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Gaston E. "Chip" Small

Assistant Professor
Degree
Ph.D. University of Georgia
Office
Owens 364/Lab: Owens 254
Phone
(651) 962-5166
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5166
Fax
651.962.5201
Mail
OWS 352
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul MN 55105

Professional Interests

  • Application of ecosystem ecology to sustainability science 
  • Human alteration of biogeochemical cycles 
  • Fate of anthropogenic nutrients in aquatic ecosystems 
  • Communicating science to the public

Fall 2016 Courses

Fall 2016 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 209 - 02 Biology of Sustainability - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 OWS 250
CRN: 41273 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Gaston E. Small Influences of humans on the global environment has reached unprecedented levels, increasing the need for society to strive to live in a sustainable manner. Many issues facing the environment have a biological basis. Thus, an understanding of basic biology is necessary to understand and address many environmental issues. This course will cover the fundamental biology involved with five environmental issues at the global scale: climate change, excessive nutrient loading into ecosystems, agricultural production, chemical contaminants, and loss of biodiversity. Specific biological principles to be covered include energy and nutrient mass balance by organisms and ecosystems, homeostasis and organismal physiology, and population dyanmics and conservation biology. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C- in BIOL 208 and a minimum grade of C- in CHEM 112, or CHEM 115, or any 100-level GEOL

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BIOL 209 - 56 Biology of Sustainability/Lab - - W - - - - 1335 - 1635 OWS 378
CRN: 41280 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Gaston E. Small Influences of humans on the global environment have reached unprecedented levels, increasing the need for society to strive to live in a sustainable manner. Many issues facing the environment have a biological basis. Thus, an understanding of basic biology is necessary to understand and address many environmental issues. This course will cover the fundamental biology involved with five environmental issues at the global scale: climate change, excessive nutrient loading into ecosystems, agricultural production, chemical contaminants, and loss of biodiversity. Specific biological principles to be covered include energy and nutrient mass balance by organisms and ecosystems, homeostasis and organismal physiology, and population dynamics and conservation biology. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C- in BIOL 208, or any 100-level GEOL, and CHEM 112 or CHEM 115

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BIOL 209 - 60 Biology of Sustainability/Lab - - - R - - - 0900 - 1200 OWS 378
CRN: 41326 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Gaston E. Small Influences of humans on the global environment have reached unprecedented levels, increasing the need for society to strive to live in a sustainable manner. Many issues facing the environment have a biological basis. Thus, an understanding of basic biology is necessary to understand and address many environmental issues. This course will cover the fundamental biology involved with five environmental issues at the global scale: climate change, excessive nutrient loading into ecosystems, agricultural production, chemical contaminants, and loss of biodiversity. Specific biological principles to be covered include energy and nutrient mass balance by organisms and ecosystems, homeostasis and organismal physiology, and population dynamics and conservation biology. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C- in BIOL 208, or any 100-level GEOL, and CHEM 112 or CHEM 115

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BIOL 435 - 01 Aquatic Biology - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 OSS 127
CRN: 42590 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Gaston E. Small Characteristics of lakes, streams and other aquatic habitats; including plant and animal communities, water chemistry and productivity. Use of recent primary literature to learn and evaluate field techniques, data collection and data analyses. Both individual and class research projects focus on aquatic systems. Four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: A minimum grade of C- in BIOL 330 or 333, or in any two 300-level biology courses; STAT 220 or MATH 303 strongly recommended

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J-Term 2017 Courses

J-Term 2017 Courses
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Spring 2017 Courses

Spring 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 490 - 01 Urban Ecosystem Ecology - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 OSS 127
CRN: 22152 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Gaston E. Small In 1800, there were around 1 billion people on the planet, and only 3% lived in urban areas. Today we are approaching 8 billion humans, and more than half live in cities. This course explores how cities function as ecosystems and shape local, regional, and global ecological and biogeochemical processes We will examine how carbon, nutrients, and energy enter the city in the form of food and other resources, and exit as waste, and use assess opportunities to move towards sustainability. We will make extensive use of primary literature and apply ecological network analysis tools to contrast human-dominated ecosystems with natural ecosystems. Students will design and implement independent research projects, and will work collaboratively to apply knowledge and skills to real-world urban sustainability problems.

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BIOL 490 - 51 Urban Ecosystem Ecology/Lab - T - - - - - 1330 - 1730 OWS 268
CRN: 22153 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Gaston E. Small The subject matter of these courses will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses are available in the Searchable Class Schedule on Murphy Online, View Searchable Class Schedule

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ESCI 310 - 01 Environmental Problem Solving M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 OSS 122
CRN: 20829 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Gaston E. Small This course explores methods of solving environmental problems. These problems are by nature, interdisciplinary and are rarely addressed in a substantive fashion in traditional science textbooks. In this course, students and faculty work together to develop a working model of a critical earth system or biogeochemical cycle (i.e. the carbon or nitrogen cycle), and learn how to make calculations of human-induced changes to that system. Students from all concentrations of the environmental science major will work together on this interdisciplinary research project using modeling and systems analysis software to more fully understand specific environments and the quantitative methods of assessing challenges to those environments. This course should be taken by all ESCI students during their junior year. Prerequisite: Environmental Science majors should have completed BIOL 204, CHEM 201, or GEOL 211/252. Environmental Studies (ENVR) majors that wish to take this course need to have completed one course each from BIOL, CHEM and GEOL.

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ESCI 310 - 51 Envi. Problem Solving Lab - - - R - - - 1330 - 1730 OWS 264
CRN: 21069 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Gaston E. Small This course explores methods of solving environmental problems. These problems are by nature, interdisciplinary and are rarely addressed in a substantive fashion in traditional science textbooks. In this course, students and faculty work together to develop a working model of a critical earth system or biogeochemical cycle (i.e. the carbon or nitrogen cycle), and learn how to make calculations of human-induced changes to that system. Students from all concentrations of the environmental science major will work together on this interdisciplinary research project using modeling and systems analysis software to more fully understand specific environments and the quantitative methods of assessing challenges to those environments. This course should be taken by all ESCI students during their junior year. Prerequisite: Environmental Science majors should have completed BIOL 204, CHEM 201, or GEOL 211/252. Environmental Studies (ENVR) majors that wish to take this course need to have completed one course each from BIOL, CHEM and GEOL.

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