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Marine Mammal Science

The Society for Marine Mammalogy

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Marine Mammal Science is a podcast covering some of the latest scientific research on marine mammals – whales and dolphins, polar bears, seals and sea lions, manatees and dugongs, and sea otters. The podcast is produced by Speak Up For Blue Media on behalf of the Society for Marine Mammalogy and the journal Marine Mammal Science. The host and producer is Dr. Ashley Scarlett.
 
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This week’s episode is part one of the “Intentionally Building Inclusive Spaces for Queer Scientists” webinar organized by the Society for Marine Mammalogy’s Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Absolutely Smashing Events and Consulting. This webinar series will focus on the fact that the advancement of ocean science, and marine conserv…
 
On this week’s episode Dr Ashley Scarlett chats with guest Dr Carlos Peredo about the evolutionary history of marine mammals and the extreme adaptations they've developed for eating their prey. Short Bio: Dr. Carlos Peredo is an NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Biology and a University of Michigan Society of Fellows Postdoctoral Scholar. His res…
 
On this week’s episode, Dr Ashley Scarlett chats to Dr Jay Barlow, an award winning marine mammal researcher whose natural ability to tinker with technology has helped with the conservation of many species. He discusses his newest paper on the unique calls and acoustic characteristics of hard to find beaked whales off the coast of Baja California, …
 
This week’s episode is the recording of the Internship Equality webinar co-hosted by the Whale and Dolphin Conservation and the Society for Marine Mammalogy Diversity & Inclusion committee. While we all rely on the ocean for half our oxygen, our climate, and our economy, not everyone has a voice in marine science and conservation, a field which has…
 
This week’s episode has our guest, Dr. Rebecca Lent, the International Whaling Commission's Executive Secretary, talking to Dr. Ashley Scarlett about the IWC’s 75th anniversary. They also talk about its latest cetacean conservation initiatives and programs. Dr. Lent describes the valuable resources that the IWC provides for the general public, incl…
 
This week’s episode marks the 100th Marine Mammal Science podcast recording. To celebrate, we speak to Dr. Chris Parsons, the creator of the podcast and the Membership Chair of the Society for Marine Mammalogy. He joins Dr. Ashley Scarlett to discuss the podcast, what the Society for Marine Mammalogy offers and ways for those interested in marine m…
 
On this week’s episode Guest Dr. Lindsay Porter, Chair of the International Whaling Commission’s Small Cetaceans Sub-Committee, talks to Dr. Ashley Scarlett about the work of the Sub-Committee on the conservation of dolphins, porpoises, and beaked whales. One current issue is the threat posed by “wild meat” - the hunting and killing of small cetace…
 
In this week’s episode Dr. Ashley Scarlett talks to Dr. Caroline Weir who has dedicated herself to helping achieve a key biodiversity area for the endangered Sei Whales in the Falkland Islands. They talk about how important the Falkland Islands are to sei and southern right whales, and the scientific discoveries made on both species.…
 
In this week's episode, Dr. Drasko Holcer tells us more about the whales and dolphins of the Adriatic Sea, like long-finned pilot whales, sperm whales, and common dolphins. He also talks about victories with Marine Protected Areas and shares a conservation message for the marine mammals of this region.…
 
In this week's episode, Dr. Ashley Scarlett talks to Dr. Drasko Holcer about the history of the Blue Whale Institute - which spearheaded cetacean research in the Adriatic Sea. They discuss the history of marine mammals in the Adriatic and the locals' attitudes towards the marine environment.By Speak Up For Blue
 
This week’s episode will be part 1 of 3 episodes with Dr. Ashley Scarlett talking to one of our legendary marine mammal science champions Dr. Drasko Holcer. They talk about the history of cetacean research in the Adriatic Sea, threats to cetaceans in this region, and the work of the Blue World Institute.…
 
Humpbacks started coming back to San Francisco Bay in 2016 and now scientists are concerned about the risk of ship strikes. Dr. Ashley Scarlett talks to guest Rebekah Lane about this conservation issue. Bekah Lane is a graduate student at San Francisco State University, studying the risk of ship strikes to humpback whales in San Francisco Bay in Dr…
 
Dr Scarlett Smash talks to guest Dr Peter Corkeron about the newly named Gulf of Mexico whale or Rice’s whale. This species was just discovered, but it possibly numbers less than 50 individual animals - making it one of the most threatened species in the US.By Speak Up For Blue
 
Dr. Ashley Scarlett talks to guest Dr. Giovanni Bearzi in a two-part interview about dolphin conservation in the Mediterranean Sea. In this first episode, they talk about the history of cetacean research in the Mediterranean. Giovanni Bearzi one of our champions of Marine Mammal Science. He is a Marine Conservation biologist and One of Europe's mos…
 
In this week’s episode the guest is Dr. Mari Smultea, who tells her story about being a successful female entrepreneur in the field of marine mammal science and technology, and how she paved her way through a traditionally male-dominated field. Her company Smultea Sciences, LLC is a pioneering female-owned and run marine science and technology ente…
 
This week’s guest is Dr. Iain Staniland, who talks to Ashley Scarlett about his previous seal research before becoming the International Whaling Commission’s new Head of Science. They also talk about some of the IWC’s Scientific Committee activities this year and their new initiativesBy Speak Up For Blue
 
In this week's episode, Dr. Ashley Scarlett talks to Dr. Jean-Pierre Deforges about the accumulation of ocean pollution and the health effects they have on marine mammals. About Dr. Jean-Pierre Deforges: Jean-Pierre Desforges, Post-Doctorial Research Fellow at McGill University in Montreal Canada. He did his Masters at the University of Victoria (C…
 
This week’s episode is the last of 3 episodes with Dr. Thomas Jefferson. In this episode, Ashley and Tom talk about how his research on the Finless Porpoises came about and the ground-breaking research on the habitats and ranges of the cetacean species in Hong Kong.By Speak Up For Blue
 
Dr. Ashley Scarlett welcomes Dr. Thomas A. Jefferson to the podcast to talk about marine mammals, especially dolphins and porpoises. In this episode, Tom talks about the state of the critically endangered porpoise, the Vaquita, that is endemic to the Sea of Cortez. The Vaquita get caught in gillnets that are targeting Totoaba fish, whose swim bladd…
 
Dr. Holly Fearnbach, speaks to Dr. Ashley Scarlett about “SR3”, which stands for SeaLife Response, Rehabilitation, and Research. This program studies the health of endangered southern resident killer whales and the decline in their prey. But, she also gives us some hope for this population and their health status and tells listeners how they can st…
 
Dr. Ashley Scarlett talks to NOAA ecologist Carey Kuhn about her fascinating work on northern fur seal foraging ecology that integrates video cameras mounted on fur seals and prey mapping with unmanned surface vehicles (Saildrones). This technology has enabled Carey to fill in some of the long-missing information gaps there have been, about how sea…
 
Dr. Chris Parsons is this week's guest - who long-time listeners will remember used to be the host of the Marine Mammal Science podcast. In this episode, Chris talks about his research, conservation, and education work on the West Coast of Scotland for the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust and about what it's like to live on a Scottish Island.…
 
The conflict between fisheries and dolphins in Mexico On this week's episode, Dr. Ashley Scarlett talks to marine mammal ecology and fisheries expert Dr. Eduardo Morteo about the challenges of his project in Mexico, on dolphin and human interaction. He talks about he got into the field, and his discoveries and challenges when tackling the difficult…
 
Kristi Ashley Collom is a Lead Researcher for Gotham Whale, Critter Spy with Atlas Obscura, Trip Leader for National Geographic, and one of the founding directors for the SMM Northeast Student Chapter. She collaborates with several passive acoustic monitoring projects with FINS in Central America and Wildlife Conservation Society in New York. Speak…
 
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