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Publisher: Open Oregon Educational Resources. Attribution CC BY. I examined this book with two possible courses in mind: a non-majors environmental science course, and a level ecology course for majors. For non-majors, it was nearly comprehensive about a 4. It covered the primary environmental issues and Comprehensiveness rating: 3 see less.
It covered the primary environmental issues and provided a light primer on ecological concepts. However, many topics were arguably covered too briefly. For instance, the climate change section gave little sense of the relative impacts of different drivers of climate change fossil fuels, land use change, etc. Figures were somewhat lacking in parts of the text - for instance, the section on climate change discussed aerosols, albedo, sea level rise, disease spread, all without figures.
For a majors course in ecology, it was inadequate. Many key ecological topics received only a cursory examination befitting of a high school textbook, at most, and broad theoretical ideas were minimal.
Important concepts weren't covered in much depth at all: for example, a few thousand words is dedicated to community ecology, but more content here was focused on simplistic topics like prey being camouflaged to avoid predators than on the concept of competition and niches.
There was very minimal quantitative content of any kind. Little in the way of major inaccuracies, but some incompleteness perhaps reflecting bias. For instance, as far as I could tell, organic agriculture was described essentially as environmentally superior in every regard, neglecting to discuss the lower yields and hence higher land use and reduced yield stability of organic agriculture.
Content seemed mostly up-to-date with room for further updates regarding dynamic topics like climate change. Generally was readable and written in a straightforward manner. I don't think the terminology would be too difficult for college students, although sometimes the explanations of terms may be separated from their first use. Some very important terms are unfortunately used with little explanation: the word "regulation" appears in the title and subheading when discussing population regulation, but the word is absent from the text, a notable omission given how many students struggle to understand the meaning of regulation in the context of population dynamics.
I noticed no inconsistencies and the format was relatively predictable, though "case studies" appeared in a somewhat surprising manner. Overall it seemed to be about as modular as it could be, given the extent to which some topics need to be contextualized by other material. I observed no organizational problems in general, though a straight read-through might lead someone to feel a bit confused by the pivots from general ecology to environmental issues. The general interface seemed perfectly fine on my device.
Though I did not notice it to be explicitly stated anywhere, the book has an America-centric quality, to the point of referring to "Our nation This book is a good resource for an introductory level class on Environmental Science, covering most of the topics usually addressed in a class at this level.
Some topics are explained in more detail than others, but all the topics presented in Comprehensiveness rating: 4 see less. Some topics are explained in more detail than others, but all the topics presented in the book are well explained. Several of the chapters include case studies, which help students connect the topics to real-life examples. Because of my personal interests, I would include more case studies in other chapters as well.
For example, there are many examples of Biodiversity loss and restoration projects that could be included in the Biodiversity chapter. There are some topics that are missing in the book and that I consider crucial as part of any introductory level Environmental Science class: waste management and plastic pollution.
Usually, these topics include concepts like landfills, waste to energy power plants, recycling, reducing waste, composting, and Pacific Garbage Gire. Climate change was included in the air pollution chapter, but it needs to be addressed in more depth, maybe devoting a whole chapter to it and include a more detailed section on how to decrease emissions. The content of the book is mostly accurate and free of bias. However, there are several instances where the content is inaccurate or outdated.
It then presents future scenarios on sea-level rise, ice melting, increases temperature, ocean acidification, and increases in storm frequency. All the scenarios included are presented as future scenarios, which is inaccurate and misleading because we are currently undergoing many of the severe consequences of climate change. In the future, of course, these effects will only get worse if greenhouse gasses emissions are not cut, but it is not accurate to present an issue as a future issue when it is already happening.
The IPCC supplementary reading in this section is from , so it should be updated with more up to date and accurate information, and also better descriptions of current and future effects of climate change. The content of the book is relevant, as it covers most of the environmental issues that our planet is currently facing.
In terms of longevity, the examples used in the book are good representations of the topics, but some of the case studies could be updated to include some recent developments relevant to the case studies or even replace the case study with a more recent event. For example, an environmental disaster like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico or the Flint Water Crisis could be great examples of environmental hazards, dangers of nonrenewable fuel extraction, the role of pollution in biodiversity decrease, and long term effects of toxic pollutants in the environment.
I find the book easy to follow and read, at a level that is accessible and understandable for undergrad students. Some terms are only mentioned in the text, but not defined, therefore a glossary would be helpful to increase the overall clarity of the content. The organization of the chapters and the subunits is clear and consistent. Individual chapters or the subunits can be found easily on the chapter outline, and the order of the book content can be easily changed based on teaching preferences.
For example, I first cover population and community ecology before moving to Biomes. The topics in the book are presented in a logical order, but as stated above, the order of the chapters can be easily changed depending on how instructors teach their classes.
The structure of the chapters and subunits is consistent throughout the book. Additional characteristics included in all chapters are learning outcomes, a chapter outline, a summary, and review questions.
All of these characteristics are very useful to students, as they help them to understand what is expected of them in each chapter and they can use the review questions for self-evaluation. The textbook is easy to navigate in its online version. I was very happy to see some videos included in the textbook, as well as links to other supplementary materials. Students really enjoy visual content and it is great if they can find it in the class textbook.
Some videos on my computer looked like plain photos, so students might miss them. Maybe a caption can be added below the videos, including the video name with hyperlink , author, and attribution, just to make clear it is a video. There are some QR codes in the text that are useful if you have the printed version of the book, but they are not as convenient if you are accessing the textbook from a computer, or even from a phone. Maybe a link to the content can be added to the QR caption.
However, there were some figures missing in one of the OER repositories i. Figure 1 in section Climate Change , but this is probably a problem derived from the harvesting process of the materials by that specific repository. The pdf version of the book looks nice, the only things I found distracting were that it had several blank pages, and the questions at the end of the chapters had different font styles and sizes.
Some of the figures in all of the 3 formats I accessed seem to be of low resolution, which renders them difficult to read if they are graphs or have some type of labeling. This is especially concerning in terms of accessibility. This is not unique to this textbook, as I have seen this in other OER textbooks as well. I did not find the book to be culturally insensitive or offensive.
It includes examples from a wide variety of places and ecosystems. This book does a great job of covering and explaining most of the major environmental concepts and issues that are typically included in an introductory-level Environmental Science class. It includes videos and other supplementary materials, it is easy to read, each chapter includes learning outcomes, a chapter outline, a summary, and review questions. It could use some minor updates, but overall it is a great resource.
The text covers most areas and ideas of the subject appropriately, although in less detail than commercial textbooks. I reviewed this for a course on Environmental Science, where I would want more content on topics like energy resources and I reviewed this for a course on Environmental Science, where I would want more content on topics like energy resources and environmental regulations, but that is not a criticism of a textbook titled Environmental Biology.
Unfortunately, there is no index or glossary. There are hyperlinks to many other resources like websites and video clips; these enhance the comprehensiveness and usefulness of the text. Likewise, chapter summaries and comprehensive citations at the end of each chapter will help students to retain the main points and to seek further information on topics of interest. I believe that climate change deserves its own chapter, not a subsection in a chapter on Air Pollution.
The content is up to date. Some charts and graphs will need to be updated over the next five years. The text is internally consistent in terms of terminology and framework, although some non-standard acronyms are used: e. The organization of subunits is clear and well signposted. The topics in the text are presented in a logical, clear fashion. The text is enhanced by bolded key terms. Each chapter contains multiple-choice test question banks, with answers provided in the appendix.
The textbook is attractively laid out in a single-column format suitable for on-screen reading. One table has its right-side cut off in the PDF version, and there are occasional font size and spacing inconsistencies, but these are not major distractors in reading the text. Examples and case studies are drawn from a wide variety of geographical locations and biomes. There is no offensive or culturally insensitive language. I was impressed by the comprehensiveness of this textbook — which covers topics ranging from the structure of prokaryotic cells to environmental justice and Superfund sites.
There were a few places that I found the textbook to be lacking possibly There were a few places that I found the textbook to be lacking possibly because of my personal interests! In particular: 1 Though marine and freshwater systems were discussed, the level of detail and examples provided throughout the book lean towards terrestrial systems. I think this does a bit of injustice to the ecosystems that cover most of our planet! For example, in the section on "biomes", eight major terrestrial biomes are detailed.
However, for marine systems, only three "biomes" are discussed: the ocean, coral reefs, and estuaries. The ocean is such a large and diverse system and warrants more discussion upwelling systems! There are a few equations in the text e.
this hope that book will prove useful to students and educators. Dr. Y. K. Singh Prefece v. 1. Environmental Science: Definition, Scope and Importance. 1. 2.
Publisher: University System of Georgia. The text provides many definitions, but they are not compiled in a glossary. Comprehensiveness rating: 2 see less. Very little analysis in the book; this made internal consistency relatively easy because definitions do not contradict. I reviewed this book with an eye to using it to make a course in Population, Environment, and Society stronger on the "Environment" component.
Worksheet 1. Lesson 3 Degradation of Natural Environment Part 1.
More and more students are keen on pursuing a career in this field. This book has been designed for such students who are at an under graduate level, and are looking for a book that provides them with information in a concise format. This is the second edition of this book, and has put into place improvements based on the feedback given by faculty and students. This version is supposed to be more user-friendly and concise. The book strictly follows the guidelines laid down by UGC. It has many case studies, ample photographs and illustrations, which makes the subject very interesting. Teachers, too, will find this book easy to teach and very helpful.
Publisher: Open Oregon Educational Resources. Attribution CC BY. I examined this book with two possible courses in mind: a non-majors environmental science course, and a level ecology course for majors. For non-majors, it was nearly comprehensive about a 4. It covered the primary environmental issues and
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