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New podcast episode: Enjoy it and learn more about how climate change affects whales by listening Professor Sandro Mazzariol

Tuesday, 06 June 2023

For the 18th episode of the Arqus Knowledge Pills, we go under water! Professor of Veterinary Pathology at the University of Padua, Sandro Mazzariol, explains the human impact on Cetaceans.

In his podcast, this specialist in marina mammals tells us more about the consequences of climate change on these creatures. He talks us through a marine mammal rescue and the complications this can lead to. On a positive note, he tells us his favourite species of whale and refers to it as an alien.

Professor Mazzariol helps us to know and understand the main ways humans are harmful to animals. As a scientist and activist very active in the fight against whaling and in the rescue of marine mammals, he describes how he combines these two roles, and how a whale rescue practically works. In addition, Professor focuses on his position as Chair of the International Whaling Commission Expert Panel, telling us how his activity in this international setting differs from the work of colleagues in other parts of the world.


#18: How does climate change affect whales? - Arqus Knowledge Pills | Podcast on Spotify

Learn more about Professor Sandro Mazzariol:

He was born on 18th of May 1976 in Portogruaro, Italy. In 2002 he graduated in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Padua. In 2005, he got a PhD in Public Health, Veterinary Hygiene and Animal Productions at the University of Padua. Since then, he has been working as a Professor of General Pathology and Anatomical Veterinary Pathology with a working visit to the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University (USA) in 2005.

His main research fields are the study of marine mammals’ pathology and, in general, of free-ranging and captive wildlife, focusing on anthropic impaction and related diseases. His teaching is mainly focused on diseases and pathology of wild and farm animals.

Since 2010 he’s been the coordinator of the Cetaceans Strandings Emergency Response Team (CERT) for the Italian Ministry of the Environment and he’s a member of the Italian Delegation to the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission.

In 2017 he was nominated as Chair of the International Whaling Commission Expert Panel. In 2019 he became part of the IUCN Cetacean’s specialist group.

Finally, he’s the author of more than 85 peer-reviewed papers in international journals, book chapters, and national reports.


The episodes of the “Arqus Knowledge Pills” are published on a regular basis and can be subscribed to on Spotify and other platforms (see below). Doriane Duvault (Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1) and Josephine Petzold (Leipzig University) are the moderators that lead listeners through each episode.

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