Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Ecosystem Design Group

THE ECOSYSTEM DESIGN GROUP team is experienced in scientific research, sustainable design and environmental consulting. To further our commitment to sustainable design practice, the team also conducts professional workshops and teaches graduate classes at The University of Texas at Austin.

Matthew D. O’Toole, Interim Director of Research and Consulting

  • M.L.A., 2010, Texas A&M University
  • M.S. in Range & Wildlife Management, 2005, Sul Ross State University
  • B.A. in Geography, 1999, University of Texas at Austin
  • Related expertise includes project management, facilitation, master planning, land management, ecological restoration, site analysis, soil restoration/amelioration tactics, native turfgrass, invasive species management, prescribed fire coordination/implementation, Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI), and workshops/webinars.

John Hart Asher, Environmental Designer

  • M.L.A., 2007, University of Texas
  • B.A. in History, 1999, University of Mississippi
  • Related expertise includes sustainable green roof design and installation, sustainable roadside design, project management; sustainable water quality and detention practices, soil restoration/conservation practices, compost for restoration purposes, invasive species treatment and removal plans, and native plant species selection.

Michelle Bertelsen, Ecologist

  • M.S. Candidate Recreation, Parks & Tourism, Texas A&M University
  • B.A. in Ecology, Evolution & Conservation Biology, 1999, University of Texas
  • Related expertise includes ecological and land management, landscape restoration, water resource protection, and site analysis.

Michelle Bright, Environmental Designer

  • M.L.A., 2013, University of Texas
  • B.S. Environmental Studies and Biology, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Related expertise includes urban ecology, master planning, sustainable design - SITES™, wetland systems, stream assessments, environmental site analysis, drafting and digital drawing, design and creative solutions.

Dr. Mark Simmons, our group's fearless leader and ecological innovator, died in August 2015 after a battle with leukemia. Read more about Mark's life.

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