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Dr. Tim's Library Dr. Timothy A. Hovanec

Dr. Timothy A. Hovanec is the Chief Science Officer of the Aquaria Group. A graduate of San Diego State University (B.S and M.S), Dr. Hovanec earned his Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he investigated the phylogenetics of nitrifying bacteria in aquaria and Mono Lake, California.

Dr. Hovanec was the first to demonstrate that bacteria of the phylum Nitrospira were the active nitrite-oxidizing bacteria in aquatic systems such as aquaria. His work with nitrifying bacteria has lead to several U.S. patents, with additional U.S. and foreign patents pending. The author of numerous scientific papers and popular articles for the tropical fish and aquaculture industries, he has presented research results as an invited and contributing author at several domestic and international conferences.