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Dynamic Aquaria: Building and Restoring Living Ecosystems

By: Walter H Adey and Karen Loveland

498 pages, 57 col plates, b/w photos, illus, figs, tabs

Academic Press

Hardback | Mar 2007 | Edition: 3 | #163871 | ISBN-13: 9780123706416
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About this book

Now in its third edition, this praised book demonstrates how the living systems modeling of aquatic ecosystems for ecological, biological and physiological research, and ecosystem restoration can produce answers to very complex ecological questions. This book further offers an understanding developed in 25 years of living ecosystem modeling and discusses how this knowledge has produced methods of efficiently solving many environmental problems. Public education through this methodology is the additional key to the broader ecosystem understanding necessary to allow human society to pass through the next evolutionary bottleneck of our species. Living systems modeling as a wide spectrum educational tool can provide a primary vehicle for that essential step.

Praise for the First Edition "Adey and Loveland target their book towards scientists and those interested in aquaria for their own sake. The latter group will find in this book a delightful description of the basic biological and ecological principles which function in their own systems. To their credit, the authors present mainstream ecological research (both aquatic and terrestrial) alongside the practical issues of aquaria construction and maintenance. Rarely have I ever seen real ecology made so accessible to the layperson. Adey and Loveland have succeeded in conveying a myriad of exceedingly complex issues to the uninitiated. This book successfully presents the essential biological, ecological, and physico-chemical aspects of ecological systems in an accessible fashion." --ECOLOGY "Dynamic Aquaria is a beautifully presented and attractive book which is a mine of useful and practical information for anyone wanting to set up aquaria on virtually any scale. Where the book succeeds most effectively is in its practical sections...this is ultimately a likable and useful book, and one which contains indispensable source material for building aquaria. Community ecologists who want to make mesocosms work will find the appropriate sections excellent starter material." --JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL MARINE BIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY "This book is crammed with useful information about all aspects of the aquatic sciences and would make a worthwhile addition to every home aquarists's library..." @source-FRESHWATER AND MARINE AQUARIUM


Contents

Part I: Physical Environment Part II : Biochemical Environment Part III: Biological Structure Part IV: Ecological Systems in Microcosms, Part V: The Environment and Ecological Engineering Part VI: Summary

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Biography

Walter Adey received his B.S. in Geophysics from MIT, performed graduate studies at MIT and Harvard in Paleontology and Biology, and obtained his Ph.D. in Marine Botany and Geology from the University of Michigan. Since 1977, he has been the Director of the Marine Systems Laboratory at the Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. Dr. Adey is an associate editor for Restoration Ecology and The Journal of Ecological Engineering. He has authored numerous publications, and has developed several exhibits and operational mesocosm systems. Karen Loveland is a multi-international award-winning documentary film maker who has produced and directed films for the Smithsonian Institution for over 30 years. In her present position as Deputy Director for Smithsonian Productions, she assists in the management and programming for Smithsonian media activities as well as overseas production and co-production using a wide variety of electronic technologies and formats. She founded the Smithsonians Motion Picture Unit in 1969. She has been the recipient of more than 70 prestigious national and international awards and honors.

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