Alum confirmed as chair of the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission

Daryl J. Boness ’72 was confirmed last week as chair of the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission.

Daryl J. Boness

Boness, a retired scientist who spent most of his career at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., was profiled in the most recent edition of the Cornell Report.

The commission provides independent oversight of the marine mammal conservation policies and programs being carried out by federal regulatory agencies. Although federal agencies are not required to adopt the Commission’s recommendations, the Marine Mammal Protection Act specifies that an agency that declines to follow any such recommendations is required to provide detailed written explanations to the Commission with 120 days.