Rebecca K. Swadek
M.S. in Environmental Science, Texas Christian University
B.S. in Biology, Texas A&M University
Rebecca joined the BRIT staff in 2009. She has worked as a Herbarium Collections Assistant managing digitization projects, as a Research Field Botanist studying BRIT's Living Roof and the Fort Worth Prairie, and as a Herbarium Digitization Technician coordinating the delivery of data from BRIT's Type Collection to JSTOR for the Global Plants Initiative. In 2013 Rebecca became a BRIT Research Associate and began working as a plant ecologist and project manager for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation's Division of Forestry, Horticulture, and Natural Resources managing wetland restoration and assessment projects. She continues research on green roofs and Texas prairies in her spare time.
Rebecca received a B.S. in Biology from Texas A&M University and an M.S. in Environmental Science from Texas Christian University with a concentration in botany. Her thesis, The Vascular Flora of the North Central Texas Walnut Formation, provided a floristic inventory of the Walnut Clay geolgical formation and examined associated plant communities based on their associated geological and hydrological contexts.
Rebecca's research interests and specialties include: wetland and riparian restoration; plant ecology; natural resource management; monitoring and assessment; green roofs; floristics and plant taxonomy; vegetation classification; and biodiversity informatics.