronto, Canada, and a D.Phil from the University of Oxford, England. He has written more than 80 scientific articles on a range of environmental issues, from human impacts on rivers systems to the socio-economic impacts of large scale wind farms. In 2007, he testified before the U.S. Congress on mercury contamination from coal-fired power plants.
Mike has worked in diverse landscapes ranging from the Namib Desert in southern Africa to the cloud forests of Costa Rica. He has led several biodiversity and conservation programs in Costa Rica, including a Green Macaw Protection Initiative and, in 2014, launched TCU’s Rhino Protection Initiative. He teaches courses on the environment, soils, hydrology, and climate and lives with his family in Fort Worth.