Advisory Board

Dr. Tamsin Woolley-Barker

Tamsin Woolley-Barker, Ph.D., MSc, is author of Teeming: How Superorganisms Work Together to Build Infinite Wealth on a Finite Planet. She is an evolutionary biologist, biomimic, speaker, and consultant providing innovation inspired by Nature. She is an independent Biologist at the Design Table with organizations like Biomimicry 3.8 and the Biomimicry Institute, and a frequent contributor for The Biomimicry Institute’s AskNature website.

Tamsin has degrees in Plant Sciences and Fine Art from UC Santa Cruz, Biomimicry from Arizona State (where she also teaches), and a doctorate in Evolutionary Anthropology from New York University. Her experience with living systems is diverse, including work as a Marine Biologist in Alaska, a Primatologist in Ethiopia (tracking and trapping wild baboons), a Population Geneticist, and a Biotech Genomics Scientist.

Her passion for living systems is complimented by an extensive background in business, design, and sustainability, with 12 years as Cofounder and CEO of successful Media Arts company Aquarion Studio, sold in 2011. She has worked in Biotechnology Marketing, Corporate Sustainability Reporting, Leadership Development, and as the Content Developer for the California Association of Museums’ groundbreaking Green Museums Initiative, a program which has since gone national.

A prolific writer, she contributes regularly to various magazines, including Digital Magazine of the Year finalist Zygote Quarterly, Triple Pundit, and GreenBiz. Her regular column, The Biomimicry Manual, appears on, a sustainable design magazine with a circulation of over 3 million. She is also Cofounder of Biomimicry San Diego, an organization promoting innovation inspired by nature, and Chief Scientific Advisor for MycoMesh, a social purpose organization dedicated to developing a bio-inspired platform for collective action.

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