Karolina Fučíková

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Current Position

PhD. candidate
PEET trainee
Advisor: Louise Lewis
Office: BioPharm 311A
Phone: (860) 486-1811
E-mail: karolina.fucikova@uconn.edu
Dissertation Research: Systematics of Green Coccoid Algae: the Genus Bracteacoccus

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

Previous Education

2004 - 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

2001 - 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

  • Systematics of coccoid green algae
  • Desmid taxonomy
  • Subaerophytic algae; subaerial habitats
  • Algae from extreme environments
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  • Bohunická, M., J.R. Johansen & K. Fučíková. In press. Tapinothrix clintonii sp. nov. (Pseudanabaenaceae, Cyanobacteria), a new species at the nexus of five genera. Fottea 11(1) In press.
  • Johansen, J.R., L. Kováčik, D.A. Casamatta, K. Fučíková & J. Kaštovský. In press. 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. In press.
  • Kaštovský, J., K. Fučíková, T. Hauer & M. Bohunická. Accepted. Microvegetation on the top of Mt. Roraima, Venezuela. Fottea - Accepted.
  • Fučíková, K., J.C. Rada & L.A. Lewis. In review. The tangled taxonomic history of Dictyococcus, Bracteacoccus, and Pseudomuriella (Chlorophyceae, Chlorophyta) and their distinction based on a phylogenetic perspective. Phycologia - in review.
  • McManus, H.A., K. Fučíková, L.A. Lewis & P. Haugen. Submitted. Invasion of protein coding genes by green algal ribosomal group I introns. Submitted - Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution.
  • Fučíková, K., J.C. Rada, A. Lukešová & L.A. Lewis. Submitted. Cryptic Diversity within the Genus Pseudomuriella Hanagata (Chlorophyta, Chlorophyceae, Sphaeropleales) Assessed Using Four Barcode Markers. Submitted - Nova Hedwigia.

Teaching and Mentoring

Fall 2005 - Limnology at John Carroll University
Summer 2007 - Summer Research Program for Minority Students - Miracle Tali, and work-study undergraduate Chien Lo
Fall 2007 - BIOL 108 at UConn
Fall 2008 and 2010 - EEB 3250/5250 at UConn - see Biology of the Algae Lab
Fall 2008 - Spring 2010 - mentor for UConn undergraduate student Jared Rada (independent study)

Service and Leadership

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)