Tomáš Závada, Ph.D., made a leap over the ocean from the Czech Republic to study plant genetics for his graduate degree. His research encompassed both domestication and invasion history of several plant species in the Sunflower family – chicory, endive and knapweeds. During his graduate school journey he has become an active member of plant biology community, serving as a counselor of New England Botanical Club. Tomáš has been an adjunct faculty member at Sterling College since the fall of 2015, teaching Biology and Environmental Science classes. He can be found digging in his garden and cultivating his knowledge of Vermont edible mushrooms and wild medicinal plants.
|PhD Molecular Biology||University of Massachusetts, Boston|
|MS Pharmacy||University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Brno|
|Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative 7th Biennial Research Conference (2017) “Radical temporal shift in the genetic composition of New England chicory populations”|
|1100th Meeting of the NEBC, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (2015) "Case Studies in Domestication and Biological Invasions in Genera Cichorium and Centaurea (Asteraceae)”|
|Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative 5th Biennial Research Conference (2013) “Population Genetics of Invasive Weeds Centaurea maculosa and Centaurea jacea on Nantucket Island”|
|American Council for Medicinally Active Plants (ACMAP), 4th Annual Conference, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, (2013) “Genetic diversity in natural populations of medicinal plants Cichorium intybus and Cichorium pumilum (Asteraceae)”|
|Botany 2013 conference, New Orleans, LA (2013) “Domestication and genetic ancestry in endive (Cichorium endivia)”|
|Plants in New England meeting, Whitehead Institute, MIT, Cambridge, MA, (2011) "Weeds and domesticates in the genus Cichorium (Asteraceae): population genetics of chicory and endive"|
|Závada T, Malik RJ, Kesseli RV. Population structure in chicory (Cichorium intybus): A successful U.S. weed since the American revolutionary war. Ecol Evol. 2017; 00:1–11. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.2994|
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The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature, by David George Haskell
The Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures, by Christine Kenneally
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate―Discoveries from a Secret World, by Peter Wohlleben