Research Resources

The BRIT Herbarium contains approximately 1,445,000 plant specimens from around the world, making it one of the largest herbaria in the United States. More can be found about the collections by visiting the About the BRIT Herbarium page.

The BRIT Herbarium is open for public use by appointment, from 10 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday. Please contact us beforehand to make sure someone will be available to orient you and assist you if necessary. BRIT is closed on most national holidays. 

Digital Resources

Digital Resources

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Research Lecture Series

Research Lecture Series

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Phytophilia Blog

Phytophilia Blog

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Sumner Laboratory

Sumner Laboratory

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Research Publications

Research Publications

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Research Associates

Research Associates

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Recent Articles

¡Celebramos! A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage in Fort Worth

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden | Botanical Research Institute of Texas (FWBG|BRIT) invites guests to ¡Celebramos! A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage, from Sept. 15 through Nov. 7, including artistic performances and exhibitions, dining and shopping opportunities, movie showings and Day of the Dead commemorations.

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Botanical Art = Botanical Science

The history of civilization can be told through pictures of plants. The roots of botanical art and the science of botany began in ancient Greek and Roman times, depicting plants as a means of understanding and recording their potential uses.

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GGI-Gardens Resources

Natural history collections play an increasingly vital role in biodiversity studies. Much of the research that leverages these collections combines this accumulated diversity knowledge with genomic approaches. There is a movement toward improved collection practices that incorporate resources that can be used in genomics research.

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Texas Legislature Designates State Mushroom

The rare and rather unique, star-shaped fungus with the Latin name Chorioactis geaster received official designation Friday when Gov. Greg Abbott signed a resolution making it the State Mushroom of Texas. Only two other states (Minnesota and Oregon) have officially declared a state mushroom. The mushroom is highly selective about where it grows . . .

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Alejandra Vasco, Ph.D.

Research Botanist

Ashley Bordelon

Digitization Coordinator

Barney L. Lipscomb

Director of BRIT Press and Library, Leonhardt Chair of Texas Botany

Brooke Byerley Best, Ph.D.

Director of Research Programs

Bob O’Kennon

Research Scientist

Diego Barroso

TORCH TCN Project Manager

Erin Flinchbaugh

Conservation Program Assistant

Jason Best

Director of Biodiversity Informatics

Jessica Lane

Herbarium Assistant

Joe Lippert

Digitization Coordinator

Kelly Carroll

Herbarium Digitization Technician

Kim Norton Taylor

Conservation Research Botanist

Kimberly Shay

Press Coordinator and Assistant Editor

Manuela Dal Forno, Ph.D.

Research Botanist

Megan O’Connell, Ph.D.

Conservation Botanist

Morgan Gostel, Ph.D.

Research Botanist

Natch Rodriguez

Herbarium Digitization Technician

Peter Fritsch, Ph.D.

Vice President of Research / Director of the Herbarium

Rachel Carmickle

Herbarium Technician

Sydney Jackson

Conservation Technician

Tessa Boucher

Herbarium Digitization Technician

Tiana Franklin Rehman

Herbarium Collections Manager