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A Presidential Encounter

Our Senior Scientist, Dr. Frances Gulland, recently had the pleasure of meeting Mr. and Mrs. Obama.

June 14, 2012

Frances Gulland, the Marine Mammal Center
June 5, 2012, Washington, DC

The reception was held on June 5, 2012 to honor the new Presidential Appointees. Dr. Gulland was sworn in on April 29, 2011 as one of three commissioners to serve on the Marine Mammal Commission. In that capacity, she serves the federal government with a focus on the protection and conservation of marine mammals while continuing to lead science and research projects at The Marine Mammal Center.

As Dr. Gulland and her husband, Andy Draper, met Michelle and Barack Obama, and knowing that the president is from Hawaii, she gently passed on an important message: "We have to save the Hawaiian monk seal for your girls!" Hawaiian monk seals are the most endangered seal in U.S. waters, and as the Center's Senior Scientist, Dr. Gulland and The Marine Mammal Center have become one of a dozen champions that are helping to recover the species.

Frances Gulland, the Marine Mammal Center
June 5, 2012, Washington, DC

The reception was held at the White House and coincided with World Environment Day, a fitting tribute to those who thrive to help make things better for all creatures and the earth.

Learn more about Dr. Gulland's appointment to the Marine Mammal Commission.

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