Marine Mammal Science

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 Speak Up For Blue Media on behalf of the Society for Marine Mammalogy and the journal Marine Mammal Science. The hosts are Dr. Ashley Scarlett and Dr. Chris Parsons.


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May 03rd, 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 we can do to help conservation efforts.

April 24th, 2021

MMS 84: Pioneer of Mediterranean Cetacean Research

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 our champions of Marine Mammal Science. He is a Marine Conservation biologist and One of Europe’s most scientific scientists and also a staunch unyielding advocate for conservation

Born in Venice, Italy, he has been conducting research on Mediterranean dolphins since 1986. In 2001, Giovanni was named a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation. He has authored about 150 scientific contributions, action plans for cetaceans, and other work intended to promote their protection and reduce human impact on marine ecosystems.

April 19th, 2021

MMS 83: Women in STEM

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 company Smultea Sciences, LLC is a pioneering female-owned and run marine science and technology enterprise that will hopefully be the model for many more.

Dr. Mari Smultea Bio
Dr. Mari Smultea has over 30 years of experience studying the effects of human-related activities on marine mammal and sea turtle ecology and behavior, but also other marine and terrestrial animals, particularly endangered species. In 2000, she founded and continues to manage her woman-owned environmental consulting business, Smultea Sciences, LLC. She and her over 90% female staff currently focus on permitting, and mitigation and monitoring of marine mammals, particularly relative to offshore wind exploration in the US Atlantic and Pacific.

April 10th, 2021

MMS 82: Science and the International Whale Commission

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 activities this year and their new initiatives

April 03rd, 2021

MMS 81: The perils of pollution on marine mammals

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 Fellow at McGill University in Montreal Canada. He did his Masters at the University of Victoria (Canada) working on beluga whales in the Beaufort Sea and got his Ph.D. at Aarhus University (Denmark) working on a wide variety of marine mammal species in the Arctic and North Atlantic (ringed seal, harp seals, hooded seal, polar bear, killer whale, bottlenose dolphin, beluga whale).

The main focus of his research has been marine mammal toxicology studying how environmental pollution accumulates in marine mammals and what effect it may have on their health and fitness.