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Research And Consulting Team

Mark Simmons, Director of Research and Consulting

  • Ph.D. in Rangeland Ecology and Management, 2003, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
  • M.S. in Botany, 1996, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • B.S. in Environmental Science, 1981, University of Lancaster, United Kingdom
  • Related expertise includes ecological engineering and restoration design; public speaking; vegetation field sampling and analysis; statistical analysis; prescribed burning and aerial photograph interpretation.

Emily Manderson, Consulting Program Manager

  • M.L.A. in Landscape Architecture, 2007, University of Texas
  • M.A. in Physical Geography, 2002, Texas State University
  • B.A. in Sociology, 1997, Skidmore College
  • Related expertise includes LEED accredited professional, low impact development implementation; project management; biofiltration research and analysis; restoration and conservation design, teaching Sustainable Sites Initiative graduate course.

John Hart Asher, Environmental Designer

  • M.L.A. in Landscape Architecture, 2007, University of Texas
  • B.A. in History, 1999, University of Mississippi
  • Related expertise includes 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; native plant species selection.

Matthew D. O'Toole, Environmental Designer

  • M.L.A. in Landscape Architecture, 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 invasive species management; project management; master planning and facilitation; soil health amelioration tactics; site analysis.

Michelle Bertelsen, Designer

  • 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; site analysis.

Julia Raish, Environmental Designer

  • M.S. Sustainable Design, University of Texas
  • M.S. Community & Regional Planning, University of Texas
  • B.A. Sociology & Spanish, Trinity College
  • Related expertise includes green infrastructure research, design and implementation; site analysis; sustainable roadside design; master planning; project management.
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