Gisèle Muller-Parker joined NSF as Program Director for the Graduate Research Fellowship Program in October 2008. From 2004-2006 she served as Associate Program Director at NSF in GEO, Division of Ocean Sciences, Ocean Education Program, as a rotator from Western Washington University. She was Professor of Biology at Western Washington University from 1990-2010, where she taught courses in marine biology, symbiosis, and botany and served as the Assistant Director of Shannon Point Marine Center. She received degrees from SUNY at Stony Brook (BS in Biology), the University of Delaware (MS in Marine Studies), and UCLA (PhD in Biology). She has served on the editorial boards of the Biological Bulletin, Coral Reefs, and the Journal of Phycology. Her research on algal symbiosis in sea anemones and corals has engaged many undergraduate and graduate students.