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A Biomimicry of the Desert Southwest

July 19, 2020, 8:00 AM–July 25, 2020, 8:00 PM

Portal, AZ, United States


Photo Credit: Anthony Donaldson

What can an engineer learn about thermal transfer from the flight of tiny hummingbirds? What can an architecture student glean from the water-capture design of an agave plant? What insights can a supply-management major gain from a community of ants that distributes resources in a way that allows many species to coexist in a small space?

Join world-renowned biomimicry leader Dayna Baumeister for an intensive week-long class in the Chiricahua Mountains of southeastern Arizona. Learn how the plants and animals in this global hotspot of biodiversity can inspire sustainable innovation solutions in disciplines ranging from design and architecture to engineering, biology and business.


Quick Facts

  • July 19 – 25, 2020
  • Experience the desert come to life with the summer monsoon rains
  • Connect with the beauty of nature in the silence of desert canyons and starlit skies
  • Take guided field excursions with scientific experts into the diverse ecosystems of the Chiricahua Mountains and surrounding desert
  • Work in transdisciplinary teams under the direction of renowned biomimicry leader Dayna Baumeister to translate insights from nature into sustainable innovation
  • Earn 3 credits

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click on the “Apply Now” at the bottom of this page. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the “Academics” tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.


Additional Information

A Biomimicry of the Desert Southwest Flyer

Study Abroad page and application

Photo Credit: Anthony Donaldson

Photo Credit: Anthony Donaldson

Photo Credit: Anthony Donaldson