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Dayna Baumeister

Dayna Baumeister

Director, The Biomimicry Center

The Biomimicry Center
Arizona State University
850 S Forest Mall Room 126
Tempe, AZ 85281-3505


  • Senior Global Futures Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Director, The Biomimicry Center
  • Professor of Practice, School of Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


With a background in biology, a devotion to applied natural history, and a passion for sharing the wonders of nature with others, Dayna has worked in the field of biomimicry with Janine Benyus since 1998 as a business catalyst, educator, researcher, and design consultant. Together they founded the Biomimicry Guild, The Biomimicry Institute, and Biomimicry 3.8, collectively fertilizing the movement of biomimicry as an innovative practice and philosophy to meet the worldʼs sustainability challenges. Dayna designed and teaches the worldʼs first MS in Biomimicry as a Professor of Practice at ASU, co-founded The Biomimicry Center at ASU, and compiled more than 20 years of experience in biomimicry into the Biomimicry Resource Handbook: A Seed Bank of Knowledge and Best Practices (2013).


  • PhD, Division of Biological Sciences, The University of Montana, 2002
  • MS, School of Forestry, The University of Montana, 1995
  • BA, Environmental Biology, New College, 1993


Journal Articles


Baumeister, D. M. and R. M. Callaway. 2006. Facilitation by Pinus flexilis during succession: A hierarchy of mechanisms benefits other plant species. Ecology 87(7):1816-1830. DOI: 10.1890/0012-9658(2006)87[1816:FBPFDS]2.0.CO;2. (link )


Ayers, D. M., D. J. Bedunah and M. G. Harrington. 1999. Antelope bitterbrush and Scouler's willow response to a shelterwood harvest and prescribed burn in western Montana. Journal of Applied Forestry 14(3):137-143. (link )



Baumeister, D. M. 2014. Biomimicry Resource Handbook: A Seed Bank of Best Practices. Biomimicry 3.8. Missoulal, MT. ISBN: 978-1505634648.

Book Chapters


Muisenberg, S., J. H. Appelman and D. M. Baumeister. 2013. Biomimicry: Design and innovation that help reach eco-effective solutions. Pp. 117-132 In: Appelman, J. H., A. Osseyran and M. Warnier eds., Greent ICT & Energy: From Smart to Wise Strategies. CRC Press. Boca Raton, FL. ISBN: 978-0415620963.


McNamara, C., T. McGee, D. M. Baumeister, D. Halsey and T. Gips. 2009. Systems Thinking. Pp. 133-222 In: Jedlicka, W. ed., Packaging Sustainability: Tools, Systems and Strategies for Innovative Package Design. John Wiley $ Sons, Inc.. ISBN: 978-0470246696.

Conference Papers


Reap, J., D. M. Baumeister and B. Bras. 2005. Holism. biomimicry and sustainable engineering. Pp. 423-431 ASME 2005 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition Proceedings. ASME 2005 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition. Orlando, FL. (link )

Thesis (PhD)


Baumeister, D. M. 2002. Effects of Pinus flexils on the dynamics and structure of plant communities on the northern Rocky Mountain Front and training biologists for emerging niches in nontraditional jobs. PhD dissertation. The University of Montana.