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[[Image:Austinfinish1.jpg|thumb|right|My interests include long-distance ventures such as pursuing a PhD degree and running marathons]]
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[[Image:AZ-cropped.jpg|thumb|right|Taking a hike near Phoenix, AZ]]
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=== Current Position ===
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Postdoctoral associate, [http://marple.eeb.uconn.edu/gratolwww/ The Green algal tree of life project (GrAToL) ] <br>
Postdoctoral associate <br>
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University of Connecticut <br>
 
University of Connecticut <br>
 
Office: BioPharm 311A<br>
 
Office: BioPharm 311A<br>
 
Phone: (860) 486-1811<br>
 
Phone: (860) 486-1811<br>
 
E-mail: karolina.fucikova@uconn.edu <br>
 
E-mail: karolina.fucikova@uconn.edu <br>
Research project: [http://alleyn.eeb.uconn.edu/gratol/ The Green algal tree of life project (GrAToL) ] <br>
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Advisors: [[Louise Lewis]], [[Paul Lewis]]<br>
Advisor: [[Louise Lewis]] <br>
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[[Image:Tumidella_large.jpg|thumb|left|''Tumidella tumida'', a new lineage (genus and family in the class Chlorophyceae) from the Namib Desert]]
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I study the diversity and evolution of green algae with the use of molecular phylogenetic methods, light microscopy, and electron microscopy. I am particularly interested in unicellular algae that inhabit soils, from dry hot deserts to polar and alpine habitats to heavily polluted post-mining dumps.
 
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* You can watch a short video introduction to green algae that live in soils [http://www.screencast.com/t/3WtczQrbW here]
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As part of the [http://marple.eeb.uconn.edu/gratolwww/ Green Algal Tree of Life project (GrAToL) ], the [[L._Lewis_Lab]] currently uses next-generation sequencing methods to investigate the diversity of algal chloroplast and mitochondrial genomes and the utility of organellar genes and architectures for higher taxonomy of green algae. I am also interested in the alterations of the genetic code in the mitochondria of the class Chlorophyceae, and the spread and inheritance of introns in green algal organellar genomes.<br>
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* Watch a short video introduction to [http://www.screencast.com/t/U461Tdmazsc algal mitochondrial genomes]
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* In addition, if you are curious what kinds of algae occur in the northeastern corner of Connecticut, my page '''"[[Algae around UConn]]"''' will give you some examples. <br><br><br>
  
[[Image:vodnik.jpg|thumb|right|Karolina Fučíková, age 3, dressed up as an algae-covered water ghost in good company - next to a girl dressed up as ''Amanita muscaria'' who probably did not become a mycologist later]]
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[[Image:Parallela_mt.jpg|thumb|right|Two mitochondrial genomes representing the order Sphaeropleales. Both contain the same respiratory and rRNA genes, but the one on the left is laden with introns, while the other is intron-free and extremely compact.]]
  
===Previous Education ===
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[[Image:Mauve.jpg|thumb|left|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).]]
Ph.D.: <br>
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University of Connecticut <br>
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==Previous Education ==
Storrs, CT <br>
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Ph.D.: 2011, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, [http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5451 PEET] trainee <br>
[http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5451 PEET] trainee <br>
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Dissertation: Monograph of the Genus ''Bracteacoccus'' (Sphaeropleales, Chlorophyceae), with Systematic Clarification of Taxonomically Related Genera <br>
 
Dissertation: Monograph of the Genus ''Bracteacoccus'' (Sphaeropleales, Chlorophyceae), with Systematic Clarification of Taxonomically Related Genera <br>
Dissertation Research Page: [[Systematics of Green Coccoid Algae: the Genus Bracteacoccus]]
 
 
Advisor: [[Louise Lewis]]
 
Advisor: [[Louise Lewis]]
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MS: 2006, John Carroll University, University Heights, OH <br>
 
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MS: <br>
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2004 - 2006 <br>
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John Carroll University <br>
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University Heights, OH <br>
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Participation in the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory in the Great Smoky Mountains [http://www.dlia.org/atbi (ATBI)]
 
Participation in the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory in the Great Smoky Mountains [http://www.dlia.org/atbi (ATBI)]
 
<br>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. <br>
 
<br>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. <br>
 
Advisor: [http://www.jcu.edu/biology/jeffjohansen.htm Jeff Johansen]
 
Advisor: [http://www.jcu.edu/biology/jeffjohansen.htm Jeff Johansen]
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Bc: <br>
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Bc: 2004, Jihočeská Univerzita, České Budějovice, Czech Republic <br>
2001 - 2004 <br>
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Jihočeská Univerzita <br>
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České Budějovice <br>
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Czech Republic <br>
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Bachelor's thesis: Microvegetation of the top of Roraima Tepui, with emphasis on the order Desmidiales.<br>
 
Bachelor's thesis: Microvegetation of the top of Roraima Tepui, with emphasis on the order Desmidiales.<br>
 
Advisor: [http://www.sinicearasy.cz/lidi/JanKastovsky Jan "Hanys" Kaštovský]
 
Advisor: [http://www.sinicearasy.cz/lidi/JanKastovsky Jan "Hanys" Kaštovský]
 
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[[Image:Finisterre2006.jpg|thumb|right|''Spanish Atlantic coast, July 2006'']]
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[[Image:Finisterre2006.jpg|thumb|right|Spanish Atlantic coast, July 2006]]
  
 
== Research Interests ==
 
== Research Interests ==
*Systematics of coccoid green algae
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*Evolution of mitochondrial genomes
*Desmid taxonomy
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*Evolution of chloroplast genomes
*Subaerophytic algae; subaerial habitats
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*Diversity and spread of introns and intronic homing endonuclease genes
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*Systematics and diversity of green algae
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*Subaerophytic and terrestrial algae
 
*Algae from extreme environments
 
*Algae from extreme environments
  
[[Image:Netrium.jpg|thumb|left|''Netrium digitus: stippled line-cut illustration'']]
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[[Image:Sporangium.jpg|thumb|left|''Bracteacoccus'' sp.: scanning electron micrograph of a sporangium prior to spore release]]
  
 
==Publications==
 
==Publications==
* [http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1529-8817.2005.00145.x Johansen, J.R., K. Fučíková, M.H. Fitzpatrick, and R.L. Lowe.  2005.  The red algal genus ''Rhodospora'' (Bangiophycidae, Rhodophyta): first report from North America.  Journal of Phycology 41:1281-1283.]<br>
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undergraduate mentee authors highlighted in bold<br>
* [http://www.bioone.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10.1656%2F1528-7092(2007)6%5B99%3ANASRFG%5D2.0.CO%3B2 Johansen, J.R., R. L. Lowe, S. Carty, K. Fučiková, C. E. Olsen, M. H. Fitzpatrick, J. A. Ress, and P. C. Furey. 2007. New Algal Species Records for Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with an Annotated Checklist of all Reported Algal Taxa for The Park. Southeastern Naturalist 6(sp1):99-134.]<br>
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* Fučíková K. In press. A new record of the rare freshwater red alga ''Tuomeya americana'' (Batrachospermaceae, Rhodophyta) from Connecticut. Rhodora.
* [http://uconn.library.ingentaconnect.com/content/schweiz/algo/2008/00000126/00000001/art00003 Johansen, J.R., C.E. Olsen, R.L. Lowe, K. Fučíková & D.A. Casamatta.  2008.  ''Leptolyngbya'' species from selected seep walls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Algological Studies 126:21-36.] <br>
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* [http://www.schweizerbart.de/publications/detail/artno/060011300 Fučíková, K., J.D. Hall, J.R. Johansen & R. Lowe. 2008. Bibliotheca Phycologica 113: Desmid Flora of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, USA. J. Cramer, Berlin, Stuttgart. 59 pp.]
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* Fučíková K, Johansen JR & Hall JD. In press. Contribution to the desmid flora of Southeastern Maine. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society.
  
* [http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/schweiz/novh/2009/00000088/F0020001/art00006 Fučíková, K. & J. Kaštovský. 2009. ''Vincularia roraimae'' (Zygnematophyceae, Desmidiales), gen. et sp. nov. from the top of Mt. Roraima, Venezuela. Nova Hedwigia 88(1-2):49-56.] <br>
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* [http://www.readcube.com/articles/10.3389/fevo.2014.00063 Fučíková K, Leliaert F, Cooper ED, Škaloud P, D'Hondt S, De Clerck O, Gurgel CFD, Lewis LA, Lewis PO, Lopez-Bautista JM, Delwiche CF & Verbruggen H. 2014. New phylogenetic hypotheses for the core Chlorophyta based on chloroplast sequence data. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 2: 63.]
  
* [http://www.cryptogamie.com/pagint_en/recherche/affich_art.php?cid=464 Hall, J.D., K. Fučíková, C. Lo, L.A. Lewis & K.G. Karol. 2010. An assessment of proposed DNA barcodes in freshwater green algae. Cryptogamie-Algologie 31(4): 529-555.]
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* [http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/pre.12062/abstract Fučíková K, Lewis PO & Lewis LA. 2014. Widespread desert affiliations of trebouxiophycean algae (Trebouxiophyceae, Chlorophyta) including discovery of three new desert genera. Phycological Research 62: 294-305. DOI: 10.1111/pre.12062]
  
* [http://www.schweizerbart.de/papers/nova_hedwigia/detail/92/76040 Johansen, J.R., L. Kováčik, D.A. Casamatta, K. Fučíková & J. Kaštovský. 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.]
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* [http://gbe.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2014/08/08/gbe.evu172.abstract Fučíková K, Lewis PO, González-Halphen D & Lewis LA. 2014. Gene arrangement convergence, diverse intron content, and genetic code modifications in mitochondrial genomes of Sphaeropleales (Chlorophyta). Genome Biology and Evolution 6: 2170-2180.]
  
* [http://fottea.czechphycology.cz/_contents/F11-1-2011-13.pdf Bohunická, M., J.R. Johansen & K. Fučíková. 2011. ''Tapinothrix clintonii'' sp. nov. (Pseudanabaenaceae, Cyanobacteria), a new species at the nexus of five genera. Fottea 11(1): 127-140.]
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* [http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/store/10.1111/oik.01598/asset/oik1598.pdf?v=1&t=hz1ivvjd&s=211a60687b6f6610248d499aa466fab4a3dc2428 Urban M, Lewis LA, Fučíková K & '''Cordone A'''. 2014. Population of origin and environment interact to determine oomycete infections in spotted salamander populations. Oikos.]
  
* [http://fottea.czechphycology.cz/_contents/F11-1-2011-17.pdf Kaštovský, J., K. Fučíková, T. Hauer & M. Bohunická. 2011. Microvegetation on the top of Mt. Roraima, Venezuela. Fottea 11(1): 171-186.]
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* [http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jpy.2014.50.issue-1/issuetoc Fučíková K, Lewis PO & Lewis LA. 2014. Putting incertae sedis taxa in their place: a proposal for ten new families and three new genera in the Sphaeropleales (Chlorophyta). Journal of Phycology 50: 14-25.]
  
*[http://phycologia.org/doi/abs/10.2216/10-69.1 Fučíková, K., J.C. Rada & L.A. Lewis. 2011. The tangled taxonomic history of ''Dictyococcus'', ''Bracteacoccus'', and ''Pseudomuriella'' (Chlorophyceae, Chlorophyta) and their distinction based on a phylogenetic perspective. Phycologia 50:422-429.]
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* 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.
  
* [http://uconn.library.ingentaconnect.com/content/schweiz/novh/2011/00000093/F0020001/art00002 Fučíková, K., J.C. Rada, A. Lukešová & L.A. Lewis. 2011. Cryptic Diversity within the Genus ''Pseudomuriella'' Hanagata (Chlorophyta, Chlorophyceae, Sphaeropleales) Assessed Using Four Barcode Markers. Nova Hedwigia 93:29-46.]
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* [http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/store/10.1111/jpy.12003/asset/jpy12003.pdf?v=1&t=ha11xlmt&s=2f7736daeac23277dd2d5e4ac92429a4885433a6 Tippery NP, Fučíková K, Lewis PO & Lewis LA. 2012. Probing the monophyly of the Sphaeropleales (Chlorophyceae) using data from five genes. Journal of Phycology 48:1482-1493.]
  
* [http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1055790311004350 McManus, H.A., K. Fučíková, L.A. Lewis & P. Haugen. 2012. Invasion of protein coding genes by green algal ribosomal group I introns. Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution 62(1):109-116.]
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* [http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1055790312001194 Rodriguez-Salinas E; Riveros-Rosas H, Li Z-K, Fučíková K, Brand JJ, Lewis LA & González-Halphen D. 2012. Lineage-specific fragmentation and nuclear relocation of the mitochondrial cox2 gene in chlorophycean green algae (Chlorophyta). Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution 64:166–176.]
  
* [http://fottea.czechphycology.cz/_contents/F12-1-2012-07.pdf Fučíková, K & L.A. Lewis. 2012. Intersection of ''Chlorella, Muriella'', and ''Bracteacoccus'': Resurrecting the genus ''Chromochloris'' Kol & Chodat (Chlorophyceae, Chlorophyta). Fottea 12(1):83-93.]
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* [http://fottea.czechphycology.cz/_contents/F12-1-2012-07.pdf Fučíková K & Lewis LA. 2012. Intersection of ''Chlorella, Muriella'', and ''Bracteacoccus'': Resurrecting the genus ''Chromochloris'' Kol & Chodat (Chlorophyceae, Chlorophyta). Fottea 12(1):83-93.]
  
* [http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1055790312001194 Rodriguez-Salinas, E.; H. Riveros-Rosas, Z.-K. Li, K. Fučíková, J.J. Brand & L.A. Lewis. 2012. Lineage-specific fragmentation and nuclear relocation of the mitochondrial cox2 gene in chlorophycean green algae (Chlorophyta). Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution 64:166–176.]
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* [http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1055790311004350 McManus HA, Fučíková K, Lewis LA & Haugen P. 2012. Invasion of protein coding genes by green algal ribosomal group I introns. Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution 62(1):109-116.]
  
* [http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/store/10.1111/jpy.12003/asset/jpy12003.pdf?v=1&t=ha11xlmt&s=2f7736daeac23277dd2d5e4ac92429a4885433a6 Tippery, N.P., K. Fučíková, P.O. Lewis & L.A. Lewis. 2012. Probing the monophyly of the Sphaeropleales (Chlorophyceae) using data from five genes. Journal of Phycology 48:1482-1493.]
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* 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.
  
* [http://www.schweizerbart.de/papers/nova_hedwigia/detail/96/79501/Revision_of_the_genus_Bracteacoccus_Tereg_Chloroph Fučíková, K., V.R. Flechtner & L.A. Lewis. 2013. Revision of the genus ''Bracteacoccus'' Tereg (Chlorophyceae, Chlorophyta) based on a phylogenetic approach. Nova Hedwigia 96:15-59.]
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*[http://phycologia.org/doi/abs/10.2216/10-69.1 Fučíková K, '''Rada JC''' & Lewis LA. 2011. The tangled taxonomic history of ''Dictyococcus'', ''Bracteacoccus'', and ''Pseudomuriella'' (Chlorophyceae, Chlorophyta) and their distinction based on a phylogenetic perspective. Phycologia 50:422-429.]
  
* K. Fučíková, P.O. Lewis & L.A. Lewis. Submitted. Putting incertae sedis taxa in their place: a proposal for nine new families and three new genera in the Sphaeropleales (Chlorophyta). Submitted to Journal of Phycology.
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* [http://fottea.czechphycology.cz/_contents/F11-1-2011-17.pdf Kaštovský J, Fučíková K., Hauer T & Bohunická M. 2011. Microvegetation on the top of Mt. Roraima, Venezuela. Fottea 11(1): 171-186.]
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* [http://fottea.czechphycology.cz/_contents/F11-1-2011-13.pdf Bohunická M, Johansen JR & Fučíková K. 2011. ''Tapinothrix clintonii'' sp. nov. (Pseudanabaenaceae, Cyanobacteria), a new species at the nexus of five genera. Fottea 11(1): 127-140.]
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* 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.
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* [http://www.cryptogamie.com/pagint_en/recherche/affich_art.php?cid=464 Hall JD, Fučíková K, '''Lo C''', Lewis LA & Karol KG. 2010. An assessment of proposed DNA barcodes in freshwater green algae. Cryptogamie-Algologie 31(4): 529-555.]
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* 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. <br>
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* 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.
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* 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. <br>
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* [http://www.bioone.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10.1656%2F1528-7092(2007)6%5B99%3ANASRFG%5D2.0.CO%3B2 Johansen JR, Lowe RL, Carty S, Fučiková K, Olsen CE, '''Fitzpatrick MH''', Ress JA & Furey PC. 2007. New Algal Species Records for Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with an Annotated Checklist of all Reported Algal Taxa for The Park. Southeastern Naturalist 6(sp1):99-134.]<br>
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* [http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1529-8817.2005.00145.x Johansen JR, Fučíková K, '''Fitzpatrick MH''' & Lowe RL.  2005.  The red algal genus ''Rhodospora'' (Bangiophycidae, Rhodophyta): first report from North America.  Journal of Phycology 41:1281-1283.]<br>
 
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==Teaching and Mentoring==
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==Teaching Experience==
Fall 2005 - Limnology at John Carroll University <br>
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'''Instructor'''
Summer 2007 - [http://homepages.uconn.edu/~aggison/SUMMER%20PROGRAM.html Summer Research Program for Minority Students] - [[Miracle Tali]], and work-study undergraduate [[Chien Lo]]<br>
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*Fall 2013 – Modern Topics in Biology (BIOL 1109), Univ. of Connecticut. <br>
Fall 2007 - BIOL 108 at UConn <br>
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'''Teaching Assistant''' <br>
Fall 2008 and 2010 - EEB 3250/5250 at UConn - see [[Biology of the Algae Lab]]<br>
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*Fall 2008, Fall 2010 – Biology of the Algae (EEB 3250/5250), Univ. of Connecticut.
Fall 2008 - Spring 2010 - mentor for UConn undergraduate student Jared Rada (independent study)
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*Fall 2007 –  Principles of Biology (BIOL 1108), Univ. of Connecticut.
Spring 2012 - mentor for undergraduate student Alexis Cordone
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*Fall 2005 – Limnology (BL 424), John Carroll Univ.
  
==Service and Leadership==
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==Mentoring Experience==
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*Spring 2013 – undergraduate Wilda Merant, Univ. of Connecticut (awarded $450 from UConn Office of Undergraduate Research).
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*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).
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*Fall 2009 – undergraduate Carissa Kerpen, Univ. of Connecticut.
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*Fall 2008 – Spring 2010 – undergraduate Jared Rada, Univ. of Connecticut (awarded $415 from UConn Office of Undergraduate Research; 2 coauthored publications).
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*Summer 2007 – REU program, Univ. of Connecticut – undergraduate Chien Lo (1 coauthored publication).
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*Summer 2007 – Summer Research Program for Minority Students. Univ. of Connecticut – undergraduate Miracle Tali
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[[Image:Evening_Burlington.jpg|thumb|right|At Lake Champlain, Burlington, VT]]
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==Service, Leadership & Outreach==
 
2008 - 2010: COO of [[Green Grads]] <br>
 
2008 - 2010: COO of [[Green Grads]] <br>
 
2008, 2009, 2010 - co-organizer of UConn's Give&Go program <br>
 
2008, 2009, 2010 - co-organizer of UConn's Give&Go program <br>
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2010 - 2011: senator in the UConn Graduate Student Senate; member of the GSS Finance Committee <br>
 
2010 - 2011: senator in the UConn Graduate Student Senate; member of the GSS Finance Committee <br>
 
2009 - 2011: grad student representative for UConn's Environmental Policy Advisory Council (EPAC) <br>
 
2009 - 2011: grad student representative for UConn's Environmental Policy Advisory Council (EPAC) <br>
 
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2007, 2009 - Connecticut Bioblitz participant<br>
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2013 - [http://whitememorialbioblitz.blogspot.com/ White Memorial Bioblitz] participant<br>
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2012, 2014 - [http://www.berkshirebioblitz.org/ Berkshire Bioblitz] participant<br>
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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.<br>
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Adirondack Marathon pace group leader (4hrs45min in [http://www.adirondackmarathon.org/2013-pace-bear-team/ 2013], 4hrs in 2014).
 
[[Category:EEB Postdoctoral Associates|Fucikova]]  [[Category:EEB People|Fucikova]]
 
[[Category:EEB Postdoctoral Associates|Fucikova]]  [[Category:EEB People|Fucikova]]

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Taking a hike near Phoenix, AZ

Postdoctoral associate, The Green algal tree of life project (GrAToL)
University of Connecticut
Office: BioPharm 311A
Phone: (860) 486-1811
E-mail: karolina.fucikova@uconn.edu
Advisors: Louise Lewis, Paul Lewis


Tumidella tumida, a new lineage (genus and family in the class Chlorophyceae) from the Namib Desert

I study the diversity and evolution of green algae with the use of molecular phylogenetic methods, light microscopy, and electron microscopy. I am particularly interested in unicellular algae that inhabit soils, from dry hot deserts to polar and alpine habitats to heavily polluted post-mining dumps.

  • You can watch a short video introduction to green algae that live in soils here


As part of the Green Algal Tree of Life project (GrAToL) , the L._Lewis_Lab currently uses next-generation sequencing methods to investigate the diversity of algal chloroplast and mitochondrial genomes and the utility of organellar genes and architectures for higher taxonomy of green algae. I am also interested in the alterations of the genetic code in the mitochondria of the class Chlorophyceae, and the spread and inheritance of introns in green algal organellar genomes.


  • In addition, if you are curious what kinds of algae occur in the northeastern corner of Connecticut, my page "Algae around UConn" will give you some examples.


Two mitochondrial genomes representing the order Sphaeropleales. Both contain the same respiratory and rRNA genes, but the one on the left is laden with introns, while the other is intron-free and extremely compact.
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).

Contents

Previous Education

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

Spanish Atlantic coast, July 2006

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

Publications

undergraduate mentee authors highlighted in bold

  • Fučíková K. In press. A new record of the rare freshwater red alga Tuomeya americana (Batrachospermaceae, Rhodophyta) from Connecticut. Rhodora.
  • Fučíková K, Johansen JR & Hall JD. In press. Contribution to the desmid flora of Southeastern Maine. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society.
  • 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

Instructor

  • 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

  • Spring 2013 – undergraduate Wilda Merant, Univ. of Connecticut (awarded $450 from UConn Office of Undergraduate Research).
  • 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).
  • 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
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).

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