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Dr. Gaydos
Dr. Joseph Gaydos (Courtesy of the SeaDoc)

Dr. Joseph Gaydos has been elected chair of the Science Panel of the Puget Sound Partnership, part of a comprehensive effort to restore the nation's largest inland sea.

Washington state officials have launched a major initiative to restore the Puget Sound, where more than 100 species are listed as threatened or endangered, or are candidates for listing. Two years ago, the Washington Academy of Sciences named Dr. Gaydos to a panel providing expert advice on the project. In December 2011, he was elected panel chair.

Dr. Gaydos is a senior wildlife veterinarian at the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine's Wildlife Health Center, where he serves as regional director and chief scientist for the SeaDoc Society. Dr. Gaydos has also been a member of the Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Commission since 2004.

A 1994 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Gaydos has studied marine wildlife and ecosystem health in Puget Sound for more than a decade, publishing articles on topics ranging from diseases of killer whales to major ecologic principles for designing healthy ecosystems.