Paweł Buczyński

I was born in 1971 in Lublin (south-eastern Poland). In this city I completed the Unia Lubelska High School (1990) and I graduated the University of Maria Curie-Skłodowska with the diploma in general biology (1995). I got the master of science degree on the basis of the work called "Dragonflies (Odonata) of selected peat bogs of the Poleski National Park and its surroundings" (professor conferring the degree: prof. dr hab. Zdzisław Cmoluch). In 1993-1994 I received training in the Department of Zoology of the University of Maria Curie-Skłodowska. I have been working in this department since July 1995 - in the years 1995-2002 as an assistant, since 2002 as an assistant professor - after receiving Ph.D. degree in biological sciences on the basis of Ph.D. thesis "Dragonflies (Insecta: Odonata) of high and transitional peat bogs in middle-eastern Poland" (2001, professor conferring the degree: prof. UMCS dr hab. Jacek Łętowski). I teach zoology and hydrobiology.
When I was a student I was very keen on vertebrate zoology and palaeontology. But my first and the biggest love till today has been dragonflies. Due to their physical beauty I was interested in dragonflies during first years of my university education, beginning from simple faunistics - very important in my region of Poland for it was not systematically studied from several dozen of years. Next, my interests extended for varied aspects of zoogeography, biology, ecology and protection of this beautiful and fascinating group of insects. My research encompasses the area of the whole Poland, in co-operation with colleagues from Minsk and Olsztyn - Belarus as well.
I am devoted to dragonflies as the editor of the "Odonatrix" bulletin and the activist of Odonatological Section of the Polish Entomological Society. I try to popularize this insect group in discussions, in the Internet and in popular scientific papers. Partially thanks to the work of mine as well as my colleagues from other scientific centres (mainly Rafał Bernard, Grzegorz Tończyk, Andrzej Łabędzki), dragonflies have become the subject of interest of pupils and students. Some of them prospective assistants and Ph. D. students - may instil the dragonfly studies into the next universities or academies. The others may be the future of a very useful amateur movement. The number of Polish odonatologists has increased from a few to about 20 in last a dozen or so years.
Except for dragonflies I am interested in other aquatic animals - mainly beetles, to a lesser degree - water bugs, caddisflies, leeches and sponges. These interests are a "side effect" of collecting dragonflies - the gathered aquatic material can not be wasted! Particularly interesting are beetles - in the cooperation with Marek Przewoźny I have accomplished many fascinating scientific projects.
As for leeches - I got friendly with them in other way. My physical features (190 cm, weight -100 kg) cause that I prefer "gym shoe style" in the field - I avoid using gum-boots and paddling in waters in gym shoes and shorts. My calves were particularly attractive to a rare and endangered medicine leech (Hirudo medicinalis) which fed on me a couple of times. I started to collect the data on its distribution, and during collecting hydrobiological samples - put aside other species. And so it started… In cooperation with professor Aleksander Bielecki from the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn the collaborative study of my materials has been prepared.
I have published about 350 scientific, popular scientific and popular papers so far. If somebody is interested my papers- feel free to ask.

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