Fellows Network




Dayna Baumeister

Biomimicry 3.8, Keystone and Co-Founder

Helena, Montana

With a background in biology and applied natural history, and a passion for sharing the wonders of nature with others, Dayna has worked in the field of Biomimicry since 1998 as an educator, researcher, and design consultant.

As Keystone for Biomimicry 3.8, Dayna serves as liaison for an expanding biomimicry staff, consultants, and colleagues learning and practicing biomimicry throughout the world. She is highly regarded as a creative and dynamic systems thinker and biomimicry expert by clients from a wide range of professions and industries. Dayna is an inspiring and eloquent lecturer at conferences and seminars where the idea of nature as model, measure, and mentor has been introduced to thousands of designers, engineers, and business managers around the world. For example, during a 2011 trip, she spoke at the Biomimicry Netherlands Alliance and the International Center for Sustainable Excellence in the Netherlands, the Women’s Forum in France, and the Omega Institute in upstate New York.

Dayna is also Co-Founder and Advisory Board Member of the Biomimicry Institute and Keystone and Co-founder of the Biomimicry Guild.  Through the latter, she and colleagues have launched their Professional Pathway, whose capstone course, the Certified Biomimicry Professional Program, was seeded and inspired during her time as a Fellow. This Program, in addition to intensive one week courses and webinars, is designed to empower changemakers in the world to bring about a nature-inspired practice to the world. As a Fellow, her work includes sharing the tools of systems thinking and visioning with her clients. Dayna writes that, “Being a Fellow permeates all of my work endeavors.”

Dayna earned her PhD in Organismic Biology and Ecology and MS in Natural Resource Conservation at the University of Montana.  She also holds a BA in Biology and Fine Arts from New College.

Selected Publications
Dayna wrote the Biomimicry Resource Handbook: A Seed Bank of Knowledge and Best Practices for Biomimicry 3.8 in 2011.

With colleague Tim McGee, Dayna wrote Chapter 5: Systems Thinking: Biomimicry in Packaging Sustainability: Tools, Systems, and Strategies for Innovative Packaging Designedited by Wendy Jedlicka.

With colleagues Robyn Klein, and Janet Kübler, Dayna wrote the article Competition versus cooperation for BioInspired!, volume 7.

Dayna with colleague Ragan Callaway, wrote an article entitled Facilitation by Pinus flexilis during succession: a hierarchy of mechanisms benefits other plant species for the Ecology journal.

Selected Video

Updated February 2012.