Jay Withgott has authored Essential Environment as
well as Environment: The Science behind the Stories since
their inception. In dedicating himself to these books, he works to
keep abreast of a diverse and rapidly changing field and
continually seeks to develop new and better ways to help today's
students learn environmental science. As a researcher, Jay has
published scientific papers in ecology, evolution, animal behavior,
and conservation biology in journals ranging from Evolution
to Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. As an
instructor, he has taught university lab courses in ecology and
other disciplines. As a science writer, he has authored articles
for numerous journals and magazines including Science, New
Scientist, BioScience, Smithsonian, and Natural History.
By combining his scientific training with prior experience as a
newspaper reporter and editor, he strives to make science
accessible and engaging for general audiences. Jay holds degrees
from Yale University, the University of Arkansas, and the
University of Arizona. Jay lives with his wife, biologist Susan
Masta, in Portland, Oregon. Matthew Laposata is a professor
of environmental science at Kennesaw State University (KSU). He
holds a bachelor's degree in biology education from Indiana
University of Pennsylvania, a master's degree in biology from
Bowling Green State University, and a doctorate in ecology from The
Pennsylvania State University.
Matt is the coordinator of KSU's two-semester general education science sequence titled Science, Society, and the Environment, which enrolls over 5000 students per year. He focuses exclusively on introductory environmental science courses and has enjoyed teaching and interacting with thousands of nonscience majors during his career. He is an active scholar in environmental science education and has received grants from state, federal, and private sources to develop and evaluate innovative curricular materials. His scholarly work has received numerous awards, including the Georgia Board of Regents' highest award for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
Matt resides in suburban Atlanta with his wife, Lisa, and children, Lauren, Cameron, and Saffron.