Karolina Fučíková

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Currently adjunct professor at NHTI, Concord's Community College; starting as Assistant Professor of Biology at Assumption College in August 2016.
Website moving to [1].

Synteny maps of mitochondrial genomes of Sphaeropleales with same-colored blocks indicating corresponding pieces: In one family, several rearrangements occurred between two representative genera, but in another family the genomes appear completely collinear (no rearrangements).

Previous Education and Experience

Postdoctoral associate: 2014-2015, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
Estimating the Bayesian Phylogenetic Information Content of Systematic Data.
Advisors: Louise Lewis, Paul Lewis

Postdoctoral Associate: 2012-2014, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
The Green algal tree of life project (GrAToL)

Ph.D.: 2011, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, PEET trainee
Dissertation: Monograph of the Genus Bracteacoccus (Sphaeropleales, Chlorophyceae), with Systematic Clarification of Taxonomically Related Genera
Advisor: Louise Lewis

MS: 2006, John Carroll University, University Heights, OH
Participation in the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory in the Great Smoky Mountains (ATBI)
Master's thesis: Algae and Cyanobacteria of Selected Subaerial Habitats in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, U.S.A., and Desmid Flora of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Advisor: Jeff Johansen

Bc: 2004, Jihočeská Univerzita, České Budějovice, Czech Republic
Bachelor's thesis: Microvegetation of the top of Roraima Tepui, with emphasis on the order Desmidiales.
Advisor: Jan "Hanys" Kaštovský

Research Interests

  • Evolution of mitochondrial genomes
  • Evolution of chloroplast genomes
  • Diversity and spread of introns and intronic homing endonuclease genes
  • Systematics and diversity of green algae
  • Subaerophytic and terrestrial algae
  • Algae from extreme environments

Bracteacoccus sp.: scanning electron micrograph of a sporangium prior to spore release


undergraduate mentee authors highlighted in bold

  • Fučíková K, Flechtner VR, Lewis LA. 2013. Revision of the genus Bracteacoccus Tereg (Chlorophyceae, Chlorophyta) based on a phylogenetic approach. Nova Hedwigia 96:15-59.
  • Fučíková K, Rada JC, Lukešová A, Lewis LA. 2011. Cryptic Diversity within the Genus Pseudomuriella Hanagata (Chlorophyta, Chlorophyceae, Sphaeropleales) Assessed Using Four Barcode Markers. Nova Hedwigia 93:29-46.
  • Johansen JR, Kováčik L, Casamatta DA, Fučíková K, Kaštovský J. 2011. Utility of 16S-23S ITS sequence and secondary structure for recognition of intrageneric and intergeneric limits within cyanobacterial taxa: Leptolyngbya corticola sp. nov. (Pseudanabaenaceae, Cyanobacteria). Nova Hedwigia 92(3-4): 283-302.
  • Fučíková K, Kaštovský J. 2009. Vincularia roraimae (Zygnematophyceae, Desmidiales), gen. et sp. nov. from the top of Mt. Roraima, Venezuela. Nova Hedwigia 88(1-2):49-56.
  • Fučíková K, Hall JD, Johansen JR, Lowe R. 2008. Bibliotheca Phycologica 113: Desmid Flora of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, USA. J. Cramer, Berlin, Stuttgart. 59 pp.
  • Johansen JR, Olsen CE, Lowe RL, Fučíková K, Casamatta DA. 2008. Leptolyngbya species from selected seep walls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Algological Studies 126:21-36.

Teaching Experience


  • Spring 2016 - Cell Biology (BIOL 260C + laboratory), NHTI, Concord's Community College
  • Fall 2013 – Modern Topics in Biology (BIOL 1109), Univ. of Connecticut.

Teaching Assistant

  • Fall 2008, Fall 2010 – Biology of the Algae (EEB 3250/5250), Univ. of Connecticut.
  • Fall 2007 – Principles of Biology (BIOL 1108), Univ. of Connecticut.
  • Fall 2005 – Limnology (BL 424), John Carroll Univ.

Mentoring Experience

  • Fall 2014-2015 - undergraduate Marie Canieso, Univ. of Connecticut.
  • Summer 2012 – Spring 2014 – undergraduate Alexis Cordone, Univ. of Connecticut (honors thesis "Species Identification of Oomycete Infections in New England Salamander Eggs"; 1 coauthored publication).
  • Spring 2013 – undergraduate Wilda Merant, Univ. of Connecticut (awarded $450 from UConn Office of Undergraduate Research).
  • Fall 2009 – undergraduate Carissa Kerpen, Univ. of Connecticut.
  • Fall 2008 – Spring 2010 – undergraduate Jared Rada, Univ. of Connecticut (awarded $415 from UConn Office of Undergraduate Research; 2 coauthored publications).
  • Summer 2007 – REU program, Univ. of Connecticut – undergraduate Chien Lo (1 coauthored publication).
  • Summer 2007 – Summer Research Program for Minority Students. Univ. of Connecticut – undergraduate Miracle Tali
At Lake Champlain, Burlington, VT

Service, Leadership & Outreach

2008 - 2010: COO of Green Grads
2008, 2009, 2010 - co-organizer of UConn's Give&Go program
2009 - COO of the EEB Graduate Student Association
2010 - 2011: CFO of the EEB Graduate Student Association
2010 - 2011: senator in the UConn Graduate Student Senate; member of the GSS Finance Committee
2009 - 2011: grad student representative for UConn's Environmental Policy Advisory Council (EPAC)
2007, 2009 - Connecticut Bioblitz participant
2013 - White Memorial Bioblitz participant
2012, 2014 - Berkshire Bioblitz participant
2015 - Barrows Bioblitz participant, UConn Bioblitz organizer
2016 - CT State Bioblitz co-organizer
Reviewer for Nova Hedwigia, Chinese Journal of Oceanography and Limnology, Journal of Phycology, American Journal of Botany, Journal of Systematics and Evolution, Acta Societatis Botanicorum Poloniae, Polish Polar Research, Phytotaxa, and Fottea.
Adirondack Marathon pace group leader (4hrs45min in 2013, 4hrs in 2014, 4:15 in 2015).