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



Ms Louise Olley
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20A Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, EH3 5LR, U.K.
tel: +44 (0)131 248-2800
e-mail: l.olley(at)rbge.org.uk

Research Interests
Academic Career


Research Interests

I am responsible for the curation of fungal specimens - especially lichens - into the RGB Edinburgh herbarium, comprising both British and foreign material.

My experience includes leading a project to compile the first comprehensive checklist of Nepalese lichen species based in part on my collection of over 1,200 specimens from Nepal in 2007 - Checklist of Nepalese Lichens

Additionally, I have contributed botanical art towards RBGE publications and taught botanical art for the past 14 years.


OLLEY, L. & Sharma, L.R. (2013) A provisional checklist of the lichens of Nepal. Journal of the Department of Plant Resources Nepal, 35: 18-21

Jørgensen M. & OLLEY L. (2010) A new hairy Leptogium from Nepal. The Lichenologist, 42: 387-389.

OLLEY, L. (2008) Lichens of Nepal Expedition 2007. Bulletin of the British Lichen Society, 103: 24-32.

Sharma R., OLLEY, L., Cross, A. & Joshi, M. D. (2007). A field report of lichen collection expedition (2007) Nepal. Bulletin of the Deptartment of Plant Resources No. 31.

OLLEY, L. (2001/2002) Drawing a fine line between art, and science. The Botanics (winter issue).

Botanical Illustration

Argent, G. (2006) Rhododendrons of subgenus vireya. The Royal Horticultural Society, London.

Noltie, H.J. (2000) Flora of Bhutan: The Grasses of Bhutan Vol 3. Part 2.

McKean, D.R. (1999). A new Epilobium hybrid from Scotland, E. pendunculare A. Cunn. x E. montanum L. Watsonia, 22: 417-419.

Noltie, H.J. (1998) A new species of Juncus (Juncaceae) from the Sino-Himalaya. Edinburgh Journal of Botany, 55: 39-44.

Newman, M.F., Burgess, P.F., Whitmore, T.C. (1998). Manuals of Dipterocarps for Foresters: Java to New Guinea. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh & Center for International Forestry Research.

Argent, G. et al. (1997). Manual of the larger and more important non Dipterocarp trees of central Kalimantan, Indonesia (Vol. 1 & 2). Forest Research Institute Samarinda, Indonesia.

Mill, R.R. (1996) Notes relating to the flora of Bhutan: XXXII. Boraginaceae: II. Edinburgh Journal of Botany, 53: 113-125.

Academic Career

Two years in horticulture prior to university. Two Botanical Expeditions to Indonesia (1991 & 1993). Freelance botanical illustrator (bulk of work centred on ink drawings for a wide range of scientific/botanical publications, publicity flyers and brochures). Botanical art tutor at the RBGE 1997-2007. Moved to Curation in the herbarium 2001 and completed the Scottish Lichen Apprentice Scheme funded by the British Lichen Society.

Botanical Exhibitions & Lectures

Inverleith House. Glasgow Botanic Garden. Broughton Gallery. Scotland's Gardens Scheme, 2000 & 2001. Invited lecture for the Friends of the Royal Scottish Academy 2001 Invited lecture for the Pentland Art Club 2001.


1995: MSc. Taxonomy and Biodiversity of Plants, University of Edinburgh, U.K.
1993: BSc (Hons) Biology, Kings College London, U.K.