Grow Oyster Reefs, LLC (GROW) is an early-stage women-owned Virginia enterprise that possesses patented and scalable concrete oyster substrate products poised to dramatically improve oyster reef restoration efforts globally.
GROW’s aim is to manufacture and distribute these newly patented Concrete Oyster Reef Restoration Tiles (CORRT), Disks (CORRD) and CaC03 Concrete Mix. The market supporting the current oyster reef restoration effort is growing rapidly due to the invaluable role oysters play in mitigating climate change.
Evelyn Tickle inventor/owner
Evelyn attended Auburn University's Architecture School, then Southern California Institute of Architecture for her Master’s in Architecture, and subsequently taught for 8 years at University of Virginia's School of Architecture. She co-founded Tickle:Kitchin Design and Fabrication, winning the Rome Prize in Architecture for her innovative work. She spent a year at The American Academy in Rome, and her concrete creations were shown at the Academy and at Rome's Modern Museum of Art. She returned to Virginia to co-found another company (2002-2008), Pretty Hard Fine Concrete, a successful entrepreneurial business making concrete architectural wall panels, basins, fireplaces, bars, furniture for commercial and residential clients locally and nationally. Evelyn still lives in Charlottesville, Virginia and teaches architecture at nearby James Madison University where she is also Director of The Concrete Lab .
In 2008, Evelyn became inspired by biomimicry, and began a solo study of the concrete-like secretions of oyster reefs. Her experiments resulted in her proprietary CaC02 Concrete, a shell-less formulation chemically similar to oyster shells that she then used to invent a small tiles and cones that imitate the substrate of reefs. Concrete Reef Restoration Tiles (CORRT) can be used to start new oyster reefs or fill in gaps in deteriorating ones, for production as well as for scientific research. Evelyn recently launched Grow Oyster Reefs llc to produce these tiles, disks and CaCo3Concrete to be used in oyster farming, scientific research and oyster reef restoration work worldwide. You can find these products and more information at www.growoysterreefs.com
Andrea Murchie Designer/ Researcher Assistant
Andrea Murchie received her Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design from James Madison University. She is a certified Dive Master with great passion for the ocean and it's conservation. She is trained in the Human Centered Design Process, the Design Thinking Process, Computer Aided Design, digital fabrication, form making and more. She has experience working on conservation projects regarding various species of sharks and African penguins, as well as teaching at risk and disabled children in foreign countries. She continually seeks ways to apply her experience in design, conservation and teaching to awareness of and action for ocean conservation and related topics.