Dr. Dayna Baumeister is the Co-founder of Biomimicry 3.8. With a devotion to applied natural history and a passion for sharing the genius of nature, Dayna has worked in the field of biomimicry with business partner Janine Benyus since 1998, traveling the world as a biomimicry thought-leader, business consultant, and professor. Together they founded the Biomimicry Guild consulting practice, The Biomimicry Institute 501c3, and in 2010, Biomimicry 3.8, a B-Corp social enterprise that helps clients find innovation inspired by nature and offers the highest level of biomimicry training to professionals worldwide.
Dayna’s foundational work has been critical to the biomimicry movement, establishing it as a fresh and innovative practice, as well as a philosophy to meet the world’s sustainability challenges. As an educator, researcher, and design consultant, Dayna has helped more than 100 companies consult the natural world for elegant and sustainable design solutions, including Microsoft, Nike, Interface, General Mills, Boeing, Herman-Miller, Kohler, Seventh Generation, and Procter & Gamble.
Dayna is known for her engaging presentations and her ability to empower others to use biomimicry in every aspect of their work. She has been a featured speaker at the National Science Foundation, World Expo, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Bioneers, GreenBiz, SXSW, and countless other events.
In 2008, Dayna designed (and continues to teach) the world’s first Certified Biomimicry Professional Program, an in-person, two-year master-level course that trains, certifies, and connects biomimicry professionals with practitioners world-wide. She also co-designed the Biomimicry Specialist Program. Both programs are creating a new kind of professional who can employ the practice of biomimicry at its highest level. Due to the overwhelming success of these programs, Biomimicry 3.8 and Arizona State University partnered in 2015 to create an online graduate certificate program and the world’s first Master of Science in Biomimicry. Dayna serves as the co-director of ASU’s Biomimicry Center, the director of the graduate programs, and a Professor of Practice in the School of Complex Adaptive Systems at ASU. She also is a regular guest instructor for the Harvard Executive Education in Sustainability Leadership.
Dayna is the senior editor of Biomimicry Resource Handbook: A Seed Bank of Knowledge and Best Practices (2014), where she compiled more than a decade’s worth of practical biomimicry experience into one comprehensive biomimicry handbook, which serves as a key textbook for the M.S. in Biomimicry program at ASU.
Her fascination with the natural world began with daily forays into the woods and mountains around her childhood home in Colorado. Since, Dayna has fused a lifelong fascination with nature into a career that began after she received a B.S. in marine biology from New College in Sarasota, Florida. After several years of exploring the intricate relationships of coral reefs, she turned in her wetsuit and headed back to the mountains. She earned an M.S. in resource conservation and a Ph.D. in organismic biology and ecology from The University of Montana in Missoula, where she specialized in the dynamics of positive interactions among animal and plant life.
From discovering sloth bears in the wild with the president of a textile company in India, to candling sea crabs out of a student’s ear after snorkeling over a coral reef, Dayna’s work has taken her around the world to over 30 countries on grand adventures. She is a natural systems thinker, who brings a unique perspective to every challenge, helping others see nature as model, measure, and mentor.
She serves on the Board of Biomimicry for Social Innovation, and is also a Dana Meadows Fellow of the Sustainability Institute. Dayna finds physical and spiritual sustenance as a green remodeler, llama packer, yogi, purveyor of alternative healing, and naturalist. She feels fortunate to live with her family in the rugged and ever-inspiring Rocky Mountains of Montana.
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