Dr. Peter Niewiarowski Biomimicry Fellowship Program

Dr. Niewiarowski, Director of Biomimicry Fellowship Program, joined GLBio in 2010 and in 2011 led the creation of a model for fellowships for Integrated Bioscience PhD students in Biomimicry at The University of Akron (UA), a key component of GLBio's strategy for global leadership regarding place-based educationally-driven economic development through innovation inspired by nature.

Dr. Niewiarowski, Professor of Integrated Biosciences (IB) and Biology at UA, is a Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center (BRIC) Principal Investigator. His appointments include Post-Doctoral Researcher, Savannah River Ecology Lab, University of Georgia, 1993-1995; UA Professor since 1995; and, Interim Director, UA IB PhD Program, 2009-2012. His research includes projects in amphibian population biology, life history evolution and physiological ecology of lizards and gecko ecology and evolution, especially as it relates to adhesion. Gecko adhesion research, in collaboration with the lab of Ali Dhinojwala, a UA polymer scientist and BRIC principal investigator, is the main focus of his current work, including biomimetic applications.

Dr. Niewiarowski teaches, at introductory and advanced levels, within UA’s Biology and IB programs. He developed courses including Advanced Ecology, Herpetology, Principles of Biology, Vertebrate Zoology, Tropical Vertebrate Biology, Communicating in Integrated Bioscience, Research in Integrated Bioscience, Theory and Foundations of Biomimicry, and Biomimicry Design.

Dr. Niewiarowski holds a BS in Biology, Marlboro College, Marlboro VT, 1984, and a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA, 1992.