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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 host and producer is Dr. Ashley Scarlett.
 
Wild For Life is the Toronto Zoo podcast that brings you behind the scenes and unveils the "hidden zoo." Each episode brings you information on the critical conservation work that protects endangered species and works to preserve biodiversity. You will hear from nutritionists, ecologists, veterinarians, social scientists, wildlife biologists, and more that are working hard to help protect wildlife from all over the world.
 
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Midnight Oil

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Midnight Oil

Alaska's Energy Desk

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The world is getting warmer. The weather is getting weirder. And in Alaska, we have a front row seat. This summer, Alaska’s Energy Desk returns with all-new episodes of our podcast, Midnight Oil. Season Two is called The Big Thaw. Last season, we looked back -- at the state’s roller-coaster history with oil. This time, we're looking forward, to one of the biggest question marks ahead: climate change. What does it mean to be an oil state in a warming world?
 
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OneTaste

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Dannii Evans

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OneTaste, London's primary music and spoken word event has started a monthly podcast. In each episode Dannii will introduce you to a wealth of unheard material from live performances at the OneTaste London and Brighton shows, interviews with new and established poets and musicians, special archive recordings from the OneTaste Vault, festival recordings from their OT Collective tours, OneTaste artist news and an ongoing story read by Polarbear over each podcast. Enjoy.
 
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I am excited to tell you that Kyla Graham, Manager of Conservation and Environment at the Zoo, joins me on the podcast to discuss the planning and implementation of the Zoo’s new BioGas program that it runs in partnership with ZooShare. Kyla described how the partnership with ZooShare was initiated to help the Zoo to find a process that will not on…
 
On this week’s episode Dr Ashley Scarlett has as a guest Dr Chris Parsons from the US National Science Foundation, who continues to talk about polar bears. In this episode they talk about polar bear moms and their cubs. This episode is two of three special seasonal episodes giving an introduction to the biology and ecology of polar bears.…
 
Nigel Parr, Zookeeper, stops by the podcast to tell us about the breeding program that brought us Mila, the Amur tiger cub, to the Toronto Zoo. We go in-depth on the breeding process and Mila’s parents; how the Zookeepers help monitor the health of the cubs; and, how the cub is cared for by Mila’s mom Mazyria and the Zoo staff. Help protect Amur Ti…
 
This week’s episode is part two of the “Intentionally Building Inclusive Spaces for Queer Scientists” webinar organized by the Society for Marine Mammalogy’s Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Absolutely Smashing Events and Consulting. This webinar series will focus on the fact that the advancement of ocean science, and marine conserv…
 
You can count on the Wild Encounters program at the Toronto Zoo to add more benefits to your visit to the Zoo to get a behind-the-scenes tour of some of your favourite animals such as the polar bears and giraffes. There are now new encounters including goats, reptiles, and the hidden zoo (a look behind the zoo into some of the research). Hollie Ros…
 
This week’s episode is part one of the “Intentionally Building Inclusive Spaces for Queer Scientists” webinar organized by the Society for Marine Mammalogy’s Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Absolutely Smashing Events and Consulting. This webinar series will focus on the fact that the advancement of ocean science, and marine conserv…
 
Brent Huffman, lead curator of mammals, at the Toronto Zoo joins me on this episode to discuss the importance of coorporative breeding programs at the Zoo. Brent defines the term “Cooporative Breeding” and tells us about various examples of breeding programs at the Zoo as well as some of the other zoos with which the Toronto Zoo works to ensure the…
 
How to you transport a juvenile rhinoceros from Toronto to Vancouver during a pandemic? Vicki Hardstaff, the Toronto Zoo’s Animal Logistics Coordinator, joins me in today’s episode to discuss the planning and execution of transferring Theo the rhinoceros to the Greater Vancouver Zoo. We discuss the number of Zoo staff that accompanied Theo; his sur…
 
Toby Thorne, Native Bat Coordinator, and Melissa Mayhew, Senior Environmental Scientist at the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) join me on the podcast to discuss why native bat conservation is so important to the Canadian environment and how the partnership between the Zoo and the NWMO is working to help protect bats and their habitat.…
 
The Oregon Spotted Frog is listed as an Endangered Species under the Canadian Species At Risk Act; therefore, the breeding success and reintroduction of offspring to the natural habitat is of utmost importance. It’s not surprising that the Toronto Zoo is partnering with Laurentian University to help research how to increase the success rate for the…
 
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 unique calls and acoustic characteristics of hard to find beaked whales off the coast of Baja California, …
 
I am joined by Maria Franke, Manager of Welfare Science at the Toronto Zoo, on today’s episode to discuss how the Zoo monitors and studies animal welfare for its species. Animal welfare is always the number one priority. It uses a holistic approach that includes monitoring the physical, mental, and emotional status of the animals with a focus on qu…
 
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, our climate, and our economy, not everyone has a voice in marine science and conservation, a field which has…
 
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 initiatives and programs. Dr. Lent describes the valuable resources that the IWC provides for the general public, incl…
 
I had the pleasure of interviewing Amanda Corbett today on the podcast to discuss the New Goat World habitat at the Toronto Zoo. The habitat offers goats a chance to climb, cross bridges, and climb the “Toronto Zoo” structure where guests can get a great photo! Amanda tells you about the goat species we have at the Zoo and how the Zookeepers look a…
 
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 discuss the podcast, what the Society for Marine Mammalogy offers and ways for those interested in marine m…
 
Dr. Liz Okruhlik joins me on the podcast to discuss how she got her new position at the Toronto Zoo. She is the Conservation Research Veterinarian and hands down have THE best title in conservation. Dr. Liz tells me about the incredible work involving the conservation genetics of bison, camels, and white rhinos at the Zoo. We discuss the importance…
 
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 whales. One current issue is the threat posed by “wild meat” - the hunting and killing of small cetace…
 
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 to sei and southern right whales, and the scientific discoveries made on both species.…
 
Ezekiel Gading joins me on the podcast to discuss his Master’s research thesis of studying the animal behaviour of one of the most charismatic animals in the animal kingdom, the orangutan. Ezekiel in conjunction with the Toronto Zoo has a unique opportunity to study how the Sumatran orangutans at the Zoo will behave after the move from the current …
 
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 conservation message for the marine mammals of this region.…
 
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' attitudes towards the marine environment.By Speak Up For Blue
 
The Toronto Zoo is participating in an international competition called Plastic-Free July to lead by example in the fight against using single-use plastics. Kyla Greenham, Manager of Conservation Programs and Environment, joins me on the podcast to tell you how the competition works; how you can reduce your single-use plastic pollution; how the Zoo…
 
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 cetaceans in this region, and the work of the Blue World Institute.…
 
Ryan Hegarty, the Lead Keeper at the Australasia Pavilion at the Toronto Zoo, joins me to discuss the amazing Tree Kangaroo. These cute animals have adapted to live in trees with their long nails on their front paws and their rigid tail used for balance. Ryan gives us the details on what it’s like to care for Puzzle, the Zoo’s Tree Kangaroo. Ryan a…
 
Brendan Bonner and I sit down to discuss why sloths move so slow and how do they survive in the wilderness. This conversation explores how animals adapt to their surroundings over time (evolution) for the best chances of survival. Brendan and I discuss competition for food, camouflage, teeth, and modified “feet” to help the sloth be successful at s…
 
The Toronto Zoo Greenhouse is in the middle of showing off its new Amorphophallus bloom that only blooms once every two years. Amber Vitek, who tends to the tropical plants, joins me today to discuss the bloom, its memorable smell, and why it is important to freeze the reproductive parts of the plant. Amber also tells me of the new @zoogreenhouse a…
 
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 Francisco State University, studying the risk of ship strikes to humpback whales in San Francisco Bay in Dr…
 
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