Mikhail Zhurbenko

Mikhail Zhurbenko

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Academic degree, academic title: Dr.Sc.

Position: Leading Researcher

E-mail: MZhurbenko@binran.ru

Research interests:

  • Study of regional diversity, taxonomy, ecology and geography of lichenicolous fungi globally.

Keywords: Lichenicolous fungi, biodiversity, taxonomy, ecology, biogeography, floristics, Arctic, Holarctic

Education and work experience:

1982 – graduated from the Department of Geobotany and Darwinism, Faculty of Biology and Soil Science, St. Petersburg (Leningrad) State University.
1989 – Ph.D. thesis « Lichens of the North-West of the Putorana Plateau».
2010 defended doctoral thesis «Lichenicolous fungi of the Russian Arctic».

1983-1994 – Laboratory of Lichenology and Bryology, Komarov Botanical Institute (BIN).
1994-1995 – did an internship at Uppsala University (Sweden) with Prof. R. Santesson on the lichenicolous fungi, and then began to study this group of fungi at the Laboratory of the Systematics and Geography of Fungi, BIN RAN.
1995 – until now – Laboratory of Systematics and Geography of Fungi BIN RAN.

Described new to science: five lichen species, over 100 species and 12 genera of lichenicolous fungi. Researched the diversity of lichens and lichenicolous fungi in all the major sectors of the Arctic. Co-author of the first panarctic check-list of lichens and lichenicolous fungi (Kristinsson et al. 2010) and the first check-list of fungi of the Russian Arctic (Karatygin 1999). Researched the diversity of lichenicolous fungi in many extra-Arctic regions of Russia, as well as in the USA, Canada, Norway, Mongolia, India, Japan, and Vietnam.

Grants and research projects:

Project leader:

  • 2014-2016. RFBR № 14-04-01031 «Lichenicolous fungi of the North West Caucasus».
  • 1997-1999. RFBR № 97-04-48358-a «Lichenicolous fungi of the Russian Arctic».

Member of research team:

  • 2003-2005. RFBR № 03-04-49400-a «Regional peculiarities of flora and vegetation of polar deserts and their altitudinal counterparts».
  • 2000-2002. RFBR № 00-04-49460-a «Mycobiota of the tundras and subtundras of the Polar Urals».
  • 2000-2002. RFBR № 00-04-49439-a «Botanical criteria to distinguish tundra and polar desert zones».
  • 1998-1999. RFBR № 98-07-90346-b «Creation of the database "Fungi collections of herbarium of BIN RAS».
  • 1998-2001. RFBR № 98-04-62027-d «Publication of the book «Fungi of the Russian Arctic»».
  • 1997-1999. RFBR № 97-04-48952-a «Composition and structure of communities of polar deserts».
  • 1996-1998. RFBR № 96-04-48209-a «Research on the mycoflora of the Arctic subtundras of the Kola Peninsula».

Other projects:

  • 2017. JSPS Fellowship for Research in Japan no. S16173 «Lichenicolous fungi of Japan». – Dr. Y. Ohmura. I worked as an invited scientist in Japan in 2017, where studied lichenicolous fungi of Japan and trained Japanese colleagues to identify and taxonomize this group of fungi.
  • 2000-2004. USA National Park Service grants №№ PX9830-93-062, PX9830-92-385, PX9830-0-0451, PX9830-0-0472 and PX9830-0-0512 «Cryptogams of the shared Beringian heritage parks» made through the Alaska Cooperative Fisheries & Wildlife Research Unit) – Prof. G. Laursen. I studied lichenicolous fungi of Alaska.

Conferences and workshops:

Organizing committee:

  • Fourth Congress of Mycologists of Russia. Russia, Moscow, 12-14 April 2017. Member of the organizing committee, co-chair of the section «Lichenised and Lichenicolous Fungi».


  • International conference concerning the 50th anniversary of the joint Russian-Mongolian paleontological expedition and joint Russian-Mongolian complex biological expedition of RAS and ASM. Russia, Moscow, 15-17 October 2019. Oral report.
  • Scientific workshop «Rainforest lichens and lichenicolous fungi in Norway – field inventory and workshop». Norway, Trondheim, 7-11 May 2018. Oral report.


Editorial activity:

Scientific-organizational and teaching activities:

Selected publications:

Zhurbenko M.P. Studies on lichenicolous fungi in the Uppsala (UPS) collection curated by the late Rolf Santesson. Herzogia. 2021. 34(2): 493–507.

Zhurbenko M.P. New species of lichenicolous fungi on Solorina. Herzogia. 2021. 34(1): 127–137.

Zhurbenko M.P. Arthonia buelliae sp. nov. (Arthoniaceae, Arthoniales, Ascomycota) and other noteworthy lichenicolous fungi from Primorye Territory of Russia. Phytotaxa. 2021. 483(2): 183–189.

Zhurbenko M.P. Clypeococcum lenae (Dothideomycetes), a new lichenicolous species from the Arctic, with a key to species of lichenicolous fungi on Solorina. Opuscula Philolichenum. 2020. 19: 199–207.

Zhurbenko M.P., Ohmura Y. Contributions to the knowledge of lichenicolous fungi growing on baeomycetoid lichens and Icmadophila, with a key to the species. The Lichenologist. 2020. 52(6): 437–453.

Zhurbenko M.P., Stepanchikova I.S., Himelbrant D.E. New species and new records of lichenicolous fungi from the Kamchatka Territory of Russia. Herzogia. 2020. 33(2): 512–524.

Zhurbenko M.P., Diederich P., Gagarina L.V. Lichenicolous fungi from Vietnam, with the description of four new species. Herzogia. 2020. 33(2): 525–543.

Suija A., Zhurbenko M.P., Stepanchikova I.S., Himelbrant D.E., Kuznetsova E.S., Motiejunaite, J. Kukwaea pubescens gen. et sp. nova (Helotiales, incertae sedis), a new lichenicolous fungus on Cetraria islandica, and a key to the lichenicolous fungi occurring on Cetraria s. str. Phytotaxa. 2020. 459(1): 39–50.

Zhurbenko M.P., Enkhtuya O., Javkhlan S. A first synopsis of lichenicolous fungi of Mongolia, with the description of five new species. Plant and Fungal Systematics. 2019. 64(2): 345–366.

Heuchert B., Diederich P., Zhurbenko M.P., Braun U. Taeniolella diploschistis sp. nov. – a new lichenicolous fungus on Diploschistes scruposus. Herzogia. 2019. 32(1): 94–100.

Motiejūnaitė J., Zhurbenko M.P., Suija A., Kantvilas G. Lichenicolous ascomycetes on Siphula-like lichens, with a key to the species. The Lichenologist. 2019. 51(1): 45–73.

Zhurbenko M.P., Tadome K., Ohmura Y. Pronectria japonica species nova and a key to the lichenicolous fungi and lichens growing on Ochrolechia. Herzogia. 2018. 31(1), Teil 2: 494–504.

Suija A., van den Boom P., Zimmermann E., Zhurbenko M.P., Diederich P. Lichenicolous species of Hainesia belong to Phacidiales (Leotiomycetes) and are included in an extended concept of Epithamnolia. Mycologia. 2018. 109(6): 882−899.

Zhurbenko M. P. Lichenicolous fungi of the Caucasus: New species, new records and a second synopsis. Opuscula Philolichenum. 2017. 16: 267–311.

Pino-Bodas R., Zhurbenko M.P., Stenroos S. Phylogenetic placement within Lecanoromycetes of lichenicolous fungi associated with Cladonia and some other genera. Persoonia. 2017. 39: 91–117.

Zhurbenko M.P., Pino-Bodas R. A revision of lichenicolous fungi growing on Cladonia, mainly from the Northern Hemisphere, with a worldwide key to the known species. Opuscula Philolichenum. 2017. 16: 188–266.

Zhurbenko M.P., Etayo J., Demidova A.N., Zhdanov I.S. Capronia josefhafellneri sp. nov. (Ascomycota, Herpotrichiellaceae) and some other lichenicolous fungi from Vietnam. Herzogia. 2016. 29(2) Teil 1: 364–373.

Zhurbenko M.P., Heuchert B., Braun U. Talpapellis solorinae sp. nov. and an updated key to the species of Talpapellis and Verrucocladosporium. Phytotaxa. 2015. 234 (2): 191–194.

Zhurbenko M.P., Frisch A., Ohmura Y., Thor G. Lichenicolous fungi from Japan and Korea: new species, new records and a first synopsis for Japan. Herzogia. 2015. 28(2): 762−789.

Zhurbenko M.P., Braun U., Heuchert B., Kobzeva A.A. New lichenicolous hyphomycetes from Eurasia. Herzogia. 2015. 28: 584–598.

Zhurbenko M.P., Pino-Bodas R. New lichenicolous fungi growing on Cladia in New Zealand. The Lichenologist. 2015. 47(6): 395–402.

Zhurbenko M.P., Vershinina S.E. Opegrapha bryoriae sp. nov. and other lichenicolous fungi from Asian Russia. Herzogia. 2014. 27: 93−109.

Zhurbenko M.P., Brackel W.V. Checklist of lichenicolous fungi and lichenicolous lichens of Svalbard, including new species, new records and revisions. Herzogia. 2013. 26: 323–359.

Zhurbenko M.P. Lichenicolous fungi and some allied lichens from the Canadian Arctic. Opuscula Philolichenum. 2013. 12: 180–197.

Zhurbenko M.P. A first list of lichenicolous fungi from India. Mycobiota. 2013. 3: 19–34.

Zhurbenko M.P., Otte V. Lichenicolous fungi from the Caucasus: new records and a first synopsis. Herzogia. 2012. 25: 235–244.

Zhurbenko M.P., Braun U. Cecidiomyces, a new subantarctic lichenicolous hyphomycete genus. The Lichenologist. 2012. 44(6): 801‒806.

Zhurbenko M. P. Lichenicolous fungi growing on Thamnolia, mainly from the Holarctic, with a worldwide key to the known species. The Lichenologist. 2012. 44(2): 147–177.

Zhurbenko M., Dillman K. Polycoccum hymeniicola comb. nov. (Dacampiaceae) and other interesting lichenicolous fungi from southeastern Alaska. The Bryologist. 2010. 113(2): 260‒266.

Kristinsson H., Zhurbenko M., Hansen E.S. Panarctic checklist of lichens and lichenicolous fungi. CAFF Technical Report No. 20, CAFF International Secretariat, Akureyri, Iceland, July 2010. 120 p.

Zhurbenko M. P. New and interesting lichenicolous hypocrealean fungi from the Northern Hemisphere. Sydowia. 2009. 61(1): 177–188.

Diederich P., Zhurbenko M.P. Sphaerellothecium phaeorrhizae and Zwackhiomyces sipmanii spp. nov. on Phaeorrhiza sareptana from north-eastern Asia, with a key to the species of Sphaerellothecium. Bibliotheca Lichenologica. 2009. 99: 113‒122.

Zhurbenko M.P., Triebel D. Three new species of Stigmidium and Sphaerellothecium (lichenicolous ascomycetes) on Stereocaulon. Mycological Progress. 2008. 7: 137‒145.

Zhurbenko M. Corticifraga santessonii and C. chugachiana (Lecanoromycetes, Ascomycota), new species of lichenicolous fungi from the Holarctic. The Lichenologist. 2007. 39(3): 221–226.

Zhurbenko M.P., Triebel D. Lasiosphaeriopsis pilophori sp. nov. (Sordariales) and other lichenicolous fungi on Pilophorus. Mycological Progress. 2005. 4(4): 317–323.

Zhurbenko M.P., Alstrup V. Lichenicolous fungi on Cladonia mainly from the Arctic. Acta Univ. Ups. Symb. Bot. Ups. 2004. 34(1): 477–499.

Diederich P., Zhurbenko M., Etayo J. The lichenicolous species of Odontotrema (syn. Lethariicola) (Ascomycota, Ostropales). The Lichenologist. 2002. 34(6): 479–501.

Jørgensen P.M., Zhurbenko M. Two new, remarkable, arctic species in the lichen genus Fuscopannaria (Pannariaceae, lichenized Ascomycetes). The Bryologist. 2002. 105(3): 465–469.

Karatygin I.V., Nezdoiminogo E.L., Novozhilov Y.K., Zhurbenko M.P. Russian Arctic Fungi. Annotated checklist. St.-Petersburg: Khimiko-Pharmatsevticheskaya Akademiya. 1999. 212 p.

Diederich P., Zhurbenko M. P. Taeniolella rolfii sp. nov., a new lichenicolous hyphomycete from the Siberian Arctic. Acta Univ. Ups. Symb. Bot. Ups. 1997. 32(1): 11–16.

Zhurbenko M.P., Santesson R. Lichenicolous fungi from the Russian Arctic. Herzogia. 1996. 12: 147–161.

Poelt J., Zhurbenko M.P., Matzer M. Lecanora gyrophorina sp. nov., eine bemerkenswerte, auf mbilicaria hyperborea parasitierende Flechte aus Sibirien. Herzogia. 1996. 12: 1–6.