The photo above was taken from a prairie that my students and I are currently restoring. The picture is of an unusual fungi what uses the gill patterns above to cool its surface as well as exchange gases. This blog site is part of a personal archive of information gained from participation in an Integrative Biology Course offered as part of a Masters program from the University of Illinois, Champaign. In this blog you will find information and personal reflections regarding the field of Biomimetics, the study of the imitation of the models, systems, and elements of nature for the purpose of solving complex human engineering problems. The program is divided into 8 modules, each of which explores a specific topic in biomimetics. You will find links, articles and work presented in the class. Please feel free to contact me if you would like further information about any pictures, videos or resources posted on this blog site. Here is an excellent video clip from TED TALKS which introduces the reader to the field of biomimetics. This video/lecture is delivered by Janine Benyus, a science writer whose popular book "Biomimicry" introduces the reader to this exciting field.