Frances Gulland, Ph.D., is the senior scientist at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California, where she has been actively involved in the veterinary care and rehabilitation of stranded marine mammals, and research into marine mammal diseases, since 1994.
Frances has provided medical care for thousands of seals and sea lions, has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles, and is coeditor of the CRC Handbook of Marine Mammal Medicine. She chaired the Working Group on Marine Mammal Unusual Mortality Events for six years, has a lead role on recovery teams for the Hawaiian monk seal and southern sea otter, and is a member of the committee of scientific advisors to the Marine Mammal Commission.
On November 10, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Frances to serve in one of three commissioner positions on the US Marine Mammal Commission. She was sworn in as commissioner on April 29, 2011. In this additional role, she serves the federal government with a focus on the protection and conservation of marine mammals.