Higher Education

Living in the Environment: Principles, Connections, and Solutions, 16th Edition

  • G. Tyler Miller Jr.
  • Scott Spoolman
  • ISBN-10: 0495556718  |  ISBN-13: 9780495556718
  • 832 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2007, 2007, 2005
  • © 2009 | Published
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In this current, thought-provoking environmental science textbook,G. Tyler Miller and new coauthor Scott Spoolman bring theconcept of sustainability to the forefront. Students are engagedand motivated with vivid case studies and hands-on quantitative exercises. As the authors showcase four scientific principles of sustainability, they immerse students in the many practical steps they, as individuals, can take toward more sustainable lifestyles. The book’s new concept-centered format transforms complex environmental topics and issues into key concepts that students will understand and remember.

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--through 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.
  • The scientific principles and subthemes of sustainability are called out throughout the text with a "Sustainability" icon
  • Chapters 2–8 present the basic scientific principles of ecology needed for a basic understanding of how the earth works and for evaluating proposed solutions to environmental problems. Important environmental science topics are explored in depth in 54 Science Focus boxes distributed among the chapters.
  • 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.
  • 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. Each chapter ends by reinforcing how the "Core Case Study" relates to the four scientific principles of sustainability, central themes that Miller reinforces throughout this book.
  • "Research Frontier" listings provide current information and identify frontiers for cutting-edge research that can lead to balanced and workable solutions to environmental challenges.
  • This book also provides a global perspective on two levels. First, ecological principles reveal how all the world’s life is connected and sustained within the biosphere. Second, the book integrates information and images from around the world into its presentation of environmental problems and their possible solutions. This includes 32 global maps and 28U.S. maps in the basic text and in Supplements 3, 4,and 10.
  • Critical thinking exercises are included throughout the book--as 159 "Thinking About" exercises that reinforce concepts by asking students to analyze material immediately after it is presented, in all Science Focus boxes, in "How Would You Vote" exercises, and in end-of-chapter questions. In addition, many of the captions associated with textbook figures include questions that encourage students to think more deeply about the material presented in the figures.
  • New to this edition: Quantitative Data Analysis or Ecological Footprint
  • For ease of use, 10 basic science chapters (2-11) 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.
  • Miller's text is noted for its ability to accommodate every course organization. This edition goes even further with an additional level of flexibility. At the end of the text, you'll find 14 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; Biodiversity, Ecological Footprints, and Environmental Performance Maps; Energy and Climate Data and Maps; and Economic, Population, Hunger, Health, and Waste Production Data and Maps.

Table of Contents

Humans And Sustainability: An Overview.
1. Environmental Problems, Their Causes, and Sustainability.
Science, Ecological Principles, And Sustainability.
2. Science, Matter, Energy, and Systems.
3. Ecosystems: What Are They and How Do They Work?
4. Biodiversity and Evolution.
5. Biodiversity, Species Interactions, and Population Control.
6. The Human Population and Its Impact.
7. Climate and Terrestrial Biodiversity.
8. Aquatic Biodiversity.
Sustaining Biodiversity.
9. Sustaining Biodiversity: The Species Approach.
10. Sustaining Terrestrial Biodiversity: The Ecosystem Approach.
11. Sustaining Aquatic Biodiversity.
Sustaining Natural Resources.
12. Food, Soil, and Pest Management.
13. Water Resources.
14. Geology and Nonrenewable Minerals.
15. Nonrenewable Energy.
16. Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
Sustaining Environmental Quality.
17. Environmental Hazards and Human Health.
18. Air Pollution.
19. Climate Change and Ozone Depletion.
20. Water Pollution.
21. Solid and Hazardous Waste.
22. Sustainable Cities.
Sustaining Human Societies.
23. Economics, Environment, and Sustainability.
24. Politics, Environment, and Sustainability.
25. Environmental Worldviews, Ethics, and Sustainability.
1. Measurement Units, Precision, and Accuracy.
2. Reading Graphs and Maps.
3. Economic, Population, Hunger, Health, and Waste Production Data and Maps.
4. Biodiversity, Ecological Footprints, and Environmental Performance Maps.
5. Environmental History.
6. Some Basic Chemistry.
7. Classifying and Naming Species.
8. Weather Basics: El Niño, Tornadoes, and Tropical Cyclones.
9. Components and Interactions in Major Biomes.
10. Energy and Climate Data and Maps.
11. Global Trade and the Environment.
12. Philosophy, Religion, Ethics, and Nature.
13. Chapter Projects.
14. Key Concepts (by Chapter).

What's New

  • New concept-centered approach, with each major chapter section built on one to three concise key concepts that state the most important take-away messages of each chapter.
  • Each chapter includes a Quantitative Data Analysis or Ecological Footprint Analysis exercise and 68 additional Data Analysis exercises in the in-text Supplements.
  • This edition includes a new design with 254 pieces of new or upgraded art and 89 new photos.
  • New comprehensive review section at the end of each chapter with review questions that include all chapter key terms in boldface.

Learning Resource Bundles

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All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

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Instructor Supplements

Lab Manual for Environmental Science  (ISBN-10: 0495560243 | ISBN-13: 9780495560241)

New to support the Miller's Environmental Science texts, this lab manual includes both hands-on and data analysis labs to help students develop a range of skills. Create a custom version of this lab manual by adding labs that you have developed or choose from our collection with Cengage Custom Publishing.

List Price = $130.95  | CengageBrain Price = $130.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $98.25

Student Supplements

Lab Manual for Environmental Science  (ISBN-10: 0495560243 | ISBN-13: 9780495560241)

Includes both hands-on and data analysis labs and activities to help students develop a wider range of skills and gain greater insight on environmental science.

List Price = $130.95  | CengageBrain Price = $130.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $98.25

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.

Scott Spoolman

Scott Spoolman is a writer and textbook editor with more than 30 years of experience in educational publishing. He has worked with Tyler Miller since 2003 as a contributing author on editions of LIVING IN THE ENVIRONMENT, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, and SUSTAINING THE EARTH. With Norman Myers, he also coauthored ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS: A MODULAR APPROACH. Spoolman holds a master's degree in science journalism from the University of Minnesota. He has authored numerous articles in the fields of science, environmental engineering, politics, and business. He worked as an acquisitions editor on a series of college forestry textbooks. He has also worked as a consulting editor in the development of over 70 college and high school textbooks in fields of the natural and social sciences. In his free time, he enjoys exploring the forests and waters of his native Wisconsin along with his family— his wife, environmental educator Gail Martinelli, and his children, Will and Katie.