Full CV in pdf form: KarolinaFucikovaCV2018

This is a streamlined version; for full CV follow the link above. I have included links to most of my papers below – most will lead you to my ResearchGate page (apologies for the extra clicking, but it helps me track the visibility of my research). When permissible, I also made supplements or other materials (such as preprint text) available for direct download. If you do not have access to any of the articles, please feel free to contact me for a pdf copy (karolina.fucikova[at]

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  1. Ph.D. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut (UConn). Advisor: Dr. Louise A. Lewis. Dissertation: Monograph of the Genus Bracteacoccus (Sphaeropleales, Chlorophyceae), with Systematic Clarification of Taxonomically Related Genera.
  1. M.S. Biology, John Carroll University. Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey R. Johansen. Thesis: Algae and Cyanobacteria of Selected Subaerial Habitats in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, U.S.A., and Desmid Flora of the GSMNP.
  1. B.S., Biology, University of South Bohemia. Advisor: Jan Kaštovský. ­Thesis: Microvegetation of the top of Roraima Tepui, with emphasis on the order Desmidiales.

Postdoctoral and Professional Experience

2016 – present. Assistant professor, Assumption College; Department of Natural Sciences.

2016.     Adjunct professor, NHTI, Concord’s Community College; Organizer of the Connecticut State Bioblitz, Center for Conservation and Biodiversity, UConn.

2014 – 2015.    Postdoctoral associate, UConn; Estimating the Bayesian Phylogenetic Information Content of Systematic Data (NSF funded). Advisors: Dr. Paul O. Lewis and Louise A. Lewis.

2012 – 2014.    Postdoctoral associate, UConn; Green Algal Tree of Life (NSF funded). Advisors: Dr. Paul O. Lewis and Louise A. Lewis.

Teaching Experience

Spring 2018 – Intro to Bioinformatics (BIO 260 + lab) Assumption College
Spring/Fall 2016-18.  Concepts in Biology (BIO 160 + lab)
Spring 2017 – Bioinformatics (Special Topics BIO 275) Assumption College
Summer 2016. Introduction to Biology (BIOL 100 + lab), NHTI, Concord’s Community College.
Spring 2016.   Cell Biology (BIOL 260C + lab), NHTI, Concord’s Community College.
Fall 2013.        Modern Topics in Biology (BIOL 1109), UConn.

Publication Highlights

Fučíková K, Lewis PO, Lewis LA. 2016. Chloroplast phylogenomic data from the green algal order Sphaeropleales (Chlorophyceae, Chlorophyta) reveal complex patterns of sequence evolution. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 98: 176-183.pdf preprint

Fučíková K, Lahr DJG. 2016. Uncovering cryptic diversity in two amoebozoan species using complete mitochondrial genome sequences. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology 63: 112-122.

Fučíková K, Pažoutová M, Rindi F. 2015. Meiotic genes and sexual reproduction in the green algal class Trebouxiophyceae (Chlorophyta). Journal of Phycology 51: 419-430.

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.

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.

Other Peer-Reviewed Publications (* = undergraduate author)

Saber AA, Fučíková K, McManus HA, Guella G, Cantonati M. In press. Novel green algal isolates from the Egyptian hyper-arid desert oases: a polyphasic approach with a description of Pharao desertorum gen. et sp. nov. (Chlorophyceae, Chlorophyta). Journal of Phycology.

McManus HA, Fučíková K, Lewis PO, Lewis LA, Karol KG. In press. Organellar phylogenomics inform systematics in the green algal family Hydrodictyaceae (Chlorophyceae) and provide clues to the complex evolutionary history of plastid genomes in the green algal Tree of Life. American Journal of Botany.

Štenclová L, Fučíková K, Kaštovský J, Pažoutová M. 2017. Molecular and morphological delimitation and generic classification of the family Oocystaceae. Journal of Phycology 53: 1253-1282.

Lewis PO, Chen M-H, Kuo L, Lewis LA, Fučíková K, Neupane S, Wang Y-B, Shi D. 2016. Estimating Bayesian phylogenetic information content. Systematic Biology 65: 1009–1023. Open access article.

Watanabe S, Fučíková K, Lewis LA, Lewis PO. 2016. Hiding in plain sight: Koshicola spirodelophila gen. et sp. nov. (Chaetopeltidales, Chlorophyceae), a novel green alga associated with the aquatic angiosperm Spirodela polyrhiza. American Journal of Botany 103: 865–875. Open access article; selected for AJB highlights.

Fučíková K, Lewis LA, Lewis PO. 2016. Comparative analyses of chloroplast genome data representing nine green algae in Sphaeropleales (Chlorophyceae, Chlorophyta). Data in Brief 7: 558-570. pdf

Kaštovský J, Veselá J, Bohunická M, Fučíková K, Štenclová L, Brewer-Carías C. 2016. New and unusual species of cyanobacteria, diatoms and green algae, with a description of a new genus Ekerewekia gen. nov. (Chlorophyta) from the table mountain Churí-tepui, Chimantá Massif (Venezuela). Phytotaxa 247: 153-180.

Fučíková K, Johansen JR, Hall JD. 2015. Contribution to the desmid flora of Southeastern Maine. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 142: 166-178. unformatted supplements

Rangel TF, Colwell RK, Graves GR, Fučíková K, Rahbek C, Diniz-Filho JAF. 2015. Phylogenetic Uncertainty Revisited: Implications for Ecological Analyses. Evolution 69: 1301–1312. Dryad data set

Fučíková K. 2015. A new record of the rare freshwater red alga Tuomeya americana (Batrachospermaceae, Rhodophyta) from Connecticut. Rhodora 117: 342-353.

Varol M., Fučíková K. 2015. Four new records for the freshwater algae of Turkey. Journal of Limnology and Freshwater Fisheries Research 1: 83-88.

*Farwagi A, Fučíková K, McManus HA. 2015. Phylogenetic patterns of gene rearrangements in four mitochondrial genomes from the green algal family Hydrodictyaceae (Sphaeropleales, Chlorophyceae). BMC Genomics 16: 826.

Urban M, Lewis LA, Fučíková K, *Cordone A. 2015. Population of origin and environment interact to determine oomycete infections in spotted salamander populations. Oikos 124: 274-284.

Fučíková K. 2015. A new record of the rare alga Pachycladella (Chlorophyceae) in New England. PhytoKeys 56: 19-27.

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. Journal of Phycology 50: 14-25, selected for Algae Highlight.

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.

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.

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.

McManus HA, Lewis LA, Fučíková K, Haugen P. 2012. Invasion of protein coding genes by green algal ribosomal group I introns. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 62:109-116.

Fučíková K, Lewis LA. 2012. Intersection of Chorella, Muriella and Bracteacoccus: Resurrecting the genus Chromochloris Kol & Chodat (Chlorophyceae, Chlorophyta). Fottea 12:83-93.

Rodríguez-Salinas E, Li Z, Fučíková K, Lewis LA, Brand JJ, González-Halphen D. 2012. Lineage-specific fragmentation and nuclear relocation of the mitochondrial cox2 gene in green algae (Chlorophyta, Chlorophyceae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 64:166–176.

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.

Bohunická M, Johansen JR, Fučíková K. 2011. Tapinothrix clintonii sp. nov. (Pseudanabaenaceae, Cyanobacteria), a new species at the nexus of five genera. Fottea 11:127-140.

Kaštovský J, Fučíková K, Hauer T, Bohunická M. 2011. Microvegetation on the top of Mt. Roraima, Venezuela. Fottea 11:171-186.

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.

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 92:283-302.

Hall JD, Fučíková K, *Lo C, Lewis LA, Karol KG. 2010. An assessment of proposed DNA barcodes in freshwater green algae. Cryptogamie-Algologie 31: 529-555.

Fučíková K, Kaštovský J. 2009. Vincularia roraimae (Zygnematophyceae, Desmidiales), gen. et sp. nov. from the top of Mt. Roraima, Venezuela. Nova Hedwigia 88:49-56.

Fučíková K, Hall JD, Johansen JR, Lowe RL. 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.

Johansen JR, Lowe RL, Carty S, Fučíková 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.

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.

My full and current publication list can be also viewed at my ResearchGate page.

Invited Presentations

2017. Fantastic algae and where to find them. Clark University Biology Department seminar, Worcester, MA.
Green algae out of their element (or are they?). Phycological Society of America annual meeting, Monterey, CA.
2016.   Deciphering DNA: Tackling fundamental questions about algae using bioinformatics. Minority Biomedical Research Support program seminar, California State University Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA.
2014.   Mitochondrial genome evolution in green algae: a balance between variation and conservation. Botany Dept., University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
2013.   Big words, small critters: mitochondrial peculiarities of the Chlorophyceae. Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.
2013.   Some Assembly Required: the Green Algal Tree of Life. International Phycological Congress, Orlando, FL.
2009.   Ecological, Activist & Community Involvement – Opening plenary speaker, 21st Annual Conference on Women & Gender, Storrs, CT.

Other Presentations

2017. Northeast Algal Symposium, Carroll, NH (poster).
2015.   Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution, Vienna, Austria.
2014.   Northeast Algal Symposium, Newport, RI; Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting, Portland, OR.
2012.   Phycological Society of America, Charleston, SC; Northeast Algal Symposium, Winter Harbor, ME.
2011.   Phycological Society of America, Seattle, WA.
2010.   Evolution 2010, Portland, OR; Phycological Society of America, East Lansing, MI; Northeast Algal Symposium, Bristol, RI.
2009.   International Phycological Congress, Tokyo, Japan (poster).
2008.   Graduate Research Symposium, Storrs, CT.
2007.   Northeast Algal Symposium, Narragansett, RI.
2005.   Microscopical Society of Northeast Ohio, University Heights, OH (poster).
2004.   All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory, Gatlinburg TN (poster).

Broader Impacts and Outreach

2017.           Barrows Bioblitz participant.
2016.           CT State Bioblitz organizer.
2015.           UConn Bioblitz – steering committee member, chair of logistics subcommittee.
Charles Barrows STEM Academy 2015 Bioblitz – planning and participation.
iNaturalist taxonomic curator.
2012, 2014.     Berkshire Bioblitz participant.
2013.           White Memorial Bioblitz participant.
2007, 2009.     CT Bioblitz participant.
2008-2011.      Co-organizer of waste-reduction program (“Give and Go”).