Brent Baker

Joined: Feb 01, 2019 Last Active: Jan 24, 2022 iNaturalist

I am a botanist with the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, a state agency administering the Arkansas Natural Heritage Program and the Arkansas System of Natural Areas. I am also the Collections Manager for the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission Herbarium (ANHC). I have a B.S. in Environmental Science - Biology Emphasis and a M.S. in Biology - Botany Emphasis, both from the University of Central Arkansas. I am an active member and past-president of the Arkansas Native Plant Society. I have a general and professional interest in the vascular plants of Arkansas and rare plants of Arkansas, but am gradually expanding interests regionally. I also have a special interest in the genus Streptanthus and am working on research projects regarding some south-central U.S. taxa. Furthermore, I have interests in particular genera such as Gillenia, Hibiscus, Krigia, Liatris, Monarda, and Vernonia, but the list continues to grow. I'm more familiar with North American (specifically United States) flora regarding those genera, though.

For those interested, my profile image is a photo of a flower of Ouachita twistflower or pine-oak jewelflower (Streptanthus squamiformis), a species endemic to a small portion of the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas and Oklahoma.

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