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Thorsten Lumbsch

VP, Science and Education

Science and Education
Biogeography
Evolutionary Biology
Systematics/Phylogeny

Thorsten's research program focuses on the largest crown group of fungi, the sac fungi (Ascomycota), especially species that form associations with algae and cyanobacteria, so-called lichens. Thorsten studies the evolution of these organisms, their biogeography, and the diversity of them. Although Thorsten has done field work in all continents (including Antarctica), his speciality are lichens occurring in the Palaeotropics, mainly Australia, south-east Asia, and East Africa. He has collaborations with colleagues worldwide and is engaged in training students mainly in south-east Asia and East Africa.

Since 2017 | Vice President, Science & Education, The Field Museum, Chicago, USA.

Since 2014 | Curator, Integrative Research Center, Science & Education, The Field Museum, Chicago, USA.

2014-2017 | Director, Integrative Research Center, Science & Education, The Field Museum, Chicago, USA.

2013-2014 | Associate Director, Integrative Research Center, Science & Education, The Field Museum, Chicago, USA.

2009-2013 | Chair, Dept. of Botany, The Field Museum, Chicago, USA.

Since 2011 | MacArthur Associate Curator, Dept. of Botany, The Field Museum, Chicago, USA.

2006-2014 | Associate Curator, Dept. of Botany, The Field Museum, Chicago, USA.

2005-2009 | Head of Cryptogams, Dept. of Botany, The Field Museum, Chicago, USA.

Since 2004 | Member, Committee on Evolutionary Biology, University of Chicago.

2003-2006 | Assistant Curator, Dept. of Botany, The Field Museum, Chicago, USA.

1998-2003 | Privatdozent (Assistant Professor), Botanical Institute, University – GHS - Essen.

1994-1997 | Post doc, Botanical Institute, University – GHS - Essen.

1990-1993 | Ph D student, Botanical Institute, University – GHS - Essen.

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