Gayle Bowness, a Nova Scotia native, has a bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology from Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia and a bachelor’s degree in Science Education from Unity College, Maine. She received a Master of Science degree from Lesley University, Massachusetts in Ecological Teaching and Learning. Gayle has been living in Maine since 2003 and joined the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in 2005 with a passion to meld marine science and education.
Gayle has collaborated with stakeholders to design and deliver a variety of education programs, from watersheds to electricity efficiency and she is now focused on sea-level rise, supporting coastal communities to build climate resilience. Gayle currently manages GMRI’s Community Resilience Informed by Science and Experience (C-RISE) program which provides coastal communities with the knowledge, skills, and tools to develop a community-focused resilience plan for coastal flooding. Her interests are in developing multi-generational and inclusive programs that engage communities in systemically taking action towards building coastal resilience.
Gayle is raising her 2 children in Cape Elizabeth where they enjoy exploring the coastline of Maine.