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 FWBG|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 FWBG|BRIT’s various research programs in botanical science. As the Director of Herbarium, he is responsible for the care and development of the 1.5 million specimens comprising the BRIT Herbarium. 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 National Science Foundation funding for specimen digitization across 40 collections in the Texas and Oklahoma Regional Consortium of Herbaria (TORCH), a biodiversity survey of plants and lichens in the Philippines, and an investigation into the phylogenomics and evolution of North American blueberries (Vaccinium sect. Cyanococcus).


Dr. Fritsch is currently a member of the NSC Alliance Board of Directors.