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

The Living Roof

The urban environment is an ecosystem in itself. With this living roof, BRIT is bringing a functional, native Texas ecosystem back into the built environment. Rather than just looking for plants that can survive in hot environments, BRIT asked the question, “What are the environmental parameters of a roof and what are its analog and native environs?”

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Sean Kenney’s Nature Connects Made with LEGO® Bricks Coming to Fort Worth

Sean Kenney’s Nature Connects Made with LEGO® Bricks, an award-winning and record-breaking exhibition that uses beautiful works of art made from simple toy blocks to explore animal endangerment, the balance of ecosystems, and humanity’s relationship with nature is coming to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden | Botanical Research Institute of Texas (FWBG|BRIT) from May 6 through Aug. 1, 2021.

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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

Brandy Watts

BRIT Librarian

MS in Library & Information Science, specializing in Archives. University...

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