Leif Tibell

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Leif Tibell
Alma materUppsala University
AwardsAcharius Medal (2012)
Scientific career
InstitutionsSwedish Research Council
Uppsala University
Author abbrev. (botany)Tibell[1]

Leif Tibell (born 16 November 1944) is a Swedish lichenologist and Emeritus Professor at the University of Uppsala. He is known for his expertise on calicioid lichens. He was awarded the Acharius Medal in 2012 for lifetime achievements in lichenology.


Tibell was born in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 1944.[2] He developed an interest in lichens at a young age after meeting the prominent lichenologist Gunnar Degelius through the Gothenburg Botanical Garden, where they were both members.[3] Degelius mentored Tibell, and recommended to him that he should study the subject at Uppsala University, which he did after moving there in the mid 1960s.[2]

was described as a new species by Tibell in 1969.[4]

He continued with graduate studies under the supervision of Rolf Santesson after accompanying him on a research excursion to Norway's Varanger Peninsula in 1966.[2] Santesson was Curator of the Herbarium at the Botany Department. He was also the father of Johan Santesson, who knew Tibell through an organic chemistry research group they were both part of. Rolf Santesson, who became Tibell's Ph.D. supervisor and second main mentor,[3] suggested he should study genera of the family Caliciaceae – the pin lichens. Tibell followed his advice and ultimately developed a long career that was largely dedicated to the study of this group. After earning a Ph.D. in 1975, Tibell accepted a position at the Swedish Research Council that he held for many years. He was later promoted to Senior Lecturer and ultimately Professor in 2000.[2] As of 2021, he is an Emeritus Professor with the Department of Organismal Biology at Uppsala University.[5]


Tibell was awarded the Acharius Medal in 2012. Swedish botanist Mats Wedin noted that another prominent Swedish lichenologist, Erik Acharius (for whom the medal is named), published one of the earliest taxonomic monographs in lichenology also on the subject of calicioid lichens.[3] Tibell had a Festschrift dedicated to him in celebration of his 60th birthday in 2004.[6]


Several taxa have been named in honour of Tibell. These include:[7] Leifidium Wedin (1993); Tibellia Vězda & Hafellner (1992); Pykälä & Myllys 2016); S.Y.Kondr. & Kärnefelt (2009); Titov, Kuzn. & Himelbr. (2004); Titov (2000); Mangold (2009); Constant. & R.Sant. (1987); Vězda; Kalb, Staiger & Elix (2004); Elix, T.H.Nash & Sipman (2009); Egea & Torrente (1994); Kalb (1992); Ertz & Diederich (2005); Zhurb. (2004); Kr.P.Singh & Pushpi Singh (2012); H.Mayrhofer (1983); Wedin (1992); T.H.Nash & Elix (2004); and S.Y.Kondr. & Kärnefelt (2003).

Selected publications[]

Some of Tibell's major publications include:

  • Tibell, Leif (1975). The Caliciales of Boreal North America. Taxonomy, Ecological and Distributional Comparisons With Europe, and Ultrastructural Investigations in Some Species. Symbolae botanicae Upsalienses. Uppsala: Uppsala University. ISBN 91-554-0270-4.
  • Tibell, Leif (1984). A Reappraisal of the Taxonomy of Caliciales. Beihefte zur Nova Hedwigia. 79. pp. 597–713.
  • Tibell, Leif (1992). "Crustose lichens as indicators of forest continuity in boreal coniferous forests". Nordic Journal of Botany. 12 (4): 427–450. doi:10.1111/j.1756-1051.1992.tb01325.x.
  • Tibell, Leif B. (1994). "Distribution patterns and dispersal strategies of Caliciales". Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. 116 (3): 159–202. doi:10.1006/bojl.1994.1059.
  • Tibell, Leif (1996). Caliciales. Flora Neotropica. 69. New York Botanical Garden Press. pp. 1–78. JSTOR 4393866.
  • Tibell, Leif (2000). "A synopsis of crustose calicioid lichens and fungi from mainland Africa and Madagascar". Nordic Journal of Botany. 20 (6): 717–742. doi:10.1111/j.1756-1051.2000.tb00759.x.
  • Tibell, Leif; Wedin, Mats (2000). "Mycocaliciales, a new order for nonlichenized calicioid fungi". Mycologia. 92 (3): 577–581. doi:10.2307/3761518.

See also[]

  • Category:Taxa named by Leif Tibell


  1. ^ "Tibell, Leif (1944-)". International Plant Names Index. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d Kärnefelt, Ingvar (2009). "Fifty influential lichenologists". In Thell, Arne; Seaward, Mark R. D.; Feuerer, Tassilo (eds.). Diversity of Lichenology – Anniversary Volume. Bibliotheca Lichenologica. 100. Stuttgart: J. Kramer. pp. 338–339. ISBN 978-3-443-58079-7.
  3. ^ a b c Wedin, Mats. "Acharius Medallists: Leif Tibell". International Association for Lichenology. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  4. ^ Tibell, L. (1969). "The genus Cyphelium in Northern Europe" (PDF). Svensk Botanisk Tidskrift. 63: 465–485.
  5. ^ "Leif Tibell - Uppsala University, Sweden". Uppsala University. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  6. ^ Thor, Goran; Nordin, Anders; Hedberg, Inga, eds. (2004). Contributions to Lichen Taxonomy & Biogeography: Dedicated to Leif Tibell. Symbolae Botanicae Upsalienses. 34. Uppsala Universitet. pp. 1–499. ISBN 978-9155460259.
  7. ^ Hertel, Hannes; Gärtner, Georg; Lőkös, László (2017). "Forscher an Österreichs Flechtenflora" [Investigators of Austria's lichen flora] (PDF). Stapfia (in German). 104 (2): 1–211 (see pp. 149–150).
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