doc. RNDr. Věra Opravilová, CSc. – in memoriam
Department of Botany and Zoology
Docent Opravilová, a graduate of our faculty, became interested in protozoa, and especially angiosperms, while still a student. At that point, angiosperms had not been systematically studied in Czechoslovakia. At the end of 1960, she took up the position of assistant in the then Department of Zoology and Anthropology at the Faculty of Science, and in 1964, became assistant Professor. Only after the revolution could she habilitate in zoology. The main focus of her work was running water invertebrates, particularly at the microbenthos and meiobenthos levels. After the revolution, she became guarantor of the GAČR project on the Pálava Biosphere Reserve. She was persistent and extremely hardworking, both in science and in teaching. Though she did not always have a sun-drenched journey through life, she always overcame adversity with balance, composure and a faith that things would improve.