Faculty & Staff

Anamarija Frankić

Director, Green Harbors Project


Areas of Expertise

Coastal ecosystems conservation and management


PhD, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, Marine Science
MS, University of Zagreb (Croatia), Natural and Mathematical Sciences, Ecology and Limnology
BS, University of Zagreb (Croatia), Natural and Mathematical Sciences, Biology

Additional Information

Anamarija Frankić is is the founding director of the Green Harbors Project, and the Biomimicry LivingLabs, professor at the University of Zadar, and an adjunct professor at the University of Split, Croatia. She is a Biomimicry, Fulbright, and Sea Grant Knauss fellow. In 2014 she co-founded Biomimicry New England. Her interdisciplinary work is grounded in biology, ecology, limnology and marine science. She has focused on applying science in coastal ecosystems conservation and management nationally and internationally. Professor Frankić helped initiate and develop major conservation projects in Croatia and the Adriatic region funded through the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the World Bank, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the European Union. 

Her work is about integrating human services with ecological services and functions in our built environments to support resiliency and sustainability. She initiated and established the "livinglabs" for applied science education and research where students, local communities, and businesses are able to "learn and teach by doing" biomimicry—applying nature’s solutions. Her passion is to learn from oysters in restoring oyster reefs as no take areas in degraded coastal urban systems.

The vision, mission and goals of her work are based on the integration of teaching, service and scholarship in the practice of place-based coastal ecosystem stewardship. In 2009, she initiated the Green Harbors Project (GHP) with the vision that any urban harbor can become green and sustainable if managed within environmental limitations and natural resiliency. She developed and teaches Introduction to Biomimicry, Coasts & Communities, coastal system management, and H2O: A life story of water.

While at UMass Boston she launched the “Adopt a Student for a Green Job” program that provides employment for most of her undergraduate and graduate students during their educational process.

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