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BRONX, NY, 10458-5126, USA

E-MAIL: JLENDEMER@NYBG.ORG / PHONE: (1)-718-817-8629

Research Focus:

Systematics, phylogeny, ecology, biogeography and reproductive biology of lichens and allied fungi, with

particular emphases on temperate and subtropical regions of the globe and taxa that have evolved to reproduce asexually via the dispersal of lichenized diaspores. Morphological, chemical, molecular, and ecological data generated from large scale biodiversity inventories are used to document and describe biodiversity, develop standardized morphological descriptive schemes to facilitate communication, elucidate biogeographic patterns, and inform conservation/management strategies for a highly speciose but critically understudied group of organisms pivotal to maintaining functional terrestrial ecosystems.

Outreach Focus:

Dissemination of the narrative that 1) lichens serve as a microcosm for the human-mediated changes to biodiversity and ecosystems that have occurred in the past and are occurring in the present and 2) understanding this microcosm is pivotal for long term conservation and management of the planet. Educational outreach is conducted through presentations at national and local meetings for scientists and the public, frequent one-on-one meetings in the field, leading of field trips for students and amateurs and organization of intensive workshops and courses for individuals of all skill levels and walks of life. Legislative outreach is conducted through participation in formal government panels or committees, consultation by government agencies (federal, state, and local), and collaboration with conservation groups and natural heritage programs.

Professional Preparation:

Ph.D.: Biology The Graduate Center, City University of New York, New York, NY 2007-2012 Dissertation: Lichen Taxonomy for the 21st Century: A revision of the lichen genus Lepraria s.l. in North America north of Mexico.

M.Phil.: Biology The Graduate Center, City University of New York, New York, NY 2010 B.A.: Biology The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. 2002-2006


[Arranged chronologically by most recent start date.]

1. Assistant Curator, The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY 2015-present

1. Postdoctoral Researcher, The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY, 2012-2015.

2. Doctoral Research Fellow, The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY, 2007-2012.

3. Science Scholar, The City University of New York, New York, NY, 2007-2009.

4. Research Associate, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 2003-present.

5. Research Intern, The Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL, 2006 (3 months).

6. McHenry Fellow, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 2006.

7. Curatorial Associate, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 2004 (functioned as collection manager of the ASU Lichen Herbarium).

Field Experience:

Geographic scope: Extensive field experience throughout North America with particular emphasis on eastern North America (Appalachian Mountains, Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plains, Ozark Highlands, and Canadian Maritimes) and California. Fieldwork has involved organizing, planning, obtaining permits and carrying out multiple large scale collaborative biological inventories, including those of the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain, southern Appalachian Mountains, and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Additional field experience in subtropical, temperate and subarctic latitudes of the New World (Chile) and Old World (Tasmania).

Biological Collections: 45,000 cryptogam collection numbers (lichen-forming and non-lichen forming fungi, as well as bryophytes and algae; 90% identified, curated, and databased) and 600 vascular plant collection numbers. Primary set deposited in The New York Botanical Garden, with numerous duplicates housed in herbaria worldwide (strong focus on providing reference material to both major research institutions and small herbaria in developing countries). These collections form a major resource for workers conducting molecular phylogenetic studies of lichen-forming fungi, as well as workers studying the lichen biota of the temperate or sub-tropical regions of the New World.

Museum and Laboratory Experience:

Museum: 1) More than fifteen years of experience in all aspects of preparing, curating, managing, and maintaining botanical collections (vascular plants, all groups of cryptogams, and fossil material) gained through unpaid and paid internships/fellowships as well as prior employment (ASU Herbarium, 2004; F herbarium 2006; PH Herbarium, 1997-2007; NY Herbarium 2007-2013). 2) Curation of lichen-forming fungi during visits to numerous herbaria, particularly in North America. 3) Routinely provides lichen identification services to professional and amateur lichenologists worldwide, as well as governmental and non-governmental agencies. 4) Very proficient in the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature/International Code of the Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants, with more than ten years of experience in its application with respect the nomenclature of both fossil and extant organisms. 4) More than ten years of experience in all aspects of specimen digitization, including the use of multiple imaging and database systems (Specify, KEmU, Access). During the period 2007-2013, incorporated 73,000 digital voucher records (both personal collections and those of others) into the C.V. Starr Virtual Herbarium at NYBG which provides data to multiple biodiversity repositories (GBIF, Consortium of North American Lichen Herbaria).

Laboratory: 1) Seven years of experience in molecular lab techniques including methods of data generation (lichen-specific sample preparation, DNA extraction, PCR, sequencing), data interpretation (sequence interpretation, sequence alignment, phylogenetic analysis, and phylogenetic theory), and data management (streamlined processing and organization of data, interface with GenBank, interface with electronic repositories including TreeBase and Dryad). 2) More than ten years of experience in light microcopy (compound and dissecting, including staining techniques). 3) Six years of experience in scanning electron microscopy (SEM). 4) More than ten years of experience in a broad range of chemical methods to detect and elucidate lichen compounds (standard reagents ten years; TLC and HP-TLC eight years). 5) Six years of experience in collection, processing, and preparation of fossil remains (plants, invertebrates, and vertebrates).

Editorial and Publishing Experience:

Nomenclature Editor, Taxon, Journal of the International Association of Plant Taxonomists, 2012-present Editor/Indexer, Recent Literature on Lichens, 2015-present.

Editor-in-Chief, Opuscula Philolichenum (http://sweetgum.nybg.org/philolichenum/), one-two volumes published yearly, typically ~100-300 pp. each, 2004-present. All issues available free of charge online, and indexed in Scopus.

Corresponding Editor, Bartonia, Journal of the Philadelphia Botanical Club, 2007-present.

Editor/Curator, Lichens of Eastern North America Exsiccati (issued +/- yearly, 50 numbers per fascicle, 20 sets, 1000 exchange specimens per fascicle, six fascicles issued), 2003-present.

Teaching Experience:

Rare Lichen Workshop – Three day workshop organized by J.L. Allen & Lendemer to train land managers in field identification of rare southern Appalachian lichens. – Western Carolina University/Highlands Biological Station. – 2005 Introduction to Lichens – Week long workshop organized by J.L. Allen & Lendemer to teach basic concepts in lichenology and lichen identification. –Western Carolina University/Highlands Biological Station. – 2005 Introduction to Crustose Lichen Identification – Workshop organized by Edge of Appalachia Preserve System in southern Ohio to train participants in crustose lichen identification. – 2015 Introductory Lichenology – Workshop for NYBG Adult Education “The Hidden World of Lichens” – 2015 Field Biogeography – Outreach as part of NSF-DEB 1145511 – 2013 – An original field course developed to introduce students to the principals of biogeography as seen in plant and fungal groups via traveling a transect from the southern Appalachians Mountains to the Atlantic Coast in North Carolina.

Sterile Crustose Lichens Workshop – Cryptogamic Biodiversity Observatory at Southern Oregon University - 2013 Sterile Crustose Lichens - Humboldt Field Research Institute / University of Maine – 2012 Sterile Crustose Lichens - Humboldt Field Research Institute / University of Maine – 2010 – An original course developed and implemented to educate students about a highly diverse and critically understudied group of lichen-forming fungi.

Plant Taxonomy – CUNY – 2009 – Teaching Assistant Training/mentorship of volunteers – Trained numerous volunteers, students, and interns in both laboratory (herbarium, molecular laboratory, chemical laboratory) and non-laboratory (during field trips and workshops) settings.

Legislative/Community Relations Experience:

Chairman, Bryophyte and Lichen Technical Committee, Pennsylvania Biological Survey, 2006-2011.

Member, Mycological Society of America Nomenclature Committee, 2015-present.

Member, Nomenclature Committee for Fungi, International Association of Plant Taxonomists, 2014-present.

Member, Subcommittee on the Governance of the Code with Respect to Fungi, International Association of Plant Taxonomists, 2012-present.

Member, Fungal Technical Committee, Pennsylvania Biological Survey, 2006-present.


[Arranged chronologically by year, and alphabetically by senior author. Submitted, in press, and works in preparation or review are listed first. Supervised students and interns are indicated with underlining.] Allen, J.L and J.C. Lendemer. 2015. Japewiella dollypartoniana, a new widespread lichen in the Appalachian Mountains of eastern North America. Castanea 80(1): 59-65. [effectively published in print, available online early 9 February 2015].

Allen, J.L. and J.C. Lendemer. 2015a. Fungal Conservation in the USA. Endangered Species Research 28(1): 33effectively published online as doi: 10.3354/esr00678, 5 June 2015].

Divakar, P.K., A. Crespo, M. Wedin, S.D. Leavitt, D.L. Hakwsworth, L. Myllys, B. McCune, T. Randlane, J.W.

Bjerke, Y. Ohmura, I. Schmitt, C.G. Boluda, D. Alors, B. Roca-Valiente, R. Del-Prado, C. Ruibal, K.

Buaruang, J. Núñez-Zapata, G.A. de Paz, V.J. Rico, M.C. Molina, J.A. Elix, T.L. Esslinger, I.K.K.

Tronstad, H. Lindgren, D. Ertz, C. Gueidan, L. Saag, K. Mark, G. Singh, F. Dal Grande, S. Parnmen, A.

Beck, M.N. Benatti, D. Blanchon, M. Candan, P. Clerc, T. Goward, M. Grube, B.P. Hodkinson, J.-S. Hur, G. Kantvilas, P.M. Kirika, J.C. Lendemer, J.-E. Mattsson, M.I. Messuti, J. Miadlikowska, M. Nelsen, J.I.

Ohlson, S. Pérez-Ortega, A. Saag, H.J.M. Sipman, M. Sohrabi, A. Thell, G. Thor, C. Truong, R. Yahr, D.K.

Upreti, P. Cubas, H.T. Lumbsch. 2015. Evolution of complex symbiotic relationships in a morphologically derived family of lichen-forming fungi. New Phytologist. [effectively published online 24 August 2015 as doi: 10.1111/nph.13553].

Gueidan, C. and J.C. Lendemer. 2015. Molecular Data Confirm Morphological and Ecological Plasticity within the North American Endemic Willeya diffractella (Verrucariaceae). Systematic Botany 40(2): 369-375.

[effectively published online 10 August 2015 as doi: 10.1600/036364415X688808].

Kraichak, E. R. Lücking, A. Aptroot, A. Beck, P. Dornes, V. John, J.C. Lendemer, M.P. Nelsen, G. Neuwirth, A.

Nutakki, S. Parnmen, M. Sohrabi, T. Tønsberg and H.T. Lumbsch. 2015. Hidden Diversity in the Morphologically Variable Script Lichen (Graphis scripta) Complex (Ascomycota). Organisms Diversity & Evolution 15: 447-458. [effectively published online 17 May 2015 as doi: 10.1007/s13127-015-0219-5].

Lendemer, J.C. 2015a. Lichens: Our Neglected and Imperiled Natives. Marilandica 6(1): 3-4. [popular article about lichens in Maryland].

Lendemer, J.C. 2015b. North Carolina Lichens: A National Treasure of Natives. North Carolina Native Plant Society Newsletter 13(1): 1, 8, 9 and 13. [popular article about the importance of lichens in North Carolina] Lendemer, J.C. 2015c. Lecanora layana (Lecanoraceae), a new sorediate species widespread in temperate eastern

North America The Bryologist 118(2): 145-153. [effectively published online 9 June 2015 as doi:


Lendemer, J.C. 2015d. Parmotrema internexum (Parmeliaceae, Ascomycetes): an overlooked macrolichen in southeastern North America highlights the value of basic biodiversity research. The Bryologist 118(2): 130effectively published online 15 January 2015 as doi: 10.1639/0007-2745-118.2.130].

Lendemer, J.C. and J.L. Allen. 2015. Reassessment of Hypotrachyna virginica, an endangered, endemic Appalachian macrolichen, and the morphologically similar species with which it has been confused.

Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 164(1): 279-289. [effectively published online 11 August 2015 as doi 10.1635/053.164.0117].

Lendemer, J.C. and A.M. Ruiz. 2015. Molecular data confirm morphological variability in the widespread foliose lichen Canoparmelia caroliniana (Parmeliaceae, Lichenized Ascomycetes). Castanea 80(1): 29-36.

[effectively published in print, available online early 19 February 2015].

Lendemer, J.C. and R.C. Harris. 2015a. A nomenclatural note on Mycoporum biseptatum (basionym Arthonia biseptata). Opuscula Philolichenum 14: 116-117. [effectively published online 22 June 2015].

Lendemer, J.C. and R.C. Harris. 2015b. Xyleborus nigricans, a second species for this previously monospecific genus newly found in the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain of North America. The Bryologist 118(3): 284-292.

[effectively published online 21 September 2015].

Lendemer, J.C., N. Noell and J.L. Allen. 2015. The Parmotrema Acid Test: a look at species delineation in the P.

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