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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


20  (of 35 published available) for ajh7 with keyword Mammal clear keyword filter. (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
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Marine Mammal Science
vol.Early View 
(Article)
2018
Conservation Physiology
vol.6 
(Article)
Not just fat
Joanna Louise Kershaw, Catherine Helen Botting, Andrew Brownlow, Ailsa Jane Hall 
Keywords: Adipose tissue, Biomarkers, Marine mammals, Metabolism, Proteomics
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)

Journal of Wildlife Diseases
vol.Online First 
(Article)
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 
Keywords: California sea lions, Cancer, Stranding, Urogenital carcinoma, Zalophus californianus
2017 (5)
Ecology and Evolution
vol.7 pp.3494-3506
(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 (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

(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 (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 (27/2)
Conservation Physiology
vol.5 
(Article)
Obtaining accurate glucose measurements from wild animals under field conditions
Kimberley A. Bennett, Lucy M. Turner, Sebastian Millward, Simon E W Moss, Ailsa Jane Hall 
Keywords: Glucose, Glucometer, Phocid, Pinniped, Point-of-care, Validation
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
2017 (10/8)
Scientific Reports
vol.7 
(Article)
Using blubber explants to investigate adipose function in grey seals
Kimberley A. Bennett, Kelly Joanne Robinson, Simon Moss, Sebastian Millward, Ailsa Jane Hall 

American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
vol.311 pp.R788-R796
(Article)
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
2016 (15/3)
Applied and Environmental Microbiology
vol.18 pp.1078-1087
(Article)
Salmonella infection in grey seals (Halichoerus grypus), a marine mammal sentinel species
Geoffrey Foster, Derek Brown, Nick Davison, John E Coia, Eleanor Watson, Romain Pizzi, Kim Willoughby, Ailsa Jane Hall, Mark P Dagleish 
2016 (24/2)
Scientific Reports
vol.6 
(Article)
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)

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

Related:

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