Bio-Inspired Design Resources: Publications

These are a collection of resources (YouTube videos, journal and news articles, books, and online tools) for bio-inspired design that I’ve come across over the years. Some are just great inspiration for successful bio-inspired design, others are tools that can help you better implement your own bio-inspiration! A lot of these resources are also covered in my Bio-Inspired Engineering Design class (Texas A&M MEEN 440/689).


  • CHAPTER ONE: Biomimicry, from “Innovation Inspired by Nature” By JANINE M. BENYUS, (1997) William Morrow and Company, Inc. ISBN: 0-688-13691-5
  • Goel, A. K., D. A. McAdams, and R. B. Stone (2014). “Biologically Inspired Design: Computational Methods and Tools” Springer.
  • Farzaneh, H. H. and U. Lindemann (2018) “A Practical Guide to Bio-Inspired Design” Springer Vieweg.
  • Jenkins, C. (2012) “Bio-Inspired Engineering by Chris Jenkins” Momentum Press.
  • Chapter 4: “A Thesaurus for bioinspired engineering Design” Jacquelyn K.S. Nagel In book: “Biologically Inspired Design: Computational Methods and Tools” (2014) Publisher: Springer, Eds. Ashok K. Goel, Daniel A. McAdams, Robert B. Stone. DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4471-5248-4_4
  • “The Engineering to Biology Thesaurus” by Jacquelyn Nagel (2012) Zygote Quarterly ISSN 1927-8314
  • “Biomimicry – A Review” (2004) Mark Ayre, European Space Agency, 2(3).
  • Benyus, J. M. (1997). “Biomimicry – innovation inspired by nature.” New York, William Morrow and Company.
  • Mattson, C. A., and A. E. Wood (2014). “Nine Principles for Design for the Developing World as Derived From the Engineering Literature” Journal of Mechanical Design 136: 121403.
  • Brehm, C. and A. Layton (2019). “Designing eco-industrial parks in a nested structure to mimic mutualistic ecological networks.” Procedia CIRP 80: 590-595.
  • Stroble, J. K., R. B. Stone, D. A. McAdams, and S. E. Watkins (2009). “An Engineering-to-Biology Thesaurus To Promote Better Collaboration, Creativity and Discovery” Proceedings of the 19th CIRP Design Conference.
  • Vincent, J. F. V., O. A. Bogatyreva, N. R. Bogatyrev, A. Bowyer and A.-K. Pahl (2006). “Biomimetics: its practice and theory.” Journal of the Royal Society, Interface 3(9): 471-482.
  • Volstad, N. L. and C. Boks (2012). “On the use of biomimicry as a useful tool for the industrial designer.” Sustainable Development 20: 189-199.
  • Helms, M. and A. K. Goel (2014). “The Four-Box Method: Problem Formulation and Analogy Evaluation in Biologically Inspired Design” Journal of Mechanical Design 136: 111106.
  • Dave, T. and A. Layton (2020). “Designing Ecologically-Inspired Robustness into a Water Distribution Network.” Journal of Cleaner Production 254(1): 120057.
  • Fath, B. D. (2014). “Quantifying economic and ecological sustainability.” Ocean & Coastal Management 108: 13-19.
  • Cheong, H., I. Chiu, L. H. Shu, R. B. Stone, and D. A. McAdams (2011). “Biologically Meaningful Keywords for Functional Terms of the Functional Basis” Journal of Mechanical Design133: 021007.
  • Yen, J., M. Helms, S. Vattam and A. K. Goel (2010). “Evaluating Biological Systems for their potential in engineering design.” Advances in Natural Science 3(2): 27-40.
  • Layton, A., B. Bras and M. Weissburg (2016). “Designing Industrial Networks Using Ecological Food Web Metrics.” Environmental Science & Technology 50(20): 11243-11252.
  • Fath, B. D. (2017). “Systems Ecology, Energy Networks, and A Path To Sustainability.” International Journal of Design & Nature and Ecodynamics 12(1): 1-15.
  • Knight, D. J. (2009). “Inspired by Nature.” New York State Conservationist 63(6): 30.
  • Lurie-Luke, E. (2014). “Product and technology innovation: what can biomimicry inspire?” Biotechnology Advances 32(8): 1494-1505.
  • Malone, S. M., A. R. Cohen, B. Bras and M. Weissburg (2018). “The Application of Detrital Actors in Industrial Systems.” Procedia CIRP 69: 867-871.
  • Nagel, R., P. A. Midha, A. Tinsley, R. B. Stone, D. A. McAdams, and L. H. Shu (2008). “Exploring the Use of Functional Models in Biomimetic Conceptual Design” Journal of Mechanical Design 130: 121102.
  • Reap, J. and A. Layton (2017). “Lessons from Living Systems for the Development of Sustainable Industrial Resource Networks.” Journal of Energy Challenges and Mechanics 4(1): 1-10.
  • Imani, M, M. Donn, and B. Vale (2017) “Biomimicry as Innovation: a systematic review” 51st International Conference of the Architectural Science Association.
  • James R. Usherwood, Jorn A. Cheney, Jialei Song, Shane P. Windsor, Jonathan P. J. Stevenson, Uwe Dierksheide, Alex Nila, Richard J. Bomphrey. “High aerodynamic lift from the tail reduces drag in gliding raptors.”Journal of Experimental Biology (2020) 223: jeb214809.