Dr. Olga Nikolaïevna Zezina died on 1 December 2014


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Olga Nikolaevna Zezina


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All professional activity Olga Nikolaevna was associated with the Institute of Oceanology. She came to the Laboratory of benthos in 1960, immediately after training at the Department of Hydrobiology, ichthyology faculty of the Moscow Technical Institute of Fishing Industry and Economy. AI Mikoyan, where she graduated with honors. After graduate school part-time under the leadership of LA Zenkevich, Olga defended her thesis, and in 1983 and a doctorate.

The main focus of her research was important for marine communities - brachiopods group of animals. Olga was the most authoritative expert on this group not only in our country but also abroad. Apart from the issues directly related to the taxonomy of brachiopods, their role in the community and patterns of distribution in the oceans, especially on the slopes of the continents, islands and underwater ridges, Olga developed important theoretical problem. It was first suggested biogeographic regionalization scheme bathyal zone of the ocean. In the range of interests Olga Nikolaevna were questions of history of formation of modern marine fauna, elucidation of the mechanisms of conservation of faunal relicts in different vertical zones of the ocean and the development of the concept as a universal gipomorfoza direction deepwater adaptations of invertebrates.

Olga participated in six ocean expeditions, including the legendary "Vitiaz". Based on materials from domestic and foreign taxes it has created the world's largest collection of modern brachiopods.

Olga was open to discuss issues with hydrobiological geology, hydrology, paleontology; She knew the value of interdisciplinary approaches and was an indispensable companion and source of hydro-biological knowledge to their colleagues of different specialties. Until the last days of his life Olga remained joyful human activity. It was generously endowed with the gift to feel the joy of life, and willingly shared the pleasure we get from his travels, beautiful and intelligent books, establishment of country life, socializing with pets ...

We, her colleagues, will not soon get used to the fact that she was not with us. We will miss her cheerful participation in the daily life of the laboratory, its paradoxical reasoning, her ability to live without sadness ...

List of her publications on Brachiopoda...

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Zezina O. N., 1965. Distribution of the deepwater brachiopod Pelagodiscus atlanticus (King) [in Russian]. Okeanology, 5 (2), 354-358.

Zezina O. N., 1970. Brachiopod distribution in the recent Ocean with reference to problems of zoogeographic zoning [in Russian]. Paleont. Zhurnal., 2, 3-17.

Zezina O. N., 1970. Brachiopods of the area of the Kuril Islands and the Kurile-Kamchatka trench. In: Fauna of the Kurile Kamtchatka trench and its environment, Trudy Inst. Okeanol., Moscow, 86, 432-457.

Zezina O. N., 1973. Composition et répartition des brachiopodes dans le benthos du Golfe d'Alaska [in Russian]. Trudy Inst. Okeanol., Moscow, 91, 192-202.

Zezina O. N., 1973. Biogeographical division of the benthos area of the ocean by brachiopods [in Russian]. Trudy V. N. I. R. O., 84, 166-180.

Zezina O. N., 1975. Recent Caribbean deep-sea brachiopod fauna, the sources and conditions of its formation [in Russian]. Trud. Inst. Okeanol., 100, 188-195.

Zezina O. N., 1975. Deep-sea brachiopods from the south-east Pacific and Scotia sea [in Russian]. Trud. Inst. Okeanol., 103, 247-258.

Zezina O. N., 1975. On some deep-sea Brachiopods from the Gay head Bermuda transect. Deep-sea Res., 22 (12), 903-912.

Zezina O. N., 1976. A new genus of Recent Terebratelloid Brachiopods from the sublittoral of the Kurilo-Kamtchatka region [in Russian]. In: Bottom Fauna of the USSR fringing seas, Inst. Okeanol. Akad. Nauk SSSR, Moscou, p. 101-105.

Zezina O. N., 1976. Ecology and distribution of Recent brachiopods [in Russian]. In: Scientific Council on the Life Problem "Evolutionary Trends and Patterns of Animal and Plants Organisms". Nauka, Moscou, 138 pp.

Zezina O. N., 1977. Brachiopods of the Western Arctic. Composition, distribution, rôle in biocoenoses. In: Biocenoses of the shelf of Frans Josef Land and the fauna of adjacent waters. Explor. Fauna Seas, Nauka Leningrad, 14 (22), 205-218.

Zezina O. N. & T. N. Smirnova, 1977. The systematics and distribution of the family Basiliolidae (Brachiopoda, Rhynchonellida) [in Russian]. Bull. Mosk. Osbsh. Ispyt. Prir., Otd. biol., 82 (1), 64-72.

Zezina O. N., 1979. On the formation of the recent fauna of brachiopods on the shelves and slopes of the World Ocean [in Russian]. Bull. Mosk. Obsh. Isp. prirody, Otd. biol., 84 (5), 52-59.

Zezina O. N., 1979. New data on the Brachiopoda of the Far east Seas of USSR [in Russian]. Nauka, Moscow, pp. 222-233.

Zezina O. N. & N L. Semenova, 1979. Some data on the ecology and the distribution of a brachiopod Hemithyris psittacea (Gmelin) in the white sea [in Russian]. In: A.P. Kuznetsov, Ed., Ecology of the sea shelf benthic fauna and flora. Inst. Okeanol. Moscow, p. 88-92

Zezina O. N., 198*. Brachiopods of the area of the Kurile islands and the Kurile-Kamtchatka trench [in Russian]. Proc. Shirshov Inst. Oceanol., Moscow., 86, 452-481.

Zezina O. N., 1980. On a deep sea find of Brachiopods in the Arctic basin [in Russian]. In: M.E. Vinogradov & I.A. Melnikov Eds., The Biology of the central arctic basin, Nauka, Moscou, pp. 240-241

Zezina O. N., 1980. On composition, distribution and some biological features of the cold water brachiopods in the Southern Hemisphere [in Russian]. In: Ecological investigations of the shelf, Shirshov Inst. Oceanol. Moscow, p. 9-35.

Zezina O. N., 1981. Recent Deep-Sea Brachiopoda from the Western Pacific. Galathea Rep., 15, 7-20

Zezina O. N., 1981. New and rare cancellothyroid brachiopods [in Russian]. Trud. Inst. Okeanol. Acad. Nauka, 115, 155-164.

Zezina O. N., 1981. On the formation of the Recent brachiopod fauna at the shelves and the slopes of the Pacific ocean [in Russian]. Pacif. Sci. Congr. Proc., 14 (1), 20-23.

Zezina O. N., 1981. The composition and the ways of the formation for talassobathyal brachiopod fauna [in Russian]. In: Benthos of the submarine Mountains Marcus-Necker and adjacent Pacific regions, Shirshov Inst. Okeanol. Moscow, pp. 141-149.

Popov L. E., O. N. Zezina & Ya. Nylak, 1982. Microstructure of the apical part of the shell of Ecardines and its ecological importance. Bull. Moscow Soc. Naturalists (Biol.), 87 (6), 94-104.

Zezina O. N., 1983. On the most important events in geological history for the development of the recent marine fauna (Using brachiopods as an example) [in Russian]. Okeanologiya, 23(1), 76-80.

Zezina O. N. & O. N. Morozova, 1984. On homoeomorphy in shell structure of some deep-sea Brachiopods [in Russian]. Trud. Inst. Okeanol., 119, 161-163.

Zezina O. N., 1985. Some rare species of the recent brachiopoda and the problem of "living fossils" [in Russian]. In: Ecology of the ocean coastal zone benthic fauna and flora, P. P. Shirshov Inst. Oceanol., Akad. Sci., Moscow, pp. 9-14.

Zezina O. N., 1985. Brachiopodes actuels et les problèmes de la zone bathyale de l'Océan [in Russian]. Nauka, Moscow, 247 pp.

Zezina O. N., 1985. On making use of bottom sestonophages to estimate a productive situation at midoceanic raisings [in Russian]. Trud. Inst. Okeanol. Moskva, 120, 65-69.

Zezina O. N., 1987. Brachiopods collected by BENTHEDI-Cruise in the Mozambique Channel. Bull. Mus. Nat. Hist. nat., Paris, 4°sér, 9, sect. A (3), 551-563

Zezina O. N., 1989. On hypomorphal features of deep-sea bottom animals. Trud. Inst. Oceanol. Moscow, 123, 35-48.

Zezina O. N., 1990. Brachiopods of Northern Siberia [in Russian]. Issled. Faun. Mor., Leningrad, 37 (45), 139-146.

Zezina O. N., 1990. Composition and distribution of articulate brachiopods from the underwater raises of the Eatern Pacific [in Russian]. Trans. Shirshov Inst. Oceanol, Moscow, 124, 264-268.

Zezina O. N., 1990. Rare and new brachiopods from the Southern Atlantic. Trans. Shirshov Inst. Oceanol., Moscow, 126, 127-130.

Zezina O. N., 1991. A new species of cancellothyrioid brachiopods from the 'Atlantis' fracture of Mid-Atlantic ocean ridge [in Russian]. Zool. Zh., 70 (6), 152-153.

Zezina O. N., 1993. Brachiopods in the zone of suspension-feeders at the slope of the northern Atlantic. In: Feeding of marine invertebrates in different vertical zones and latitudes [in Russian]. Russ. Acad. Sci., Shirshov Inst. Oceanol., Moscou, pp. 31-40

Zezina O. N., 1993. New records of recent deep-sea brachiopods in the Weddell Sea and Orkney trench area. Trudy Inst. Oceanol. Moscow, 127, 198-200.

Zezina O. N., Nemlicher J. G., Rummi P. & G. T. Ushatinskaya, 1993. Studies of the mineral component of the chitin-phosphate shells of recent brachiopods in connection with the specifics of deep-dea forms. Oceanology, 33 (2), 212-216.

Zezina O. N., Nemliher Yu. G., Rummi P. & G. T. Ushatinskaya, 1993. The study of the mineral component in chitino-phosphate shells of recent brachiopods as concerned with peculiarities of the deep-sea organisms [in Russian]. Okeanologiya, 33 (2), 248-252.

Zezina O. N., Neyman A. A. & M. N. Sokolova, 1993. Trophic zones and landscapes at the ocean bottom. In: Feeding of marine invertebrates in different vertical zones and latitudes [in Russian]. Russ. Acad. Sci., Shirshov Inst. Oceanol., Moscou, p. 66-77.

Zezina O. N., 1994. Deep-Sea brachiopods. Their peculiarities in morphology and evolution. Sarsia, 79 (1), 59-64.

Zezina O. N., 1994. Bathyal zone of the ocean as a place for preservation of faunistic relics. Oceanology, 34 (3), 367-372.

Zezina O. N., 1994. Recent brachiopods from underwater rises of the western part of the Indian Ocea [in Russian]. Trudy Inst. Oceanol. Moscow, 129, 44-52.

Zezina O. N., 1994. A new rhynchonelloid brachiopod from the Amirante basin of the Indian Ocean [in Russian]. Trudy Inst. Oceanol. Moscow, 129, 53-54.

Zezina O. N., 1997. Brachiopodes actuels dans la composition naturelle benthique biofiltrante des mers de Russie [in Russian]. Paleont. Inst., Acad. Sci. Russ., 83 pp.

Zezina O. N., 1997. Biogeography of the Bathyal Zone. Advances in Marine Biology, 32, 389-426.

Zezina O. N., 1997. Recent brachiopods in the zone of suspension-feeders on the north-western shelves and slopes of the Euro-Asian continent [in Russian]. In: Benthos of the Northern Euro-Asian Seas. VNIRO Publising House, Moscow, p. 75-77.

Zezina O. N., 1997. Annotated list of recent brachiopods species in the seas of Russia and adjacent waters [in Russian]. In: Composition and distribution of bottom invertebrate animals in the seas of Russia and adjacent waters [in Russian]. Russian Acad. Sci., Moscow, p. 61-73

Zezina O. N. , 1997. Brachiopods in a natural biofilter at the the shelves and slopes in the far-eastern seas of Russia [in Russian]. In: Composition and distribution of bottom invertebrate animals in the seas of Russia and adjacent waters [in Russian]. Russian Acad. Sci., Moscow, p. 52-60.

Zezina O. N., 1998. New data on recent brachiopods from the bathyal zone of the Antarctic (based on collection of the 39th Cruise of the R/V "Polarstern" in 1996) VNIRO Publishing House, Moscow, p. 69-74.

Zezina O. N. & A. V. Pakhnevich, 1998. Recent brachiopods identificated in the collection of the R/V Academician Boris Petrov (cruise 29A in 1998) from the Western Antarctic. VNIRO Publishing House, Moscow, p. 85-88.

Grunt T. A. & O. N. Zezina, 2000. On latitudinal biological zoning in the late Paleozoic seas. Oceanology, 40 (2), 22-227.

Zezina O. N. & Pakhnevich A. V., 2000. On finding of recent articulate brachiopods at underwater volcanic activity region of the Antarctic Peninsula. Dokl Acad. Nauk, 370 (3), 397-398.

Sokolova M., Kuznetsov A. P. & O. N. Zezina, 2001. Russian benthic deep-sea collections in the Mediterranean Sea (quantitative, bionomic and trophic features) [in Russian]. In: Composition and structure of the marine bottom biota, VNIRO Publ. Moscow, pp. 46-55.

Zezina O. N., 2001. Some ecological and geographical characteristics of brachiopods living at underwater rises and nearly the islands of the North Atlantic [in Russian]. In: Composition and structure of the marine bottom biota, VNIRO Publ., Moscow, pp. 58-62.

Zezina O. N., 2001. Global surface-water circulation and the main feature of brachiopod biogeography. System. Ass. Sp. Vol. Ser., 63, 102-107.

Zezina O. N., 2001. Articulate brachiopods near Vietnam shores in the belt of suspension feeders at the continental slope of the Asia [in Russian]. In: Composition and structure of the marine bottom biota, VNIRO Publ., Moscow, p. 63-68.

Zezina O. N., 2003. On the ecological, morphological, and evolutionary features of brachiopods living in marginal and extreme environments. Paleontological Journal, 37 (3), 263-269.

Zezina O. N., 2005. On the systematic position of recent brachiopod species from the Norfolk Ridge (West Pacific). Invertebrate Zoology (Moscow), 2 (1), 29-33.

Zezina O. N. & S. N. Temereva, 2005. Brachiopoda and Phoronida. In: Biota of the Russian waters of the Sea of Japan, Ed. A. V. Adrianov, Dalnauka, Vladivostock. vol. 3, 138 p.

Zezina O. N., 2006. Deep-sea brachiopods in Russian collections from the Atlantic Ocean. In: Biogeography of the North Atlantic Seamounts, Mironov A. N., A. V. Gebruk, A. J. Southward, eds. - 196 p. KMK Scientific Press Ltd, Moscow, p. 67-75.

Zezina O. N., 2006. On the age of recent marine fauna in extreme and isolated biotopes (mainly on brachiopod data) [in Russian]. Okeanologiya, 46 (3), 426-431.

Lee D.E., Gregory M.R., Lüter C., Zezina O.N., Robinson J.H. & Christie D.M. , 2008. Melvicalathis, a new brachiopod genus (Terebratulida: Chlidonophoridae) from deep sea volcanic substrates, and the biogeographic significance of the mid-ocean ridge system. Zootaxa, 1866, 136-150.

Zezina O. N., 2008. Notes on brachiopods from the North Atlantic. Mar. Biol. Res., 4 (1-2), 157-159.

Zezina O. N., 2008. Biogeography of the recent brachiopods. Paleontological Journal, 42 (8), 830-858.

Zezina O. N., 2008. Vertical biological zoning of the continental slope depending on the sedimentation conditions [in Russian]. Okeanologiya, 48 (6), 895-899.

Zezina O. N., 2009. Relicts of the Tethyan fauna in the Recent oceans. Paleontological Journal, 43 (8), 877-880.

Zezina O. N., 2010. Check list of Holocene brachiopods annotated with geographical ranges of species. Paleontologicheskii Zhurnal, 44 ( 9), 1176-1199.

Zezina O. N. & Raysky A. C., 2010. Expansion of brachiopods and pycnogonids in the Arctic Basin: ways and barriers [in Russian]. Journal of Siberian Federal University, Biology, 3 (3), 292-302.

Zezina O. N., 2011. Phylum Brachiopoda. In: Illustrated Keys to Free-Living Invertebrates of Eurasian Arctic Seas and Adjacent Deep Waters, Buzhinskaja G. N. (ed.). Alaska Sea Grant College Program (Publisher), Vol . 2, 168 p.

Zezina O. N., 2011. How old are the genera of living brachiopods in warm-temperate and cold-temperate waters? http://www.marine-biodiversity.org/, p. 85.

Drozdov A.L., Vinnikova V.V. , Zezina O.N. & S.A. Tyurina, 2012. Morphology of gametes of mollusks, echinoderms, and brachiopods in systematics and phylogeny. Paleontological Journal, 46 (8), 936-944.

Zezina O. N., 2012. On the estimated age of recent fauna in different latitudinal zones (by the example of brachiopods). Paleontological Journal, 46 (12), 1358-1361.

Bitner M.A., Melnik J. P. & O. N. Zezina, 2013. New paedomorphic brachiopods from the abyssal zone of the north-eastern Pacific Ocean. Zootaxa, 3613 (3), 281-288.

Zezina O. N., 2014. Deep-sea fauna of European seas: An annotated species check-list of benthic invertebrates living deeper than 2000 m in the seas bordering Europe. Brachiopoda. Invertebrate Zoology, 11 (1), 83-88.