Author Archives: Brooke Byerley Best

About Brooke Byerley Best

Brooke is a botanist and editor. When she's not correcting grammar or polishing prose, she's collecting plants or sharing her love of botany with others. Or looking at funny cat pictures online. Learn more about Brooke at

Recycling Rocks!

Mixed-stream recycling is pretty amazing. We get to throw all of our recyclables into one bin, and then — POOF! — they magically get taken away and sorted elsewhere. No more icky sorting of paper from soda cans, milk jugs … Continue reading

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Best. Paper. Ever.

I’ll admit it. I’m biased toward brevity. It’s hard to write succinctly, though. Blaise Pascal knew it (“I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had time to make it shorter”). Shakespeare knew it, too … Continue reading

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[This article originally appeared in BRIT’s former newsletter publication, Iridos, Issue 20(2) 2009.] “Hell — is sitting on a hot stone reading your own scientific publications.” ~ Erik Ursin, fish biologist (in Sand-Jensen 2007) One of my favorite journal articles … Continue reading

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A 54-Year Celebration

The Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (JBRIT) is celebrating its 54th year of continuous publication. It all started when Lloyd H. Shinners—a member of the Southern Methodist University (SMU) faculty and a prolific botanical researcher and writer … Continue reading

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