Oldriska (Oluna) Ceska has a Masters degree (equivalent) in mycology from the Charles University in Prague (thesis on “Melanconiales of Czechoslovakia”). After coming to Canada in 1969, she worked on a Ph.T. ("Putting Hubby Through”) at the University of Victoria in phytochemistry and in genetics of the flavonoids in corn and the coumarins in umbellifers. Her greatest achievement during this part of her career was the discovery of coriandrin, an until then unknown furanocoumarin in cilantro. In the late 1990s she returned to mycology and has been working on the mycofloristics of various parts of British Columbia. Her long-term survey of Observatory Hill has yielded about 1,166 species from area of about 75 ha (ca. 185 acres):
Adolf Ceska is a plant ecologist with focus on vegetation and vegetation classification. He has been involved in Oluna’s projects as a car driver, field assistant, mushroom photographer, computer operator, library liaison, and chef.