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Gabriel Leggott
Peter Rappa Fellow 2021
Gabriel Leggott

2525 Correa Road, HIG 238
Honolulu, HI 96822

Gabriel Leggott is a 2021 Peter J. Rappa Fellow at the University of Hawaiʻi Sea Grant College Program. He obtained a BA in Environmental Analysis and Political Studies at Pitzer College and then taught middle and high school science both domestically and abroad for 5 years. He is currently a third year law student and teaching assistant at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law. In his law thesis, Gabriel advocated for the listing of Hawaiian Hawksbill Sea Turtles as a Distinct Population Segment under the Endangered Species Act based on policy and recent mitochondrial DNA data. Gabriel is passionate about climate change resiliency, education, and animal conservation.

As a Rappa Fellow, Gabriel will help conduct a review of the County of Kauaʻi’s eligibility to join the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) Community Rating System (CRS), a comprehensive floodplain management program. His research and analysis will help the County to determine its next steps for joining the CRS, which will result in reduced flood insurance premiums and increased community resilience for the Kauaʻi community.