The Landbridge Ecological restoration team represents a unique blend of educational backgrounds and ecological expertise. Our team carries qualifications, experience, and formal certifications necessary to complete almost any restoration project. In addition to the project team leaders our team of professionals behind the scenes will get the job done with expertise and attention to detail.


Tory has worked for many of the leading restoration companies in the Twin Cities Metro area, and on some of the largest and most technologically advanced restoration projects in the region.  He has over 20 years of experience in installation, design and project management of river and small stream restoration, natural areas restoration including oak savanna, prairie, and wetland plant communities, and green roof installation and design.  Tory also brings an advanced knowledge of plant communities and specific species of greatest conservation need in the Midwest.  He has an undergraduate B.S. degree in Ecology and Water Resources Science from Minnesota State University and a Masters of Landscape Architecture (MLA) from the University of Minnesota.  

Away from work Tory gets recharged through family and relaxing on or near water, especially dock life on the lake, fly fishing, hiking, canoeing and camping.


Carrie’s work in design, planning, education, and community engagement falls at the intersection of equity and the environment. With a Masters of Landscape Architecture from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Urban Studies from Stanford University, her cross-sector work combines facilitation, design thinking, community organizing, project management, data analysis, curation, planning and environmental design processes. Carrie is a published author, an adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota, a 2001 Fulbright Scholar, a 2010 Creative Community Leadership Institute Fellow, a 2019 Herberger Institute Practices for Change Fellow, and has consulted with communities across the country around strategic planning, creative community engagement, and resilient design.

In her free time, Carrie likes traveling the world with Tory and their two kids, especially anywhere that involves dramatic topography or big water.



While looking for a career path that he could find passion in, Patrick stumbled upon a Fisheries and Wildlife Major at the University of Minnesota which piqued his interest. Once enrolled, he found learning to be enjoyable rather than a chore. It was then that he knew natural resources work was what he wanted to do with his professional life. His love of native plants came later. He experienced the path of: Learn a thing, Know a thing, Love a thing

Patrick is a proud plant-nerd who enjoys exploring Minnesota’s natural areas searching for good examples of native habitat and new plant species to add to his life list.


Elissa grew up enjoying the outdoors and didn’t realize how fortunate she was to be able to do so until college, where she studied wilderness therapy. While learning about the benefits nature has on the human psyche, she also discovered the lack of connection/access most folks have to nature. This inspired her interest in preserving and restoring our natural spaces and reconnecting people to nature.

Elissa enjoys Hiking (especially in Arizona and MN), foraging, canoeing, camping, and spending time with her husband, dog, and daughter in the great outdoors.


After 15 years working in Design, Erin wanted a different path for her creativity. She wanted to create and be a part of spaces that truly make healthier environments. After hearing Dr. Doug Tallamy at a gardening symposium, then reading his book, “Bringing Nature Home,” Erin was inspired to make a change. She returned to school to earn a Master’s in Horticulture. While working on projects ranging from National Wildlife Refuges, to riverbanks, to backyard residential habitat, she knows her experiences in life have brought her to this point.

Erin helps several teachers create spaces at their schools to bring natural areas to life, from pollinator gardens to whole prairies. The natural areas show children and communities how native grasses provide shelter, hold soil with deep root structures, or how flowers like Wild Lupine are crucial for the survival of a tiny butterfly like the Karner Blue.


Besides the pure enjoyment of being outside in nature, for Sean it all comes down to connections. The natural world is highly complex, and he’s humbled when studying and managing a system where the smallest changes can have the largest impacts. He finds the most meaning and enjoyment in witnessing the impacts that restoring natural areas has on the people and communities that reside in and near those spaces.

Sean enjoys Muskie fishing. He someday wants to have his own elk herd, an oak savanna keystone species.


Theresa’s love for nature started at a young age. She grew up on a prairie restoration spending time playing in the flowers and grasses, catching leopard frogs and insects, and helping her dad spot invading bull thistles. As she grew up, she observed how the prairie was changing just like herself. She became increasingly interested in the plants of a prairie, along with what was causing these changes. Theresa continued exploring different landscapes around the world and became increasingly captivated by the natural world. She looks forward to going to work knowing she’s making a positive impact on landscapes.

Someday, Theresa hopes to have a large-scale prairie restoration of her own! Until then, she’ll keep converting her yard in St. Paul to native plantings and continue learning while working on restoring land throughout the state with Landbridge Ecological. 



Travis initially became passionate about environmental work at an early age. It began through the exploration of wetlands in Michigan and finding different species of frogs, snakes, and birds. During his college years he gained an understanding of invasive species, restoration, and conservation. Through this understanding, he became more interested and passionate about the concept of restoration. Working at Landbridge has allowed his passion to continue as he is able to witness and be a part of creating beautiful natural landscapes growing from degraded habitat.

Travis is passionate about protecting our water resources, both for human use and natural habitat. He enjoys spending time outside in various capacities, one of which is golfing. He has a goal of pursuing the intersection of his interests and developing more sustainable management plans for golf course properties.


For seven years, Jordan has sat on the Board of Directors for the Nandale Foundation, which is a family-run organization that has a focus on preserving the web of life and protecting all living things. The past three years Jordan has been elected the Chief Executive Officer of the Board of Directors. Jordan’s goal is to expand the Foundation’s reach in order to increase their impact. She would like to learn more about invasive species and how to better increase biodiversity in residential areas.



Alex has always had a passion for the outdoors. Seeing the degradation of the environment is what fuels his passion for the work he does every day.

In his free time, Alex has been getting into woodworking over the past few years, and he loves to repurpose felled trees by creating projects with the milled wood material.



Terry became absorbed in Minnesota’s natural resources and splendors after moving here from New York City, so much so that he returned to school for forest ecology. He strives to constantly advance his botanical expertise and takes pride in his native urban garden where he has introduced more than 200 species. Terry’s passion is integrating humankind into the surrounding environment instead of living separate from it. One way he likes to do this for himself is through hiking, backpacking, and roaming landscapes to just enjoy the beauty Mother Nature has to offer.



Growing up and learning to love the outdoors from a young age has taught Mikkel to appreciate ecosystems and their services. Studying the impact that humans have on ecosystems across the globe has motivated him to restore the region’s native landscapes.

A future goal of Mikkel’s is to restore native landscapes and maintain healthy ecosystems in order for them to provide ecosystem services for future generations.



Shelby was led into the restoration field by the idea of leaving the world a better place than when you found it. Her greatest strengths as a leader are communicating effectively and asking the right questions. She enjoys working outdoors in nature with individuals who share the same passion for restoration and dreams of starting a dog sanctuary or hobby farm in the future.


Luke became passionate about the outdoors through exploring forests, lakes, and streams as a child. This includes learning to hunt and fish with his family, trips to Lake Superior as a child, learning to canoe in the Boundary Waters, and extensive backpacking in natural areas around the world. These experiences have shaped his commitment to ecological sustainability and conservation.

In his free time, Luke is outside fishing, hunting, foraging, canoeing, hiking and skiing.



Tabitha grew up on a lake in Minnesota, watching for turtle nests and catching fish, picking wild raspberries, and sailing with her father. From a young age, Tabitha felt an intrinsic need to protect nature and all living things and chose to turn her passion into a career. Tabitha’s areas of expertise at Landbridge are native plant and insect identification, large scale plantings, and is looking forward to working more on GIS application. She loves books about nature, hiking on the weekends with her two dogs, and hopes to travel to the world’s biodiversity hotspots in the near future.





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