And Dr. Tim don't know no Maryland Guppy none neither!
^^^ All of the above are good people!
Tim migrated over from the aquaculture industry to join Aquari, Inc. (Marineland aquarium products) in 1990 - a good chunk of their business at that time was commerical lobster tanks - when they were still located in Simi Valley, Ca... and still American made... then they moved to Moorepark, Ca in the beginning of 1993... then some of their manufactured goods were starting to be assembled in Mexico... and then Tetra... and then the politics of Tetra... then... and then.
When he started in 1990, the owner of the company gave him free reign to set-up a research lab & research program with an emphasis on aquarium filters from a biological standpoint - giving birth to the BioWheel. Of course the 'big-boy' competitors gave him hell, saying it was a complete gimmick (and that nitrifying bacteria can't grow on a small spinning wheel). Water/wastewater professionals surely knew better, because RBC's (rotating biological contactors) were definitely "doing it" in their treatment processes.
Anyway... Tim (and his group) started diving deeper into nitrifying bacteria, along with wanting to be able to see and count the nitrifying bacteria. His quest/project turned into a Ph.D. dissertation (which the owner of Aquaria let him do) and he was accepted as a Ph.D. student at UCSB in 1993. Five years later (in 1998) he earned his Ph.D. and the title of "Dr.".
Over the course of those 5 years, his research showed that Nitrospira-like bacteria, not Nitrobacter, were the bacteria responsible for nitrification in many different types of aquatic systems. After earning his Ph.D., and another 4 years down the road, he continued the search for other nitrifiers (e.g., freshwater ammonia-oxidizers along with saltwater nitrifiers). Tim finally confirmed the rest of the nitrifiers with the help of a few microbiologists he hired ~ including a microbiologist from Australia who had worked on nitrifying bacteria in sewage treatment plants.
Tim has done a lot
to educate hobbyists on the topic of nitrification processes. I first met-up with Tim in 1991 at the second International Cichlid Conference in Orlando, Fl. and we talked in depth about nitrosomonas & nitrobacters. He showed me a prototype of a commercial use BioWheel, along with a prototype BioWheel that could be connected to a canister filter. One thing I will always remember is his passion for the hobby: hobbyist helping hobbyist.
Dr. Tim kind of reminds me of Don Dewey (FAMA magazine - long before the internet) - always supporting aquarium societies and keeping the hobbyist/aquarist interests foremost in mind. DR. TIM
knows who Dr. Tim is, that's for sure!