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Marine Mammal Science

101 EpisodesProduced by The Society for Marine MammalogyWebsite

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 Absolutely Smashing Events and Consulting on behalf of the Society for Marine… read more

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Farewell

February 22nd, 2024

0:39

An important message from RadioPublic

Arctic Ecology

January 20th, 2024

27:47

Dr Scarlett Smash celebrates the final episode of the MMS podcast with Dr. Chris Parsons. They chat about Arctic life and ecology.

If you would like …

Antarctic ecology

January 13th, 2024

31:06

Dr Scarlett Smash celebrates the last two episodes of the MMS podcast with Dr. Chris Parsons. They talk about Antarctic life and ecology.

If you …

Alejandro Fernandez Ajó

January 6th, 2024

21:02

On this episode Dr Scarlett Smash has chats with Dr. Alejandro Fernandez Ajó about his work on hormone analysis of gray whale feces to assess correlations and response to a variety of internal and external stressors.

Phthalate Exposure

December 30th, 2023

25:54

On this week's episode, Dr Scarlett Smash chat with Dr. Leslie Hart about her work investigating potential health impacts from exposure chemicals …

PCFG - Feed behavior

December 23rd, 2023

24:45

On this episode Dr Scarlett Smash talks to Clara Bird, a phd candidate about her research on  the Pacific coast feeding group (PCFG) gray whales' feeding behaviors. 

Pacific Coast Feeding Group History

December 16th, 2023

21:49

Dr Scarlett Smash continues to talk to Dr KC Bierlich, a postdoctoral scholar about his drone research on the Pacific coast feeding group (PCFG) gray …

Pacific coast feeding group's morphology and Climate Change

December 9th, 2023

22:54

On this episode Dr Scarlett Smash talks to Dr KC Bierlich, a postdoctoral scholar about his research on the Pacific coast feeding group (PCFG) gray …

Zoop to Poop: Pacific Coast Feeding Group

December 2nd, 2023

25:24

On this episode Dr Scarlett Smash has chats with Lisa Hildebrand, a PhD student at Oregon State University's Marine Mammal Institute, about her work analyzing  the “summer resident” gray whale sub-species' prey species …

"Summer resident” gray whales

November 25th, 2023

21:31

On this episode Dr Scarlett Smash has chats with Dr. Leigh Torres, head of the GEMM Lab, about the health and habitat of the “summer resident” gray whale sub-species.

Wind Turbines and noise underwater

November 18th, 2023

27:44

On this episode Dr Scarlett Smash has a conversation with Dr. Jim Miller about offshore wind turbines and cetaceans.

 

Working in conjunction with fishing communities in India

November 11th, 2023

22:00

On this episode Dr Scarlett Smash chats with Dr. Dipani Sutaria about engaging fishing communities to mitigate cetacean bycatch in the west coast of India.

 

Solitary sociable dolphins

November 4th, 2023

25:39

On this episode Dr Chris Parsons chats with Liz Sandeman from Marine Connection about the phenomenon of solitary, sociable dolphins - when single …

Fisheries interactions and Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphins, pt 2

October 28th, 2023

30:39

This week's host Dr Scarlett Smash chats Ketki Jog, PhD candidate, about her research on the impact of fisheries interactions on the foraging …

Fisheries interactions and Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphins, pt 1

October 21st, 2023

28:22

This week's host Dr Scarlett Smash chats Ketki Jog, PhD candidate, about her research on the impact of fisheries interactions on the foraging …

Sea Otters and Surfboards

October 14th, 2023

27:50

This week's host Dr Chris Parsons chats to Dr Naomi Rose (Senior Scientist, Animal Welfare Institute) as spate of recent attacks on surfboards by a sea otter. They also talk about issues and problems with the public …

How bottlenose dolphin mothers communicate with their calves

October 7th, 2023

26:03

On this episode Dr Scarlett Smash chats with Dr Laela Sayigh about her work with bottlenose dolphin signature whistles and the similarities  of …

Advocacy and Iberian orcas

September 30th, 2023

30:54

On this episode Dr Naomi Rose about how scientists have come together to try to correct the misinformation about the orca population interacting with …

Toxoplasma gondii

September 23rd, 2023

28:13

On this week's episode Dr Scarlett Smash chats with Dr Sophie Zhu about the detection and genetic characterization of Toxoplasma gondii in feces from …

Rhythm under the sea, pt 2

September 16th, 2023

24:00

On this week's episode Dr Scarlett Smash chats with Dr Taylor Hersh about her exciting work on Sperm whale clanes and identity codas.

Rhythm under the sea, pt 1

September 9th, 2023

21:54

On this week's episode Dr Scarlett Smash chats with Dr Taylor Hersh about her exciting work on ceatacean's vocalization and communication.

Extinction Alert: Vaquita!

September 2nd, 2023

25:19

In this episode guest Mark Simmonds tells us about the plight of the vaquita and the recent “Extinction Alert” issued by the International Whaling Commission – a plea to galvanize urgent international Governmental …

By-catch mitigation in small-scale fisheries preliminary analysis, pt 2

August 26th, 2023

22:15

On this week's episode Dr Scarlett Smash chats with Shanta Shamsunnaha, a PhD student at Oregon State University's Marine Mammal Institute, who shares her perspective and experience starting her Phd research on …

By-catch mitigation in small-scale fisheries preliminary analysis, pt 1

August 19th, 2023

20:27

On this week's episode Dr Scarlett Smash chats with Shanta Shamsunnaha, a PhD student at Oregon State University's Marine Mammal Institute, who shares her perspective and experience starting her Phd research on …

The Vaquita, pt 2

August 12th, 2023

22:34

Dr. Lorenzo Rojas-Bracho updates host Dr. Chris Parsons with the latest news of the world’s most critically endangered cetacean, the Vaquita or Gulf …

The Vaquita, pt 1

August 5th, 2023

17:15

Dr. Lorenzo Rojas-Bracho updates host Dr. Chris Parsons with the latest news of the world’s most critically endangered cetacean, the Vaquita or Gulf …

How to conserve Franciscana dolphins

July 29th, 2023

26:10

Dr Alex Zerbini, Chair of the International Whaling Commission's Scientific Committee, chats  about the threatened franciscana dolphin and current …

Hector's and Maui's dolphins

July 22nd, 2023

31:22

In this episode Dr Liz Slooten of Otago University, New Zealand, talks about the plight of the threatened Hector's and Maui's dolphins. 

Underwater noise and seismic surveys

July 15th, 2023

26:05

In this episode guest Michael Jasny, the Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council's marine mammal program chats about underwater noise, the …

Cetaceans in Lakshadweep, India, pt 2

July 8th, 2023

29:44

On this week's episode Dr Ashley Scarlett (Dr Scarlett Smash) has an exciting chat with Dr. Divya Panicker about her work on cetacean diversity and distribution in the Lakshadweep islands in India.

Cetaceans in Lakshadweep, India, pt 1

July 1st, 2023

22:36

On this week's episode Dr Ashley Scarlett (Dr Scarlett Smash) has an exciting chat with Dr. Divya Panicker about her work on cetacean diversity and distribution in the Lakshadweep islands in India.

Cetaceans in the Galápagos Islands

June 24th, 2023

25:55

On this episode Dr. Ashley Scarlett (Dr. Scarlett Smash) chats with Dr. Daniel Palacios, the President-Elect for The Society for Marine Mammalogy, …

Whale songs and culture, pt 2

June 17th, 2023

22:24

On this episode Dr. Ashley Scarlett (Dr. Scarlett Smash) chat with Dr. Ellen Garland regarding her work on humpback whale songs.

Whale Songs and Culture, pt 1

June 10th, 2023

25:21

On this episode Dr. Ashley Scarlett (Dr. Scarlett Smash) chat with Dr. Ellen Garland regarding her work on humpback whale songs.

Sea Otters, pt3

June 3rd, 2023

24:32

This is part 3 of 3 episodes with Dr Scarlett Smash (Ashley Scarlett) chatting with Heather Barrett about Sea Otter Savvy’s programs, including preventing disturbance to sea otters and the energetic costs that …

Sea Otters, pt2

May 27th, 2023

23:31

This is part 2 of 3 episodes with Dr Scarlett Smash (Ashley Scarlett) chatting with Heather Barrett about Sea Otter Savvy’s programs, including preventing disturbance to sea otters and the energetic costs that …

Sea Otters, pt1

May 20th, 2023

26:15

On this episode Dr Scarlett Smash (Ashley Scarlett) chats with Heather Barrett about Sea Otter Savvy’s programs, including preventing disturbance to sea otters and the energetic costs that disturbance causes otters.

Southern Resident Orca Population

May 13th, 2023

18:53

On this episode Kathleen Callaghy, Defenders of Wildlife Northwest Representative talks about the threats being faced by the endangered southern …

Sea Otter Conservation Efforts

May 6th, 2023

25:43

On this week's episode Andrew Johnson, Defenders of Wildlife California Representative speaks about its sea otter conservation programs and rescues. 

Florida Manatee Conservation Efforts

April 29th, 2023

23:35

On this week's episode Elizabeth Fleming, Senior Florida Representative from Defenders of Wildlife continues to speak about Florida Manatee's important habitat and events that have effected it.

Florida Manatee Habitat

April 22nd, 2023

16:45

On this week's episode Elizabeth Fleming, Senior Florida Representative from Defenders of Wildlife speaks about Florida Mantee's important habitat and events that have effected it.

Inlet Cook Beluga Whale Conservation

April 15th, 2023

24:36
On this episode guest Ragan Davey, the Alaska Marine Representative from Defenders of Wildlife, talks about Beluga Conservation in Cook Inlet. 

 

Delisting of Endangered Species on the ESA

April 8th, 2023

19:13

On this week's episode Dr Scarlett Smash (Dr Ashley Scarlett) and Dr Chris Parsons discuss recent marine mammal news that is causing major concerns.

Humpback whales washing up on the East Coast

April 1st, 2023

19:11

On this week's episode Dr Scarlett Smash (Dr Ashley Scarlett) and Dr Chris Parsons discuss recent marine mammal news that is causing major concerns.

The Cardiovascular and respiratory system during dives

March 25th, 2023

27:12

On this episode Dr Scarlet Smash chats with Dr Ashley Blawas about her PhD disseration work on whale and dolphin's cardiovascular and metabolic …

Elephant Seals and Plastics

March 18th, 2023

25:01

On this episode Dr Ashley Scarlett (Dr Scarlett Smash) chats with Lauren Kashiwabara about her work studying the effects of plastic pollution.

Orca predation on white sharks in Africa

March 11th, 2023

31:46

On this week's episodes Dr Ashley Scarlett (Dr Scarlett Smash) has Dr Simon Elwen explain what is happening to white sharks in Africa. He goes over the detailed footage that was captured.

General Principles for Whale Watching

March 4th, 2023

23:38

On this week's episode, Dr. Ashley Scarlett (Dr. Scarlett Smash) chats with Dr. Imogen Webster, Lead for Programme Development at IWC about the new IWC document – General Principles for Whale Watching.

Female dolphins and their social connectivity

February 25th, 2023

28:11

On this week's episode Dr. Scarlett Smash chats with Dr. Vivienne Foroughirad about her research on the social structure and kinship in female …

Group size varies with climate conditions in bottlenose dolphins, pt 2

February 18th, 2023

13:23

On this week's episode Dr Ashley Scarlett (Dr Scarlett Smash) chats with Dr. Séverine Methion, lead investigator on dolphin research at the …

Group size varies with climate conditions in bottlenose dolphins, pt 1

February 11th, 2023

20:22

On this week's episode Dr Ashley Scarlett (Dr Scarlett Smash) chats with Dr. Bruno Díaz López the founder of the Bottlenose Dolphin Research …

Narwhal History

February 4th, 2023

19:38

On this week's episode Dr Ashley Scarlett (Dr Scarlett Smash) chats with Dr Marie Louis about her recent work on population structure of narwhals.

Graham Derzon-Supplee and his work on begging dolphins

January 28th, 2023

29:47

This week's episode is memorializing and honoring the late Graham Derzon-Supplee and his work on common bottlenose dolphins. Graham was a rising star …

How much microplastic do whales eat?

January 21st, 2023

24:56

On this week's episode Dr Ashley Scarlett (Dr Scarlett Smash) chats with Dr Shirel Kahane-Rapport about microplastics in the sea and her work with baleen whales.

Pinniped cardiovascular physiology

January 14th, 2023

22:36

On this week's episode Dr. Ashley Scarlett (Dr Scarlett Smash) has Rhea Storlund is a PhD candidate studying cardiovascular anatomy and function in …

Protecting endangered Southern Resident killer whales with Quiet Sound

January 7th, 2023

21:33

On this week's episode Dr Ashley Scarlett (Dr Scarlett Smash) has Rachel Aronson, "Quiet Sound" Program Director at Washington Maritime Blue to talk …

Dolphins with broken rostrums, pt 2

December 31st, 2022

21:56

In this week's episode Ashley Scarlett (Dr Scarlett Smash) continues to chat with Guilherme Frainer from Sea Search, who explains how dolphins with …

Sound Production in Dolphins, pt 1

December 24th, 2022

17:43

In this week's episode Ashley Scarlett (Dr Scarlett Smash) chats to Guilherme Frainer from Sea Search, about how dolphins produce sound. Gui also …

IWC Report 2022

December 17th, 2022

20:49

On this week’s episode Dr Ashley Scarlett (Dr Scarlett Smash) is joined by past host Dr Chris Parsons. They discuss the recent International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting and how important science and conservation is …

How much do Indian Ocean Humpback dolphins whistle

December 10th, 2022

35:22

On this week’s episode Ashley Scarlett (Dr Scarlett Smash) has an in depth conversation with Sasha Dines from Sea Search Research and Conservation, …

How CITES protect wildlife?

December 3rd, 2022

20:52

On this week's episodes Dr Ashley Scarlett (Dr Scarlett Smash) chats with Dr Chris Parsons about how CITES works and protect marine mammals.

Manatee Conservation in Haiti

November 26th, 2022

20:09

On this week's episode Dr. Ashley Scarlett (Dr. Scarlett Smash) has guest Jamie Aquino, founder of Haiti Ocean Project to talk about her mantee conservation work in Haiti. This is part 2 of 2 episodes for this interview.

Marine Conservation in Haiti

November 19th, 2022

21:43

On this week's episode Dr. Ashley Scarlett (Dr. Scarlett Smash) has guest Jamie Aquino, founder of Haiti Ocean Project to talk about her conservation work in Haiti. This is part 1 of 2 episodes for this interview.

The Whale Mobile

November 12th, 2022

24:45

On this week’s episode Dr Ashley Scarlett (Dr Scarlett Smash) has the Cynde McInnis on the show to talk about her inflatable whale used for whale education and conservation outreach.

Whale Watching and Spacial learning

November 5th, 2022

25:39

On this week’s episode Dr Ashley Scarlett (Dr Scarlett Smash) has the owner of The Whale Mobile, Cynde McInnis on the show to talk about innovative …

Sea Otters! Sea Otters! Sea Otters!

October 29th, 2022

25:58

On this week's episode Dr Ashley Scarlett (Dr Scarlett Smash) has sea otter researcher Julia Adelsheim on the show to teach us about sea otters and …

Abundance and distribution of transient killer

October 22nd, 2022

17:39

On this week's episode, Dr Ashley Scarlett’s (Dr Scarlett Smash) guest Taryn Scarff talks about her graduate research on transient killer whale presence and prey consumption in the waters of Vancouver Island.

Contaminants, Manatees, a Hurricane, and more

October 15th, 2022

22:05

On this week’s episode, Dr Ashley Scarlett (Dr Scarlett Smash) hears about the real-life field experience that Dr Maite De Maria had to go through …

Ambergris and skeletons

October 8th, 2022

27:56

On this week’s episode, Dr Ashley Scarlett (Dr Scarlett Smash) has a great time with David Stemmer chatting about whale skeletons and whale poop.

S.W.O.R.D

September 24th, 2022

23:48

On this week's episode Ashley Scarlett (Dr Scarlett Smash) chats with Dr Jack Fearey about his dissertation that focused on investigating the use of …

Don't feed the dolphins

September 17th, 2022

21:07

On this week’s episode Dr Ashley Scarlett (Dr Scarlett Smash) chats with guest Alexi Archer at the 24th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine …

Marine environmental DNA, Part 3

September 10th, 2022

21:59

This is the final of three episodes discussing eDNA. Dr Ashley Scarlett (Dr Scarlett Smash) talks to guest Charles Nye, who gives us an introduction to marine environmental DNA and how this area of research is starting …

Marine environmental DNA, Part 2

September 3rd, 2022

26:41

This is the second of three episodes discussing eDNA. Dr Ashley Scarlett (Dr Scarlett Smash) talks to guest Charles Nye, who gives us an introduction to marine environmental DNA and how this area of research is starting …

Marine environmental DNA, Part 1

August 27th, 2022

32:08

This is the first of three episodes discussing eDNA. Dr Ashley Scarlett (Dr Scarlett Smash) talks to guest Charles Nye, who gives us an introduction to marine environmental DNA and how this area of research is starting …

SMM Webinar: Experiences of Women in Marine Mammal Science

August 20th, 2022

1:01:09

This week's episodes is the SMM's hosted webinar on the “Experiences of Women in Marine Mammal Science” recorded on Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Organized …

Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins self-medicate with invertebrates in coral reefs

August 13th, 2022

31:17

On this week's episode Dr Ashley Scarlett (Dr Scarlett Smash) finds scientist Angela Ziltener at the SMM Conference and chats with her about her new …

Difference in social structures of Hawaiian bottlenose dolphins

August 10th, 2022

19:57

This episode is a special extra show recoded at the Society for Marine Mammalogy’s 24th Biennial Conference at Palm Beach, Florida. Dr Ashley Scarlett (Dr Scarlett Smash) interviews some of the scientists and students …

Mercury levels in dolphins in the USA

August 8th, 2022

21:20

This episode is a special extra show recoded at the Society for Marine Mammalogy’s 24th Biennial Conference at Palm Beach, Florida. Dr Ashley Scarlett (Dr Scarlett Smash) interviews some of the scientists and students …

IWC Scientific Committee

August 6th, 2022

29:03

On this week's episode Dr Ashley Scarlett talks to guest Dr Alex Zerbini about the role of the Scientific Committee and the chair as well as the …

SMM’s Upcoming Conference

July 30th, 2022

23:06

On this week’s episode Dr Ashley Scarlett and Dr Chris Parsons chat about the upcoming Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals (1-5 …

Solitary sociable dolphins

July 22nd, 2022

27:05

On this week’s episode Dr Chris Parsons chats with Mark Simmonds and Laetitia Nunny about the issue of solitary sociable dolphins, and how to protect …

Wild marine mammals interacting with humans

July 16th, 2022

25:49

On this week’s episode Dr Chris Parsons chats with Mark Simmonds and Laetitia Nunny about the various ways that wild marine mammals interact with humans.

Whale communication: what do the ‘whups’ and ‘grumbles' mean?

July 9th, 2022

29:11

On this week’s episode Dr Ashley Scarlett chats with Erin Ross-Marsh about her research on humpback whales and the different calls and sounds that they make.

Does river restoration mean more food for seals?

July 2nd, 2022

18:25

On this week’s episode Dr Ashley Scarlett speaks with guest Lauri Leach about how river restoration could impact marine mammal prey abundance.

Cool facts about whale migration and a new whale species

June 25th, 2022

25:24

The second of a two-part episode with Dr Emma Carroll. In this episode Dr Carroll talks about the discovery of a new beaked whale and cultural …

Whale they stay or whale they go now? The science of whale migrations

June 18th, 2022

17:25

This week’s episode is the first part of a series on Dr. Emma Carroll’s research on migrating, and non-migrating, whales. Dr. Carroll also explains …

Seaweeds on seals: algal and cyanobacteria growth on harbor seals

June 11th, 2022

22:10

On this week’s episode we have Professor Floyd Hayes talking about cyanobacteria and algae found on pinnipeds. and his research on algal growth on harbor seals in California.

Manatees in Sarasota

June 4th, 2022

23:54

On this week’s episode our guest Kerri Scolardi from MOTE explains how she assesses the manatee population in Sarasota with aerial surveys

Cetacean Communication and Cognition

May 28th, 2022

28:04

On this week’s episode Dr Ashley Scarlett talks to Dr Stephanie King about her research on animal communication and cooperative strategies.

Possibilities for renewable energy

May 21st, 2022

19:19

On this week’s episode Dr Ashley Scarlett and Heather Spence have a fun time talking about renewable energy in the marine environment and how the sky is the limit when it comes to ideas in this area.

Speaking Porpoise

May 14th, 2022

21:03

On this episode Dr Mel Cosentino explains how a common dolphin in Scotland was discovered "speaking porpoise".

What are bottlenose dolphins saying?

May 7th, 2022

24:29

On this week’s episode Dr Ashley Scarlett chats with guest Emma Chereskin about her work on male dolphin alliances using vocal communication to …

Manatees Communicating

April 30th, 2022

28:11

In this week's episode Dr Beth Brady from Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium shares her recent work on how manatees communicate with one another with squeaks, squeals, and chirps.

The history of whaling, pt 2

April 23rd, 2022

16:31

In this episode, returning guest Dr. Chris Parsons continues discussing the history of whaling. Dr Parsons talks about whaling in more recent times.

The history of whaling, pt 1

April 16th, 2022

23:00

On this episode, returning guest Dr. Chris Parsons provides us with a timeline of the history of whaling. Whaling dates back more than three thousand years and on this first of two episodes Dr Parsons talks about …

Reproduction in female dolphins: the mechanics of the clitoris

April 9th, 2022

22:52

On this episode, host Dr. Scarlett chats with marine mammal reproductive biologist Dr. Dara Orbach about her recent discoveries on the anatomy and …

The science behind how pinnipeds control their whiskers

April 2nd, 2022

33:41

On this week’s episode Dr Ashley Scarlett chats with Dr Alyx Milne, a sensory biologist. They talk about the way pinnipeds move their whiskers, and …

The exposure of baleen whales to microplastics

March 26th, 2022

20:53

On this episode Dr Ashley Scarlett talks to guest Laura Julia Zantis about some shocking discoveries she made while studying whale poop!

From Bats to Polar Bears

March 19th, 2022

22:06

On this episode Dr Ashley Scarlett is blown away by what guest Dr Stephanie Penk has to say about polar bears and the importance of their energy …

Saving Australia's sea lion pups

March 12th, 2022

30:07
On this week's episode Dr Rachael Gray, a veterinarian, shares with us her most recent  study investigating how to  mitigate the impacts of hookworm and lice on Australian sea lions.



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