Interns & Volunteers

Interns & Volunteers

Our interns and volunteers are invaluable at BRIT. In this series, they discuss their experiences with us.

Recent Articles

My Summer Education: The Microscopic World

BRIT has been amazing – a catalyst that has unlocked the doors to the natural world and shown me wonders that I had never fully appreciated. I have always loved hiking, climbing trees, being outside in general, but my connection to the surrounding plant-life was distant, similar to the relationship between a homeowner and the trees that form the hardwood floors. I appreciated plants’ beauty and enjoyed the shade, but now there is a definite connection between my (limited) scientific knowledge and the physical plants. It means so much more to know the scientific name of a tree you just ran past, or to recognize Vitis mustangensis and know that you can eat the wild grapes growing on the vines. Perhaps most exciting thing to me is this: the further realization that the microscopic world is bu...
Read More >

BRIT’s Computer Vision(aries)

High school students from Trinity Valley School spent their summer break utilizing their computer science skills to create a quick and easy way to determine the fullness of our herbarium cabinets.
Read More >

Data Entry, Insects, and Flying Cacti: My BRIT Internship

Haley Rylander looks back on her varied experiences during her BRIT internship.
Read More >

Survey of BRIT’s Tarrant County Bryophyte Collection

By Hanna Liebermann, Hendrix College biology student / BRIT intern, & Charles Gardner, bryophyte specialist / BRIT Research Associate A tiny world of wonder! (taken with an iPhone 6 through the microscope eyepiece) Bryophytes, defined by their lack of vascular tissue, are a category of smaller plants that include the mosses, liverworts, and hornworts. With the exception of the few specialists who hold these groups dear and recognize their miniature complexity, the “bryos” are generally an unsung category of botanical study. Nevertheless, they are an extremely valuable section of BRIT’s collection, representative of local and global vegetation. While the majority of BRIT’s bryophyte collection has been scanned and the packet label information entered into the Symbiota database, little had b...
Read More >