Marine Mammal Science

Marine Mammal Science

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 is Dr. Chris Parsons.

Recent Episodes

MMS 115: Evolutionary History and Marine Mammal Mastication

Nov. 27, 2021

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 developed for eating their prey. Ashley’s Notes__________ how they…

MMS 114: Baleen whale prey consumption and its importance?

Nov. 20, 2021

This episode is part 2 of the interview with Dr Matthew Savoca. He will continue discussing the results of his new published paper on the estimate of baleen whale prey consumption and how it impacts the ocean ecosystem.

MMS 113: What is in a whale's stomach?

Nov. 13, 2021

This episode is one of two episodes with guest Dr. Matthew Savoca. In this episode, Dr. Savoca explains how important his new findings are on the prey of baleen whales and why these results are so important.

MMS 112: Swimming with whales in Australia

Nov. 6, 2021

In this week’s episode, Stephanie Stack from the Pacific Whale Foundation talks to Dr. Ashley Scarlett about the behavioural impacts of swim-with-whale tourism on cetaceans.

MMS 111: Research Challenges in Asia Webinar

Oct. 30, 2021

This week’s episode is the recording of the Research Challenges in Asia webinar hosted by the Society for Marine Mammalogy Diversity Equity and Inclusion committee. This series will focus on research in Asia and issues aroun…

MMS 110: Coding for conservation

Oct. 23, 2021

On this week’s episode, Michaela Kratofil, a research assistant at Cascadia Research Collective,  is talking to Dr. Ashley Scarlett about her work as a statistical coder and how, via this work, she reveals foraging and ecolo…

MMS 109: Spinner dolphins and becoming a marine mammal scientist

Oct. 16, 2021

On this week’s episode, Liah McPherson, a graduate student working on Hawaiian spinner dolphins, talks about her research on population abundance and age structure and her experiences entering the field of marine mammal scie…

MMS 108: Potential Jeopardy for Barataria Bay Dolphins

Oct. 9, 2021

In week's episode, Dr Naomi Rose explains a proposed coastal resilience project that could have negative impacts on a dolphin population living near New Orleans.

MMS 107: Hawaiian Cetacean Studies

Oct. 2, 2021

On this week’s episode,  Jordan Lerma from Cascadia Research Collective talks to Dr. Ashley Scarlett about his work with drones and sampling the breath of cetaceans, as well as research on the behavior of false killer whales.

MMS 106: Using Acoustics to detect hard-to-find whales and dolphins

Sept. 25, 2021

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…

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