Environmental Science,
17th Edition

G. Tyler Miller, Scott Spoolman, Danielle Andrews-Brown

ISBN-13: 9780357976319
Copyright 2025 | Published
576 pages | List Price: USD $187.95

Discover Miller/Spoolman/Andrews-Brown's ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, 17th Ed., and get inspired to care for the planet. Written in collaboration with National Geographic Learning, this edition equips you with the tools and knowledge to make a difference in today's environmental issues. Explore exclusive content featuring the important work of diverse National Geographic explorers and scientists, with vivid photos, maps and illustrations that are sure to bring course concepts to life. Focus on sustainability as you explore topics like natural capital, solutions, trade-offs and individual choices. Learn about nature, your role in it and how humanity can sustain its relationship with Earth. Be inspired to apply your knowledge and make a positive impact on the environment.


1. The Environment and Sustainability.
2. Science, Matter, Energy and Systems.
3. Ecosystems: What Are They and How Do They Work?
4. Biodiversity and Evolution.
5. Species Interactions, Ecological Succession and Population Control.
6. The Human Population and Urbanization.
7. Climate and Ecosystem Biodiversity.
8. Sustaining Biodiversity: Saving Species.
9. Sustaining Biodiversity: Saving Ecosystems.
10. Food Production and the Environment.
11. Water Resources and Water Pollution.
12. Geology and Nonrenewable Mineral Resources.
13. Energy Resources.
14. Environmental Hazards and Human Health.
15. Air Pollution, Climate Change and Ozone Depletion.
16. Solid and Hazardous Waste.
17. Environmental Economics, Politics and Worldviews.
Appendix A: United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Appendix B: Chemical Elements, Ions, and Compounds with Environmental Significance.
About the Authors.
From the Authors.
Learning Skills.

  • G. Tyler Miller

    G. Tyler Miller has written 65 textbooks for introductory courses in environmental science, basic ecology, energy and environmental chemistry. Since 1975, his books have been the most widely used textbooks for environmental science in the United States and throughout the world. Translated into eight languages, they have been used by more than 3 million students. Dr. Miller has a professional background in chemistry, physics and ecology. He taught college for 20 years, developed one of the nation's first environmental studies programs and created an innovative interdisciplinary undergraduate science program before deciding to write environmental science textbooks full time in 1975. Now Dr. Miller is president of Earth Education and Research, which is devoted to improving environmental education. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and received two honorary doctoral degrees for his contributions to environmental education.

  • Scott Spoolman

    Scott Spoolman is a writer with more than 30 years of experience in educational publishing. He has worked with Tyler Miller since 2003 as a co-author on editions of LIVING IN THE ENVIRONMENT, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE and SUSTAINING THE EARTH. With Norman Myers, he co-authored ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS: A MODULAR APPROACH. Spoolman has authored numerous books and articles in the fields of environmental science, geology and natural history, politics and business. In addition, he has worked as a consulting editor in the development of over 70 college and high school textbooks in fields of the natural and social sciences. He earned a master's degree in science journalism from the University of Minnesota. In his free time, Spoolman enjoys exploring the forests and waters of his native Wisconsin along with his family -- his wife, environmental educator Gail Martinelli, son Will and daughter Katie.

  • Danielle Andrews-Brown

    Danielle M. Andrews-Brown is an Associate Professor and current Interim Chair in the Department of Agriculture at Virginia State University. Danielle is an environmental soil scientist by training. Danielle received her Ph.D. in 2011 at The Pennsylvania State University. Danielle remained at Penn State as a Post-Doctoral Scholar and Research Associate. Danielle then transitioned to Program Lead for Environmental Studies and Assistant Dean/Academic Integrity Office at the University of Pittsburgh from 2017 to 2022 before coming to Virginia State University. For over 15 years, Danielle has conducted research related to water and soil quality for environmental restoration at three nationally known research sites – Savannah River Site, The Susquehanna Shale Hill Critical Zone Observatory (CZO) and The Living Filter. Specific research focused on carbon, nitrogen, and emerging contaminants. More recently, research interests are centered on [informal & formal] science education. For 20 years, Danielle has taught and advised a variety of middle school, high school, undergraduate, and graduate students in residential and online science-based courses.

  • UPDATED DATA. Graphs and tables now feature the latest available data, ensuring accuracy. Both faculty and students can access up-to-date information with corresponding footnotes that maintain integrity. Stay informed with the most current and significant environmental statistics, findings and research.

  • NEW APPENDIX. The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been added as a new appendix and are linked to relevant content throughout the chapters helping faculty and students understand the global context of the topics and examples provided. Students will explore the connection between the text's content and global efforts.

  • GLOBAL EXPLORERS. Learn about the global impact of diverse “Individuals/Explorers” from around the world who make a difference through their exceptional science, exploration, educational background and storytelling.

  • INCLUSIVITY AND DIVERSITY. The language, examples and figures in the text were purposefully updated to reflect inclusiveness and show respect for diverse cultures. Enjoy a rich exploration of environmental science that not only educates but also honors and celebrates the diversity of cultures around the world.

  • REVAMPED OUTLINE AND LEARNING OBJECTIVES. This student-friendly reorganized outline includes revamped review questions for better retention of new information so students can master each chapter with ease.

  • INCORPORATES FIVE MAIN SUBTHEMES: (1) How sustainability relies on natural resources and ecosystem services that sustain life and economies, (2) How human activities can harm natural resources, (3) Solutions to environmental issues that encourage students to implore critical thinking, (4) The trade-offs that are involved when finding solutions and weighing pros and cons, and (5) 'Individuals Matter' boxes and case studies that highlight the sustainability efforts of both scientists and citizens alike.

  • GLOBAL ECOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE. The narrative emphasizes a global ecological perspective by revealing how life on Earth is connected and sustained within the biosphere. It incorporates information and imagery from all around the world, including over 40 maps that are featured throughout the text.

  • CORE CASE STUDIES. Each chapter begins with a Core Case Study that continues throughout the text. These case studies help students apply what they've learned to current, real-world issues. At the end of each chapter, students get to participate in a "Tying It All Together" box that connects the Core Case Study and chapter learnings to sustainability principles.

  • INTERACTIVE LEARNING PROMPTS. Engage students in interactive learning prompts such as the "Learning from Nature" feature, which provides brief summaries of how biomimicry is used in various industries and research fields. The concept of learning from nature is established early in Chapter 1's Core Case Study "Learning from the Earth", which introduces the principles of biomimicry. These concepts are further explored in a "Science Focus" box and a feature article on biomimicry pioneer Janine Benyus later in Chapter 1, as well as throughout the book.

  • CAPTIVATING VISUAL ELEMENTS FROM NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC are designed to keep students engaged. Students will discover both historic and previously unseen photographs from the National Geographic archives. In addition, more than 130 diagrams -- that present complex ideas in understandable ways -- make this latest edition one of the most visually informative textbooks available.

  • EMPHASIS ON CRITICAL THINKING. Throughout the book, engaging exercises provide students with hands-on experience so they can put what they've learned into practice. The Learning Skills section introduces essential critical thinking skills, empowering students to think outside of the box. "Thinking About" exercises included in most chapters reinforce learning and ask students to think critically about the implications of various environmental issues and solutions immediately after they are discussed in the text.

  • END OF CHAPTER EXERCISES. Help students maximize their study time with end-of-chapter materials. For example, detailed Review Questions include important chapter key terms. Critical Thinking queries encourage students to apply what they learn to their own lives. Doing Environmental Science exercises provide valuable insights into the work of environmental scientists. Data Analysis and Ecological Footprint Analysis dive into real-world datasets centered around ecological footprints.

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