Skip to main content
Schedule a Visit Apply Now

Dr. Brian Keener

Professor; Herbarium Curator

My research focus is primarily the biodiversity, taxonomy, and systematics  of vascular plants from the southeastern U.S. with a special emphasis on the flora of Alabama.  I serve as curator University of West Alabama Herbarium and coordinator of the Alabama Plant Atlas.

Education

  • Auburn University B.S. in Botany 1996
  • University of Alabama M.S. in Biological Sciences 1999
  • University of Alabama Ph.D. in Biological Sciences 2005
  • Recent Publications

  • Keener, B.R. and L.J. Davenport. 2016. Two new hedge-nettles (Stachys: Lamiaceae) from the Blue Ridge outliers of east central Alabama, U.S.A. J. Bot. Res. Inst. Texas 10(2): 315-323.
  • Keener, B.R. and L.J. Davenport. 2015. Change in taxonomic rank for a Hexastylis (Aristolochiaceae) taxon of the southeastern United States. J. Bot. Res. Inst. Texas 9: 317-318.
  • Keener, B.R. 2015. Pseudabutilon. Pp. 308-309 in Flora of North America north of Mexico, vol. 6, ed. Flora of North America Editorial Committee. Oxford University Press, New York.
  • Keener, B.R. & J.L. Clark. 2014. A New Species of Cremosperma (Gesneriaceae) from Northeastern Peru. Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas 8: 57-60.
  • Keener, B.R. and L.J. Davenport. 2013. Rediscovery of Callirhoe papaver (Malvaceae) in Alabama (U.S.A.). J. Bot. Res. Inst. Texas 7(2): 835-839.
  • Keener, B.R. and L.J. Davenport. 2007. A new name for the well-known Asplenium (Aspleniaceae) from Hale County, Alabama. J. Bot. Res. Inst. Texas 1: 103-108.
  • Keener, B.R. and R. Kral. 2003. A new species of Solidago (Asteraceae: Astereae) from north central Alabama. Sida 20:1589-1593.
  • Weakley, A.S., et al, B.R. Keener, et al. 2017. New combinations, rank changes, and nomenclatural and taxonomic comments in the vascular flora of the southeastern United States. II. J. Bot. Res. Inst. Texas 11(2): 291-325.
  • Kwong, R.M. L.M. Broadhurst, B.R. Keener, et al. 2017. Genetic analysis of native and introduced populations of the aquatic weed Sagittaria platyphylla – Implications for biological control in Australia and South Africa. Biological Control 112: 10-19.
  • England, J.K. and B.R. Keener. 2017. Sisyrinchium minus (Iridaceae) new to Alabama. Phytoneuron 2017-2: 1–4.
  • Florez-Parra, S. and B.R. Keener. 2016. Phegopteris decursive-pinnata (Thelypteridaceae), new to the Alabama (U.S.A.) flora. J. Bot. Res. Inst. Texas 10:501-503.
  • Semple, J.C. and B.R. Keener. 2016. A recent collection of Solidago buckleyi in Alabama (Asteraceae: Astereae) and multivariate comparison of S. buckleyi, S. petiolaris var. petiolaris, and S. porteri. Phytoneuron 2016-15: 1-8.
  • Kral, R, A. R. Diamond Jr., S.L. Ginzbarg, C.J. Hansen, R.R. Haynes, B.R. Keener, M.G. Lelong, D.D. Spaulding, and M. Woods. 2011. Annotated Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Alabama. Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Fort Worth.
  • Clark, J.L. & B.R. Keener. 2011. Cremosperma verticillatum (Gesneriaceae), a new species from northwestern Ecuador. Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas 5: 499-504.