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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.

 

8 (of 8 published available) for ajh7 with keyword Physiology clear keyword filter. (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
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Not just fat Joanna Louise Kershaw, Catherine Helen Botting, Andrew Brownlow, Ailsa Jane Hall
Conservation Physiology 2018 vol.6
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
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
Conservation Physiology 2017 vol.5
Using blubber explants to investigate adipose function in grey seals Kimberley A. Bennett, Kelly Joanne Robinson, Simon Moss, Sebastian Millward, Ailsa Jane Hall
Scientific Reports 2017 vol.7
Development of an animal-borne blood sample collection device and its deployment for the determination of cardiovascular and stress hormones in phocid seals Yoshio Takei, Ippei Suzuki, Marty K. S. Wong, Ryan Milne, Simon Moss, Katsufumi Sato, Ailsa Jane Hall
American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology vol.311 pp.R788-R796
The modelling and assessment of whale-watching impacts Leslie Frances New, Ailsa Jane Hall, R. Harcourt, G. Kaufman, E.C.M. Parsons, H.C. Pearson, A.M. Cosentino, Robert Schilling Schick
Ocean and Coastal Management 2015 vol.115 pp.10-16
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
Phocid seal leptin John Anthony Hammond, Chris Hauton, Kimberley A. Bennett, Ailsa Jane Hall
PLoS One 2012 vol.7 pp.e35395

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
BDG

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