Brooke Byerley Best, Ph.D.

Editor, Botanist, Living Roof Coordinator, Research-Education Liaison

Ph.D. in Botany, Colorado State University
B.S. in Biology, Southwestern University

Brooke earned a PhD in Botany from Colorado State University, where she studied floral morphology and evolution in the genus Phlox (Polemoniaceae) and the impacts of native and invasive ant-plant interactions. She joined BRIT in 2007 and is currently working with BRIT Press to help edit and publish the Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas and the Botanical Miscellany book series. Brooke's current research interests include the ecology and long-term viability of BRIT’s living roof, citizen science initiatives in secondary education, and data management/analysis of natural history collections. In her free time, she enjoys collecting plants from the Rolling Plains region near Scurry County, Texas, and birding. Follow her on Twitter @BotanyBrooke (all tweets her own and should not be assumed as representative of the views of BRIT).

Curriculum Vitae

A Goodland limestone prairie near Cresson, Texas. Shallow soils and drought-adapted native plants make this type of prairie an ideal model for green roofs in North Central Texas.