Lichen Biodiversity and Conservation  

Research Themes
Taxonomy and Systematics
Historical Biogeography
Global Change Biology
Epiphyte Ecology

Dr Brian Coppins
Ms Sally Eaton
Dr Christopher Ellis
Ms Louise Olley
Dr Rebecca Yahr

Lichen Epiphyte Scenarios
Diversify v. 2
R Code
Data Sharing

Research Projects
Events/Courses 2014/15



The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh has an active lichen research group, reflecting (i) the global importance of fungal diversity, (ii) the importance of symbiosis in evolution and ecology, and (iii) the international conservation status of lichens in Scotland.

Our research programme is founded on:

Taxonomy and Systematics. Basic descriptive taxonomy and biogeography remain fundamentally important for lichens. The lichen relationship between fungal partner and photobiont is a model system in understanding how symbiosis generates and maintains biodiversity on a broad scale.

Ecology and Conservation. Lichens are used at RBGE to explain the biodiversity response to environmental drivers, and the processes structuring ecological communities; lichens are dominant in key-habitats (e.g. temperate rainforest, arctic tundra) and are functionally important in food-webs and nutrient cycles. They are a focal group in conservation biology.

Visiting Edinburgh?
See our
Guide to Lichens in the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

What's new? Follow Frances Stoakley's blog on using urban lichens to explain biodiversity, assess environmental health and encourage greener living, in partnership with the TCV and Edinburgh Living Landscape.