The Biomimicry Fellowship program is designed to train PhDs at the interface of biology with other disciplines and serves as a perfect framework for earning a PhD in the emerging area of Biomimicry. Through our partnership with faculty and other professional resources such as the Biomimicry Institute, Biomimicry Fellows benefit from a PhD committee composed of individuals from an array of complimentary disciplines, including Design (Cleveland Institute of Art and others), Engineering, Business, Art, and Biology (as well as other Natural and Social Sciences). Furthermore, core coursework is tailored specifically to Biomimicry training.
The program is built on a one-of-its-kind corporate-university Biomimicry research and training collaboration. Each fellow is linked to an external sponsor to form unique partnership in research. For more information on the program, please click here.
The Biomimicry fellows co-author a blog at Germinature.com.
Current Biomimicry Fellows
FOCUS: Saving the World! Finding solutions to problems we’ve created, via biomimicry and bioremediation.
FOCUS: Sustainable solution for scrubber water stream ensuring 4 million + gallons of water remain in the ecosystem.
FOCUS: Understanding the mechanism by which Ultraviolet (UV) light can be reflected by biological materials, e.g. white-colored avian eggshells, and how this knowledge might be applied to create protective systems to harmful solar radiation.
FOCUS: Developing and optimizing the combination of aesthetic form and practical function in various systems through biomimetic practice.
FOCUS: Developing strategies for integrating biomimicry into existing innovation frameworks of companies. Understanding and applying natural strategies of moving through fluids, e.g. birds, fish, whales, etc.
FOCUS: Mechanisms behind spider silks formation and how they affect the properties of silks. Also, structural colors on spiders.
FOCUS: Study of lake’s ecology, specifically cyanotoxins, by developing a network of sensors inspired from nature.
FOCUS: Integrating nature’s solutions into our own: from products to methodologies.
FOCUS: Integrating biomimicry practice into a business environment to create innovative solutions from packaging to process to encompass a sustainable system.
FOCUS: To merge the arts and sciences through biomimicry, and create architectural and interactive designs through interfaces between digital and physical environments.
Adam J. Pierce
FOCUS: Using biomimicry as a tool for organic architecture and urban design.
FOCUS: Using biomimicry for product development within biomedical engineering and packaging design.
FOCUS: Using biomimicry as a sustainability mechanism to assist communities in climate change adaptation and mitigation techniques.
FOCUS: Integrating biomimicry into STEM education curriculum and solutions for detecting harmful algal blooms in drinking source water.
FOCUS: To use biomimicry principles to develop new tools, techniques and approaches for ecological restoration in a freshwater coastal and nearshore context as well as use biomimicry thinking to develop innovative approaches for standard urban management systems, such as water management, city master planning and stormwater regulation.
FOCUS: Understanding the interactions of biological systems at surfaces and interfaces to perform specific functions.