David Cordray

"My youth was rich in outdoor adventures, and these outdoor 'classrooms' are the foundation of who I am today. I became professionally involved in ecological restoration because I want others to have a similar opportunity to participate in their natural heritage."

B.S. Engineering, Purdue University (1986)



  • Certified Commercial Pesticide Applicator (aquatic, right-of-way, & natural areas)

  • Certified Wildland Firefighter (IC100, S130, S190, S290 & S234)


2010 - 2015 Integrated Restorations, LLC

  • Senior restoration ecologist & engineer


2008 - 2010 Biologic Environmental Consulting, LLC

  • Restoration ecologist & engineer


Research interests:

  • Methods for increasing plant species diversity in grass-dominated plantings

  • Microhabitat creation for both habitat & species observation

  • Native landscape design methods & planning to enhance the human outdoor experience  

  • Land management practices for achieving large-scale ecosystem restoration with limited resources


Professional Affiliations:

  • The Prairie Enthusiasts (TPE)

  • Blue Mounds Area Project


Recognition from UW Friends of the Arboretum:

  • John Nolan Award for Excellence in Ecological Restoration Practices, co-winner with wife, Debra Noell (2011)


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