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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.

 

Recent publications


6  (of 6 published available) for ajh7 with keyword Coastal clear keyword filter. (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
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2018 (2)
Environmental Pollution
vol.233 pp.407-418
(Article)
2017 (8)
Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems
vol.27 pp.839-845
(Article)
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 
Keywords: Coastal, Genetics, Mammal, Microsatellite loci, Phoca vitulina, Seal Management Units
2017 (21/2)

(Paper)
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 (31/1)
Endangered Species Research
vol.33 pp.95-106
(Review article)
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 
Keywords: Deepwater horizon, Exposure, Injury assessment, Marine mammals, Natural resource damage assessment, Oil, PetroleumEcology, Nature and Landscape Conservation
2015 (1)
Molecular Ecology
vol.24 pp.208-221
(Article)
Evidence of land-sea transfer of the zoonotic pathogen Campylobacter to a wildlife marine sentinel species
G. Méric, S. Bayliss, G. Foster, S.E. Moss, E. Watson, B. Pascoe, J. Mikhail, R. Pizzi, R.J. Goldstone, D.G.E. Smith, K. Willoughby, Ailsa Jane Hall, S.K. Sheppard, M.P. Dagleish 
Keywords: Campylobacter, Environmental health, Genomics, Grey seals, Source attribution
2015 (10)
Ocean and Coastal Management
vol.115 pp.10-16
(Article)
The modelling and assessment of whale-watching impacts
Leslie Frances New, Ailsa Jane Hall, R. Harcourt, G. Kaufman, E.C.M. Parsons, H.C. Pearson, A.M. Cosentino, Robert Schilling Schick 
Keywords: Anthropogenic impacts, Disturbance, Management, Marine mammals, Sustainable tourism

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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research@st-andrews
Personal Website
Sea Mammal Research Unit
School of Biology
Centre for Biological Diversity
Scottish Oceans Institute
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