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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.

 

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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
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

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
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Sea Mammal Research Unit
School of Biology
Centre for Biological Diversity
Scottish Oceans Institute
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