Anders Telenius

Anders Telenius


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Works at Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences
Visiting address Naturhistoriska riksmuseet, Enheten för bioinformatik och genetik
Postal address Institutionen för ekologi miljö och botanik 106 91 Stockholm

About me

Originating as a plant population ecologist specialised in population dynamics and propagule dispersal in sea shore meadows, after graduating in 1991 at the then Botany Department at Stockholm University I was soon turned into a lecturer and Director of Study (Ecology) at SU. Moving over to Mälardalen University in 1999 I spent ten years following a similar path (pursuing research, teaching and administrative tasks) until I in 2009 shifted back to Stockholm and the Research Division at the Swedish Museum of Natural History. Here the national Swedish node of the global network for biodiversity information (GBIF, Global Biodiversity Information Facility  (GBIF) had been established on governmental request in 2003, and in 2009 I took over the role as leader (”Node Manager”) of this acticity. I have manitained this position since then, adding administration (Group Leader of the Bioinformatics developers team at the museum), and finally as director of the national research infrastructure Svensk biodiversitetsdatainfrastruktur/Swedish Biodiversity Data Infrastructure (SBDI) to my list of present activities.

SBDI merges interested partners from 11 Swedish universities and governmental authorities in creating a facility for biodiversity data mobilization, presentation and advanced analysis (please see web: This includes bringing together and presenting natural history collection and observational data, monitoring and tracking/biologging information and molecular data through a single point of entry  to ecologists, plant, animal and fungal systematists, phylogeneticists and environmental and conservation biologists.

Although integrated into the SBDI since January 2018, GBIF-Sweden continues to expand both nationally and internationally – not the least since joining the Living Atlases Community. Following an exponential increase in the number of data presented worldwide by the GBIF community of more than 40 nations and as many organizations, GBIF-Sweden provides a significant part (ca. 8%) of  the 1 billion + records available in 2018/2019. By adding molecular information the utility of GBIF will increase dramatically in the following years. Further information on the use of GBIF-mediated data will be found here.

Deltagande organisationer (Sverige)/Organizations involved (Sweden): Swedish Museum of Natural History, Karolinska Institute, Linnaeus University, Lund University, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm University, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological institute, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå University, University of Gothenburg, Uppsala University.

Deltagande i organisationer (Internationellt i urval)/Participation in organizations (International selection): GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility), CBD (Convention on Biological diversity), CETAF (Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities), GEO Group on Earth Observations), GEO BON (Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observations Network), IPBES (International Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services), IPPC (International Panel on Climate Change), IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature), LifeWatch, SPNHC (Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections), TDWG (Biodiversity Information Standards), UNEP (United Nations Environmental Programme).

Funding: SBDI is funded (2018-2020) by the Swedish Research Council and the participating organizations (co-funding).

Contact information

Workplace: Naturhistoriska riksmuseet/Swedish Museum of Natural history

Phone: 08-5195 5129, 0733-502246

E-mail:; (

Visiting address: Frescativägen 40, 114 18 Stockholm

Mail address: Naturhistoriska riksmuseet, BIO, Box 50007, 104 05 Stockholm



Last updated: January 16, 2019

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