Isabella Abbot, the first native Hawaiian woman to receive a PhD in science, was an ethnobotanist and university professor. During her career, she was credited with discovering more than 200 species and received awards from the National Academy of Sciences and the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources. She passed away in 2010.
Hometown: Hana, Maui Island, Hawaiian Islands
Educational Degrees: PhD in Botany, University of California Berkeley
Occupation: Retired University professor
Expeditions: To the Pacific and Caribbean Islands
Favorite Place to Be: Near the ocean or on the mountaintops of the Hawaiian Islands
Best Discovery: Discovering the world of marine algae
Favorite Item to Have in the Field: Chisel, snorkel, plastic bags
Personal Hero: My husband, Donald Putnam Abbott
Hobbies: Cooking, gardening
Advice: Be happy!
Pioneering professor is first lady of limu, October 2010