Director of Lands and Operations
O’Toole is responsible for providing high level management, leadership and support for the Wildflower Center’s arboretum, natural areas and facilities teams in support of guest experience, conservation, research, emergency preparedness and capital projects. O’Toole plays a critical role in managing facilities, and the coordination and planning of major projects. In addition to supporting the land management and research activities of the Wildflower Center, O’Toole serves as a liaison with the Texas Field Station Network and creates and manages collaborations with campus and community partners to promote best land management practices and coordinate prescribed fires. O’Toole is responsible for supporting the Center’s sustainability goals (e.g. renewable energy and water conservation) by integrating sustainable decision-making into operational planning.
In previous years at the Center, he directed consulting projects that involved developing and implementing sustainable designs for landscapes in urban and rural settings. Clients included national parks in five states as well as corporations and residences. O’Toole managed research projects focused on sustainable approaches that benefit and incorporate native plants and trained professionals on sustainable landscape approaches.
Before joining the Wildflower Center, he served as a restoration technician for The Nature Conservancy and as a research technician for the Rio Grande Research Center at Sul Ross State University. O’Toole received a bachelor’s degree in geography from The University of Texas at Austin, a master’s degree in range and wildlife management from Sul Ross State University, and a master’s in landscape architecture and urban design from Texas A&M University.