Biomimicry book is here … in print and as an iBook!


Now available in print ($24.95) from or High Tech High. “Biomimicry: Respecting Nature Through Design” can also be purchased as an iBook from iTunes ($12.99). It includes a foreword by Jane Goodall.

The book:

Biomimicry: Respecting Nature Through Design is a story about sustainability which was researched, sketched, photographed, designed and written by students of High Tech High. The book addresses case studies in biomimetic design and also focuses on numerous environmental problems in and around San Diego Bay. The student authors have developed their own elegant solutions to these problems using the principles of biomimicry.

Recent praise:

There is no public school work in the country that is more impressive to me than the scientific books created by the High Tech High students working with these gifted teachers. Biomimicry would be a beautiful and important book for our time even if it were written by adults – the implications for engineering design and ecological stewardship are profound. The fact that it is a product of high school students makes it a remarkable model for elevating our notion of the student capacity.

Ron Berger, Chief Academic Officer, Expeditionary Learning

High Tech High students continue to set the standard for applying science and technical education. Biomimicry is a fascinating field and one that is relatively underutilized in the biotech world – but it’s certainly the future.

Joe Panetta, President and CEO, Biocom


Special thanks to San Diego Zoo Global and the Port of San Diego, who share our mission of wildlife and habitat conservation, along with sustaining biodiversity. We thank them for supporting the printing of this book.

About Jay Vavra

Jay Vavra grew up in San Diego and returned home after a range of experiences in biology abroad and throughout California. He graduated from Stanford University and has a Ph.D. in Marine Biology from USC. Dr. Vavra also has experience working as a biologist in the fields of biotechnology and zooarchaeology, and as an environmental consultant. This is his tenth year teaching at HTH where he loves conducting original research with his students. He leads the science fair program at HTH. Most of Dr. Vavra's past students are published authors in the San Diego Bay book series. He has also led students on two successful expeditions to Tanazania.
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