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Prof Ailsa Hall

Prof Ailsa Hall
Professor


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.

 

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Determining pregnancy status in harbour seals using progesterone concentrations in blood and blubber Ailsa Jane Hall, Rebecca Hewitt, Monica Arso Civil
General and Comparative Endocrinology 2020 vol. 295
Harbour Seal Decline – vital rates and drivers Monica Arso Civil, Izzy Langley, Andy Law, Emily Hague, Eiren Kate Jacobson, Len Thomas, Sophie Caroline Smout, Rebecca Hewitt, Callan David Duck, Chris Morris, Andrew Brownlow, Nicolas Davison, Mariel Doeschate, Bernie J McConnell, Ailsa Jane Hall
2020
Perturbation drives changing metapopulation dynamics in a top marine predator Emma Louise Carroll, Ailsa Jane Hall, Morten Tange Olsen, Aubrie Onoufriou, Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti, Debbie JF Russell
Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences 2020 vol. 287
Age–length relationships in UK harbour seals during a period of population decline Ailsa Jane Hall, Beth Mackey, Joanna Louise Kershaw, Paul Thompson
Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 2019 vol. 29 pp. 61-70
Assessing cetacean body condition Joanna Louise Kershaw, Andrew Brownlow, Christian Ramp, Patrick Miller, Ailsa Jane Hall
Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 2019 vol. 29 pp. 271-282
Investigating decadal changes in persistent organic pollutants in Scottish grey seal pups Kelly Robinson, Ailsa Jane Hall, Georges Scholl, Cathy Debier, Jean-Pierre Thomé, Gauthier Eppe, Catherine Adam,
Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 2019 vol. 29 pp. 86-100
Mercury in cetaceans Joanna Louise Kershaw, Ailsa Jane Hall
Science of the Total Environment 2019 vol. 694 pp. 1-11
Phylogenomic insights to the origin and spread of phocine distemper virus in European harbour seals in 1988 and 2002 Iben Stokholm, Tero Härkönen, Karin C. Harding, U. Siebert, Kristina Lehnert, Rune Dietz, Jonas Teilmann, Anders Galatius, Linnea Worsøe Havmøller, Emma Louise Carroll, Ailsa Jane Hall, Morten Tange Olsen
Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 2019 vol. 133 pp. 47-56
Response to L. Witting Jean Pierre Desforges, Ailsa Jane Hall, Bernie J McConnell, A. Rosing-Asvid, Jonathan L. Barber, A. Brownlow, S. de Guise, Igor Eulaers, P.D. Jepson, Robert J. Letcher, Milton Levin, Peter S. Ross, Christian Sonne, Rune Dietz
Marine Mammal Science 2019 vol. 35 pp. 1201-1206
Shining new light on mammalian diving physiology using wearable near-infrared spectroscopy Kimberley Bennett, Mathijs Bronkhorst, Debbie JF Russell, Steven Thomas Balfour, Ryan Milne, Matt Bivins, Simon E. W. Moss, Willy Colier, Ailsa Jane Hall, David Thompson
PLoS Biology 2019 vol. 17
Viral emergence in marine mammals in the North Pacific may be linked to Arctic sea ice reduction E. VanWormer, J. A. K. Mazet, Ailsa Jane Hall, V. A. Gill, P. L. Boveng, J. M. London, T. Gelatt, B. S. Fadely, M. E. Lander, J. Sterling, V. N. Burkanov, R. R. Ream, P. M. Brock, L. D. Rea, B. R. Smith, A. Jeffers, M. Henstock, M. J. Rehberg, K. A. Burek-Huntington, S. L. Cosby, John Anthony Hammond, T. Goldstein
Scientific Reports 2019 vol. 9
Widespread neonatal infection with phocid herpesvirus 1 in free-ranging and stranded grey seals Halichoerus grypus K. Willoughby, Madeleine Maley, Jacob Chapman, Romain Pizzi, Ailsa Jane Hall, M.P. Dagleish
Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 2019 vol. 133 pp. 181-187
Gray Seal, Halichoerus grypus Ailsa Jane Hall, Debbie JF Russell
2018
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 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
Epidemiology of a phocine distemper virus outbreak along the North Atlantic coast of the United States Jennifer L. Siembieda, Ailsa Jane Hall, F. Gulland, Teri Rowles, Mendy Garron, K. Matassa, D. Rotstein, Selena Gonzalez, Christine K. Johnson
Aquatic Mammals 2017 vol. 43 pp. 254-263
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

Contact Details:

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

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