Brandy Watts

BRIT Librarian

MS in Library & Information Science, specializing in Archives. University of California Los Angeles, CA
MA in Fine Art. School of Visual Arts, NY, NY
BA in Fine Art, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, IL

Brandy draws on upwards of eight years of experience working in natural history collections, libraries, and archives, which include The William and Lynda Steere Herbarium,The LuEsther T. Mertz Library, The Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Herbarium and Library, and the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden Library. Brandy has been instrumental to a number of National Science Foundation and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded projects such as Global Plants Initiative (NY), The Plants of the Caribbean (NY), and Engaging Our Future to Preserve Our Past; Collections in Support of Biological Research (RSA). Brandy is responsible for overall collection management, assessment, and acquisitions for BRIT Library, including oversight of the special collections and the archive. 

Brandy recently published The Field Photographs of Alain H. Liogier; Plants of Hispaniola, Dominican Republic, 1968-1969 through New York Botanical Garden Press. This book presents a curated collection of the Kodachrome field photographs that botanist Alain H. Liogier took while collecting plants in the Caribbean region. Liogier was a research associate of BRIT for a number of years.