2004 - 2006
John Carroll University
University Heights, OH
Participation in the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory in the Great Smoky Mountains 
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
Bachelor's thesis: Microvegetation of the top of Roraima Tepui, with emphasis on the order Desmidiales.
Advisor: Jan "Hanys" Kaštovský 
- Systematics of coccoid green algae
- Desmid taxonomy
- Subaerophytic algae; subaerial habitats
- Algae from extreme environments
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.
The life and work of Jara Cimrman ("Cimrmanology") - I have attended numerous seminars given by the greatest authorities in the field and am familiar with most of the known materials about this Czech playwright, poet, composer, teacher, traveler, philosopher, inventor, detective and sportsman of the 19th and early 20th century. For some basic info, click on the following link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C3%A1ra_da_Cimrman
LibriVox. I volunteer for this free audio-book project. For more information see http://librivox.org