Dr. Taryn Mead

Taryn Mead
Dr. Taryn Mead
Graduate Faculty
BA's, Westen State Colorado University
PhD, University of Exeter, UK
Office Location: 
Kelly 108
Master in Environmental Management Department
Academic Program: 
Environment & Sustainability
Master in Environmental Management (MEM)


Taryn Mead is a sustainability, innovation, and management scholar whose research focuses on the interface between corporate strategies and conceptualizations of nature. This includes subjects such as sustainability-oriented innovation, biomimicry, circular economy, the integration of planetary boundaries into corporate strategy, and the role of corporations in sustainable development. She also has expertise in creativity for sustainability among design and engineering professionals in interdisciplinary settings. Before pursuing her PhD, Taryn worked as biologist, sustainability strategist, and certified biomimicry professional consulting with over 30 corporate, municipal, and non-profit. As a practitioner of nature inspired innovation, she has consulted on domestic and international projects ranging from new product design to industrial ecosystems to new cities for two million inhabitants. She has also served as the lead facilitator for numerous workshops with corporate clients and lectured for large audiences. 

Research Interests:

​Sustainability-oriented innovation, The influence of conceptualizations of nature on human systems, Biomimicry, Regenerative design and theory, The influence of planetary boundaries on corporate sustainability strategies, Rural innovation and economic development,  Epistemological considerations of transdisciplinary research.

Current Projects:

-Book chapter for Responsible Management textbook on Biomimicry as a Management Innovation
​-Guest editor of the Journal of Biomimetic Engineering entitled: Special Collection on Ethical, Normative, and Epistemological Considerations of Biomimetics
-Research on​ B-Corp Certification in ​small companies
​-Research on regenerative innovation strategies in multinationals and rural communities


ENVS 301: Science of Sustainability and Resilience.
ENVS 623 Nature-Inspired Innovation and Design
ENVS 616 Environmental Organizational Development and Management

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