Christel Kasselmann is an internationally recognized expert on aquarium plants, having made over 55 expeditions into the tropics to study the requirements of aquarium plants, and published over 500 articles on their origin and growth in the natural environment. Moreover, she described several new species and varieties. For about 30 years, Christel Kasselmann has been the editor and the chairwoman of the internationally recognized Aqua Planta magazine. She has written four books which were translated in about ten languages; two of them, Planted Aquariums and Aquarium Plants (Krieger Publishing, Florida), were translated in English. In 2010, the 3rd edition of Aquarium Plants was published in German and Dutch, with over 450 described species. At home, she cultivates six large planted tanks with 4000 Liters (1060 gallons) in total.
Christel will be doing two presentations, first a lecture on interesting aquarium plants in both nature and in culture. She will discuss the ecology of their habitats, their water chemistry and other requirements, and how to cultivate them in the aquarium. At the banquet, Christel will have a second talk on her travels around the world searching for new aquatic plants.