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Gaston E. "Chip" Small

Associate 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

RESEARCH 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

 

RECENT PUBLCATIONS

  • Halvorson HM, Small GE (2016) Observational field studies are not appropriate tests of consumer stoichiometric homeostasis. Freshwater Science 35: 1103-1116.
  • Small GE, Sisombath B*, Reuss L*, Henry R, Kay AD (in press) Assessing how the ratio of food waste to wood chips in compost affects rates of microbial processing and subsequent vegetable yield. Compost Management and Utilization. 
  • MJ Vanni, PB McIntyre, D Allen, DL Arnott, JP Benstead, DJ Berg, Å Brabrand, S Brosse, PA Bukaveckas, A Caliman, KA Capps, LS Carneiro, NE Chadwick, AD Christian, A Clarke, JD Conroy, WF Cross, DA Culver, CM Dalton, JA Devine, LM Domine, MA Evans-White, B Faafeng, AS Flecker, KB Gido, C Godinot, RD Guariento, S Haertel-Borer, RO Hall, R Henry, BR Herwig, BJ Hicks, KA Higgins, JM Hood, ME Hopton, T Ikeda, WF James, HM Jansen, CR Johnson, BJ Koch, GA Lamberti, S Lessard-Pilon, JC Maerz, ME Mather, RA McManamay, JR Milanovich, DKJ Morgan, JM Moslemi, R Naddafi, J Petter Nilssen, M Pagano, A Pilati, DM Post, M Roopin, AT Rugenski, MH Schaus, J Shostell, GE Small, CT Solomon, SC Sterrett, Ø Strand, M Tarvainen, JM Taylor, LE Torres-Gerald, CB Turner, J Urabe, SI Uye, AM Ventelä, S Villéger, MR Whiles, FM Wilhelm, HF Wilson, MA Xenopoulos, KD Zimmer. 2017. A global database of nitrogen and phosphorus excretion rates of aquatic animals. Ecology 98(5): 1475.

Summer 2018 Courses

Summer 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

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 OSS 327

Days of Week:

- - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1630

Location:

OSS 327

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)
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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)

J-Term 2019 Courses

J-Term 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location