The 21st century will require unprecedented solutions to today’s vexing ecological challenges. A holistic approach underpinned by solid science, grounded in practicality and capped off by innovation is needed. We cannot solve these challenges through competition, through holding proprietary technology and knowledge. Nor can this important work be done alone in a silo, by a single entity, institution or discipline. Conserving and restoring the ecological functions that sustain us requires open source feedback of information, collaboration, and the sharing of technology.
With this in mind, we founded Bioworks, a research and development practice within Biohabitats, created to foster and support a culture of curiosity, knowledge, and innovation. Through disciplined, data driven examination to disruptive, cross disciplinary experimentation, we aim to advance the understanding and effectiveness of conservation planning, ecological restoration, and regenerative design applications. We will do this by—
- Advancing the understanding of past applications through data collection and analysis.
- Conducting cross-cutting research over multiple scales, geographies and ecosystems.
- Developing on-the-ground applications and supporting technologies that are cost effective, practical and life giving.
Bioworks’ mission is to bridge the divide between science and practice to ensure the evolutionary potential of all life on Earth. Our research and development are grounded in the disciplines of the biological, earth, and social sciences, engineering and land planning. Yet we employ approaches such as whole-systems thinking, biomimicry, co-learning, and collective impact methods to seek out solutions that are resilient to socioeconomic shifts.
We seek out collaborations with universities, research institutions, government and non- governmental organizations, and civil society at multiple scales. We believe that lasting solutions are born from the collective knowledge and wisdom of many people, including those from disenfranchised, marginalized, and indigenous communities.
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Practice Lead Christopher Streb, PE, LEED AP, Ecological Engineer
Associate Peter May, PhD, Senior Environmental Scientist
Associate Jessica Hardesty Norris, PhD, Conservation Ecologist
President Keith Bowers, RLA, FASLA, PWS, Restoration Ecologist