About

Biomimicry New England was founded in 2014 by Peter Lawrence, Anamarija Frankic and Tim McGee, who are each biomimicry experts with diverse backgrounds. Our mission is to establish nature and natural systems as an important resource for education and innovation in New England. Programs include biomimicry training for K-12 teachers, developing biomimicry courses for university students, 1-4 day workshops, biomimicry exhibitions and lectures & discussions for the general public. To achieve this, BNE works in collaboration with organizations throughout New England including: The New England Aquarium, Bridgewater State University, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Olin College, Peabody Essex Museum, Rhode Island School of Design, Museum of Science and others. BNE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Boston. 

People


Timothy R. McGee

Co-Founder

Timothy R. McGee is chief biologist and designer at LikoLab, a biology & design firm on Bainbridge Island, Washington, that learns from nature and makes things. Likolab explores the interface between biology and design and helps organizations confront both the human and scientific challenges of emerging technology. Tim’s work spans broad challenges from developing new ways to manufacture materials to enabling cities to build resilient systems for growth and development. 

Prior to Likolab Tim spent time at IDEO (a global design firm) and Biomimicry 3.8 (a global biomimicry consulting firm) building on the interaction between biology and design. This included conducting design research for both global and local clients. His experience spans creating new service offerings, managing projects, facilitating workshops, teaching professional courses and directing the materials and products area of focus for Biomimicry 3.8.

Tim holds a BA in Biology from Colby College, and a MS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of California Santa Barbara. When not in the studio Tim is often with his family hunting the woods for edible mushrooms, fiddling with camera equipment, or dipping his toes in the ocean.


Anamarija Frankic

Co-Founder and Director of the Green Harbors Project

Anamarija is a research faculty at UMass Boston and the University of Zadar Croatia, founder & director of the Green Harbors Project & Biomimicry LivingLabs. Her interdisciplinary work is grounded in biology, ecology, limnology, and marine science. She has focused on applying science in coastal ecosystems conservation and management nationally and internationally. Dr. Frankic helped initiate and develop major conservation projects in Croatia and the Adriatic region funded through the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the World Bank, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the European Union. 

The vision, mission and goals of her work are based on the integration of teaching, service and scholarship in the practice of place-based coastal ecosystem stewardship. In 2009, she initiated the Green Harbors Project (GHP) with the vision that any urban harbor can become green and sustainable if managed within environmental limits, while recognizing strength in ecological and human diversity, and supporting local and place-specific economic production within a regional and global context. As a Biomimicry educational fellow, she developed and teaches "Introduction to Biomimicry" course that serves as Gen. Ed. for science requirements. 

While at UMass Boston she launched the “Adopt a Student for a Green Job” program that provides employment for most of her undergraduate and graduate students during their educational process. Her goal is to empower local communities through ecoliteracy. Therefore, she envisioned and designed the online open course Coasts & Communities to share the scientific knowledge and resilient Biomimicry based solutions for environmental issues here and now, cove by cove and channel by channel.

 

Peter Lawrence

President and Co-founder of Biomimicry New England

From 1985 to 2014, Peter was Chairman & Founder of the Corporate Design Foundation, whose mission was to improve the quality of life and the effectiveness of organizations through design. In 2001 he received the Teknion Humanitarian Award for the work of the Corporate Design Foundation. Prior to this he was Director of the Design Management Institute in Boston. From 1986 to 1997, he was a Lecturer at Boston University School of Management, and he has also taught design at Babson and UT Austin’s School of Business. During 1982-84, he was a Lecturer at London Business School and served on the Advisory Board of the School’s Design Management Unit. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Warren Center of the University of Sidney from 1986-87. He received a degree in economics from Lafayette College, and after serving as a Supply Officer in the U.S. Navy, he received a degree in architecture from Rhode Island School of Design. In 2011 he received an honorary Doctor of Arts from Kendal College of Art & Design.

Renata Mann

Strategist / Designer

Renata is an imaginative and logical thinker with a passion for invention. The design of the natural world has had a strong influence on her creative sensibilities. Growing up with a relentless ‘maker’s’ mindset, she spent a lot of time architecting fairy villages in her backyard, or exploring craggy inlets on the islands of the Pacific Northwest. Renata received a BFA in Industrial Design from Rhode Island School of Design in 2005, and has since had experiences in fashion, textiles, marketing, and consulting. She spent 7 years running her own textile jewelry production business in NYC, with a primary focus of discovering innovative ways to use flat-bed and circular knitting machines through hands-on experimentation. She sold her jewelry to some of the best department stores and boutiques in the world. Renata has also spent time as a Creative Strategist at a marketing think tank in New Orleans, developing ideas and strategies for major global brands to better connect with people, and do good things for the world. Renata has big dreams of designing sustainable communities that provide the tools and the environment that will allow people to thrive and create the future they wish to see. 

 

Sara Remsen

Content Director

Sara Remsen is an engineering, design, and management graduate student at MIT. She recently worked for Boundless, an edtech startup that promotes open access to education by creating online digital textbooks. Sara also taught 9th grade Biology at Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, MA.

She graduated from Dartmouth College in 2012 with a major in Evolutionary Biology and a minor in Digital Arts. During college, she wrote for the Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science and received the Neukom “Seeing Science” Award for an educational animation. As part of her Biology major, she conducted original biological field research in Costa Rica and the Cayman Islands.