Gayle Bowness

Municipal Climate Action Program Manager

Gayle Bowness manages the Municipal Climate Action Program through the Climate Center at GMRI, which engages coastal communities in better understanding local sea level rise impacts and provides them with knowledge, skills, and tools to develop community-focused and data-driven resilience plans for coastal flooding.

Gayle joined the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in 2005 with a passion to meld science and education. She 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. 

Through her work at GMRI, 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. Her interests are in developing multi-generational and inclusive programs that engage communities in systemically taking action towards building climate resilience.