In an inspiring return to the forefront of marine biology, retired Marine Biologist, Dr Marek Lipinski has once again graced the NRF-South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (NRF-SAIAB) with his expertise, dedicating his time to curate the enigmatic cephalopod specimens generously donated in 2012. Doctor Lipinski, a voluntary curator and veteran in the field, brings his wealth of experience to shed light on a collection that holds untold mysteries beneath its uncharted depths.
Back in 2012, the Sea Fisheries Research Institute donated an estimated of 10,000 cephalopod specimens to the NRF-SAIAB Collections Facility. However, a significant portion of this marine treasure remains shrouded in mystery, with the majority still awaiting to be catalogued and to be further studied.
The collaboration between Dr Lipinski and NRF-SAIAB’s Collection Facility staff involves the meticulous entry of data onto the Specify database, ensuring that the information gleaned from his exploration contributes to the broader scientific community’s understanding of marine life.
In the picture: Dr Marek Lipinski identifying species at the NRF-SAIAB Collections.
A while ago, Dr Lipinski embarked on a journey of discovery at NRF-SAIAB in 2013, describing new species within the invertebrate sample collection. His commitment to advancing scientific knowledge and passion for exploration continues to inspire both seasoned professionals and budding marine biologists alike.
In a heartening gesture to the younger generation, Dr Marek Lipinski took a moment to share words of encouragement: “The world beneath the waves is a treasure trove of discovery waiting for the next generation of marine biologists. Each uncatalogued specimen holds the potential for a new chapter in our understanding of life in the oceans. Embrace curiosity, persevere in the face of challenges, and let the wonders of the deep inspire your journey,” he said.
Dr Lipinski continues to leave an indelible mark on marine biology through his collaboration with NRF-SAIAB.