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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Recent Episodes

February 20th, 2021

MMS 75: Using satellite telemetry tags to examine foraging ecology and habitat use of sea lions

Dr. Michelle Lander talks about some of the highlights of her research using tags on pinnipeds, and about the difficulties of tracking animals that spend a large portion of their time underwater, in remote locations, in the ocean depths.

February 13th, 2021

MMS 74: Whales and shipping traffic

Dr. Ashley Scarlett talks to Dr. Luis Bedrinana-Romano about his team’s new paper on priority areas for blue whale conservation and the overlap with vessel traffic. They also talk about how their paper went viral on social media thanks to an informative animation they used.

February 06th, 2021

MMS 73: Mysterious manatees

This week Dr. Ashley Scarlett is joined by Dr. Beth Brady and Kristi Ashley Collum to talk about how intriguing sirenians (manatees and dugongs) can be; how much we don’t know about their biology; and, how much more we can learn from them.



January 30th, 2021

MMS 72: Watching fur seals out at sea

Dr. Ashley Scarlett talks to NOAA ecologist Carey Kuhn about her fascinating work on northern fur seal foraging ecology that integrates video cameras mounted on fur seals and prey mapping with unmanned surface vehicles (Saildrones). This technology has enabled Carey to fill in some of the long-missing information gaps there have been, about how seals feed out at sea.





January 24th, 2021

MMS 71: Scotland’s Celebrity Whales of the Sea

Dr. Ashley Scarlett talks to Lauren Hartny-Mills, about two much-loved, famous fins that visit the west coast of Scotland, Knobble the minke whale and John Coe the killer whale, and the key role citizen science has played in understanding the movements of these two celebrity whales.