Episodes

November 07, 2020

MMS 62: The marine mammal science career of Prof Bernd Wursig, part 2

On this week's episode, Dr. Ashley Scarlett continues to speak to Dr. Bernd Wursig, a distinguished professor emeritus in the Department of Marine Biology at Texas A&M University. Dr. Wursig shares his past experiences and career. He speaks about...

October 31, 2020

MMS 61: Cetacean tales- the marine mammal science career of Bernd Wursig, part 1

On this week's episode, Dr. Ashley Scarlett talks to Dr. Bernd Wursig, a distinguished professor emeritus in Department of Marine Biology at Texas A&M University. Dr. Wursig shares his past experiences and career, and about the mentors that...

October 24, 2020

MMS 60: Interesting facts about moulting seals

If you thought that talking about exfoliating marine mammals was a bore, you have never met Skyla Walcott. Our guest this week explains why moulting is so important for seals and sealions. Skyla goes in great detail about her research on Spotted and...

October 17, 2020

MMS 59: Southern Right Whale Research in Argentina

This week guest Dr. Mariano Sironi, Founding Member and Scientific Director of the Instituto de Conservación de Ballenas (ICB), talks about southern right whale research and conservation efforts in Argentina.

October 10, 2020

MMS 58: Arctic Seal Population Research

This week’s guests are Josh London and Erin Moreland who talk about their seal research in the Arctic, using cutting-edge methods from tagging to aerial surveys. Relevant Link - Protected Marine Life In Alaska: Relevant paper: Check out the...

October 03, 2020

MMS 57: Studying The Welfare And Behavioral Development Of Pacific Harbor Seal Pups In The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center At the Marine Mammal Center

This week Dr. Ashley Scarlett talks to Karli Chudeau, a Ph.D. student at UC Davis, who studies the welfare and behavioral development of Pacific harbor seal pups in the wildlife rehabilitation center at The Marine Mammal Center. Karli explains her...

September 26, 2020

MMS 56: Why Statistical Ecology Is So Cool

This week’s guest, Dr. Leslie New, talks about the usefulness and importance of statistics in marine mammal science. She also talks about how seemingly minor impacts on individual marine mammals can, in the long term, have impacts on the health of a...

September 19, 2020

MMS 55: Marine Tourism in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa With Minke Witteveen

Minke Witteveen, a Ph.D. student at the Nelson Mandela University talks to Dr. Ashley Scarlett about her research that focuses on the ecological and social aspects of whale-watching tourism in Plettenberg Bay.  Minke Witteveen’s short...

September 12, 2020

MMS 54: The South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary, The IWC And Whale Conservation

This week’s guest is Jose Palazzo, a wildlife conservation manager at the Brazilian Humpback Whale Institute (). Jose talks about whale conservation, and especially the proposed South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary. A Commissioner for the International...

September 05, 2020

MMS 53: Beluga Whale Research In Cook Inlet, Alaska with Dr. Leslie Cornick

This week’s guest is Dr. Leslie Cornick, who talks to host Dr. Ashley Scarlett about her work with Beluga whales in Cook Inlet, Alaska. Dr. Cornick explains her fieldwork experiences and her journey to become a marine ecologist. She discusses the...

August 29, 2020

MMS 52: Sustainable Dolphin-Watching, Science Communication, And Mindfulness And Self-Help For Scientists

This week’s guest is Dr. Ashley Scarlett, who talks to Dr. Chris Parsons about her natural and social science research assessing the sustainability of dolphin-watching in Bocas Del Toro Panama. She also discusses her research on...

August 22, 2020

MMS 51: Community-Based Whale Conservation In Mexico

This week’s guest is Katherina Audley, the Director and Founder of the Whales of Guerrero Project (). Katherina has been working with the local community in Guerrero, Mexico to study and conserve local humpback whales. She gives some...

August 15, 2020

MMS 50: Dolphin Research And Conservation In Panama

This week’s guest is Dr. Laura May-Collado, who has studied whale and dolphin in several countries in Central America. Dr. May-Collado has, in particular, been working to help save a genetically distinct and imperiled population of dolphins in...

August 08, 2020

MMS 49: IWC's Whale entanglement Program

Dr. Chris Parsons chats Dave Mattila, the organizer of the International Whaling Commission’s whale entanglement program. They chat about his career, his research on humpback whales in the Caribbean, and how this brought him to his current position...

August 01, 2020

MMS 48: Vietnamese Whale Temples

Dr. Chris Parsons chats to marine mammal zoogeographer Dr. Ellen Hines about her career and her recent research investigating the unique “whale temples” in Vietnam - which are proving to be an invaluable scientific resource....

July 26, 2020

MMS 47: Being A Marine Mammal Vet And One Health

Dr. Chris Parsons chats to marine mammal veterinarian Dr. Claire Simeone about working as a marine mammal vet, hot topics in marine mammal health, the work of her environmental group Sea Change Health, and the “One Health” concept....

July 19, 2020

MMS 46: The Dolphins Of Borneo

Cindy Peter of the Sarawak Dolphin Project chats to Dr. Chris Parsons about what it’s like to live in Sarawak, on the island of Borneo, and about her research on the dolphins and porpoises that live in the local waters. Check out the Shows on the...

July 11, 2020

MMS 45: International Marine Mammal Conservation Treaties

Dr. Chris Parsons chats to Mark Simmonds OBE about Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and their conservation work on whale and dolphin entanglement,...

July 03, 2020

MMS 44: The Whale-Watching Handbook

Dr Chris Parsons chats to Dr Gianna Minton about her career change from teaching to travelling around the world researching whales & dolphins in Oman, Malaysia, Gabon and Europe. Most recently she's been writing the International Whaling...

June 27, 2020

MMS 43: Snotbots, Shark Nets and White Whales

Dr. Vanessa Pirotta is this week’s guest talking to host Dr. Chris Parsons about her research on humpback whales with drones and “snotbots”.  They also talk about whale entanglements in shark nets, swimming with whale tourism and the...

June 21, 2020

MMS 42: The History Of Commercial Whaling And The “Forgotten Whale”

This week Chris Parsons interviews Sally Mizroch and world expert on the sei whale. Sei whales were heavily hit by whaling and her research indicates that many stocks have never really recovered. But this whale is largely overlooked by...

June 13, 2020

MMS 41: Marine Mammal Genetics, Life On A Research Vessel, And Diversity And Inclusion In Marine Mammal Science

Dr. Eric Archer is Chris Parsons’s guest this week. Dr. Archer discusses the work of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) marine mammal genetics lab, his research in fin whales, and what it’s like to do oceanic...

June 07, 2020

MMS 40: The Extinction Of Steller’s Sea Cow

Dr. Lorelei Crerar is Dr. Chris Parsons’s guest this week. Dr. Crerar talks about how Georg Steller discovered the Steller’s sea cow, and about its extinction. They also talk about the “bigfoot” of the oceans – the mythical sea monkey that...

May 31, 2020

MMS 39: How The US Marine Mammal Protection Act Got Passed – With Special Guest Dr. Lee Talbot

This week Dr. Chris Parsons interviews Dr. Lee Talbot. Lee has had a long and interesting career in ecology and conservation, but he was especially influential for being the writer of both the US Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species...