Dynamic Aquaria,
Edition 4 Building and Restoring Ecosystems and the Biosphere
By Walter H. Adey

Publication Date: 18 Mar 2024
Dynamic Aquaria: Building and Restoring Ecosystems and the Biosphere, Fourth Edition demonstrates how the living systems modeling of aquatic ecosystems for ecological, biological, physiological research, and ecosystem restoration produce answers to very complex ecological questions. The book describes unique characteristics of water that have allowed carbon chemistry to flourish and evolve life over 4 billion years, along with current disruptions such as global warming, overfishing, and chemical pollution. New content in this edition includes the use of LED lighting, DNA sequencing in microcosm construction and analysis, and the expansion of the bioengineered tool Algal Turf Scrubbing (ATS) to combat global pollution problems.

The book also features new information on marine calcification, research microcosms, thermogeography, and methods of water movement for minimizing plankton loss. It supports a deeper biological and ecological intelligence among the human population to better understand the processes behind environmental issues.

Key Features

  • Offers the basic physical and chemical background necessary for understanding aquatic and marine ecosystems
  • Expands available electro-mechanical tools for developing living system models
  • Features new information on the biomimicry water control system, Algal Turf Scrubbing (ATS)
  • Evidences how ecosystem modeling can contribute to the understanding of climate change
About the author
By Walter H. Adey, Smithsonian Institute
Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Part I: Physical Environment
2. Physical Parameters and Energy State
3. Substrate - Controlling the Benthic Component
4. Water Composition - Management of Salinity, Hardness, and Evaporation
5. The Input of Solar Energy - Lighting and New Possibilities
6. The Input of Organic Energy - Particulates and Feeding

Part II: Biochemical Environment
7. Metabolism – Respiration, Photosynthesis, and Biological Loading
8. Organisms and Gas Exchange – Oxygen, Carbon Dioxide, pH, and Alkalinity
9. Primary Nutrients – Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Silica
10. Biomineralization and Calcification – A Key to Biosphere and Ecosystem Function
11. Control of the Biochemical Environment – 3D Potential for Algal Turf Scrubbing

Part III: Biological Structure
12. Community Structure - Biodiversity in Model Ecosystems
13. Thermogeography - The Distribution of Organisms Along Coasts
14. Trophic Structure - Ecosystems and Dynamics of Food Chains
15. Primary Producers - Bottom-Growing Plants
16. Herbivores
17. Carnivores
18. Plankton and Planktivores
19. Detritus and Detritivores
20. Symbionts and Other Feeders

Part IV: Ecological Systems in Microcosms, Mesocosms, and Aquaria
21. Models of Coral Reef Ecosystems
22. Subarctic/Boreal Microcosm - Applications of New Research
23. Estuaries - Ecosystem Modelling and Restoration
24. Freshwater Ecosystem Models
25. Research Systems in Microcosms

Part V: The Environment and Ecological Engineering
26. Organisms and Natural Products
27. Large Scale Water Quality Management with Solar Energy Capture

Part VI: Synthesis
28. Microcosms, Mesocosms, and Macrocosms – Building and Restoring Ecosystems and the Biosphere

Book details
ISBN: 9780443154188
Page Count: 532
Retail Price : £115.00
Practitioners and students in marine biology aquatic science; animal scientists; conservation researchers and practitioners; aquaculturalists