Botanical Research Institute of Texas and Tarleton sign agreement


FORT WORTH (January 26, 2016) – The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®) and Tarleton State University today signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) formalizing their collaboration in areas of education and research and in finding ways to jointly support their common interests in biodiversity and sustainability education.

The MOA sets the groundwork for the institutions to work together, sharing ideas and knowledge to provide unique learning experiences for students, enhanced academic and research opportunities, and  broader understanding between students, faculty and staff.

The agreement promotes collaborative research, co-supervision of student interns and internship projects, and joint application for project and program funding support. In addition, the agreement provides for the open exchange of research information and faculty and staff professional development initiatives through joint meetings, training activities and cooperative programming.

“BRIT actively looks for institutional relationships that help advance both environmental research and education programs,” said Ed Schneider, BRIT’s president and director. “Tarleton’s commitment to being one of the top teaching universities in sustainability and ecosystem sciences makes it a great partner.”

“It is a unique opportunity to partner with BRIT to conserve and sustain our natural heritage through research and education,” said Dr. Dominic F. Dottavio, president of Tarleton State University. “Tarleton’s strong emphasis on student engagement and BRIT’s passion for conservation and sustainability is the perfect combination to help make our world a better place to live for generations to come.”

Tarleton’s Department of Wildlife, Sustainability and Ecosystem Sciences in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will lead the Tarleton effort.

About the Botanical Research Institute of Texas

The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®) is a non-profit, international research and education center that studies plants and teaches about their importance to the world. The institute is located in Fort Worth, Texas, and provides a forum to convene conversations about critical environmental issues, highlighting the interconnected nexus elements of soil, water, plants, food and energy.

BRIT’s scientists and educators work together in achieving the organization’s two-fold mission of conservation and education. Its scientists travel the globe investigating habitats, finding rare and endangered plant species, and understanding the interactions between humans and the environment. BRIT educators create new ways to turn information into knowledge through outdoor discovery, discussion, and experiential learning for both students and teachers.

BRIT is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon. Admission is free. For more information, visit

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