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This will be the first of a 3 part series featuring Phil Edwards.
In this the first installment we will be taking a look at all of the equipment and materials needed to fully set up a planted aquarium.
Phil Edwards is a long time planted aquarium hobbyist, AGA member, and an aquatic plant ecologist. His fascination with aquatic life started as a kid swimming around in Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish watching the fish and other animals going about life among the lily pads and other aquatic plants.
His interest in aquatic gardening started in 1998 when he started looking into keeping plants to make natural environments for his fish. Eventually his interest in planted biotopes became a full-blown interest in aquatic plant husbandry and science. He received his BS in biology with concentration in plant ecology and BA in earth sciences focusing on water resources in 2006.
In 20011 he finished his Master's in Earth Science doing research on aquatic sediment biogeochemistry and substrates for the mass culture of aquatic plants. He started volunteering for the AGA in 2003 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2008, serving as Advertising and Vendor Liaison and member at-large since then.
Paul has a complex story that he will simplify. Ecosystem ecology is the study of interactions between organisms and their environment as parts of an integrated system. It is a new and rapidly advancing branch of science that stresses the integrated nature of our world. Humans and human activities are an inherent part of ecosystems, and therefore ecosystem ecological perspectives and methodologies are at the heart of much of the global change research agenda. Researchers in ecosystem ecology are contributing fundamental science inputs into a wide range of current environmental issues including effects of changing land use and management practices, impacts of climate change and mitigation strategies, the functional significance of biodiversity, and assessments of sustainable resource use from both environmental and socio-economic perspectives. I am particularly interested in evaluating the physical, chemical and biological controls that regulate the ecology and biogeochemical cycling of terrestrial ecosystems. Biogeochemistry links biology and the flows of energy and nutrients on Earth, and so provides a central foundation on which to explore many questions in ecosystem ecology. Lab research centers on plant-soil interactions that significantly influence terrestrial biogeochemistry. Hypothesis-driven approach understands why ecosystems are structured the way they are, and how they function. The challengewill be to develop the infrastructure to promote genuine two-way information exchange between a cohort of multidisciplinary scientists and the indigenous communities of the North. email@example.com
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