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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


12  (of 12 published available) for ajh7 with keyword Exposure clear keyword filter. (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
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2018 (20/11)
Environmental Science and Technology
vol.52 pp.13523-13534
(Article)
2018 (28/9)
Science
vol.361 pp.1373-1376
(Article)
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 
Keywords: NERC
2018 (2)
Environmental Pollution
vol.233 pp.407-418
(Article)
2017 (20/9)
Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
vol.126 pp.12-23
(Article)
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 
Keywords: Pinnipeds, Brucella, Disease, Cultures, Seroprevalence, Antibodies, ELISA, Rose Bengal plate agglutination test
2017

(Other report)
Harbour Seal Decline – vital rates and drivers.
Monica Arso Civil, Sophie Caroline Smout, David Thompson, Andrew Brownlow, Nicolas Davison, Mariel Doeschate, Callan David Duck, Chris Morris, Caroline Cummings, Bernie J McConnell, Ailsa Jane Hall 
Keywords: Scottish Government
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
2016 (6)

(Commissioned report)
Harbour Seal Decline - vital rates and drivers
Monica Arso Civil, Sophie Caroline Smout, Callan David Duck, Chris Morris, Joseph Onoufriou, David Thompson, Andrew Brownlow, Nicholas Davison, Caroline Cummings, Patrick Pomeroy, Bernie J McConnell, Ailsa Jane Hall 
Keywords: Harbour seal, Population Dynamics, Population decline, Bayesian approach, Photo-identification, TelemetryScottish Government, NERC
2015 (7)
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. B, Biological Sciences
vol.370 
(Article)
Common cancer in a wild animal
Frances M D Gulland, John Anthony Hammond, Kathleen M Colegrove, Ailsa Jane Hall 
Keywords: California sea lion, Urogenital Carcinoma, Genetics, Contaminants, Herpesvirus
2015 (4/11)
BMC Evolutionary Biology
vol.15 
(Article)
2015 (4)
Toxicon
vol.97 pp.1-14
(Article)
2013 (15/5)
Conservation Physiology
vol.1 pp.1-24
(Article)
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 
Keywords: Blow, Biopsy dart, Cetacea, Faecal samples, Non-invasive, Visual health assessment

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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