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Concise and effective in presenting the fundamentals of a wide range of topics, Principles of Environmental Science by William and Mary Cunningham offers students an easy-to-digest reference that covers all the basic concepts of ecology. The authors limit the book to 15 comprehensive chapters (instead of the usual 30 in most ES books). It is well designed...
Concise and effective in presenting the fundamentals of a wide range of topics, Principles of Environmental Science by William and Mary Cunningham offers students an easy-to-digest reference that covers all the basic concepts of ecology. The authors limit the book to 15 comprehensive chapters (instead of the usual 30 in most ES books). It is well designed for single semester courses, breaking down all the important concepts and principles surrounding this branch of biology into 15 easily comprehensible chapters. The text offers an introductory approach to the most essential principles, alongside up-to-date information and timely learning tools that help students practice and develop their scientific thinking skills. The book was written from a global perspective and is designed to make the reader understand the obvious and sometimes ambiguous connections of different environmental elements. The fifteen main topics discussed by the Cunninghams in the Principles of Environmental Science (ISBN 9780073383248) include the environment, environmental systems, evolution, human populations, and biomes and biodiversity. It also talks about environmental conservation (preservation of forests, parks, grasslands, and nature reserves), food and agriculture, environmental health, as well as air, water, and their pollutants. The final 5 chapters deal with environmental geology, energy, solid and hazardous waste, economics and urbanization, and environmental policy. Author William Cunningham has been teaching biology, genetics, and botany, for over 36 years. He is a well traveled scholar, teaching in various universities throughout the world and the United States. He is currently a devoted educator and award-winning professor at the University of Minnesota, where he received both the 2 highest honors in teaching. Mary Ann Cunningham, on the other hand, specializes in geography and environmental studies. She earned her PhD in geography from the University of Minnesota, and is also an accomplished researcher and professor. Together, the duo created one of the most teachable and effective references in environmental science in the market.
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