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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 Absolutely Smashing Events and Consulting on behalf of the Society for Marine Mammalogy and the journal Marine Mammal Science. The host, editor and producer is Dr. Ashley Scarlett, familiarly known as Dr Scarlett Smash.

Tracks

Arctic Ecology
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 to keep in touch with Dr Scarlett Smash (LinkedIn) and would like to keep hearing about marine science research tune into the Marine Conservation Happy Hour podcast. https://marineconservationhappyhour.libsyn.com   
27:47 1/20/24
Antarctic ecology
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 would like to keep in touch with Dr Scarlett Smash (LinkedIn), tune into the Marine Conservation Happy Hour podcast https://marineconservationhappyhour.libsyn.com       
31:06 1/13/24
Alejandro Fernandez Ajó
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.
21:02 1/6/24
Phthalate Exposure
On this week's episode, Dr Scarlett Smash chat with Dr. Leslie Hart about her work investigating potential health impacts from exposure chemicals like phthalate and looking at plastic pollution/plastic-contaminated prey as a potential source of exposure.   H.O.P.E. Research lab (Hypothesizing Onehealth Pollution Effects)   "We are a team of undergraduate and graduate students studying the magnitude and impacts of plastic pollution...one dolphin at a time."   On instagram:  @hoperesearchlab  
25:54 12/30/23
PCFG - Feed behavior
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. 
24:45 12/23/23
Pacific Coast Feeding Group History
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 whales. Dr Bierlich shares the history of the PCFG and what it is like conducting drone research.
21:49 12/16/23
Pacific coast feeding group's morphology and Climate Change
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 whales. Dr Bierlich is investigating the health of whales in a changing climate, with drones.
22:54 12/9/23
Zoop to Poop: Pacific Coast Feeding Group
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 from their scat. The   results were a big surprise!
25:24 12/2/23
"Summer resident” gray whales
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.
21:31 11/25/23
Wind Turbines and noise underwater
On this episode Dr Scarlett Smash has a conversation with Dr. Jim Miller about offshore wind turbines and cetaceans.  
27:44 11/18/23
Working in conjunction with fishing communities in India
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.  
22:00 11/11/23
Solitary sociable dolphins
On this episode Dr Chris Parsons chats with Liz Sandeman from Marine Connection about the phenomenon of solitary, sociable dolphins - when single wild dolphins interact with humans. Sadly these situations often come to an unfortunate end for the dolphins. They talk about what to do if one of these dolphins is reported and ways to manage the situation to help protect both the dolphin and humans.
25:39 11/4/23
Fisheries interactions and Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphins, pt 2
This week's host Dr Scarlett Smash chats Ketki Jog, PhD candidate, about her research on the impact of fisheries interactions on the foraging behaviour of Indian Ocean humpback dolphins along the Sindhudurg coast of Maharashtra, India. The Marine Mammal Science Podcast is supported by the Society of Marine Mammalogy membership. Join, renew, or become a lifetime member in October for a chance to win a lifetime Society membership ($2400 value) or a free conference registration in Perth, Australia for November 2024. Visit marinemammalscience.org to join or renew now. Interested in sponsoring this podcast? Email us at podcast@marinemammalscience.org 
30:39 10/28/23
Fisheries interactions and Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphins, pt 1
This week's host Dr Scarlett Smash chats Ketki Jog, PhD candidate, about her research on the impact of fisheries interactions on the foraging behaviour of Indian Ocean humpback dolphins along the Sindhudurg coast of Maharashtra, India. The Marine Mammal Science Podcast is supported by the Society of Marine Mammalogy membership. Join, renew, or become a lifetime member in October for a chance to win a lifetime Society membership ($2400 value) or a free conference registration in Perth, Australia for November 2024. Visit marinemammalscience.org to join or renew now. Interested in sponsoring this podcast? Email us at podcast@marinemammalscience.org 
28:22 10/21/23
Sea Otters and Surfboards
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 trying to interact with wild marine mammals. The Marine Mammal Science Podcast is supported by the Society of Marine Mammalogy membership. Join, renew, or become a lifetime member in October for a chance to win a lifetime Society membership ($2400 value) or a free conference registration in Perth, Australia for November 2024. Visit marinemammalscience.org to join or renew now. Interested in sponsoring this podcast? Email us at podcast@marinemammalscience.org 
27:50 10/14/23
How bottlenose dolphin mothers communicate with their calves
On this episode Dr Scarlett Smash chats with Dr Laela Sayigh about her work with bottlenose dolphin signature whistles and the similarities  of motherhood in nonhuman mammals.
26:03 10/7/23
Advocacy and Iberian orcas
On this episode Dr Naomi Rose about how scientists have come together to try to correct the misinformation about the orca population interacting with boats off of Spain and Gibraltar. They also talk about how letter writing to policy makers can be an important tactic for advocating for science.
30:54 9/30/23
Toxoplasma gondii
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 feral cats in central coastal California, that can be harmful to marine species.
28:13 9/23/23
Rhythm under the sea, pt 2
On this week's episode Dr Scarlett Smash chats with Dr Taylor Hersh about her exciting work on Sperm whale clanes and identity codas.
24:00 9/16/23
Rhythm under the sea, pt 1
On this week's episode Dr Scarlett Smash chats with Dr Taylor Hersh about her exciting work on ceatacean's vocalization and communication.
21:54 9/9/23
Extinction Alert: Vaquita!
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 action to try to save the most critically endangered marine mammal in the world.
25:19 9/2/23
By-catch mitigation in small-scale fisheries preliminary analysis, pt 2
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 transdisciplinary approaches for by-catch mitigation in small-scale fisheries.
22:15 8/26/23
By-catch mitigation in small-scale fisheries preliminary analysis, pt 1
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 transdisciplinary approaches for by-catch mitigation in small-scale fisheries.
20:27 8/19/23
The Vaquita, pt 2
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 of California harbor porpoise. 
22:34 8/12/23
The Vaquita, pt 1
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 of California harbor porpoise. 
17:15 8/5/23
How to conserve Franciscana dolphins
Dr Alex Zerbini, Chair of the International Whaling Commission's Scientific Committee, chats  about the threatened franciscana dolphin and current efforts to conserve this vulnerable marine mammal.
26:10 7/29/23
Hector's and Maui's dolphins
In this episode Dr Liz Slooten of Otago University, New Zealand, talks about the plight of the threatened Hector's and Maui's dolphins. 
31:22 7/22/23
Underwater noise and seismic surveys
In this episode guest Michael Jasny, the Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council's marine mammal program chats about underwater noise, the threat posed by oil and gas exploration and a new US bill that could have devastating impacts on marine mammals
26:05 7/15/23
Cetaceans in Lakshadweep, India, pt 2
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.
29:44 7/8/23
Cetaceans in Lakshadweep, India, pt 1
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.
22:36 7/1/23

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