The New York Botanical Garden


James Lendemer

Assistant Curator, Institute of Systematic Botany

PhD, City University of New York
New York, NY (2012)
Expertise: Lichens and Lichenicolous Fungi


As the staff lichenologist and an assistant curator in the Institute of Systematic Botany, I spearhead a diverse program of research and education focused on lichens—symbiotic fungi that are often considered to be the equivalent of corals on land. I oversee the curation of the lichen collection at New York Botanical Garden, the largest such collection in the western hemisphere, and one that serves scientists and land managers worldwide by providing access to unique high quality data. My research focuses on understanding the biodiversity of lichens in North America, while simultaneously working with collaborative partners to develop and implement conservation strategies that will safeguard those species for future generations. You can learn more about my work, and that of my students, by following the links elsewhere on this page.

Selected Publications

Allen, J.L. and J.C. Lendemer. 2015. Fungal conservation in the USA. Endangered Species Research 28: 33-42. PDF(Open Access)

Lendemer, J.C. and J. Allen. 2014. Lichen Biodiversity under threat from Sea-Level Rise in the Atlantic Coastal Plain. BioScience 64: 923-931. PDF(Open Access)

Lendemer, J.C., R.C. Harris and A.M. Ruiz. 2016. A Review of the Lichens of the Dare Regional Biodiversity Hotspot in the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain of North Carolina, Eastern North America. Castanea 81(1): 1-77. PDF(Open Access)

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