Dr. Harrie J.M. Sipman

Associated Scientist
+49 30 838 50486
+49 30 838-4 50486
Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem
Freie Universität Berlin
Königin-Luise-Straße 6-8
Curriculum vitae 

1972-1976: Assistant at the herbarium of the Institute of Systematic Botany, State University, Utrecht, The Netherlands; 1976-1982: Scientific collaborator at the Institute of Systematic Botany in Utrecht; 1983: PhD degree at Utrecht State University, Utrecht, The Netherlands; 1983-2010: Curator of Lichens at the Botanischer Garten & Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem; from 1995-1998 also Deputy Curator of Bryophytes and since September 1996 collaborator of the Department of Biodiversity Informatics and Laboratories; retired January 2010. Since 2010 honorary curator for Bryophytes, Fungi and Lichens.

Research projects 
  • Lichens of Colombia; a preliminary checklist is published.
  • Lichens of New Guinea, in collaboration with A. Aptroot (Soest, The Netherlands), E. Sérusiaux (Liège, Belgium) and others); currently in preparation are treatments of Graphidales.
  • Guide to published, and preparation of additional lichen determination keys, lichen illustrations and ZSCHACKIA in the Internet.
  • Maintaining of pre-1949 lichen literature database in the Internet: Mattick's Literature Index.
  • Key to the lichen genera of the Neotropics; web version available.
  • The lichen flora of selected Aegean islands (Greece) and their phytogeographical and historical significance, in collaboration with Dr. Raus; current: inventory of Chios, supported by the Verein der Freunde des BGBM; illustrated web-catalog in preparation.
  • Lichens of Costa Rica. Participation in the Ticolichen Programm of Robert Lücking, and the Inventario National de Biodiversidad of INBio.
  • Lichens of Iran, in collaboration with Iranian and foreign scientists.
  • Participant in the Plants and Lichens of Saba and Plants and Lichens of St. Eustatius projects, in cooperation with Conservation International and the New York Botanical Garden.
Current involvement in collaborative projects 
Mandates in scientific advisory boards and committees 
member of Comité de lecture Bulletin de la Société linnéenne de Provence, since 1990
member of advisory board Acta Botanica Fennica, since 1997
member of the Consejo Editorial of Caldasia, since 1998