(Katarzyna Andrejewa-Prószyńska) (born 16. XI. 1941 in Taszkient, former USSR - deceased 18. IX. 2008 in Milanˇwek, Poland)
E. M. Andreeva at the time she received her Ph.D.
Born in a very stimulating environment of intellectuals, stranded in Central Asia at various periods, her parents being ethnographers, Andreevea participated from the childhood in ethnographical and archeological expeditions, which studied vanishing native cultural customs of various Tadjik tribes, or digged out relicts of past cultures, lasting many months each year. Studying biology at Tadjik University she selected as her research topic spiders of Tajikistan almost completely unknown at that time, and one of highest challenges: without access to specialists, comparative collections abroad and modern literature using Simon's. Histoire naturelle des araignÚes (1898-1903) her main taxonomic source. She spent 10 years on collecting spiders in difficult accessible environments: Central Asian Mountains (which she climbed alone up to 6000 m), and in lowland deserts (with temperatures reaching 50 degrees centigrades). She received equivalent of PhD ("candidate of sciences") in 1971. In 1972 she moved to Poland (where were the roots of her family) and became lecturer in zoology, at the Teachers' Training College in Siedlce. Very serious sickness forced her to resign her appointment in 1991. She left two sons. She had a strong personal charisma and was generally liked, a good, always ready do help, courageous person.
List of publications
Andreeva, E. M., Tyschchenko V. P. 1968. Materials on the fauna of spiders (Aranei) of Tadjikistan. II. Zodariidae. Zool. Zh. 47: 684-689.
Andreeva, E. M. 1968. Materialy po faune paukov Tadzikistana. III. Mygalomorphae. Dokl. Akad. Nauk tadzhik. SSR 11: 68-71.
Andreeva E.M. 1969. Materialy po faune paukov Tadzhikistana.V. Salticidae. Izvestiya Akademii Nauk Tadjik SSR, Otdeleniye biologicheskikh Nauk, Dyushanbe 4(37): 89-93.
Andreeva, E. M., Tyschchenko V. P. 1969. On the fauna of spiders (Araneae) from Tadjikistan. Haplogynae, Cribellatae, Ecribellatae Trionychae (Pholcidae, Palpimanidae, Hersiliidae, Oxyopidae). Ent. Obozr. 48: 373-384.
Andreeva, E. M., Tyschchenko V. P. 1970. Materials on the fauna of spiders of Tadzhikistan. VI. Micryphantidae. Zool. Zh. 49: 38-44.
Andreeva E.M. 1975. Distribution and ecology of spiders (Aranei) in Tadjikistan. Fragmenta faunistica, Warszawa 20: 323-353, map 1.
Andreeva, E. M. 1976. Payki Tadzhikistana. Dyushanbe, pp. 1-19, illustrations 1-136.6.
Kononenko, A. P.Andreeva M. 1978. Dva nov'ikh vida paukov roda Lycosa iz sredneii Azii. Dokl. Akad. Nauk tadzhik. SSR 21: 61-63.
Andreeva E.M., Kononenko A.P., Prˇszynski J. 1981. Remarks on genus Mogrus Simon, 1882 (Aranei, Salticidae). Annales zoologici, Warszawa 36: 85-104, f. 1-42.
Andreeva E.M., Heciak S., Prˇszynski J. 1984. Remarks on Icius and Pseudicius (Araneae, Salticidae) mainly Central Asian. Annales zoologici, Warszawa 36: 85-104, f. 1-42.