University of St Andrews
Sea Mammal Research Unit

Miss Silje-Kristin Jensen
Postgraduate Student

Scottish Oceans Institute
East Sands
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 8LB

PhD Project Title: Is biotoxin exposure from harmful algae the reason for the decline in harbour seal populations in Scotland? A view through a food chain study. 

Previous publications:


M.A. Blanchet, J. Godfroid, E.M Breines, M-P Heide-Jørgensen, N Hjort Nielsen, I Hasselmeier, M Iversen, S-K Jensen, K Åsbakk (2014) West Greenland harbour porpoises assayed for antibodies against Toxoplasma gondii: false positives with the direct agglutination method. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms. Volume 180(3);181-186. DOI: 10.3354/dao02715


S-K Jensen, I.H. Nymo. J. Forcada, , A. Hall, J. Godfroid (2013) Brucella antibody seroprevalence in Antarctic seals (Arctocephalus gazella, Leptonychotes weddellii and Mirounga leonina). Diseases of Aquatic Organisms. Volume 105(3); 175-181. DOI: 10.3354/dao02633


S-K Jensen, I.H. Nymo. J. Forcada, J. Godfroid, A. Hall (2012) Prevalence of Toxoplasma gondii antibodies in pinnipeds from Antarctica. Veterinary Record doi:10.1136/vr.100848

L Steiner, L. Lamoni, M. Acosta Plata, S-K Jensen, E. Lettevall and J. Gordon (2012) A link between male sperm whales, Physeter macrocephalus, of the Azores and Norway. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. DOI: 10.1017/s0025315412000793


LL Jørgensen, SK Jensen, B Holte, K. (2011) Bakkeplass. Fauna analyses of a possible electrical cable corridor in the Hardanger fjord. Report for the Institute of Marine Research - Havforskningsinstituttet Fisken og havet; 1-2011.


S-K Jensen, J. Aars, C. Lydersen, K. M. Kovacs and K. Åsbakk (2010) The prevalence of Toxoplasma gondii in polar bears and their marine mammal prey; evidence for a marine transmission pathway? Polar biology. Volume 33, Number 5. Page: 599-606. DOI: 10.1007/s00300-009-0735-x







Jensen, S-K, Lacaze, J-P, Hermann, G , Kershaw, J , Brownlow, A, Turner, A & Hall, AJ 2015, ' Detection and effects of harmful algal toxins in Scottish harbour seals and potential links to population decline ' Toxicon , vol 97, pp. 1-14.
Jensen, S-K, Nymo, IH, Forcada, J , Hall, A & Godfroid, J 2013, ' Brucella antibody seroprevalence in Antarctic seals ( Arctocephalus gazella, Leptonychotes weddellii and Mirounga leonina ) ' Diseases of Aquatic Organisms , vol 105, no. 3, pp. 175-181.