Legendary colleagues meet as soon as once more; looking for Idzi Drzycimskis harpacticoids with assist of R/V Hans Brattström

R/V Hans Brattström. Picture: Anne Helene Tandberg

Professor Dr. Idzi Drzycimski was one of many few who studied copepods right here in Bergen, and in significantly the order of Harpacticoida. Drzycimski was foremost an occupied oceanologist and ichthyologist (the research of fish), however throughout his profession he additionally described a number of new species from the order Harpacticoida. A couple of of these information are from Norway and are presently an vital useful resource for our research of hyberbenthic copepods (HYPCOP). Drzycimski stayed in Bergen for a number of years throughout the sixties and construct up an in depth assortment of copepods.  


Idzi Drzycimski 

Idzi Drzycimski was born December 5th, 1933 in Klonowo; a really small village North of Bydgoszcz, Poland. He studied Biology with a specialization in Hydrobiology on the Odessa College of I.I. Miecznikow. In 1957 he graduated and began working on the Sea fisheries Institute in Gdynia on the Oceanography Division, led by Professor Kazimierz Demel. Later adopted by a profession on the Division of Oceanography and Marine Biology on the College of Agriculture in Olsztyn, School of Fisheries. In 1963 he obtained the diploma of Physician in pure sciences and in 1969 he habilitated. In 1985 he acquired the educational title of affiliate professor and finally turned full professor in the identical 12 months.

Drzycimski publication in Sarsia about new species of copepods.

All through his profession he accomplished a number of internships in Germany, Norway, Italy and took part in a number of analysis cruises within the South Baltic Sea, North Sea and the Norwegian Fjords. Throughout these cruises he collected and described 11 species new to science and three new kinds of marine crustaceans which have entered into the worldwide zoological systematics. He promoted 8 docs and continued to be the top of the division of oceanography on the school of sea fisheries. All whereas he revealed tons of of articles and at last in 2001 he was awarded the Medal of Professor Kazimierz Demel.



Sampling for copepods 

As famous earlier, HYPCOP makes use of Drzycimski works for the venture; his database, assortment and publications from his years in Bergen are good supply of knowledge. Drzycimski revealed two publications with Harpacticoida findings from 1967 and 1968. He described 5 new species of Harpactcoida from West Norway, with sampling areas near Bergen. Now, half a century later, we needed to revisit these sampling websites to see if we may discover the identical or totally different species. Some off the sampling areas had been from the center of the fjords close to Bergen and would subsequently be glorious to revisit.  Drzycimski had sampled totally different spots from across the Krossfjorden, Bjørnefjorden and Raunefjorden. Most of those had been deep sandy and muddy bottoms, from round 300-700m. Species that he had discovered there he described as Marsteinia typica, Pseudotachidius vikingus, Marsteinia similis, Leptopsyllus elongatus and Dorsiceratus octocornis. These all have the everyday small physique sizes of round 400-800 μm and are very inconspicuous and onerous to seek out with the bare eye.  


Brattström & Drzycimski 


Lovely day for sampling benthos. Picture: Cessa Rauch

With assist of analysis vessel Hand Brattström and researcher Anne Helene Tandberg, we managed to pattern two areas within the Krossfjorden between 400-700m depth that had been sampled earlier than within the 60s by Drzycimski. Previous to the sampling day we made a success record of 4 areas that we needed to revisit, however two of these areas bought inaccessible. Within the span of 60 years a whole lot of issues have modified, locations that after the place simple accessible for sampling are these days affected by e.g. fishing gear waste. Which might destroy our plankton nets after they get caught on this. On high off that Drzycimski additionally didn’t describe in his papers how he managed to gather his copepod samples, however almost certainly this was achieved with a sled, and on this case we might be utilizing the R.P. sled. The R.P. sled is an epibenthic sampler. That signifies that it samples the

Anne Helene Tandberg and crew engaged on retrieving samples from the RP-sled. Picture: Ellen Viste

animals that reside simply on the high of the (delicate) seafloor with a superb plankton internet, if you wish to learn extra particulars in regards to the R.P. sled you’ll be able to learn that right here. As soon as once more our sled professional Anne Helene would be a part of us on this journey to assist HYPCOP with sampling and likewise to be looking out for sampling for amphipods. After the sled collected the benthic animals, we wanted to filter the sled pattern by a course of which is known as decanting (See the YouTube film in this weblog).  With decanting you separate the combination of the animal soup from the liquid by washing them in an enormous bucket, throw the liquid by way of a filter and acquire the animals rigorously to keep away from damaging them.  





Drzycimskis go to on the museum was throughout the years of Hans Brattströms Professorship on the College of Bergen in marine biology (1962-1978). Throughout these years Brattström began the scientific journal Sarsia, the place Drzycimski revealed his copepod species description’s. There may be not a lot about whether or not the 2 professors knew one another properly, however it is extremely doubtless. And so it was particular that few generations later, Hans Brattström as soon as once more facilitates analysis for Drzycimski, though this time as a analysis vessel and a brand new era of scientists engaged on marine benthos.  

New era of scientists engaged on marine benthos. from the left: Anne Helene Tandberg, Francisca Carvalho, Cessa Rauch, Ellen Viste and Justine Siegwald

Cessa & Anne Helene 


Drzycimski, I. “Zvvei neue Harpacticoida (Copepoda) aus dem Westnorwegischen Kdstengebiet.” Sarsia 30.1 (1967): 75-82. 

Drzycimski, I. “Drei neue Harpacticoida aus westnorwegen.” Sarsia 36.1 (1968): 55-64. 

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