Karen is a Certified Biomimicry Professional, biologist, and educator who is passionate about sharing the secrets of the natural world to inform sustainable innovations and systems. Her interdisciplinary science background and love of natural history help Karen serve as a Biologist at the Design Table, translating nature’s strategies for business leaders, architects, engineers, and designers. She is an integral part of Biomimicry 3.8’s teaching team; Karen co-created and taught the inaugural 8-month Biomimicry Specialty Program, and teaches the Costa Rica Biomimicry & Design course and other workshops. Karen is a catalyzer of the Biomimicry Oregon Regional Network and has been practicing Biomimicry in a variety of projects since 2000.
In 2010, Karen graduated from the Biomimicry Institute’s two-year Biomimicry Professional Certification Program. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s of science degree in Earth Science from Montana State University.
Karen teaches restoration ecology, natural history, and ecology field courses for two universities and is the principal of Aequinox, an ecosystem restoration firm in Bend, OR.