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Prof Ailsa Hall

Prof Ailsa Hall
Professor, Director SMRU


Research Interests include:

  • Factors affecting survival in marine mammals, particularly disease, exposure to toxins, contaminants and endocrine disrupters.
  • Epidemiology and risk assessment
  • Immune function and fitness.
  • Respiratory and endocrine physiology.
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Research Overview:

My research interests are aimed at determining the effect that contaminant and pathogen exposure has on the risk of mortality and morbidity in marine mammals, both seals and cetaceans.  I am particularly interested in the role of these factors in determining an animals early survival and reproductive capability and in how they interact with the species immune and endocrine systems.  This interest has also led to more fundamental questions about how the immune system may be shaped by the life history strategy of marine mammals.  

I am also now very interested in the physiolgical adaptations of mammals to a marne existence, particularly at the molecular level; such as the respiratory adaptations and strategies that allow animals to forage at depth and their adaptations to cope with long periods of fasting.

 

20 (of 104 published available) for ajh7 (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
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Gray Seal, Halichoerus grypus Ailsa Jane Hall, Debbie JF Russell
2018
Harbor seal pup dispersal and individual morphology, hematology, and contaminant factors affecting survival Frances M. D. Gulland, James T. Harvey, Mike Lonergan, Ailsa Jane Hall
Marine Mammal Science vol.Early View
Not just fat Joanna Louise Kershaw, Catherine Helen Botting, Andrew Brownlow, Ailsa Jane Hall
Conservation Physiology 2018 vol.6
Persistent organic pollutant burden, experimental POP exposure, and tissue properties affect metabolic profiles of blubber from gray seal pups Kelly Joanne Robinson, Ailsa Jane Hall, Cathy Debier, Gauthier Eppe, Jean Pierre Thomé, Kimberley A. Bennett
Environmental Science and Technology 2018 vol.52 pp.13523-13534
Predicting global killer whale population collapse from PCB pollution Jean-Pierre Desforges, Ailsa Jane Hall, Bernie J McConnell, Aqqalu Rosing-Asvid, Jonathan L. Barber, Andrew Brownlow, Sylvain De Guise, Igor Eulaers, Paul D. Jepson, Robert J. Letcher, Milton Levin, Peter S. Ross, Filipa Isabel Pereira Samarra, Gisli Vikingson, Christian Sonne, Rune Dietz
Science 2018 vol.361 pp.1373-1376
Predicting the effects of polychlorinated biphenyls on cetacean populations through impacts on immunity and calf survival Ailsa Jane Hall, Bernie J McConnell, Lori H Schwacke, Gina M Ylitalo, Teri K Rowles
Environmental Pollution 2018 vol.233 pp.407-418
Prevalence of urogenital carcinoma in stranded california sea lions (Zalophus californianus) from 2005–2015 Alissa C. Deming, Kathleen M. Colegrove, Padraig J. Duignan, Ailsa Jane Hall, James F. X. Wellehan, Frances M. D. Gulland
Journal of Wildlife Diseases vol.Online First
Evaluating morphometric and metabolic markers of body condition in a small cetacean, the harbor porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) Joanna Louise Kershaw, Meredith Sherrill, Nicholas Davison, Andrew Brownlow, Ailsa Jane Hall
Ecology and Evolution 2017 vol.7 pp.3494-3506
Exposure of harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) to Brucella in declining populations across Scotland Joanna Louise Kershaw, Emma J. Stubberfield, Geoffrey Foster, Andrew Brownlow, Ailsa Jane Hall, Lorraine L. Perrett
Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 2017 vol.126 pp.12-23
Genetic population structure of harbour seals in the United Kingdom and neighbouring waters Morten Tange Olsen, Valentina Islas, Jefferson Alden Graves, Aubrie Onoufriou, Cecile Vincent, Sophie Brasseur, Anne Kristine Frie, Ailsa Jane Hall
Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 2017 vol.27 pp.839-845
Harbour Seal Decline – vital rates and drivers. Monica Arso Civil, Sophie Caroline Smout, David Thompson, Andrew Brownlow, Nicolas Davison, Mariel Doeschate, Callan David Duck, Chris Morris, Caroline Cummings, Bernie J McConnell, Ailsa Jane Hall
2017
In-situ observations using tagged animals Fabien Roquet, Lars Boehme, Marthan Bester, Horst Bornemann, Sophie Brasseur, Jean-Benoit Charrassin, Daniel Costa, Mike Fedak, Christophe Guinet, Ailsa Jane Hall, Robert Harcourt, Mark Hindell, Kit M. Kovacs, Mary-Anne Lea, Philip Lovell, Andrew Lowther, Christian Lydersen, Clive McMahon, Baptiste Picard, Gilles Reverdin, Cécile Vincent
2017
Obtaining accurate glucose measurements from wild animals under field conditions Kimberley A. Bennett, Lucy M. Turner, Sebastian Millward, Simon E W Moss, Ailsa Jane Hall
Conservation Physiology 2017 vol.5
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill marine mammal injury assessment Ryan Takeshita, Laurie Sullivan, Cynthia Smith, Tracy Collier, Ailsa Jane Hall, Tom Brosnan, Teri Rowles, Lori Schwacke
Endangered Species Research 2017 vol.33 pp.95-106
Using blubber explants to investigate adipose function in grey seals Kimberley A. Bennett, Kelly Joanne Robinson, Simon Moss, Sebastian Millward, Ailsa Jane Hall
Scientific Reports 2017 vol.7
Development of an animal-borne blood sample collection device and its deployment for the determination of cardiovascular and stress hormones in phocid seals Yoshio Takei, Ippei Suzuki, Marty K. S. Wong, Ryan Milne, Simon Moss, Katsufumi Sato, Ailsa Jane Hall
American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology vol.311 pp.R788-R796
Harbour Seal Decline - vital rates and drivers Monica Arso Civil, Sophie Caroline Smout, Callan David Duck, Chris Morris, Joseph Onoufriou, David Thompson, Andrew Brownlow, Nicholas Davison, Caroline Cummings, Patrick Pomeroy, Bernie J McConnell, Ailsa Jane Hall
2016
Salmonella infection in grey seals (Halichoerus grypus), a marine mammal sentinel species Geoffrey Foster, Derek Brown, Nick Davison, John E Coia, Eleanor Watson, Romain Pizzi, Kim Willoughby, Ailsa Jane Hall, Mark P Dagleish
Applied and Environmental Microbiology 2016 vol.18 pp.1078-1087
Common cancer in a wild animal Frances M D Gulland, John Anthony Hammond, Kathleen M Colegrove, Ailsa Jane Hall
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. B, Biological Sciences 2015 vol.370

Contact Details:

Prof Ailsa Hall
Scottish Oceans Institute
East Sands
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 8LB
Fife
UK

tel: 01334 462634
fax: 01334 462632
room: SMRU 2.05
email: ajh7@st-andrews.ac.uk

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Sea Mammal Research Unit
School of Biology
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