Higher Education

Living in the Environment: Principles, Connections, and Solutions, 15th Edition

  • includes CengageNOW, InfoTrac® 1-Semester Printed Access Card
  • G. Tyler Miller Jr.
  • ISBN-10: 0495015989  |  ISBN-13: 9780495015987
  • 784 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2005, 2000, 1998
  • © 2007 | Published
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G. Tyler Miller's worldwide bestsellers have evolved right along with the changing needs of your diverse student population. Focused specifically on energizing and engaging all your students, Miller and new contributor Scott Spoolman have been at work scrutinizing every line--enhancing, clarifying, and streamlining to reduce word density as well as updating with the very latest environmental news and research. The resulting texts are shorter, clearer, and so engaging that your students will actually want to read their assignments. The Fifteenth Edition's engaging, streamlined coverage includes over 4,000 updates and new topics; hundreds of new "Thinking About" exercises that engage students in critical thinking about environmental science topics; "Core Case Studies" that reinforce chapter concepts; 127 new photos; and superb, integrated coverage of sustainability! New to this edition for instructors is PowerLecture, a one-stop shop for lecture prep that includes everything you need to create dynamic lectures all in one place.

Features and Benefits

  • Sustainability is the central theme that runs through and integrates the material in this text. As Miller discusses major aspects of the field--ecological principles, biodiversity, natural capital, environmental quality, human resources, and human impacts--he consistently integrates these five steps to sustainability throughout the book.
  • In Chapter 1, Miller introduces students to four scientific principles of sustainability--reliance on solar energy, biodiversity, population control, and nutrient recycling. Miller revisits and reinforces these four principles of sustainability in subsequent chapters and shows students how ecologists and environmental scientists use these principles to explain how life on earth has survived and adapted for 3.7 billion years, and how we can use these principles as guidelines for our lives and economies.
  • For ease of use, 11 basic science chapters (2-12) are grouped together at the beginning of the book. Miller's superb coverage of science, combined with a flexible organization--there are literally hundreds of ways to organize the chapters--give you great flexibility to meet the needs of your course.
  • The book's companion website provides "Updates OnLine," which points users to articles from InfoTrac® College Edition, and CNN® Today video clips. Instructors can incorporate the most current news articles and up-to-the minute research findings to support text presentations.
  • This book is built on consensus science--concepts and explanations widely accepted by experts--to ensure that environmental topics are meaningful to students.
  • A strong emphasis on scientific objectivity and the need for non-biased solutions is another hallmark of the text. This important approach to the material is not only carried out through the discussions in the main text but also in Trade-Offs diagrams that summarize the advantages and disadvantages of various proposed solutions to environmental problems.
  • Exceptional presentation and evaluation of solutions to ecological problems illustrate how to approach such issues thoughtfully.
  • Numerous figures and easily understood diagrams can be found throughout to help students grasp the material.

Table of Contents

1. Environmental Problems, Their Causes, and Sustainability.
2. Science, Systems, Matter, and Energy.
3. Ecosystems: What Are They and How Do They Work?
4. Evolution and Biodiversity.
5. Climate and Terrestrial Biodiversity.
6. Aquatic Biodiversity.
7. Community Ecology.
8. Population Ecology.
9. Applying Population Ecology: The Human Population.
10. Sustaining Terrestrial Biodiversity: The Ecosystem Approach.
11. Sustaining Biodiversity: The Species Approach.
12. Sustaining Aquatic Biodiversity.
13. Food, Soil Conservation, and Pest Management.
14. Water.
15. Geology and Nonrenewable Mineral Resources.
16. Nonrenewable Energy Resources.
17. Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
18. Environmental Hazards and Human Health.
19. Air Pollution.
20. Climate Change and Ozone Loss.
21. Water Pollution.
22. Solid and Hazardous Waste.
23. Sustainable Cities.
24. Economics, Environment, and Sustainability.
25. Politics, Environment, and Sustainability.
26. Environmental Worldviews, Ethics, and Sustainability.
1. Measurement Units, Precision, and Accuracy.
2. Graphing (Science).
3. Environmental Science: Concept Map Overview (Science).
4. Biodiversity and Ecological Footprints (Science).
5. Overview of U.S. Environmental History (Science and History).
6. Norse Greenland, Sumerian, and Icelandic Civilizations (Science and History).
7. Some Basic Chemistry (Science).
8. Classifying and Naming Species (Science).
9. Deforestation and Nutrient Cycling in an Experimental Forest (Science).
10. Weather Basics, El Niño, Tornadoes, and Tropical Cyclones (Science).
11. Earthquakes, Tsunamis, and Volcanic Eruptions (Science).
12. Wolf and Moose Interactions on Isle Royal, Michigan (USA) (Science).
13. Effects of Genetic Variation on Population Size (Science).
14. Shade-Grown Coffee and Tropical Forests (Science).
15. Reducing the Harmful Effects of Insects and Pathogens on Forests (Science).
16. Using the Marketplace to Control Access to Fisheries (Science and Economics).
17. Feeding Japan and China (Science and Economics).
18. Using Isotope Hydrology to Understand Aquifers (Science).
19. The U.S. General Mining Law of 1872 (Economics and Politics).
20. Brief History of the Age of Oil (Science, Economics, and Politics).
21. Maps of Nonrenewable and Renewable Energy Resources (Science).
22. Estimating the Toxicity of a Chemical (Science).
23. Dioxins (Science and Politics).
24. Global Free Trade and the Environment.
25. Philosophy, Religion, Ethics, and Nature.
26. How to Analyze a Scientific Article.

What's New

  • Each chapter opens with a fascinating "Core Case Study" that is revisited throughout the chapter, not only placing a real-world face on chapter concepts, but also helping students to more effectively understand, reinforce, and retain key material as they progress through the chapter. A case study icon appears in the margins of each chapter, adjacent to text material related to the case study, challenging students to reflect back on lessons learned from the case study. Each chapter ends by reinforcing how the "Core Case Study" relates to four scientific principles of sustainability, central themes that Miller reinforces throughout this book.
  • This edition includes 169 New "Thinking About" exercises that reinforce learning by asking students to think critically about environmental science concepts and issues they have just read.
  • New "Research Frontier" listings provide current information and identify frontiers for further research that can lead to balanced and workable solutions to environmental challenges.
  • Critical thinking exercises are included throughout the book--in most boxed features, in "How Would You Vote" exercises, and in end-of-chapter questions. In addition, nearly a third of the captions associated with textbook figures include questions that encourage students to think more deeply about the material presented in the figures.
  • With thousands of updates throughout, this edition's wealth of late-breaking material makes it so much easier to get students engaged in your course and thinking critically about environmental issues.
  • An audio version of the text offers an innovative way to get students to do the assigned reading that prepares them for class. The audio book is housed on MP3 files that can be downloaded from the web to any MP3 player. Contact your Cengage Learning representative for ordering information.
  • Now available online: 100 CengageNOW Environmental Science interactive animations, referenced to the text and diagrams; essays and information on a variety of environmental careers; Active Graphing exercises keyed to most chapters, involving students in the graphing and evaluation of data.
  • CengageNOW for LIVING IN THE EVNIRONMENT, 15th: This powerful, web-based tool uses diagnostic tests to asses how well students understand each topic and then generates a Personalized Study plan, which directs students to precise text sections and animations where they can get the right answers. Nearly 100 colorful animations and interactive figures show complex processes and relationships unfolding on screen, helping students to reinforce their understanding of the concepts.
  • The PowerLecture presentation tool offers preloaded PowerPoint lecture images for every chapter that include bulleted text points, diagrams, and all text photos, as well as links to animations, websites, and InfoTrac College Edition articles. You'll find links to nearly 100 animations from CengageNOW, all arranged by chapter section; a slide sorting view for each chapter; the ability to select a piece of a figure and enlarge it; labels in text boxes that you can edit; quick access to animations and videos; an electronic version of the Instructor's Manual and chapter outlines; and a complete Test Bank.
  • Miller's text is noted for its ability to accommodate every course organization. This edition goes even further with a NEW level of flexibility. At the end of the text, you'll find 26 supplements that you can assign to meet the specific needs of your course. Topics include: Some Basic Chemistry; Classifying and Naming Species; Weather Basics, El Nino, Tornadoes, and Tropical Cyclones; Effects of Genetic Variation on Population Size; and Earthquakes, Tsunamis, and Volcanic Eruptions.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

G. Tyler Miller Jr.

G. Tyler Miller has written 62 textbooks for introductory courses in environmental science, basic ecology, energy, and environmental chemistry. Since 1975, Miller's books have been the most widely used textbooks for environmental science in the United States and throughout the world. They have been used by almost three million students and have been translated into eight languages. Miller has a professional background in chemistry, physics, and ecology. He has a PhD from the University of Virginia and has received two honorary doctoral degrees for his contributions to environmental education. He taught college for 20 years, developed one of the nation's first environmental studies programs, and developed an innovative interdisciplinary undergraduate science program before deciding to write environmental science textbooks full time in 1975. Currently, he is the president of Earth Education and Research, which is devoted to improving environmental education.