Dr. Robert Lücking

+49 30 838 56 350
+49 30 838-4 56 350
Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem
Freie Universität Berlin
Königin-Luise-Straße 6-8
Curator for cryptogams (lichens, fungi, bryophytes)

Born 1964. University studies at the University of Ulm (Diploma 1990, PhD 1994) and the University of Bayreuth (Habilitation 2001). 1995-1998 Postdoc at the University of Ulm; 1998 Visiting Professor at the Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil; 1998-2001 Research Assistant at the University of Bayreuth; 2001-2015 Collections Manager & Adjunct Curator (Lichens & Fungi) at the Field Museum, Chicago; since 2010 Affiliate Faculty at George Mason Uni¬versity, Virginia, since 2013 Fulbright Specialist Roster; since 2015 Curator (Cryptogams) at Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem, Free University of Berlin, and Research Associate at the Field Museum, Chicago.

  • Taxonomy, phylogeny, systematics, ecology, biogeography and uses of tropical lichens, with emphasis on basidiolichens, foliicolous lichens, Gomphillaceae, Graphidaceae, Hygrophoraceae, Lobariaceae, Pilocarpaceae, Trypetheliaceae
  • Evolution of fungi including comparative molecular clock studies
  • Phylogenetic methods (ambiguous region coding, weighted bootstrapping, homoplasy, integration of morphological and molecular data)
  • Species delimitation and mining of next-generation sequencing data to assess fungal species richness
  • Remote assessment of accuracy of taxonomic identifications in biodiversity repositories
Mandate in wissenschaftlichen Gremien und Komitees 
Editorial Board The Bryologist
Editorial Board Hoehnea
Editorial Board Mycosphere
Editorial Board Glalia
Editorial Board The Lichenologist
Mitgliedschaft in wissenschaftlichen Gesellschaften 
International Association for Lichenology (IAL)
British Lichen Society (BLS)
American Bryological and Lichenological Society (ABLS)
Mycological Society of America (MSA)
Botanical Society of America (BSA)
Bryological-Lichenological Working Group of Central Europe (BLAM)
International Association of Plant Taxonomists (IAPT)
Grupo Latinoamericano de Liquenólogos (GLAL)
weitere Aktivitäten 

Mandates in scientific advisory boards, committees and editorial boards

Editorial Board The Bryologist
Editorial Board Hoehnea
Editorial Board Mycosphere
Editorial Board Glalia
Editorial Board The Lichenologist

Current involvement in curatorial projects

Accession, re-curation and digitization of bryophyte collection Jan-Peter Frahm (120.000 specimens)
Integration of LICHCOL database into Virtual Herbaria JAQC platform (175.000 records)


Current involvement in collaborative research projects

Flora de Bogotá Pilot Project (lead: Prof. Dr. Thomas Borsch; coordinator: Dr. Grischa Brokamp)
Visiting Researcher at the Universidade Federal de Sergipe, Brazil (Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e
    Tecnológico CNPq PVE 314570 / 2014-4; collaborator: Prof. Dr. Marcela Cáceres; until 2017)
Global phylogenetic revision of the macrolichen genus Sticta ("Starting from Scratch with Sticta: Evolution, Diversification, and
   Conservation of a Megadiverse Flagship Lichen Genus"; National Science Foundation NSF-DEB 1354884; lead: Dr. Thorsten
  Lumbsch; until 2018)
Tropical dry forest lichen inventory at Chamela Biological Station in collaboration with Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
   ("Inventario y Base de Datos de los Líquenes de la Selva Seca de Jalisco"; CONABIO JF-157; lead: Dr. María de los Ángeles
  Herrera-Campos; completing).
World-monograph of the lichen family Graphidaceae ("ATM - Assembling a taxonomic monograph: The lichen family
  Graphidaceae"; National Science Foundation NSF-DEB 1025861; lead: Dr. Thorsten Lumbsch; completing).