Episodes

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...

MMS 87: The U.S. whale that no one knows about- but probably the most critically endangered whale in our oceans

May 15, 2021

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...

MMS 86: How Weddell Seals Navigate Under Ice In Antarctica

May 15, 2021

On this week’s podcast Dr. Lee Fuiman helps us answer the question how do Weddell seals navigate underwater, and on the  ice, in Antarctica.

MMS 85: Taking Conservation into our own hands

May 3, 2021

Dr. Ashley Scarlett talks to guest Dr. Giovanni Bearzi in a two-part interview about dolphin conservation in the Mediterranean Sea. In this second episode, they talk about Marine Protected Areas and fishing in the Mediterranean and, importantly, what...

MMS 84: Pioneer of Mediterranean Cetacean Research

April 24, 2021

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...

MMS 83: Women in STEM

April 17, 2021

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...

MMS 82: Science and the International Whaling Commission

April 10, 2021

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...

MMS 81: The perils of pollution on marine mammals

April 3, 2021

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...

MMS 80: Why energy budget models are cool

March 27, 2021

Guest Cara Gallagher teaches us about an agent-based energy budget model she developed for harbor to investigate in the vulnerability of their populations to underwater noise. Cara Gallagher an ecological modeller who is finishing up her PhD at...

MMS 79: Dolphins and porpoises of Hong Kong - unravelling their mysteries and understanding “Common Ground” conservation

March 20, 2021

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...

MMS 78: Conservation of the Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin

March 13, 2021

This week’s episode is is the 2nd of 3 episodes with Dr Thomas Jefferson. In this episode  Ashley and Tom talk about Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins and the importance of some ground-breaking research on this species.

MMS 77: The State Of The Vaquita In The Sea Of Cortez, Mexico

March 6, 2021

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...

MMS 76: The health of the endangered southern resident orca population

Feb. 27, 2021

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...

MMS 75: Using satellite telemetry tags to examine foraging ecology and habitat use of sea lions

Feb. 20, 2021

Dr. Michelle Lander talks about some of the highlights of her research using tags on pinnipeds, and about the difficulties of tracking animals that spend a large portion of their time underwater, in remote locations, in the ocean depths.