Gail Grabowsky, Ph.D.

Director & Associate Professor, Environmental Studies
Associate Professor, Biology
Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Phone: (808) 735-4834


Environmental Studies


Dr. Grabowsky began working at Chaminade in 1997 after a two-year post-doc in population genetics at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Kewalo Marine Laboratory. Dr. Grabowsky has been the Director of Chaminade’s Environmental Studies Program since its inception in 2000. She has published an award-winning book: ‘50 Simple Things You Can Do To Save Hawai‘i’ and appeared as a “science character” in National Geographic/Sea Studios’ series: The Shape of Life. Gail was appointed by Governors Cayetano and Lingle to serve on the State’s Environmental Council for eight years, the last two as Chair. She has also helped advise on policy and education as a member of the Advisory Council for the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve, now known as Papahānaumokuākea National Marine Monument a World Heritage site in Hawai‘i.


Dr. Grabowsky holds a bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. in Zoology from Duke University.

Academic Degrees

B.S. Duke University
B.A. Duke University
Ph.D. Duke University