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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Recent publications listed in research@st-andrews
Takeshita, R, Sullivan, L, Smith, C, Collier, T, Hall, A, Brosnan, T, Rowles, T & Schwacke, L 2017, 'The Deepwater Horizon oil spill marine mammal injury assessment' Endangered Species Research, vol 33, pp. 95-106. DOI: 10.3354/esr00808
New, LF, Hall, AJ, Harcourt, R, Kaufman, G, Parsons, ECM, Pearson, HC, Cosentino, AM & Schick, RS 2015, 'The modelling and assessment of whale-watching impacts' Ocean and Coastal Management, vol 115, pp. 10-16. DOI: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2015.04.006
Baily, JL, Méric, G, Bayliss, S, Foster, G, Moss, SE, Watson, E, Pascoe, B, Mikhail, J, Pizzi, R, Goldstone, RJ, Smith, DGE, Willoughby, K, Hall, AJ, Sheppard, SK & Dagleish, MP 2015, 'Evidence of land-sea transfer of the zoonotic pathogen Campylobacter to a wildlife marine sentinel species' Molecular Ecology, vol 24, no. 1, pp. 208-221. DOI: 10.1111/mec.13001
Duignan, PJ, Van Bressem, M-F, Baker, JD, Barbieri, M, Colegrove, KM, de Guise, S, de Swart, RL, di Guardo, G, Dobson, A, Duprex, WP, Early, G, Fauquier, D, Goldstein, T, Goodman, SJ, Grenfell, B, Groch, KR, Gulland, F, Hall, A, Jensen, BA, Lamy, K, Matassa, K, Mazzariol, S, Morris, SE, Nielsen, O, Rotstein, D, Rowles, TK, Saliki, JT, Siebert, U, Waltzek, T & Wellehan, JF 2014, 'Phocine distemper Virus: current knowledge and future directions' Viruses, vol 6, no. 12, pp. 5093-5134. DOI: 10.3390/v6125093
Van Bressem, M-F, Duignan, PJ, Banyard, A, Barbieri, M, Colegrove, KM, de Guise, S, di Guardo, G, Dobson, A, Domingo, M, Fauquier, D, Fernandez, A, Goldstein, T, Grenfell, B, Groch, KR, Gulland, F, Jensen, BA, Jepson, PD, Hall, A, Kuiken, T, Mazzariol, S, Morris, SE, Nielsen, O, Raga, JA, Rowles, TK, Saliki, J, Sierra, E, Stephens, N, Stone, B, Tomo, I, Wang, J, Waltzek, T & Wellehan, JFX 2014, 'Cetacean morbillivirus: current knowledge and future directions' Viruses, vol 6, no. 12, pp. 5145-5181. DOI: 10.3390/v6125145
Browning, HM, Acevedo-Whitehouse, K, Gulland, FMD, Hall, AJ, Finlayson, J, Dagleish, MP, Billington, KJ, Colegrove, K & Hammond, JA 2014, 'Evidence for a genetic basis of urogenital carcinoma in the wild California sea lion' Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol 281, no. 1796, 20140240. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.0240
Greig, DJ, Gulland, FMD, Smith, WA, Conrad, PA, Field, CL, Fleetwood, M, Harvey, JT, Ip, HS, Jang, S, Packham, A, Wheeler, E & Hall, AJ 2014, 'Surveillance for zoonotic and selected pathogens in harbor seals Phoca vitulina from central California' Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, vol 111, no. 2, pp. 93-106. DOI: 10.3354/dao02762
Hunt, KE, Moore, MJ, Rolland, RM, Kellar, NM, Hall, AJ, Kershaw, J, Raverty, SA, Davis, CE, Yeates, LC, Fauquier, DA, Rowles, TK & Kraus, SD 2013, 'Overcoming the challenges of studying conservation physiology in large whales: a review of available methods' Conservation Physiology, vol 1, no. 1, pp. 1-24. DOI: 10.1093/conphys/cot006
Brock, PM, Hall, AJ, Goodman, SJ, Cruz, M & Acevedo-Whitehouse, K 2013, 'Immune activity, body condition and human-associated environmental impacts in a wild marine mammal' PLoS One, vol 8, no. 6, pp. e67132. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0067132
Jensen, S-K, Nymo, IH, Forcada, J, Godfroid, J & Hall, A 2012, 'Prevalence of Toxoplasma gondii antibodies in pinnipeds from Antarctica' Veterinary Record, vol 171, no. 10, pp. 249-+. DOI: 10.1136/vr.100848
Spencer, M, Mieszkowska, N, Robinson, LA, Simpson, SD, Burrows, MT, Birchenough, SNR, Capasso, E, Cleall-Harding, P, Crummy, J, Duck, C, Eloire, D, Frost, M, Hall, AJ, Hawkins, SJ, Johns, DG, Sims, DW, Smyth, TJ & Frid, CLJ 2012, 'Region-wide changes in marine ecosystem dynamics: state-space models to distinguish trends from step changes' Global Change Biology, vol 18, no. 4, pp. 1270-1281. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2011.02620.x
Spencer, M, Birchenough, SNR, Mieszkowska, N, Robinson, LA, Simpson, SD, Burrows, MT, Capasso, E, Cleall-Harding, P, Crummy, J, Duck, C, Eloire, D, Frost, M, Hall, AJ, Hawkins, SJ, Johns, DG, Sims, DW, Smyth, TJ & Frid, CLJ 2011, 'Temporal change in UK marine communities: trends or regime shifts?' Marine Ecology, vol 32, pp. 10-24. DOI: 10.1111/j.1439-0485.2010.00422.x
Rowles, TK, Schwacke, LS, Wells, RS, Saliki, JT, Hansen, L, Hohn, A, Townsend, F, Sayre, RA & Hall, AJ 2011, 'Evidence of susceptibility to morbillivirus infection in cetaceans from the United States' Marine Mammal Science, vol 27, no. 1, pp. 119. DOI: 10.1111/j.1748-7692.2010.00393.x
Hall, AJ & Harwood, J 2009, Mass Mortalities. in WF Perrin, B Wursig & JGM Thewissen (eds), Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals. Academic Press Inc., pp. 709-711.
Hall, AJ 2008, Vagrant Seals. in Mammals of the British Isles. The Mammal Society, pp. 547-550.

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

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room: SMRU 2.05


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