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Texas Plant Conservation Program

Plant diversity is being lost at an alarming rate. It is this same diversity that supports human livelihoods and many of our most precious natural resources. One of BRIT’s major goals is to raise awareness of the value plants bring to life, and the threats they face worldwide. BRIT is committed to working toward conserving plant diversity at home in Texas, and around the world.

For more information on the Texas Plant Conservation Program, please contact Conservation Botanist Dr. Megan O’Connell.

Current Research


Past Research


Alejandra Vasco, Ph.D.

Research Botanist

Ana Niño


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

Gabrielle Harris

Press Sales and Fulfillment Coordinator

Jason Best

Director of Biodiversity Informatics

Jessica Lane

Herbarium Assistant

Kelly Carroll

Herbarium Digitization Technician

Kimberlie Sasan

Herbarium & Research Assistant

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

Rachel Carmickle

Herbarium Technician & Conservation Program Assistant

Robert George

East Texas Flora Project Manager

Tiana Franklin Rehman

Director of the Herbarium & Collections Manager