One of the few lab books available in the field, Environmental Science is designed to provide environmental scientists with active learning situations that demonstrate the impacts of interactions between humans and the environment. It encourages readers to reflect on real life conditions and the connection to the environment and sustainability. Emphasis is placed on writing and communication through lab reports, presentations, and real-world scenarios. Environmental scientists will be able to apply concepts in the lab and gain a stronger understanding of the field.
Dr. Travis Wagner is currently a professor of Environmental Science at the University of Southern Maine. He received his B.S. in Environmental Science at Unity College in Maine and?his doctorate in Public Policy with an Environmental and Natural Resources Policy concentration at The George Washington University in Washington DC. Dr. Wagner worked for a series of environmental firms focusing on a variety of environmental projects including solid and hazardous waste guidance and policy development; NEPA compliance; contaminated site remediation; pollution prevention; and regulatory compliance.?He has also taught environmental policy and written and spoken about various aspects of waste management and pollution control. Professor Wagner's research interests include the identification and evaluation of model environmental policy programs with special emphasis on waste management; the socioeconomic influences on the development and implementation of environmental policy; and the historical evolution of environmental policy.
Introduction. Part One: General Information. Laboratory Health & Safety Procedures. Writing Laboratory Reports. Part Two: Labs. Lab One: Environmental Awareness. Lab Two: Science and the Popular Media. Lab Three: Greening of the Campus. Lab Four: Environmental Site Inspection. Lab Five: Life Cycle Assessment. Lab Six: Urban Ecosystems. Lab Seven: Experimental Design: Range of Tolerance. Lab Eight: Experimental Design: Environmental Contamination. Lab Nine: Landscaping for Energy Conservation. Lab Ten: Human Survivorship Changes. Lab Eleven: Dowsing for Water. Lab Twelve: Aquatic Species Diversity. Lab Thirteen: Environmental Forensics. Lab Fourteen: Field Trip: Sewage Treatment Plant. Lab Fifteen: Field Trip: Wetlands Mitigation. Lab Sixteen: Field Trip: Water Treatment Plant. Lab Seventeen: Global Climate Change and Automobiles. Lab Eighteen: Indoor Air Quality Inspection. Lab Nineteen: Soil Characterization. Lab Twenty: Landfill Planning and Placement. Lab Twenty-One: Pollution Prevention: Solid Waste. Lab Twenty-Two: Field Trip: Solid Waste Management Lab Twenty-Three: Toxicity Testing and the LC 50 . Lab Twenty-Four: Environmental Risk Ranking. Lab Twenty-Five: Sampling for Environmental Pollutants. Lab Twenty-Six: Indoor Energy Conservation. Lab Twenty-Seven: Lung Power. Part Three: Applied Problem Sets. Problem Set One: The Scientific Method: Observation and Hypothesis. Problem Set Two: The Scientific Method: Results and Discussion. Problem Set Three: Quantification of Environmental Problems. Problem Set Four: Ecosystem Diagram. Problem Set Five: Biogeochemical Concept Diagram. Problem Set Six: Global Warming, CO 2 , and You. Problem Set Seven: Recognizing Human Impacts. Problem Set Eight: Ecological Footprints and Sustainability. Problem Set Nine: Oil Consumption and Future Availability. Problem Set Ten: Water Quality and Consumer Choice. Problem Set Eleven: Local Environmental Risk. Problem Set Twelve: Society and Waste. Problem Set Thirteen: Introduction to Environmental Modeling. Problem Set Fourteen: Ecological Identity. Problem Set Fifteen: Trophic Levels and the Scarborough Marsh. Problem Set Sixteen: Trophic Ecology of Humans: The Best Guess Breakfast Interview. Problem Set Seventeen: The Greening of Business. Problem Set Eighteen: Pesticides and Food. Problem Set Nineteen: Review and Reflection. Part Four: Appendices. Glossary. The Metric System. Conversion Factors. Numerical Prefixes. About the Authors.