Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management

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Edited By: Richard J. Wenning, Editor-in-Chief

Online ISSN: 1551-3793

Associated Title(s): Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

IEAM Podcast 11

Practically speaking: Scientific Pragmatism, with Glenn Suter

Link to IEAM podcast episode 11. [.mp3 file]
Link to IEAM podcast episode 11 transcript. [.pdf file]


Did you know that scientists practice philosophy in their everyday research? Just as IEAM bridges the gap between scientific research and the application of science in environmental problem-solving, pragmatism bridges scientific theory and practice. In this episode, we hear from Glenn Suter about pragmatism—a philosophy that underlies the scientific approach. He and Susan Cormier are the authors of a commentary in the April 2013 issue of IEAM entitled “Pragmatism: A practical philosophy for environmental scientists.” Tune in to hear more about how the intrinsic properties of pragmatism constitute a defensible approach to conducting environmental science.

Bio for Glenn Suter

Steve Bay

Glenn Suter is the Book Reviews Editor of IEAM and is employed as an environmental risk assessor and Science Advisor. He has authored more than 200 publications over his 37-year career. He has received the SETAC Global Founder’s Award and the AEHS Career Achievement Award, and he is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His interests include ecological epidemiology, ecological risk assessment, the conceptual bases for environmental science and decision making, and poetry.


Church. 2013. IEAM Spotlight: Environmental Scientists as Philosophers? SETAC Globe 14(3). Available from: