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.

Episodes

MMS 97: The history of cetacean research in the Adriatic Sea, part 3

July 24, 2021

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...

MMS 96: The history of cetacean research in the Adriatic Sea, part 2

July 17, 2021

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'...

MMS 95: The history of cetacean research in the Adriatic Sea, Part 1

July 10, 2021

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...

MMS 94: The impacts of disturbance on whales and dolphins and the proper way to go whale-watching

July 3, 2021

This week’s guest is the Chief Scientist of the Pacific Whale Foundation Jens Currie. He talks about modelling anthropogenic and environmental impacts on whale and dolphin populations

MMS 93: Blue whales in the Sea of Cortez and their role in climate change

June 26, 2021

In this week’s episode, Dr. Ashley Scarlett talks to Michael Fishbach about his research on blue whales in the Sea of Cortez. They also talk about the link between whales and climate change. Part 2 of 2. Part 1 is the previous episode (episode 92).

MMS 92: Whales and protection their against ship strikes

June 19, 2021

In this week’s episode, Dr. Ashley Scarlett talks to Michael Fishbach from the Great Whale Conservancy about the complexities of protecting whales from being hit by ships. Part 1 of 2.

MMS 91: Peru, humpback whales and art

June 12, 2021

In this week’s episode master student Anna Costanza comes on the show to talk to Dr. Ashley Scarlett about her study on the bycatch of humpback whales in Peru, and how art is an incredible way to tell stakeholders’ stories. Bio: As an Illinoian...

MMS 90: Humpback Whales' Scars Run Deep

June 5, 2021

In this week’s episode, Allison Payne will be talking to Dr. Ashley Scarlett about her Masters' thesis project on entanglement scars on humpback whales. More on Allison Payne: Allison Payne is a Master's student at San Francisco State University's...

MMS 89: Humpback whales return to San Francisco Bay - but face a threat from shipsHumpback whales return to San Francisco Bay but face a threat from ships

May 29, 2021

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...

MMS 88: Altruism in Whales

May 22, 2021

In this week’s episode, we have Bob Pitman who will tell us about some unbelievable displays of altruism, or what seem to be altruistic behaviors, in whales.  You will not want to miss hearing these fascinating stories. Bio: Bob Pitman spent...

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