A marine biologist extraordinary

Geoff Read g.read at niwa.cri.nz
Wed Feb 20 15:01:57 EST 2002

Van Bruggen, A. C. 2001. Dr Jacob van der Land, marine biologist 
extraordinary. — Zoologische Verhandelingen (Leiden)(334):7-20.

ABSTRACT: "This contribution is an attempt to sketch the life and works of 
Dr Jacob van der Land, curator of worms and chief marine biologist of the 
National Museum of Natural History, on the occasion of his official 
retirement. Born in 1935, Jacob van der Land read biology at Leiden 
University (1958-1964), where he obtained his Ph.D. in 1970 on a treatise 
on the Priapulida under the supervision of Prof. Dr L.D. Brongersma. In 
1964 he was appointed curator of worms in the museum. Later on he took 
over leadership of the invertebrate section (excluding insects) of the 
museum and was also placed in charge of all marine research. Initially, 
Van der Land organized field trips for biology students of Leiden University 
to Scandinavia, who were able to sample seagoing studies from a research 
vessel. From the early seventies on he conducted a number of smaller and 
larger marine expeditions mainly in the tropics (particularly in SE. Asia). 
His talent for organisation, management and leadership in the field was 
outstanding and led to the complete success of these undertakings. In an 
interim period in the museum's history he also participated in the general 
management. Subsequently his talents were severely tested when in 1996- 
1998 he was asked to supervise the almost traumatic move of the museum 
from the old premises in the Raamsteeg to the purpose-built new complex 
in the Darwinweg elsewhere in Leiden. Apart from having made a 
significant impact on the study of various groups of worms and worm-like 
animals (Turbellaria, Priapulida, Oligochaeta, Tardigrada, Vestimentifera), 
Van der Land also greatly influenced marine research in the Netherlands 
by participating in scientific management on a national scale. A list of his 
publications until early 2000 is attached."  

One of the most interesting & significant  amongst those papers I suggest 
would be the monograph: Land, J. v. d., & A. Norrevang. 1977. Structure 
and relationships of Lamellibrachia (Annelida, Vestimentifera). — Det 
Kongelige Danske Videnskbernes Selskab Biologiske Skrifter 21(3):1-102.  

  Geoff Read <g.read at niwa.cri.nz>

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