ECOLOGICAL RESEARCH & DESIGN

The Wildflower Center brings research, education and application to the design and planning of healthy landscapes and ecosystems. We apply this multidimensional approach to landscapes in both rural and urban settings, optimizing their environmental performance while minimizing resource use and maintenance costs.

We combine the following into holistic, functional ecosystems:

  • The physical elements of animals, plants, soil and water
  • The underlying ecological mechanics and relationships of the ecosystem
  • Landscape performance goals
  • Human-landscape interaction

Our team works with architects, landscape architects, engineers, resource managers, conservation professionals and multidisciplinary design teams. Our experience in research, environmental design, and professional and university education positions our group at the forefront of urban environmental issues and provides the foundation for our fee-based consulting and outreach services.

We have contributed to the advancement of scientific knowledge of green roofs, sustainable turfgrass, low impact development and stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs), native ecosystem restoration, invasive species management, roadside revegetation and urban-wildland interface fire ecology. We also bring extensive and diverse experience from our work on high-impact projects for public and private clients, including national and regional parks, corporate headquarters, urban developments, institutional campuses, river and prairie restoration, state highways and botanic gardens. Our experienced team includes staff trained in ecology, plant conservation, geography, rangeland management landscape architecture and sustainable design.

WHAT WE DO

Master Planning
Ecological Landscape Design
Landscape Restoration
Ecological Workshops and Courses
Green Roof Design
Ecological Site Assessments
Technical Guidance Manuals
Long Term Sustainable Maintenance Guidelines

The Green Goes Up

The Center’s green roofs are sprouting around Austin.

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Bettering Badlands

The Center’s Ecological Design team worked with Badlands National Park to create a new landscape master plan for the park.

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THE TEAM

John Hart Asher

John Hart Asher

Environmental Designer

Adam Barbe

Adam Barbe

Landscape Architect

Michelle Bertelsen

Michelle Bertelsen

Ecologist and Land Steward

Michelle Bright

Michelle Bright

Environmental Designer

Matt O’Toole

Matt O’Toole

Director of Ecological Research & Design