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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 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ESCI 310 - 01 Environmental Problem Solving - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 OSS 127

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1510

Location:

OSS 127

Course Registration Number:

42550 (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 - - W - - - - 1335 - 1630 BEC 105

Days of Week:

- - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1630

Location:

BEC 105

Course Registration Number:

42551 (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

Location Time Day(s)
ESCI 389 - I1 Research - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

43552 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Gaston E. Small

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
HONR 480 - 05 Honors Darwin Origin Species - T - - - - - 0955 - 1135 JRC 222

Days of Week:

- T - - - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1135

Location:

JRC 222

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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J-Term 2019 Courses

J-Term 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 480 - 51 Urban Ecosystem Ecology - T W R F - - 1300 - 1700 OWS 264

Days of Week:

- T W R F - -

Time of Day:

1300 - 1700

Location:

OWS 264

Course Registration Number:

10290 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

0 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Gaston E. Small

In 1800, there were around 1-billion people on the planet, and only three percent 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 will use this conceptual framework to 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. Prerequisite: C- or better in at least two 300-level BIOL courses.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 480 - D01 Urban Ecosystem Ecology - T W R F - - 0900 - 1200 OWS 264

Days of Week:

- T W R F - -

Time of Day:

0900 - 1200

Location:

OWS 264

Course Registration Number:

10289 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)

Spring 2019 Courses

Spring 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location