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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

Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ESCI 310 - 01 Environmental Problem Solving M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 OSS 127

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1055 - 1200

Location:

OSS 127

Course Registration Number:

20748 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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. Four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite: BIOL 209 or permission of instructor.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
ESCI 310 - 51 Envi. Problem Solving Lab - - - R - - - 1330 - 1730 OWS 264

Days of Week:

- - - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1730

Location:

OWS 264

Course Registration Number:

20964 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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. Four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite: BIOL 209 or permission of instructor.

Schedule Details

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Summer 2018 Courses

Summer 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 435 - 01 Aquatic Biology - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 OSS 122

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1510

Location:

OSS 122

Course Registration Number:

41691 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 435 - 51 Aquatic Biology / Lab - - - R - - - 1530 - 1930 OWS 268

Days of Week:

- - - R - - -

Time of Day:

1530 - 1930

Location:

OWS 268

Course Registration Number:

41692 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

0 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

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
HONR 480 - 05 Honors Darwin Origin Species - T - - - - - 0955 - 1135

Days of Week:

- T - - - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1135

Location:

Course Registration Number:

42504 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

2 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Gaston E. Small, Kenneth W. Kemp

These interdisciplinary seminars are intended to develop integrating insights through an analysis of topics chosen from different disciplines. Often they are taught by two faculty members or by a visiting lecturer who holds one of the endowed chairs at the university.

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