Dr. Tim Hovanec
Dr. Timothy A. Hovanec is passionate on merging his love of fishkeeping with science. Dr. Tim got his first aquarium at age 6 with two goldfish he had won at a school fair. Responding to the pleas of help, his uncle brought over an extra tank from his dentist office and showed Dr. Tim the basics.
In not too many years, with the garage full of aquariums and visions from The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau in his head, Dr. Tim was determined to become a marine biologist. Possessing a major amount of curiosity and a love of reading, plus mentoring from some teachers, science came easy. Obtaining advanced degrees in the science of keeping fish was just the logical result of a boy’s dreams. Dr. Tim’s research was on the phylogenetics of nitrifying bacteria in aquaria and Mono Lake, CA and he continues to research the microbial pathways of closed aquatic systems and to develop ‘green’ products for the aquarium industry.
Previously, Dr. Hovanec was the Chief Science Officer for Marineland Aquarium Products and Instant Ocean where he discovered many novel species of nitrifying bacteria and developed several unique industry leading products. Other past work experience includes managing an aquaculture facility and US Peace Corps volunteer. Dr. Hovanec holds over 13 U.S. and foreign patents and has authored numerous papers on aquatic microbiology, water quality and filtration techniques for closed system life-support systems. Dr. Hovanec regularly speaks at national and international conferences and is a member of numerous scientific organizations.