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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.

Fall 2019 Courses

Fall 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 209 - 04 Biology of Sustainability - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 OWS 257

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1135

Location:

OWS 257

Course Registration Number:

40986 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 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

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
ESCI 310 - 01 Environmental Problem Solving M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 MCH 118

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0935 - 1040

Location:

MCH 118

Course Registration Number:

42005 (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 268

Days of Week:

- - - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1730

Location:

OWS 268

Course Registration Number:

42006 (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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J-Term 2020 Courses

J-Term 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Spring 2020 Courses

Spring 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ESCI 430 - D01 Senior Research Seminar - T - R - - - 0830 - 1130 OWS 268

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0830 - 1130

Location:

OWS 268

Course Registration Number:

20919 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Gaston E. Small

This course is designed to fulfill the senior capstone experience in Environmental Science. It brings together students from all the environmental science concentrations (biology, chemistry, and geology) to complete interdisciplinary research projects where students can integrate the knowledge gained in their distinct, yet complementary disciplinary tracks. The course will be a mix of research and seminar format designed to give students significant opportunities to practice the methods of scholarship and modes of communication used by environmental scientists. This course should be completed in the final Spring semester prior to graduation. Four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite: ESCI 310 or permission of instructor.

Schedule Details

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