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Dr. Jeffrey R. Boehm - Executive Director

Dr. Jeffrey R. Boehm joined The Marine Mammal Center as its Executive Director in June 2008 from the famed John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois where he was the Senior Vice President of Animal Health and Conservation Science, Louis Family Conservation chair, and joint chair for the Great Lakes Conservation Awareness initiative. Dr. Boehm oversees The Marine Mammal Center's Sausalito headquarters and its operations in Monterey Bay, San Luis Obispo, and Fort Bragg. Prior to employment at the Shedd Aquarium in 1991, Dr. Boehm worked as a zoo veterinarian at the Los Angeles Zoo providing veterinary care for exotic animals. In 1990, he completed an internship in small animal medicine with the West Los Angeles Veterinary Medical Group. A Marin County native, Dr. Boehm volunteered at The Marine Mammal Center while at the College of Marin. Dr. Boehm is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego, where he received his bachelor's degree, and the University of California, Davis, where he received his degree in veterinary medicine. His professional affiliations include: American Zoo and Aquarium Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine, and the Society for Marine Mammalogy. 


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Dr. Frances Gulland - Senior Scientist

Dr. Frances Gulland 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. She 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, sits 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 Dr. Gulland to serve on one of three Commissioner positions at the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission. She was sworn in as commissioner on April 29, 2011. In this additional role, she will serve the federal government with a focus on the protection and conservation of marine mammals.


Dr. Shawn Johnson - Director of Veterinary Science

Dr. Shawn Johnson joined The Marine Mammal Center in 2012. His role as Director of Veterinary Science will be to guide the science team's study of marine mammal health issues around cancer in sea lions, toxic algae poisoning effects, and harbor seal health analysis, among others. Dr. Johnson is no stranger to the Center having completed the student extern program and later, becoming an adjunct veterinarian. He has also worked with the Alaska Sealife Center, Alaska's fish and wildlife services, the National Marine Mammal Laboratory, the Oiled Wildlife Care Network and the Wildlife Health Center at UC Davis. He most recently worked as a clinical veterinarian with the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program. Dr. Johnson is a graduate of Iowa State University where he received his degree in veterinary medicine, UC Davis where he received a Masters in Preventive Veterinary Medicine, and also UC Davis where he most recently completed a fellowship in anesthesia.


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