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Sherry Ritter

Sherry Ritter

Sherry Ritter is a biologist, writer, and educator living in Montana. Before getting involved with biomimicry, she was a wildlife ecologist with state wildlife agencies in Wyoming and Idaho, and worked for the U.S. Forest Service. Biomimicry fits her life-long interest in organisms’ adaptations to survive.

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Ornilux glass, a biomimetic glass that prevents bird collisions. Photo from HBC Integrated at

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Millipede, inspiration for Mocan human-powered vehicle. Photo by Billy Smith.

102 university teams from around entered the Biomimicry Student Design Challenge. Read more »

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Woodpecker adaptations can inspire designs that prevent impact and vibration damage. Read more »

Spain slate mine restoration with biodegradable Groasis Waterboxx.

Inspired by nature, AquaPro used biomimicry to design the Groasis technology using the Waterboxx to allow plantings in difficult areas. Founder and inventor Pieter Hoff mimicked how animal droppings give plants a head start. His company has used the Groasis technology in more than 30 countries, restoring damaged areas and... Read more »


Nature is a rich source of inspiration for how to attach two things together. From dragonfly heads, to ivy on walls, to cockleburs on fur, nature has been doing it for millennia, and can teach us some new tricks. Read more »


Inspiration for innovative and more environmentally sustainable designs are all around us. Humpback whales have inspired quieter, more efficient industrial fans, wind turbine blades that work in lower wind speeds, and a way of catching fish without undesirable by-catch. Biomimicry works best when we approach nature with a sense of... Read more »


Businesses interested in meeting environmental sustainability goals can learn a lot from ecosystems. Functioning ecosystems are closed-loop systems, where one organism's waste is another organism's food or building material. An example of such industrial ecology is the ZERI beer brewing system that replaces the "make, take, and waste" linear resource... Read more »