Isabella Aiona Abbot

Isabella Aiona Abbot was a world-renowned marine biologist and the first native Hawaiian woman to earn a PhD in science. She was considered an expert on Pacific algae and ethnobiology, how humans interact with plants. She wrote multiple books on the subject, and discovered almost 200 unique species of algae. An entire genus of algae bears her name: "Abottella."

As a child, Abbott's mother would take her to the beach, gather seaweed, and cook traditional Hawaiian recipes. Abbott was also passionate about the culinary uses of seaweed, making Hawaiian dishes and innovating new recipes to include seaweed. She wrote a short book on the history, science, and culture of limu, Hawaiian seaweed.