Taryn Mead

Taryn Mead

Graduate Faculty for the School of Environment & Sustainability and Outdoor Industry MBA


B.A., Western, Environmental Science, 2006, Ph.D., University of Exeter, Management, 2017


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 Ph.D., 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

Courses Taught

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