We harness innovative technologies, including Mysticetus Observation Software, to efficiently streamline aerial, vessel, land, and acoustic surveys. We have a strong commitment to giving back to the community, as well as helping the environment. We support employee volunteerism and provide our expertise to non-profit organizations.


As a small women-owned business, we are a tight, well-organized team of highly experienced scientists with over 30 years of marine and wildlife science across the globe. We are passionate about making a positive difference in the world lending our expertise to shape sound resource policy, educating our clients on best practices, and contributing to collective scientific knowledge. 






Smultea Sciences creates balanced, innovative marine and wildlife

management solutions throughout our world and its oceans.


Our company values steer our engagement with clients, employees, 

suppliers, and surrounding environment:

  1. Make a difference in the world

  2. Produce high-quality client deliverables

  3. Be the calm in the storm

  4. Be trustworthy

  5. Be pragmatic and organized

  6. Be an industry expert

  7. Be enthusiastic, tenacious and hardworking



Monitoring - Mitigation - Permitting - Advising

  • Marine Mammal Mitigation & Monitoring Plans (4MP)

  • Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM)

  • Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) Applications

  • Letter of Authorization (LOA) Applications

  • Environmental Impact Statements (EIS)

  • Biological Assessments (BA) and Evaluations (BE)  

  • Environmental Assessment (EA) reports

  • Marine Mammal Observers (MMO)

  • Protected Species Observers (PSO) 



Our senior scientists are well-known and widely  regarded researchers in marine and wildlife science. Published in peer-reviewed journals, our team works in a variety of roles supporting and sharing research around the globe. 



Our senior scientists are experienced with regulatory documentation, including EISs, IHA/LOAs, ITPs, and interpreting and advising on multijurisdictional state and federal laws concerning the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), National Marine Sanctuaries Act (NMSA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), habitat conservation plans and more.


Our team has extensive global experience monitoring the effects of seismic exploration/drilling, ice breaking, and navy sonar and detonation exercises on marine mammals, sea turtles, and manta rays. Over 300,000 km and 20,000 hours of aerial survey experience from both fixed wing and helicopter aircraft. Extensive history with conducting wildlife baseline surveys to estimate density and abundance, distribution and habitat use, behavior and ecology. Experience covering the Arctic, Pacific, Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, Hawaii, Greenland, and Australia.

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Smultea Sciences is a certified woman-owned DBE/MBE business. We encourage and mentor girls and women in the sciences and STEM. Our current certifications as of March 2020 are below:


MEMBER: Offshore Wind California 

~ Woman-owned Small Business (WOSB) ~

~ DOT MBE Certified ~