Dayna’s fascination with the natural world began with daily forays into the woods and mountains of Colorado and eventually led to a BS in marine biology, an MS in resource conservation and a PhD in organismic biology and ecology. 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 business partner Janine Benyus since 1998 as a business catalyst, educator, researcher, and design consultant. Together they founded the Biomimicry Guild consulting practice, The Biomimicry Institute 501c3, and most recently, Biomimicry3.8, a B-Corp social enterprise that trains, certifies, and connects biomimicry professionals worldwide.
Dayna is a natural systems thinker and brings a unique perspective to her work to help others see nature as model, measure, and mentor. She has helped more than 100 companies consult the natural world for elegant and sustainable design solutions, including Nike, Interface, General Mills, Boeing, Herman-Miller, Kohler, Seventh Generation and Procter & Gamble. In 2008, Dayna designed and taught the world’s first Biomimicry Professional Certification Program, a two-year master-level course in biomimicry. As senior editor, Dayna compiled a decade of experience in biomimicry into a practical how-to guide Biomimicry Resource Handbook: A Seed Bank of Knowledge and Best Practices (2011). All of this has helped fertilize the movement of biomimicry as a fresh and innovative practice and philosophy to meet the world’s sustainability challenges.
Dayna lives with her family in Montana where she is a a gardener, green remodeler, hunter-gatherer, pilates addict, and naturalist.