Lichenology Staff  

Epiphyte Ecology
Monitoring Change
Species Discovery

Dr Brian Coppins
Ms Sally Eaton
Dr Christopher Ellis
Ms Louise Olley
Dr Rebecca Yahr

Research Projects



Dr Brian Coppins
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20A Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, EH3 5LR, U.K.

Research Interests
Academic Career

Research Interests

The taxonomy and biogeography of north-west European lichens, though with particular expertise in the genus Micarea.

Research on British lichens focusses on the identification of difficult crustose species (especially sterile crusts), using morphological and chemical characters. My academic interests are, however, wide-ranging: e.g. including the South-East Asian Thelotremataceae, Lobarion epiphytes in the Eastern Carpathians, lichen ecology in native Scottish woodlands, and comprising expeditions to and species inventory for Borneo and Chile.

Conservation Applications

Taxonomic expertise is applied in UK biodiversity conservation, towards which I contribute specialist advice and maintain key resourses, e.g. the British Lichen Checklist and Taxon Dictionary, the Synonym List and the UK Conservation Evaluation. In addition I maintain the BLS catalogue of unpublished 'Grey Literature', e.g. site and species accounts, conservation reports etc.



Ellis, C.J. & COPPINS, B.J. (2017) Taxonomic survey compared to ecological sampling: are the results consistent for woodland epiphytes? The Lichenologist, 49: 141-155.


Belinchon, R., COPPINS, B.J., Yahr, R. & Ellis, C.J. (2016) The diversity and community dynamics of hazelwood lichens and bryophytes along a major gradient of human impact. Plant Ecology and Diversity, 9: 359-370.

Vondrák, J., Malíček, J., Palice, Z., COPPINS, B., Kukwa, M., Czarnota, P., Sanderson, N., Acton, A. (2016) Methods for obtaining more complete species lists in surveys of lichen biodiversity. Nordic Journal of Botany, 34: 619-626.


Ellis, C.J., Eaton, S., Theodoropoulos, M., COPPINS, B.J., Seaward, M.R.D. & Simkin, J. (2015) Lichen Epiphyte Scenarios. A Toolkit of Climate and Woodland Change for the 21st Century. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. ISBN: 978-1-91087-00-5.


Ellis, C.J., Yahr, R., Belinchón, R. & COPPINS, B.J. (2014) Archaeobotanical evidence for climate as a driver of ecological community change across the anthropocene boundary. Global Change Biology, 20, 2211-2220.

Yahr, R., COPPINS, B.J., Ellis, C.J. (2014) Quantifying the loss of lichen epiphyte diversity from the pre-industrial Exmoor landscape (south-west England). Lichenologist, 46: 711-721.


Mayrhofer, H. & COPPINS, B.J. (2013) Remarkable records of lichenized fungi from Slovenia. Herzogia, 26: 201–206.

Ellis, C.J., COPPINS, B.J., Eaton, S. & Simkin, J. (2013) Implications of ash dieback for associated epiphytes. Conservation Biology, 27: 899-901.

Yahr, R., COPPINS, B.J. & Coppins, A.M. (2013) Transient populations in the British conservation priority lichen, Cladonia botrytes. Lichenologist, 45: 265-276.


COPPINS, B.J. & Coppins, S. [A.M.] (2012) Shields, or 'Lost in translation?'. Bulletin of the British Lichen Society, 111: 37-40.

COPPINS, B.J., Douglass, J.D. & Price, S. (2012) Report of BLS Summer meeting 2012. The Isle of Muck. Bulletin of the British Lichen Society, 111: 84-105.

COPPINS, B.J., Seaward, M.R.D. & Simkin, J. (2012) British Isles List of Lichens and Lichenicolous Fungi. September 2012 update to list. Bulletin of the British Lichen Society, 111: 67-69.

Coppins, S. [A.M.] & COPPINS, B.J. (2012) Atlantic Hazel: Scotland's Special Woodlands. Atlantic Hazel Action Group, Kilmartin.

Ellis, C.J., COPPINS, B.J. & Hollingsworth, P.M. (2012) Lichens under threat from ash dieback. Nature, 491: 672.

Fryday, A.M. & COPPINS, B.J. (2012) New taxa, reports, and names of lichenized and lichenicolous fungi, mainly from the Scottish Highlands. Lichenologist, 44: 723-737.

Price, S. & COPPINS, B.J. (2012) Report of BLS Field meeting, Derbyshire, 6-10 October 2011. Bulletin of the British Lichen Society, 110: 139-149.

Schoch, C.L., Seifert, K.A., Huhndorf, S., Robert, V., Spouge, J.L., Levesque,C.A., Chen, W. & Fungal Barcoding Consortium, incl. COPPINS, B.J. (2012) Nuclear ribosomal internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region as a universal DNA barcode marker for fungi. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109: 6241-6246.

Sérusiaux, E., van den Boom, P.P.G., Brand, M.A., COPPINS, B.J. & Magain, N. (2012) Lecania falcata, a new species from Spain, the Canary Islands and the Azores, close to Lecania chlorotiza. Lichenologist, 44: 577-590.

Woods, R.G. & COPPINS, B.J. (2012) A Conservation Evaluation of British Lichens and Lichenicolous Fungi. Species Status 13. Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Peterborough.


Ellis, C.J., Yahr, R. & COPPINS, B.J. (2011) Archaeobotanical evidence for a massive loss of epiphyte species richness during industrialisation in southern England. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 278: 3482-3489.

Kelly, L.J., Hollingsworth, P.M., COPPINS, B.J., Ellis, C.J., Harrold, P., Tosh, J. & Yahr, R. (2011) DNA barcoding of lichenized fungi demonstrates high identification success in a floristic context. New Phytologist, 191: 288-300.

Lumbsch, H.T., Ahti, T., Altermann, S., Amo de Paz , G., Aptroot, A., Arup, U., Peña, A.B., Bawingan, P.A., Benatti, M.N., Betancourt, L., Björk, C.R., Boonpragob, K., Brand, M., Bungartz, F., Cáceres, M.E.S., Candan, M., Chaves, J.L., Clerc, P., Common, R., COPPINS, B.J., Crespo, A., Dal-Forno, M., Divakar, P.K., Duya, M.V., Elix, J.A., Elvebakk, A., Fankhauser, J.D., Farkas, E., Ferraro, L.I., Fischer, E., Galloway, D.J., Gaya, E., Giralt, M., Goward, T., Grube, M., Hafellner, J., Hernández, J.E., Herrera-Campos, M.D.L., Kalb, K., Kärnefelt, I., Kantvilas, G., Killmann, D., Kirika, P., Knudsen, K., Komposch, H., Kondratyuk, S., Lawrey, J.D., Mangold, A., Marcelli, M.P., Mccune, B., Messuti, M.I., Michlig, A., González, R.M., Moncada, B., Naikatini, A., Nelsen, M.P., Øvstedal, D.O., Palice, Z., Papong, K., Parnmen, S., Pérez-Ortega, S., Printzen, C., Rico, V.J., Rivas-Plata, E., Robayo, J., Rosabal, D., Ruprecht, U., Allen, N.S., Sancho, L., De Jesus, L.S., Vieira, T.S., Schultz, M., Seaward, M.R.D., Sérusiaux, E., Schmitt, I., Sipman, H.J.M., Sohrabi, M., Søchting, U., Søgaard, M.Z., Sparrius, L.B., Spielmann, A., Spribille, T., Sutjaritturakan, J., Thammathaworn, A., Thell, A., Thor, G., Thüs, H., Timdal, E., Truong, C., Türk, R., Tenorio, L.U., Upreti, D.K., van den Boom, P., Rebuelta, M.V., Wedin, M., Will-Wolf, S., Wirth, V., Wirtz, N., Yahr, R., Yeshitela, K., Ziemmeck, F., Wheeler, T. & Lücking, R. (2011) One hundred new species of lichenized fungi: a signature of undiscovered global diversity. Phytotaxa, 18: 1–127.

Yahr, R., COPPINS, B.J. & Ellis, C.J. (2011) Preserved epiphytes as an archaeological resource in post-medieval vernacular buildings. Journal of Archaeological Science, 38: 1191-1198.


Ellis, C.J. & COPPINS, B.J. (2010) Integrating multiple landscape-scale drivers in the lichen epiphyte response: climatic setting, pollution regime and woodland spatial-temporal structure. Diversity and Distributions, 16: 43-52.

Ellis, C.J. & COPPINS, B.J. (2010) Partitioning the role of climate, pollution and old-growth woodland in the composition and richness of lichen epiphytes in Scotland. Lichenologist, 45: 601-614.

Harrold, P., Walkinshaw, S., COPPINS, B.J. & Ellis, C.J. (2010) Species discrimination and the distribution of Placopsis gelida and P. lambii in Great Britain. Bulletin of the British Lichen Society, 107: 44-50.

Sérusiaux, E., Brand, A.M., Motiejunaite, J., Orange, A. & COPPINS, B.J. (2010) Lecidea doliiformis belongs to Micarea, Catillaria alba to Biatora, and Biatora ligni-mollis occurs in Western Europe. Bryologist, 113: 333–344.


Brand, M., COPPINS, B.J., van den Boom, P.P.G. & Sérusiaux, E. (2009) Further data on the lichen genus Bacidia s.l. in the Canary Islands and Western Europe, with descriptions of two new species. Bibliotheca Lichenologica, 99: 83-93.

Ellis, C.J. & COPPINS, B.J. (2009) Quantifying the role of multiple landscape-scale drivers controlling epiphyte composition and richness in a conservation priority habitat (juniper scrub). Biological Conservation, 142: 1291-1301.

Ellis, C.J., Yahr, R. & COPPINS , B.J. (2009) Local extent of old-growth woodland modifies epiphyte response to climate change. Journal of Biogeography, 36: 302-313.

Harrold, P., Grundy, K., COPPINS, B.J. & Ellis, C.J. (2009) Distribution of chemotypes of Cetrelia olivetorum in England, Scotland and Wales. Bulletin of the British Lichen Society, 105: 3-9.

Lendemer, J. Knudsen, K. & COPPINS, B.J. (2009) Further notes on the genus Ramonia in California: the first modern record of R. ablephora and the description of R. extensa sp. nov. Opuscula Philolichenum, 7: 191–194.

Sérusiaux, E. & COPPINS, B.J. (2009) Micarea sipmanii, a new species with arbuscular pycnidia from the West Indies. Bibliotheca Lichenologica, 99: 367–372.

Smith, C.W., Aptroot, A., COPPINS, B.J., Fletcher, A., Gilbert, O.L., James, P.W. & Wolseley, P.A. (2009) The Lichens of Great Britain and Ireland. British Lichen Society, London.


COPPINS, B.J. (2008) Micarea perparvula in North America. Opuscula Philolichenum, 5: 23–24.

COPPINS, B.J. & Aptroot, A. (2008) New species and new combinations in The Lichens of the British Isles. Lichenologist, 40: 363–374.

COPPINS, B.J., Berger, F. & Ertz, D. (2008) Opegrapha trochodes, a new widely distributed corticolous species. Sauteria, 15: 195—204.

COPPINS, B.J., Seaward, M.R.D. & Simkin, J. (2008) British Isles list of lichens and lichenicolous fungi: September 2008 update to list. Bulletin of the British Lichen Society, 103: 53–56.

Fryday, A.M. & COPPINS, B.J. (2008) Ameliella, a new genus of lichen-forming fungi from north-west Europe and western Canada. Lichenologist, 40: 387–397.

Sérusiaux, E. & COPPINS, B.J. (2008) Pyrenula acutispora in Western Europe, Macaronesia and British Columbia (Canada). Sauteria, 15: 521–528.


COPPINS, B.J. & Fryday, A.M. (2007) Three new species of Bacidia s.lat. (Ramalinaceae) from Campbell Island (New Zealand). Bibliotheca Lichenologica, 95: 155–164.

COPPINS, B.J., Seaward, M.R.D. & Simkin, J. (2007) British Isles list of lichens and lichenicolous fungi: September 2007 update to list. Bulletin of the British Lichen Society, 101: 52–58.

Ellis, C.J. & COPPINS, B.J. (2007) 19th Century woodland structure controls stand-scale epiphyte diversity in present-day Scotland. Diversity and Distributions, 13: 84-91.

Ellis, C.J. & COPPINS, B.J. (2007) Changing climate and historic-woodland structure interact to control species diversity of the 'Lobarion' epiphyte community in Scotland. Journal of Vegetation Science, 18: 725-734.

Ellis, C.J. & COPPINS, B.J. (2007) Reproductive strategy and the compositional dynamics of crustose lichen communities on aspen (Populus tremula L.) in Scotland. Lichenologist, 39: 377-391.

Ellis, C.J., COPPINS, B.J., Dawson, T.P. & Seaward, M.R.D. (2007) Response of British lichens to climate change scenarios: trends and uncertainties in the projected impact for contrasting biogeographic groups. Biological Conservation, 140: 217-235.

Ellis, C.J., COPPINS, B.J. & Dawson, T.P. (2007) Predicted response of the lichen epiphyte Lecanora populicola to climate change scenarios in a clean-air region of northern Britain. Biological Conservation, 135: 396-404.

Fryday, A.M. & COPPINS, B.J. (2007) A second species of Lithographa with submuriform ascospores. Lichenologist, 39: 245–250.


COPPINS, B.J. & Coppins, A.M. (2006) The lichens of the Scottish native pinewoods. Forestry, 79: 249-259.

COPPINS, B.J. & Fryday, A.M. (2006) New or previously misunderstood species of Lithographa and Rimularia (Agyriaceae) from the southern subpolar region and western Canada. Lichenologist, 38: 93–107.

COPPINS, B.J. & Fryday, A.M. (2006) Reassessment of some lichen species described by Josiah Lowe, and notes on some other North American lecidioid lichens. Bryologist, 109: 9–17.

Czarnota, P. & COPPINS, B.J. (2006) A new Bacidia with long-necked pycnidia from Central Europe. Lichenologist, 38: 407–410.

Czarnota, P. & COPPINS, B.J. (2006) Contributions to the knowledge of rare Bacidia s.lat. (Lecanorales, lichenized Ascomycetes) from Central Europe, including a new pallid forma of Bacidia hemipolia. Nova Hedwigia, 85: 503–513.

Ellis, C.J. & COPPINS, B.J. (2006) Contrasting functional traits maintain lichen epiphyte diversity in response to climate and autogenic succession. Journal of Biogeography, 33: 1643-1656.

Hawksworth, D.L., Earland-Bennett, P.M. & COPPINS, B.J. (2006) Lichenophoma haematommatis, a previously overlooked European sorediate species of Cliostomum (Lecanorales, Ramalinaceae). Herzogia, 19: 5–10.

Stofer, S., Bergamini, A., Aragón, G., Carvalho, P., COPPINS, B.J., Davey, S., Dietrich, M., Farkas, E., Kärkkäinen, K., Keller, C. Lökös, L., Lommi, S., Máguas, C. Mitchell, R., Pinho, P, Rico, V.J., Truscott, A.-M., Wolseley, P.A., Watt, A & Scheidegger, C. (2006) Species richness of lichen functional groups in relation to land use intensity. Lichenologist, 38: 331-353.


COPPINS, B.J. & Coppins, A.M. (2005) Lichens - the biodiversity value of western woodlands. Botanical Journal of Scotland, 57: 141-153.

Czarnota, P. & COPPINS, B.J. (2005) A second Micarea with a hypothecial K+ violet pigment. Lichenologist, 37: 477–479.

Sérusiaux, E., Berger, F., COPPINS, B.J. & Roux, C. (2005) A further new species of Strigula from Europe. Lichenologist, 37: 481–483.


COPPINS, B.J. & Spribille, T. (2004) Micarea subalpina Coppins & Spribille, a new subalpine species from the Rocky Mountains, USA. Lichenologist, 36: 97–102.

Fryday, A.M. & COPPINS, B.J. (2004) A reassessment of the genera Chromatochlamys and Thelenella, and a new species of Strigula from the British Isles. Lichenologist, 36: 89–95.

Hafellner, J. & COPPINS, B.J. (2004) Appendix. In: Veldkamp, J.F. Bilimbia (Lichenes) resurrected. Lichenologist, 36: 191–195.

Roux, C. & Sérusiaux, E., with Bricaud, O. & COPPINS, B.J. (2004) Le genre Strigula (Lichens) en Europe et en Macaronésie. Bibliotheca Lichenologica, 90: 1–96.

Seaward, M.R.D. & COPPINS, B.J. (2004) Lichens and hypertrophication. Bibliotheca Lichenologica, 88: 561–572.


Coppins, A.M. & COPPINS, B.J. (2003) Atlantic hazelwoods – a neglected habitat? Botanical Journal of Scotland, 55: 149–160.

COPPINS, B.J. (2003) Lichen conservation in Scotland. Botanical Journal of Scotland, 55: 27–38.

Hawksworth, D.L. & COPPINS, B.J. (2003) Bryoria tenuis (Parmeliaceae) new to the British Isles, and either awaiting rediscovery or extinct. Lichenologist, 35: 361–364.

Martínez, I., Aragón, G., Sarrión, F.J., Escudero, A., Burgaz, A.R. & COPPINS, B.J. (2003) Threatened lichens in central Spain (saxicolous species excluded). Cryptogamie, Mycologie, 24: 73–97.

Woods, R.G. & COPPINS, B.J. (2003) A Conservation Evaluation of British Lichens. British Lichen Society, London.


Coppins, A.M. & COPPINS, B.J. (2002) Indices of Ecological Continuity for Woodland Epiphytic Lichen Habitats in the British Isles. British Lichen Society, London.

Coppins, A.M. & COPPINS, B.J. (2002) Scottish Atlantic hazelwoods: some observations on the ecology of this neglected habitat from a lichenological perspective. Scottish Woodland History Discussion Group Notes, 6: 1–6.

Coppins, A.M., COPPINS, B.J. & Quelch, P.R. (2002) Atlantic Hazelwoods: some observations on the ecology of this neglected habitat from a lichenological perspective. British Wildlife, 14: 17–26.

COPPINS, B.J. (2002) Checklist of Lichens of Great Britain and Ireland. British Lichen Society, London.

COPPINS, B.J. (2002) Lichens of Edinburgh and the Lothians. In: Smith, P.M., Dixon, R.O.D. & Cochrane, M.P. (eds) Plant Life of Edinburgh and the Lothians, 84–92. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh.

COPPINS, B.J. & van den Boom, P.P.G. (2002) Bacidia brandii, a new lichen species from the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Lithuania. Lichenologist, 34: 327–332.

COPPINS, B.J. & Wolseley, P.A. (2002) Lichens of Tropical Forests. In: Watling, R., Frankland, J.C., Ainsworth, A.M., Isaac, S. & Robinson (eds) Tropical Mycology: Volume 2, Micromycetes, 113–131. CABI Publishing, Wallingford.

Homchantara, N. & COPPINS, B.J. (2002) New species of the lichen family Thelotremataceae in SE Asia. Lichenologist, 34: 113-140.


Boom, P.P.G. van den & COPPINS, B.J. (2001) Micarea viridileprosa sp. nov., an overlooked lichen species from western Europe. Lichenologist, 33: 87–91.

COPPINS, B.J. (2001) List of lichens. In: Sales, F. & Hedge, I.C., 'A floristic island in western Portugal'. Flora Mediterranea, 10: 311–324 [lichens pp. 316–318].

COPPINS, B.J., Hawksworth, D.L. & Rose, F. (2001) Lichens. In: Hawksworth, D.L. (ed.) The Changing Wildlife of Great Britain and Ireland. The Systematics Association Special Volume Series 62, 126-147. Taylor & Francis, London.

COPPINS, B.J. & Kantvilas, G. (2001) Four new species of Rimularia Nyl. (Agyriaceae). Bibliotheca Lichenologica, 78: 35–48.

COPPINS, B.J. & May, P.F. (2001) Micarea neostipitata, a new species with pale stipitate pycnidia from eastern North America. Lichenologist, 33: 487–490.

COPPINS, B.J. & Tønsberg, T. (2001) A new xanthone-containing Micarea from north-west Europe and the Pacific north-west of North America. Lichenologist, 33: 93–96.

Sérusiaux, E., COPPINS, B.J., Diederich, P. & Scheidegger, C. (2001) Fellhanera gyrophorica, a new European species with conspicuous pycnidia. Lichenologist, 33: 285–289.


COPPINS, B.J., Knoph, J.-G. & Schroeckh, S. (2000) Bacidia caligans in Deutschland. Herzogia, 14: 209–210.

Czarnota, P. & COPPINS, B.J. (2000) A new species of Agonimia and some interesting lichens from Gorce Mts (Western Beskidy Mts) new to Poland. Graphis Scripta, 11: 56–60.

Tønsberg, T. & COPPINS, B.J. (2000) Additions to the lichen flora of North America IX. Micarea alabastrites and M. synotheoides. Evansia, 17: 135–136.


Boonpragob, K., Homchantera, N., COPPINS, B.J., McCarthy, P.M. & Wolseley, P.A. (1998) An introduction to the lichen flora of Khao Yai National Park, Thailand. Botanical Journal of Scotland, 50: 209–219.

COPPINS, B.J. & Malcolm, W.M. (1998) A new Belonia from New Zealand and a second record of B. mediterranea. Lichenologist, 30: 563–566.

COPPINS, B.J., Kondratyuk, S.Y., Khodosovtsev, A.Y., Zelenko, S.D., Coppins, A.M., Wolseley, P.A. & Virchenko, V.M. (1998) Diversity of lichens and bryophytes in regional landscape park 'Stuzhytzia' (Ukrainian part of the International Biosphere Reserve 'Eastern Carpathians'). In: Kondratyuk, S. Y. & Coppins, B. J. (eds) Lobarion lichens as indicators of primeval Forests of the Eastern Carpathians (Darwin International Workshop), 139–161. M.H. Kholodny Institute of Botany, Kiev.

Kondratyuk, S.Y. & COPPINS, B.J. (eds) (1998) Lobarion lichens as indicators of primeval Forests of the Eastern Carpathians (Darwin International Workshop). M.H. Kholodny Institute of Botany, Kiev.

Kondratyuk, S.Y., COPPINS, B.J., Zelenko, S.D., Khodosovtsev, A.Y., Coppins, A.M. & Wolseley, P.A. (1998) Lobarion lichens as indicators of primeval forests in the Ukrainian part of the International Biosphere Reserve "Eastern Carpathians": distribution, ecology, long-term monitoring and recommendations for conservation. Roczniki Bieszczadzkie, 1997 (6): 65–87.


COPPINS, B.J. & Coppins, A.M. (1997) Coastal hazelwoods and their lichens. Native Woodlands Discussion Group Newsletter, 22: 27–29.

COPPINS, B.J. & Muhr, L.-E. (1997) Micarea lapillicola (Vain.) Coppins & Muhr, a previously misunderstood species from NW Europe. Graphis scripta, 8: 45–49.

David, J.C & COPPINS, B.J. (1997) Thelocarpon opertum (Acarosporaceae), a new species from the British Isles. Lichenologist, 29: 291–294.

Fryday, A.M. & COPPINS, B.J. (1997) Keys to sterile, crustose saxicolous and terricolous lichens occurring in the British Isles. Lichenologist, 29: 301–332.

Kantvilas, G. & COPPINS, B.J. (1997) Melaspilea circumserpens Nyl. rediscovered and referred to Glonium; with discussion of the provenance of some of Robert Brown's lichen specimens. Lichenologist, 29: 525–531.

Kantvilas, G. & COPPINS, B.J. (1997) Notes on the Tasmanian records of Melaspilea gemella (Eschw.) Nyl. Australian Lichenology, 41: 16–17.

Malcolm, W.M. & COPPINS, B.J. (1997) A new polyspored Belonia from New Zealand. Australian Lichenology, 41: 30–33.


COPPINS, B.J. (1995). Two new, diminutive Micarea species from western Europe. Bibliotheca Lichenologica, 58: 57-62.

COPPINS, B.J. & Boom, P.P.G. van den (1995) Micarea confusa: a new species from zinc- and cadmium-contaminated soils in Belgium and the Netherlands. Lichenologist, 27: 81–90.

COPPINS, B.J. & Kondratyuk, S.Y. (1995) Styxiomyces and Pseudonitschkia - two new genera of lichenicolous fungi. Edinburgh Journal of Botany, 52: 229-236.

COPPINS, B.J. & McCarthy, P.M. (1995) Porina muluensis sp. nov. from Sarawak. Lichenologist, 27: 308-310.

COPPINS, B.J., Palice, Z. & Soldán, Z (1995) Micarea polycarpella (Erichs.) comb. nov., a new lichen species for the Czech Republic. Bryonora, 16: 22-25.

COPPINS, B.J. & Watling, R. (1995) Lichenized and non-lichenized fungi: folklore and fact. Botanical Journal of Scotland, 47: 249-261.


COPPINS, B.J. (1994) Lichens. In: Glimmerveen, I. & Ritchie, A. (eds) What is the value of River Woodlands?, 28-29. Institute of Chartered Foresters, Edinburgh.

COPPINS, B.J. (1994) Micarea submilliaria (Nyl.) Coppins, the correct name for Micarea subleprosula (Vezda) Vezda. Graphis scripta, 6: 37–38.

COPPINS, B.J. (1994) Catillaria aphana and C. scotinodes in Sweden. Graphis scripta, 6: 65–66.

COPPINS, B.J. (1994) Foliicolous lichens in Scotland. BSS News, 63: 4–5.

COPPINS, B.J., Thor, G. & Nordin, A. (1994) The genus Ramonia in Sweden. Graphis Scripta, 6: 89–92.

Purvis, O.W., COPPINS, B.J. & James, P.W. (1994) Checklist of lichens of Great Britain and Ireland. British Lichen Society, London.

Purvis, O.W., Gilbert, O.L. & COPPINS, B.J. (1994) Lichens of the Blair Atholl Limestone. Lichenologist, 26: 367-382.

Purvis, O.W., Jørgensen, P.M. & COPPINS, B.J. (1994) Ochrolechia szatalaënsis Vers., new to Great Britain and Europe. Lichenologist, 26: 394-397.

Watling, R, COPPINS, B.J. & Munro, I.C. (1994) Fungi of Doune Ponds, Stirlingshire, with special reference to bonfire-site species. Naturalist, 119: 117-125.


COPPINS, B.J. (1992) Three new lichens to Norway. Graphis Scripta, 4: 89-90.

COPPINS, B.J., James, P.W. & Hawksworth, D.L. (1992) New species and combinations in The Lichen Flora of Great Britain and Ireland. Lichenologist, 24: 351-369.

Gilbert, O.L. & COPPINS, B.J. (1992) The lichens of Caenlochan Glen. Lichenologist, 24: 143-163.

Gilbert, O.L., Fryday, A.M., Giavarini, V.J. & COPPINS, B.J. (1992) The lichen vegetation of high ground in the Ben Nevis Range, Scotland. Lichenologist, 24: 43-56.

Purvis, O.W., COPPINS, B.J., Hawksworth, D.L., James, P.W. & Moore, D.M. (1992) The Lichen Flora of Great Britain and Ireland. Natural History Museum, London.


Rose, F., Stern, R.C., Matcham, H.W. & COPPINS, B.J. (1991) Atlas of Sussex Mosses, Liverworts and Lichens. Booth Museum of Natural History, Brighton.


COPPINS, B.J. & Gilbert, O.L. (1990) Field meeting in Western Galloway. Lichenologist, 22: 183-190.

COPPINS, B.J. & Kantvilas, G. (1990) Studies on Micarea in Australasia I. Four new species from Tasmania. Lichenologist, 22: 277-288.


COPPINS, B.J. (1989) Micarea pseudomarginata, a new saxicolous lichen from the British Isles. Notes RBG Edinbinburgh, 45: 397-400.

COPPINS, B.J. (1989) Rinodina griseosoralifera, a new corticolous sorediate lichen from western Europe. Lichenologist, 21: 169-186

COPPINS, B.J. (1989) Notes on the Arthoniaceae in the British Isles. Lichenologist, 21: 195-216.

COPPINS, B.J. (1989) On some species of Catillaria s. lat. and Halecania in the British Isles. Lichenologist, 21: 217-227.

COPPINS, B.J. (1989) The identity of 'Lecidea cinnabarina' in the British Isles. Lichenologist, 21: 237-242.

COPPINS, B.J. (1989) Proposal to conserve Micarea Fries (Dec. 1825) against Micarea Fries (pre-May 1825) (Fungi). Taxon, 38: 499-501.

Jacobsen, P. & COPPINS, B.J. (1989) On the identity of some "endemic" North German lichens. Nova Hedwigia, 49: 255-273.


COPPINS, B.J. (1988) Two new Micarea species from Europe. Notes RBG Edinburgh, 45: 161-169.

COPPINS, B.J. (1988) Skyttea refractiva, a new lichenicolous discomycete. Notes RBG Edinburgh, 45: 171-173.

COPPINS, B.J. (1988) Notes on the genus Arthopyrenia in the British Isles. Lichenologist, 20: 305-325.

COPPINS, B.J. & Tónsberg, T. (1988) Lecidea roseotincta, a new lichen species from Norway. Nordic Journal of Botany, 8: 415-418.

Gilbert, O.L., COPPINS, B.J. & Fox, B.W. (1988) The lichen flora of Ben Lawers. Lichenologist, 20: 201-243.


COPPINS, B.J. (1987) The genus Vezdaea in the British Isles. Lichenologist, 19: 167-176.

COPPINS, B.J. (1987) The genus Ramonia in the British Isles. Lichenologist, 19: 409-417.

COPPINS, B.J. (1987) Two new lichenicolous species of Opegrapha from western Scotland. Notes RBG Edinburgh, 44: 601-606.

COPPINS, B.J., James, P.W. & Hawksworth, D.L. (1987) The generic names Placynthiella Elenkin, Saccomorpha Elenkin and Placynthiella Gyelnik. Lichenologist, 19: 93-95.

COPPINS, B.J. & Purvis, O.W. (1987) A revision of Psilolechia. Lichenologist, 19: 29-42.


COPPINS, B.J., Fletcher, A., Gilbert, O.L. & James, P.W. (1986) Field meeting in Sutherland. Lichenologist, 18: 275-285.


COPPINS, B.J. (1985) A new Micarea from the Scottish Highlands. Lichenologist, 17: 99-101.

COPPINS, B.J. (1985) Cliostomum and Micarea. In: Galloway, D.J. (ed.) Flora of New Zealand Lichens, 125-126, 291-293. Wellington.

COPPINS, B.J., Rose, F. & Tittensor, R.M. (1985) Lichens from a 16th century Sussex cottage. Lichenologist, 17: 297-298.


COPPINS, B.J. (1984) Epiphytes of birch. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 83B: 115-128.

COPPINS, B.J. (1984) Key to crustose pyrenocarpous lichens on limestone and associated substrata (excluding aquatic and marine habitats). Bulletin of the British Lichen Society, 54: 36-45.

COPPINS, B.J. & James, P.W. (1984) New or interesting British lichens V. Lichenologist, 16: 241-264.

COPPINS, B.J. & Tønsberg, T. (1984) A new species of Arthothelium from Norway. Nordic Journal of Botany, 4: 75-77.

Elix, J.A., Jones, A.J., Lajde, L., COPPINS, B.J. & James, P.W. (1984) Two new diphenyl ethers and a new depside from the lichen Micarea prasina Fr. Australian Journal of Chemistry, 37: 2349-2364.

Gilbert, O.L., COPPINS, B.J. & James, P.W. (1984) Field meeting on Coll and Tiree. Lichenologist, 16: 67-79.


COPPINS, B.J. (1983) A new sorediate corticolous Rinodina from Swedish Lapland. Lichenologist, 15: 147-150.

COPPINS, B.J. (1983) A taxonomic study of the lichen genus Micarea in Europe. Bulletin of the British Museum of Natural History, Botany, 11: 17-214.

Pentecost, A. & COPPINS, B.J. (1983) Key to Opegrapha in Great Britain. Bulletin of the British Lichen Society, 53: 27-35.

Rose, F. & COPPINS, B.J. (1983) Lichens of Colonsay. Proceedngs of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 83B: 403-413.


James, P.W. & COPPINS, B.J. (1979) Key to British sterile crustose lichens with Trentopohlia as phycobiont. Lichenologist, 11: 253-262.


COPPINS, B.J. (1976) Distribution patterns shown by epiphytic lichens in the British Isles. In: Brown, D.H., Hawksworth, D.L. & Bailey, R.H. (eds) Lichenology: Progress and Problems, 249-278. Academic Press: London.


COPPINS, B.J. & Shimwell, D.W. (1971) Cryptogam complement and biomass in dry Calluna heath of different ages. Oikos, 22: 204-209.

Conservations Reports

Author of over 100 unpublished conservation reports (e.g. site inventories, species dossiers, management plans) on behalf of government and non-government agencies, cf. 'Grey Literature'

Academic Career

1974 -: Ascomycete Taxonomist, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, U.K.
Principal Scientific Officer, 1985-2010; Senior Scientific Officer, 1979-1985; Higher Scientific Officer, 1974-1979.

Current Teaching

Specialist workshops on lichen identification and ecology, for a very wide range of organisations.

Grants and Awards

Linnean Medal for Botany - 2011
Acharius Medal, awarded by the International Association of Lichenology - 2010
Outstanding Contribution to Plant Conservation, awarded by Plantlife - 2009
Ursula Duncan Award, awarded by the British Lichen Society - 2005
Honorary Life Member, British Lichen Society - 1994

2007 - The Leverhulme Trust, £107,309: research grant, 'Britain's Lost Biodiversity - a unique base-line for environmental recovery' (# F/00 771/B)
1997 - Darwin Initiative, £99,450: 'Lobarion lichens of the Eastern Carpathians' (# 162/6/111)
1993, 1995 & 2000 - Scottish Natural Heritage, 3 grants of ca £26,000: action plans for lower plants in Scotland.

Editorial Positions

2009: British Lichen Flora Committee (2nd Ed.)
2001- : Editorial Board, Turkish Journal of Botany
1983- : Editorial Board, The Lichenologist
1984-2001: Senior Editor, Edinburgh Journal of Botany (formerly Notes from the RBG Edinburgh)
1992: British Lichen Flora Committee (1st Ed.)


1982: PhD. Taxonomy, Kings College London, U.K.
1970: BSc. Special Botany, University of Hull, UK.


American Bryological and Lichenological Society
Australian Association for Lichenology
Botanical Society of Scotland British Lichen Society (President 1988/89)
British Mycological Society
International Association for Lichenology
Native Woodlands Discussion Group
Systematics Association