Dena Emmerson

Blogger Profile: Dena Emmerson

Dena began working for San Diego Zoo Global in the summer of 2010 as a Summer Fellow in the Conservation Education Division at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. Her project was to create a learning module on the subject of bioinspiration. Also known as biomimcry, bioinspiration is design inspired by nature: studying biological principles in order to draw analogies for human products or processes. Bio-inspired innovations tend to have significant environmental and conservation benefits, both direct and indirect. After the summer was over, Dena was able to continue on as an intern and continue her work in bioinspiration. She helps out with, among many things, bioinspiration education programs, grant writing, and corporate workshops. Dena maintains the content of the San Diego Zoo bioinspiration website and blogs regularly on the subject.
Butterfly Sparks Industry Revolution

Butterfly Sparks Industry Revolution

mirasol® is one of our favorite examples to highlight when we discuss biomimicry. Not only is it a complete story (and a successful one), Qualcomm just happens to be a local San Diego company.   read more

Biomimicry: Swarm Intelligence

Biomimicry: Swarm Intelligence

In a 1987 paper, Craig Reynolds wrote about an algorithm he had produced that modeled the flocking behavior of birds. He found that by imputing three simple rules for his[…..]

Vision for a Sustainable Decade

Vision for a Sustainable Decade

Coming up on October 28 to 30, 2010, is the Net Impact Conference held at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. The San Diego Zoo’s manager[…..]

Biomimicry Fall Event Series

Biomimicry Fall Event Series

This fall, the San Diego Zoo is playing host to a series of events highlighting business and research in the emerging field of biomimicry, or designs inspired by nature. We[…..]

Kingfishers and Bullet Trains

Kingfishers and Bullet Trains

The San Diego Zoo’s very own Helen Cheng and Sunni Robertson were featured on KPBS, San Diego public radio on September 21, 2010. They also brought along with them a[…..]