Management Team and Staff


Nicole Hagerman Miller
Managing Director, Biomimicry 3.8

Based in Missoula, MT

Job scope: Nicole joined Biomimicry 3.8 in September 2012 as director of client services. Prior to Biomimicry 3.8 she worked in both the public and private sector focusing on global business development and sustainability.

History: As Managing Director of the Montana World Trade Center the key focus of her work increased global business opportunities for Montana companies by developing and implementing programs to accelerate the transformation of Montana companies into globally recognized, export-oriented and innovation driven businesses. Prior to joining MWTC she was Director of International Sourcing for She built the global sourcing division from scratch into integral role in the company contributing to over $35 Million in sales. Through her work in sourcing she became dedicated to improving the company’s social and environmental compliance standards.  In 2009, Nicole created an internal standard and to reduce impacts of the company’s supply chain and private label products and provide transparency to customers.

Nicole holds a bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Montana.  She is a Fellow of Columbia University’s American Assembly Next Generation Project- a review of U.S. Global Policy and the Future of International Institutions.  She has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Digital IQ Magazine and received the Utah Business “Forty under 40” Award for her work at In 2010 she was appointed to the U.S.  Industry Trade Advisory Committee- public-private partnership jointly managed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Office of United States Trade Representative that engages business leaders in formulating U.S. trade policy- for Small and Minority owned Businesses. She is also a Montana Ambassador, appointed by Governor Brian Schweitzer. Nicole serves on the Board of Directors for Montana Community Development Corporation and the University of Montana School of Business Administration Montana Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs.  Nicole is a co-owner of House Design Studio, a small business in Missoula, Montana, selling modern, contemporary and sustainably crafted furniture, home décor, gifts and interior design services.


Estella Anderson, M.Ed.
Executive Assistant

Based in Missoula, MT

Job scope: Estella coordinates the activities of the president and chief executive officer. This includes organizing meetings, travel, media, and speaking events. She also coordinates the Speakers Bureau.

History: Before joining us, Estella worked for The University of Montana for nine years as the director of pre-pharmacy advising and director of the Native American Center of Excellence. At the School of Pharmacy she advised more than 80 students in the pre-pharmacy program and worked with Native American students within the professional pharmacy program to provide them support to become practioners. Her work in education has primarily included helping minority students gain access to higher education and advising them on their educational pathway.

Favorite organism and why: Beluga whale. They are beautiful creatures and always look like they are smiling.

Favorite book: The Beginning and the End by Naguib Mahfouz

Comfort food: Apple pie and ice cream

Mark Dorfman
Green Chemist & Research Analyst

Based in New York, NY

Job scope: Mark manages, designs, and conducts research, primarily for projects with a chemistry-related challenge.

History: Mark spent the last several decades as a research scientist for public-interest, not-for-profit environmental organizations (primarily INFORM, Inc. and the Natural Resources Defense Council) with a focus on green chemistry and clean water issues.

Favorite organism and why: Cyanobacteria. They were the first creatures, some 3+ billion years ago, to develop photosynthetic technology. We still haven’t figured out how to completely reproduce it.

Favorite book: Freedom at Midnight by Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins

Hidden talent: Swing dancing!

Jamie Dwyer, MArch

Biologist & Design Strategist

Based in Helena, MT

Job scope:  Jamie is a biologist at the design table—she researches biological strategies and then brings those strategies to design. She also teaches others about biomimicry and facilitates biomimicry workshops. 

History:  Before joining Biomimicry 3.8, Jamie was on an architectural career path. Before architecture, she worked as a field biologist. Biomimicry has not only provided a cure for her perpetual student syndrome, but has also brought her seemingly divergent degrees in architecture and biology into perfect harmony.

Favorite organism and why:  Right now, hummingbirds. Why: they store enough energy for thousand-mile migrations in their one-ounce bodies, their maneuverability in flight, and have you seen the research on their tongues?!?

Favorite book:  A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Comfort food:  Dark Chocolate. And baked goods – especially molasses spice cookies, cookie dough brownies and homemade bread.

Melissa Fryday
Staff Accountant

Based in Missoula, MT

Job scope: Assists with finance and accounting.

History: Melissa was a stay-at-home mom for eight years before graduating with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Montana in 2008. Before coming to Biomimicry 3.8 she worked in public accounting.

Favorite organism and why: The bumblebee. Aerodynamically it shouldn’t be able to fly, but nobody told the bumblebee, so it goes on flying anyway.

Favorite spot: Seeley Lake, Montana, preferably the River Point Campground beach.

Fantasy travel destination: Melissa has always wanted to see New York City at Christmas time.

Jessica Smith
Graphic Designer

Based in Helena, MT

Job scope: Jessica works on visual communications/strategy and branding.

History: Before working with us, Jessica served as marketing assistant for the University Center at The University of Montana. She was also a naturalist at Custer State Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Favorite organism and why: Sloth. When Jessica saw one in the wild, she was more excited by it than any other animal she’d seen, and it was sleeping nonetheless! If this species were to go extinct Jessica would be heartbroken.

Fantasy travel destination: In her fantasy, she would shrink to the size of a flea and travel through her backyard.

Favorite quote: “Nothing in the world is as soft and yielding as water. Yet, for dissolving the hard and inflexible, nothing can surpass it. The soft overcomes the hard, the gentle overcomes the rigid. Everyone knows this is true but few can put it into practice.” -Tao Te Ching.

Robyn Klein, MSc
Biologist & Research Analyst

Based in Bozeman, MT

Job scope: Robyn is Biomimicry 3.8′s fact-finding sleuth for our Innovation Services. Working with our team on client projects, Robyn helps find the genius in nature to assist clients in the built environment and product industries.

History: Robyn is also an adjunct instructor in the Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology and teaches summer courses in plant identification, biomimicry and ethnobotany at Montana State University in Bozeman.

 Favorite organism: Black cottonwood trees. The connection between wolves and cottonwoods has been made in Yellowstone Park. Wolves move the elk around so they don’t browse all the young cottonwoods. This allows the young cottonwoods to grow, which has brought back a healthy riparian ecosystem with songbirds and beaver in the Lamar Valley.

 Favorite quote: “The answers to how to live sustainably on our planet are all around us.” – Janine Benyus

 Favorite books: Consulting the Genius of Place by Wes Jackson.

 Hidden talent: 30+ years as an herbalist and medical botanist.

Erin Rovalo, CBP, LEED AP BD+C
Senior Principal, Designer

Based in Mexico City, Mexico

Job Scope: Coming from an architectural design background, Erin now weaves her design thinking expertise with the biomimicry approach for a distinctly innovative approach to sustainable solutions. Her goal is to deliver a holistic methodology for driving innovation and ecosystem regeneration and conservation while bringing awareness to new ways to view and value the natural world.

As a Senior Principal at Biomimicry 3.8, Erin has broadened her scope beyond the built environment to include a wider range of design sectors and challenges, such as packaging design and organizational development, while also serving as a biomimicry and design instructor to adult learners around the world. She has successfully managed biomimicry innovation initiatives for Natura, Estee Lauder, Lone Meadow, Interface, and Burt’s Bees and supported the professional training of over 150 alumni from Biomimicry 3.8 certification programs.

History: Erin’s sustainability framework experience includes Biomimicry, Living Building Challenge, The Natural Step, and LEED. In the course of her career prior to joining Biomimicry 3.8, Erin had supported over 30 built environment projects working with developers, planners, architects, and engineers to understand and act on their unique opportunity to design, build, and operate resiliently and abundantly within Earth’s operating conditions.

Favorite Quote: Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

Favorite Book: Griffin and Sabine by Nick Bantock. After receiving it as a gift when it was first published in 1991, I’m still fascinated by its mix of art, mystery, storytelling, and tactile format. I read it again every year.

Glenna Tawney
Administrative Specialist

Based in Missoula, MT

Job scope: Glenna provides support for the BProfessional and BSpecialist programs, specifically event planning.  She also works on the Speakers Bureau and assists in daily operations.

History: Prior to joining Biomimicry 3.8, Glenna was an elementary school teacher, teaching fourth and fifth grades.  She holds a BS in business management and a masters degree in curriculum and instruction.  Glenna also spent three years on the Montana Natural History Center board of directors.

Favorite organism and why:  Cheetahs. Their speed and grace have fascinated Glenna since childhood.

Comfort food: Any and all types of cheese

Hidden talent: In a former life, Glenna was a Division I soccer player for the University of Montana.

Austin Watling
System Administrator

Based in Portland, OR

Job scope: Austin administers computer systems, software, and hardware. Responds to technical support inquiries from both internal and external sources. Assists in updates and changes to website content.
History: Before joining Biomimicry 3.8, Austin worked as an Apple Certified Support Professional in Missoula, MT where he also attended the University of Montana majoring in Physics and Mathematics. He brings a deep understanding of most computer systems and processes as well as an ability to identify and solve almost any problem.
Favorite organism and why: King Fisher. King Fisher’s are a perfect example of beauty and precision.

Hidden talent:  Rock Climber

Favorite quotes: “Natural science, does not simply describe and explain nature; it is part of the interplay between nature and ourselves.” – Werner Karl Heisenberg