Peter Fritsch, Ph.D.

Vice President of Research / Director of the Herbarium


Ph.D. Botany, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Program in Botany and Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA

M.S. Botany, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

B.S. Biology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Dr. Peter Fritsch holds two titles at BRIT – Vice President of Research and Director of the Herbarium. As Vice President of Research, Dr. Fritsch is charged with the oversight, representation, and development of BRIT’s various research programs in botanical science. As the Director of Herbarium, he is responsible for the care and development of BRIT’s over one million herbarium specimens. In addition, Dr. Fritsch conducts his research program on plant diversity, comparative morphology, and biogeography, with a focus on the heath family (Ericaceae) and its relatives. He also continues his passion for biodiversity, conservation, and capacity-building work both nationally and internationally. Current projects include work in China, the Philippines, and Borneo, in addition to Texas.