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Instytut Biologii Ssaków Polskiej Akademii Nauk, Białowieża

Zdzisław Pucek (1930-2007)

Zdzisław Pucek


Publication list

Education and scientific degrees:

  • Professor: 1971
  • Habilitation Thesis -1966, Jagiellonian University, Faculty of Biology and Earth Sciences, Kraków
  • PhD: 1961, M. Curie-Skłodowska University, Faculty of Biology and Earth Sciences, Lublin
  • Msc: 1954, Warsaw University, Faculty of Biology and Earth Sciences, Warsaw
  • Biologist 1952, M. Curie-Skłodowska University, Faculty of Biology and Earth Sciences, Lublin

Research profile:

The main fields of research of Z. Pucek were biomorphology of mammals (especially seasonal and age changes in shrews, postnatal development of rodents), ecology of rodents and ungulates (population dynamics, methods of estimating numbers), fauna and protection of mammals (faunistic and taxonomic reviews of selected species and mammal fauna of Poland, atlases of distribution and keys, red data books), and conservation strategy of the European bison. Prof. Z. Pucek was the author, co-author and editor of 6 scientific books, 20 book chapters, and 210 papers and articles. He supervised MSc theses of 15 Polish students, PhD theses of 23 Polish students and one Spanish student. Lecturing mammalogy at Lublin (1967-70) and Białystok (1979-80) Universities. Organizer and teacher at summer courses in mammalogy (1954-75).

International experience:

  • Training and research as visiting scientist in different universities and research centres in Europe (Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, Finland, France, Holland, Italy, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine) and Canada

Awards and prizes:

  • 1984 - Award of the Scientific Secretaty of PAS (for the book “Atlas of Polish Mammals” - Polish Scientific Publishers, Warsaw)
  • 1975 - Award of the Scientific Secretary of the Polish Academy of Sciences (for the edited book “The role of large herbivore mammals in woodland ecosystems”)

Membership of scientific associations:

  • Rodent Specialist Group, SSC/IUCN, coordinator for Europe, 1982-1989
  • Bison Specialist Group, Species Survival Commission IUCN, organizer and Chairman, 1985 – 2000
  • International Theriological Council (ITC), representative of Poland,1974-1985
  • American Society of Mammalogists, honorary member (since 1982)
  • Theriological Society at Russian Academy of Sciences, honorary member (since 1990)
  • Deutsche Gesselschaft fur Saugetierkunde e. V., (since 1963), honorary member since 2005
  • Ecological Society of America (since 1990)
  • Polish Academy of Sciences, member (since 1986), member of Committees: of Zoology (Chairman, 1987-1996), Ecology (Chairman, Section for Game and Protected Animals, 1972-1984), Nature Protection, 1993-. Scientific Councils of several research institutes of Polish Academy of Sciences and Białowieża National Park
  • Polish Zoological Society (Chairman or vice-chairman of Theriological Section, 1996-1982), honorary member since 2003
  • Member of the State Council for Nature Protection, 1988 - 2000

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