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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.

 

11 (of 11 published available) for ajh7 with keyword Ecology 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Real-time PCR assays for the identification of harbor and gray seal species and sex: A molecular tool for ecology and management Iveta Matejusova, Fiona Bland, Ailsa Jane Hall, Rob Harris, Michael Snow, Alex Douglas, Stuart J. Middlemas
Marine Mammal Science 2013 vol.29 pp.186-194

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
Centre for Biological Diversity
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