Episodes

October 09, 2021

MMS 108: Potential Jeopardy for Barataria Bay Dolphins

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.

October 02, 2021

MMS 107: Hawaiian Cetacean Studies

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.

September 25, 2021

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

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 newest paper on the...

September 18, 2021

MMS 105: Hong Kong’s Indo-Pacific finless porpoise

On this week’s episode guest Dr. Lindsay Porter, a marine biologist whose work focuses on the Indo-Pacific finless porpoise, talks to Dr. Ashley Scarlett about how important regional, collaborative efforts are when working towards conservation.

September 11, 2021

MMS 104: Internship Equality Webinar

This week’s episode is the recording of the Internship Equality webinar co-hosted by the Whale and Dolphin Conservation and the  Society for Marine Mammalogy Diversity & Inclusion committee. While we all rely on the ocean for half our oxygen,...

September 04, 2021

MMS 103: The Oldest Whale and Dolphin Conservation Organization

This week’s episode has our guest,  Dr. Rebecca Lent, the International Whaling Commission's Executive Secretary, talking to Dr. Ashley Scarlett about the IWC’s 75th anniversary. They also talk about its latest cetacean conservation...

August 28, 2021

MMS 102: Poopology 102

This week’s episode is part 2 of a two-part interview with Dr Kathleen Hunt, where she teaches us about the history and importance of fecal hormone studies and other ways to test hormones in whales.

August 21, 2021

MMS 101: Poopology 101

This week’s episode is part 1 of a two-part interview with Dr Kathleen Hunt, where she teaches us about the history and importance of fecal hormone studies and other ways to test hormones in whales.

August 14, 2021

MMS 100: The 100th episode!

This week’s episode marks the 100th Marine Mammal Science podcast recording. To celebrate, we speak to Dr. Chris Parsons, the creator of the podcast and the Membership Chair of the Society for Marine Mammalogy. He joins Dr. Ashley Scarlett to...

August 07, 2021

MMS 99: Conservation of small cetaceans and the IWC

On this week’s episode Guest Dr. Lindsay Porter, Chair of the International Whaling Commission’s Small Cetaceans Sub-Committee, talks to Dr. Ashley Scarlett about the work of the Sub-Committee on the conservation of dolphins, porpoises, and beaked...

July 31, 2021

MMS 98: The importance of the Falkland Islands for sei and southern right whales

In this week’s episode Dr. Ashley Scarlett talks to Dr. Caroline Weir who has dedicated herself to helping achieve a key biodiversity area for the endangered Sei Whales in the Falkland Islands. They talk about how important the Falkland Islands are...

July 24, 2021

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

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...

July 17, 2021

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

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'...

July 10, 2021

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

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...

July 03, 2021

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

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

June 26, 2021

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

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).

June 19, 2021

MMS 92: Whales and protection their against ship strikes

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.

June 12, 2021

MMS 91: Peru, humpback whales and art

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...

June 05, 2021

MMS 90: Humpback Whales' Scars Run Deep

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...

May 29, 2021

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

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...

May 22, 2021

MMS 88: Altruism in Whales

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...

May 15, 2021

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

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...

May 15, 2021

MMS 86: How Weddell Seals Navigate Under Ice In Antarctica

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.

May 03, 2021

MMS 85: Taking Conservation into our own hands

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...