Evelyn Tickle’s Firm Grow Oyster Reefs Is Building Self-Healing Coastal Defense Infrastructures

A pile of oysters used in growing reefs.

USC Architecture faculty Evelyn Tickle and her firm GRoW Oyster Reefs, LLC have been awarded U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) research and development funding to evolve and scale the next generation of their biophilic concrete modular reef substrates, driving down costs, reducing embodied carbon, increasing production capacity.

Tickle is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, a serial entrepreneur, and serves as the principal investigator for this NSF SBIR project. She joined USC in Fall, 2022, bringing her research in biophilic design, ecosystem restoration, and the integration of multi-species habitat in construction materials to the School of Architecture.

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