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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.

 

13 (of 13 published available) for ajh7 with keyword Disease clear keyword filter. (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
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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
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
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
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
Context-dependent associations between heterozygosity and immune variation in a wild carnivore Evolutionary ecology and behaviour P.M. Brock, S.J. Goodman, Ailsa Jane Hall, M. Cruz, K. Acevedo-Whitehouse
BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 vol.15
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
Molecular Ecology 2015 vol.24 pp.208-221
Cetacean morbillivirus M.-F. Van Bressem, P.J. Duignan, A. Banyard, M. Barbieri, K.M. Colegrove, S. de Guise, G. di Guardo, A. Dobson, M. Domingo, D. Fauquier, A Fernandez, T. Goldstein, B. Grenfell, K.R. Groch, F. Gulland, B.A. Jensen, P.D. Jepson, Ailsa Jane Hall, T. Kuiken, S. Mazzariol, S.E. Morris, O. Nielsen, J.A. Raga, T.K. Rowles, J. Saliki, E. Sierra, N. Stephens, B. Stone, I. Tomo, J. Wang, T. Waltzek, J.F.X. Wellehan
Viruses 2014 vol.6 pp.5145-5181
Evidence for a genetic basis of urogenital carcinoma in the wild California sea lion Karina Acevedo-Whitehouse, Frances M. D. Gulland, Ailsa Jane Hall, Jeanie Finlayson, Mark P. Dagleish, Karen J. Billington, Kathleen Colegrove, John Anthony Hammond
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 2014 vol.281
Phocine distemper Virus P.J. Duignan, M.-F. Van Bressem, J.D. Baker, M. Barbieri, K.M. Colegrove, S. de Guise, R.L. de Swart, G. di Guardo, A. Dobson, W.P. Duprex, G. Early, D. Fauquier, T. Goldstein, S.J. Goodman, B. Grenfell, K.R. Groch, F. Gulland, Ailsa Jane Hall, B.A. Jensen, K. Lamy, K. Matassa, S. Mazzariol, S.E. Morris, O. Nielsen, D. Rotstein, T.K. Rowles, J.T. Saliki, U. Siebert, T. Waltzek, J.F. Wellehan
Viruses 2014 vol.6 pp.5093-5134
Surveillance for zoonotic and selected pathogens in harbor seals Phoca vitulina from central California Frances M D Gulland, Woutrina A Smith, Patricia A Conrad, Cara L Field, Michelle Fleetwood, James T Harvey, Hon S Ip, Spencer Jang, Andrea Packham, Elizabeth Wheeler, Ailsa Jane Hall
Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 2014 vol.111 pp.93-106
Brucella antibody seroprevalence in Antarctic seals (Arctocephalus gazella, Leptonychotes weddellii and Mirounga leonina) Ingebjorg Helena Nymo, Jaume Forcada, Ailsa Jane Hall, Jacques Godfroid
Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 2013 vol.105 pp.175-181
Immune activity, body condition and human-associated environmental impacts in a wild marine mammal Patrick M Brock, Ailsa Jane Hall, Simon J Goodman, Marilyn Cruz, Karina Acevedo-Whitehouse
PLoS One 2013 vol.8 pp.e67132
Overcoming the challenges of studying conservation physiology in large whales Kathleen E Hunt, Michael J Moore, Rosalind M Rolland, Nicholas M Kellar, Ailsa Jane Hall, Joanna Louise Kershaw, Stephen A Raverty, Cristina E Davis, Laura C Yeates, Deborah A Fauquier, Teresa K. Rowles, Scott D. Kraus
Conservation Physiology 2013 vol.1 pp.1-24

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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