Episodes

May 23, 2020

MMS 38: Hawaiian Monk Seal Conservation

Dr. Michelle Barbieri is the guest on this week’s podcast talking about NOAA’s efforts to conserve the endangered Hawaiian monk seal. In addition to the threats that the seals face, and the various conservation initiatives that have to put in...

May 16, 2020

MMS 37: Marine Mammal Science And Conservation In The US Government

Dr. Chris Parsons chats this week to Steve Leathery form the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) about the Government’s role in managing, conserving and studying marine mammals. They also discuss some of the main issues in...

May 11, 2020

MMS 36: African Manatee Biology And Conservation

Dr. Lucy Keith-Diagne of the African Aquatic Conservation Fund is Dr. Chris Parsons’ guest this week, talking about African manatee conservation and what it’s like to conduct aquatic conservation science in Senegal. For...

May 04, 2020

MMS 35: Life in the Freezer – Living and Working in Antarctica

This week, Professor Rob Harcourt chats to Chris Parsons about his research in Antarctica on Weddell seals and other marine mammals and, also, what it is like to be living and work on an Antarctic base. Chris and Rob also discuss the...

April 25, 2020

MMS 34: How smart are dolphins?

Dr. Diana Reiss chats to Dr. Chris Parsons about some of the latest research on dolphin linguistics, intelligence, and self-awareness - including her ground-breaking work on dolphins recognizing themselves in mirrors and her new research in which...

April 21, 2020

MMS 33: Marine Mammal Conservation In The Mediterranean

Dr. Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara is the guest this week talking to Dr. Chris Parsons about marine mammal conservation in the Mediterranean and the Red Sea, as well as the work of the Society for Marine Mammalogy in helping...

April 11, 2020

MMS 32: Important Marine Mammal Areas (IMMAs) And Marine Protection

This week, Dr. Chris Parsons talks to Erich Hoyt about the designation of Important Marine Mammal Areas (IMMAs) and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) for whales, dolphins, seals and other marine mammals. They also talk about the recent...

April 05, 2020

MMS 31: The Trials And Tribulations Of A Marine Mammal Science Career With Dr. Peter Corkeron

This week, Chris Parsons’ guest is Dr. Peter Corkeron - the first Australian to get a PhD on the biology of living cetaceans - in a slightly different type of episode in light of the difficult times we are having at the...

March 28, 2020

MMS 30: The Impacts Of Naval Exercises On Beaked Whales In The Marianas Islands

Dr. Anne Simonis is the guest this week talking to Dr. Chris Parsons about her recent research showing a link between naval exercises and beaked whale strandings in the Marianas Islands. They also talk about ocean soundscapes with the...

March 21, 2020

MMS 29: Whale And Dolphin Strandings And Welfare Science With Dr. Karen Stockin

Chris Parsons talks to Dr. Karen Stockin this week about her work on stranded whales & dolphins in New Zealand. They also discuss welfare science and marine mammals, and indigenous communities’ views about...

March 15, 2020

MMS 28: Illegal Soviet Whaling And Marine Mammal Science In Russia With Dr. Yulia Ivashchenko

Chris Parsons talks to Dr. Yulia Ivashchenko this week about her research on illegal Soviet whaling and the huge impact this had on several whale populations. They also discuss the recent controversial catches of Russian orcas...

March 08, 2020

MMS 027: Humpback Whales, Whaling, and Whale-Watching with Dr. Phil Clapham

Dr. Phil Clapham chats to host Dr. Chris Parsons this week about how he started his long career in marine mammal science, studying humpback whales in the Dominican Republic and the nature of humpback whale song. They also talk...

February 27, 2020

MMS 26: Threatened Marine Mammals With Sharon Young

Marine Mammal Scientist and Advocate Sharon Young chats to host Dr. Chris Parsons this week about North Atlantic Right Whale conservation, threatened dolphins on the US Gulf (of Mexico) Coast and issues impacting seals...

February 24, 2020

MMS 025: West African Manatees And Their Threats With Dr. Edem Edniang

Professor Edem Eniang calls in from Nigeria for this week’s episode and talks to host Dr. Chris Parsons about threats to West African manatees, the problems that are being caused by climate change, the growing wild meat trade and the need for...

February 06, 2020

MMS 24: Marine Mammals In Africa With Tim Collins

This week Tim Collins joins host Chris Parsons to talk about his work on humpback whales in Oman and hump-back dolphins in the Congo, as well as how to work with local communities, the trials and tribulations of getting grants for...

January 31, 2020

MMS 23: Amazon River Dolphin With Dr. Fernando Trujillo

Dr. Fernando Trujillo talks to host Dr. Chris Parsons about the Amazon river dolphin, the threats it faces, and the dramatic changes in the Amazon ecosystem. Check out the Shows on the Speak Up For Blue Network: Marine...

January 23, 2020

MMS 22: How Climate Change Impacts Underwater Sound And Marine Mammals

Dr. Kate Stafford chats to host Dr. Chris Parsons about underwater sound and marine mammals in the Arctic, and the impacts of climate change and human-produced noise on this unique ecosystem.  Note: Make sure you listen to the end of...

January 17, 2020

MMS 21: Recipients Of The Herman Award

Drs. Chris Parsons & Adam Pack introduce the new winners of the Louis M. Herman Research Scholarships: Rebecca Hamilton for her project entitled ‘Cognition in the wild: Dolphin communication during a role-specialized foraging...

January 09, 2020

MMS 20: By-Catch Of Cetaceans In The Indian Ocean

Umair Shahid chats to host Chris Parsons about his work on cetacean conservation in the Indian ocean, especially dealing with the problem of by-catch in fishing gear.

January 02, 2020

MMS 019: Impacts Of Whale-Watching With Alicia Schuler

Dr. Chris Parsons talks to Alicia Schuler about her research on the impacts of whale-watching in Juneau, Alaska, on both the whales that are being observed and the positive impacts that whale-watching can have on...

December 19, 2019

MMS 18: Tracking Whales Via Satellite Tags With Dr. Daniel Palacios

Dr. Daniel Palacios talks to host Chris Parsons about satellite tagging whales, how he started his career by charming his way onto a whale research vessel, and his journey from marine biology obsessed boy in Colombia to a professor of whale biology in...

December 12, 2019

MMS 17: Behavioral Studies On Bottlenose Dolphins With Eric Angel Ramos

In this week’s episode, Eric Angel Ramos talks to host Chris Parsons about his research in Belize, the trials and tribulations of life in the field, about nearly being eaten by a crocodile, how dangerous dolphins can be, and whales & dolphins in...

December 05, 2019

MMS 16: Malaysian Marine Mammals With Dr. Louisa Ponnampalam

Dr. Louisa Ponnampalam chats with host Chris Parsons about her research on dugongs, dolphins, and whales in Malaysia, as well as her previous work in Oman on spinner dolphins. They discuss some of the novel small cetacean behaviors they...

November 28, 2019

MMS 15: Communicating Science Of The Ganges River Dolphins With Dr. Jennifer Lewis

Chris Parsons talks to Dr. Jennifer Lewis about her research on Ganges river dolphins in Bangladesh as well as her change of career from a research biologist to a science communicator and documentary filmmaker. They talk about the use of storytelling...