Director of Land Resources
O’Toole directs projects for the Wildflower Center’s Texas Arboretum and natural areas, including the Center’s long-term land management research program. He also provides land management guidance to university properties across the state, working with regional and state partners on management goals. O’Toole has received national and state training on prescribed fire operations and manages prescribed fires conducted on Center acreage.
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.