In 2008, Aquatic Mammals Journal launched a series titled Historical Perspectives in which esteemed colleagues provide a written essay of their perspective in a field related to marine mammal studies and are interviewed for a DVD record. The essays appear as articles in Aquatic Mammals, and DVDs are available for purchase on the Aquatic Mammals website (below and on left sidebar). All transactions are handled securely through PayPal - you do not need a PayPal account to order; PayPal accepts all major credit cards. PayPal adheres to international PCI (payment card industry) compliance standards for data security.
Volume I features interviews with: Kenneth Balcomb, William Evans, Robert Gisiner, Robert Hofman, Gerald Kooyman, Bruce Mate, Daniel Odell, Karen Pryor, Sam Ridgway, John Reynolds, Victor B. Scheffer, William Perrin, William Tavolga, Bernd Würsig, and Randall Wells. You can order an individual DVD from Volume I or order the complete set for Volume I.
Volume II features interviews with: Whitlow Au, Robert Brownell, Roger Gentry, Toshio Kasuya, Darlene Ketten, Christina Lockyer, Helene Marsh, Lee Miller, Nobuyuki Miyazaki, Patrick Moore, Paul Nachtigall, Yasuhiko Naito, Katherine Ralls, Ron Schusterman, and Jack Terhune. You can order an individual DVD from Volume II or order the complete set for Volume II.
Volume III features interviews with: Christopher Clark, Carleton Ray and Joseph Geraci, Louis Herman, Burney LeBoeuf, R.H. Defran, Ian Boyd, Steven Swartz, Søren Andersen, Sidney Holt, and two summary DVDs - Advice to Students and Career Journeys. You can order an individual DVD from Volume III or order the complete set for Volume III.
Volume IV features interviews with: Andrew Greenwood, Ron Kastelein, Teun Dokter, Peter Bloom, Pedro Lavia, Stuart Moore, Vera da Silva, Kit Kovacs, Reg & Margaret Bloom, and Daryl Domning, as well as two summary DVDs - Stories from the Field and Changes in the Marine Mammal Field . Year 4 DVDs will be available in June 2012. You can order an individual DVD from Volume IV or order the complete set for Volume IV.
Volume V features interviews with: Jay Sweeney, Daniel Cowan, J. Larry Dunn, Michael Scott, Terrie Williams, Barbara Taylor, Pieter Folkens, David Taylor and Hardy Jones, as well as three summary DVDs. The summary DVDs include 1) Significant Issues Currently Facing Marine Mammals, 2) Thoughts on the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and 3) Tribute to Absent Friends. You can order an individual DVD from Volume V or order the complete set for Volume V.
Volume VI features interviews with: Roger Payne, Richard Sears, Claudio Campagna, Jeanette Thomas, Kenneth Ramirez, Jay Barlow, Annelisa Berta, Daniel Costa, Jim Estes and Aleta Hohn. A two-part summary DVD includes samples from each of the 12 interviewed women scientists in the HP series in celebration of the journal's 40th Anniversary. Year 6 DVDs are now available. You can order an individual DVD from Volume VI or order the complete set for Volume VI.
Volume VII features interviews with: Mats Amundin, Birgitta Mercera, Claudia Gili, Bengt Röken, Geraldine Lacave, Eldon Bolton, Teresa Bolton, and Walter Munk. Two summary DVDs are also included with year 7 of the Historical Perspectives Series: Genesis of Their Careers and Field Stories 2. Year 7 DVDs are now available. You can order an individual DVD from Volume VII or order the complete set for Volume VII.
Volume VIII features interviews with: Douglas Wartzok, Wang Ding, Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara, Randall Davis, Stan Kuczaj, James Mead. Two summary DVDs are also included with year 8 of the Historical Perspectives Series: Changing Oceans, Changing Planet and In Human Care. Year 8 DVDs are now available. You can order an individual DVD from Volume VII or order the complete set for Volume VIIII.
Volume IX features interviews with: Kim Terrell, Robert Pitman, Lisa Ballance, James “Buddy” Powell, William Winhall, Steve McCulloch, and Rae Stone. Three summary videos are also included with year 9 of the Historical Perspectives Series: Summary - From the Archives, Early Research; Summary - What students should know about Marine Mammal History; and Summary - Animal Welfare 2018. Year 9 videos are now available. You can order an individual DVD from Volume IX or order the complete set for Volume IX.
Volume X features interviews with: Blair Irvine, John Nightingale, John Richardson, Diana Reiss, and the Fjord&Bælt in honor of their 25th anniversary (stay tuned for the updated roster to include Fabienne Delfour, Manuel Garcia Hartmann, in late 2023).
Watch excerpts from the interviews from Volumes I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, and IX.
Links to sample interviewee's personal essays are included below. Additional essays can be found in various issues from 2008 to current.
Berta, A. (2017). Experiences, Future Directions, and Lessons Learned in Marine Mammal Evolutionary Biology. Aquatic Mammals 43(5): 570-582.
Evans, W. E. (2008). A short history of the Navy's marine mammal program. Aquatic Mammals, 34, 367-380.
Hofman, R. J. (2009). The continuing legacies of the Marine Mammal Commission and its committee of scientific advisors on marine mammals. Aquatic Mammals, 35, 94-129.
Perrin, W. F. (2009). Early days of the tuna/dolphin problem. Aquatic Mammals, 35, 292-305.
Pryor, K. (2014). A Dolphin Journey. Aquatic Mammals 40(1): 104-115.
Ridgway, S. H. (2008). History of veterinary medicine and marine mammals: A personal perspective. Aquatic Mammals, 34, 471-513.
Scheffer, V. (2008). A conversation with Vic Scheffer. Aquatic Mammals, 34, 229-254.
Watch a compilation of marine mammal scientists interviewed for Aquatic Mammal Journal's Historical Perspectives series discuss how climate change may be affecting marine mammals
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