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Prof Ailsa Hall

Prof Ailsa Hall
Professor


 

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.

 

 

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Aerial photogrammetry and tag-derived tissue density reveal patterns of lipid-store body condition of humpback whales on their feeding grounds Kagari Aoki, Saana Isojunno, Charlotte Bellot, takahashi Iwata, Joanna Louise Kershaw, Yu Akiyama, Lucía Martina Martín López, Christian Ramp, Martin Biuw, Paul Wensveen, Patrick Pomeroy, Tomoko Narazaki, Ailsa Jane Hall, Katsufumi Sato, Patrick James Miller
Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences 2021 vol. 288
Minding the data-gap trap Erin Ashe, Rob Williams, Christopher Clark, Christine Erbe, Leah R. Gerber, Ailsa Jane Hall, Philip Steven Hammond, Robert C. Lacy, Randall Reeves, Nicole L. Vollmer
Frontiers in Marine Science 2021 vol. 8
Unlocking the role of a genital herpesvirus, otarine herpesvirus 1, in California sea lion cervical cancer Alissa C. Deming, James F. X. Wellehan, Kathleen M. Colegrove, Ailsa Jane Hall, Jennifer Luff, Linda Lowenstine, Pádraig Duignan, Galaxia Cortés-Hinojosa, Frances M. D. Gulland
Animals 2021 vol. 11
Determining pregnancy status in harbour seals using progesterone concentrations in blood and blubber Ailsa Jane Hall, Rebecca Hewitt, Monica Arso Civil
General and Comparative Endocrinology 2020 vol. 295
Harbour Seal Decline – vital rates and drivers Monica Arso Civil, Izzy Langley, Andy Law, Emily Hague, Eiren Kate Jacobson, Len Thomas, Sophie Caroline Smout, Rebecca Hewitt, Callan David Duck, Chris Morris, Andrew Brownlow, Nicolas Davison, Mariel Doeschate, Bernie J McConnell, Ailsa Jane Hall
2020
Persistent contaminants and herpesvirus OtHV1 are positively associated with cancer in wild California Sea Lions (Zalophus californianus) Frances M. D. Gulland, Ailsa Jane Hall, Gina M. Ylitalo, Kathleen M. Colegrove, Tenaya Norris, Pádraig J. Duignan, Barbie Halaska, Karina Acevedo Whitehouse, Linda J. Lowenstine, Alissa C. Deming, Teresa K. Rowles
Frontiers in Marine Science 2020 vol. 7
Perturbation drives changing metapopulation dynamics in a top marine predator Emma Louise Carroll, Ailsa Jane Hall, Morten Tange Olsen, Aubrie Onoufriou, Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti, Debbie JF Russell
Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences 2020 vol. 287
Age–length relationships in UK harbour seals during a period of population decline Ailsa Jane Hall, Beth Mackey, Joanna Louise Kershaw, Paul Thompson
Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 2019 vol. 29 pp. 61-70
Assessing cetacean body condition Joanna Louise Kershaw, Andrew Brownlow, Christian Ramp, Patrick James Miller, Ailsa Jane Hall
Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 2019 vol. 29 pp. 271-282
Investigating decadal changes in persistent organic pollutants in Scottish grey seal pups Kelly Robinson, Ailsa Jane Hall, Georges Scholl, Cathy Debier, Jean-Pierre Thomé, Gauthier Eppe, Catherine Adam,
Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 2019 vol. 29 pp. 86-100
Mercury in cetaceans Joanna Louise Kershaw, Ailsa Jane Hall
Science of the Total Environment 2019 vol. 694 pp. 1-11
Phylogenomic insights to the origin and spread of phocine distemper virus in European harbour seals in 1988 and 2002 Iben Stokholm, Tero Härkönen, Karin C. Harding, U. Siebert, Kristina Lehnert, Rune Dietz, Jonas Teilmann, Anders Galatius, Linnea Worsøe Havmøller, Emma Louise Carroll, Ailsa Jane Hall, Morten Tange Olsen
Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 2019 vol. 133 pp. 47-56
Response to L. Witting Jean Pierre Desforges, Ailsa Jane Hall, Bernie J McConnell, A. Rosing-Asvid, Jonathan L. Barber, A. Brownlow, S. de Guise, Igor Eulaers, P.D. Jepson, Robert J. Letcher, Milton Levin, Peter S. Ross, Christian Sonne, Rune Dietz
Marine Mammal Science 2019 vol. 35 pp. 1201-1206
Shining new light on mammalian diving physiology using wearable near-infrared spectroscopy Kimberley Bennett, Mathijs Bronkhorst, Debbie JF Russell, Steven Thomas Balfour, Ryan Milne, Matt Bivins, Simon E. W. Moss, Willy Colier, Ailsa Jane Hall, David Thompson
PLoS Biology 2019 vol. 17
Viral emergence in marine mammals in the North Pacific may be linked to Arctic sea ice reduction E. VanWormer, J. A. K. Mazet, Ailsa Jane Hall, V. A. Gill, P. L. Boveng, J. M. London, T. Gelatt, B. S. Fadely, M. E. Lander, J. Sterling, V. N. Burkanov, R. R. Ream, P. M. Brock, L. D. Rea, B. R. Smith, A. Jeffers, M. Henstock, M. J. Rehberg, K. A. Burek-Huntington, S. L. Cosby, John Anthony Hammond, T. Goldstein
Scientific Reports 2019 vol. 9
Widespread neonatal infection with phocid herpesvirus 1 in free-ranging and stranded grey seals Halichoerus grypus K. Willoughby, Madeleine Maley, Jacob Chapman, Romain Pizzi, Ailsa Jane Hall, M.P. Dagleish
Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 2019 vol. 133 pp. 181-187
Gray Seal, Halichoerus grypus Ailsa Jane Hall, Debbie JF Russell
2018
Not just fat Joanna Louise Kershaw, Catherine Helen Botting, Andrew Brownlow, Ailsa Jane Hall
Conservation Physiology 2018 vol. 6
Persistent organic pollutant burden, experimental POP exposure, and tissue properties affect metabolic profiles of blubber from gray seal pups Kelly Robinson, Ailsa Jane Hall, Cathy Debier, Gauthier Eppe, Jean Pierre Thomé, Kimberley A. Bennett
Environmental Science and Technology 2018 vol. 52 pp. 13523-13534
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
Science 2018 vol. 361 pp. 1373-1376
Predicting the effects of polychlorinated biphenyls on cetacean populations through impacts on immunity and calf survival Ailsa Jane Hall, Bernie J McConnell, Lori H Schwacke, Gina M Ylitalo, Teri K Rowles
Environmental Pollution 2018 vol. 233 pp. 407-418
Epidemiology of a phocine distemper virus outbreak along the North Atlantic coast of the United States Jennifer L. Siembieda, Ailsa Jane Hall, F. Gulland, Teri Rowles, Mendy Garron, K. Matassa, D. Rotstein, Selena Gonzalez, Christine K. Johnson
Aquatic Mammals 2017 vol. 43 pp. 254-263
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
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
Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 2017 vol. 126 pp. 12-23
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
Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 2017 vol. 27 pp. 839-845
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
2017
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
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
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
Endangered Species Research 2017 vol. 33 pp. 95-106
Using blubber explants to investigate adipose function in grey seals Kimberley A. Bennett, Kelly 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 2016 vol. 311 pp. R788-R796
Harbour Seal Decline - vital rates and drivers Monica Arso Civil, Sophie Caroline Smout, Callan David Duck, Chris Morris, Joseph Alistair Ross Onoufriou, David Thompson, Andrew Brownlow, Nicholas Davison, Caroline Cummings, Patrick Pomeroy, Bernie J McConnell, Ailsa Jane Hall
2016
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
Applied and Environmental Microbiology 2016 vol. 18 pp. 1078-1087
Common cancer in a wild animal Frances M D Gulland, John Anthony Hammond, Kathleen M Colegrove, Ailsa Jane Hall
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. B, Biological Sciences 2015 vol. 370
Context-dependent associations between heterozygosity and immune variation in a wild carnivore Evolutionary ecology and behaviour P.M. Brock, S.J. Goodman, Ailsa Jane Hall, M. Cruz, K. Acevedo-Whitehouse
BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 vol. 15
Detection and effects of harmful algal toxins in Scottish harbour seals and potential links to population decline Jean-Pierre Lacaze, Guillaume Hermann, Joanna Louise Kershaw, Andrew Brownlow, Andrew Turner, Ailsa Jane Hall
Toxicon 2015 vol. 97 pp. 1-14
Evidence of land-sea transfer of the zoonotic pathogen Campylobacter to a wildlife marine sentinel species G. Méric, S. Bayliss, G. Foster, S.E. Moss, E. Watson, B. Pascoe, J. Mikhail, R. Pizzi, R.J. Goldstone, D.G.E. Smith, K. Willoughby, Ailsa Jane Hall, S.K. Sheppard, M.P. Dagleish
Molecular Ecology 2015 vol. 24 pp. 208-221
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
Cetacean morbillivirus M.-F. Van Bressem, P.J. Duignan, A. Banyard, M. Barbieri, K.M. Colegrove, S. de Guise, G. di Guardo, A. Dobson, M. Domingo, D. Fauquier, A Fernandez, T. Goldstein, B. Grenfell, K.R. Groch, F. Gulland, B.A. Jensen, P.D. Jepson, Ailsa Jane Hall, T. Kuiken, S. Mazzariol, S.E. Morris, O. Nielsen, J.A. Raga, T.K. Rowles, J. Saliki, E. Sierra, N. Stephens, B. Stone, I. Tomo, J. Wang, T. Waltzek, J.F.X. Wellehan
Viruses 2014 vol. 6 pp. 5145-5181
Evidence for a genetic basis of urogenital carcinoma in the wild California sea lion Karina Acevedo-Whitehouse, Frances M. D. Gulland, Ailsa Jane Hall, Jeanie Finlayson, Mark P. Dagleish, Karen J. Billington, Kathleen Colegrove, John Anthony Hammond
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 2014 vol. 281
Phocine distemper Virus P.J. Duignan, M.-F. Van Bressem, J.D. Baker, M. Barbieri, K.M. Colegrove, S. de Guise, R.L. de Swart, G. di Guardo, A. Dobson, W.P. Duprex, G. Early, D. Fauquier, T. Goldstein, S.J. Goodman, B. Grenfell, K.R. Groch, F. Gulland, Ailsa Jane Hall, B.A. Jensen, K. Lamy, K. Matassa, S. Mazzariol, S.E. Morris, O. Nielsen, D. Rotstein, T.K. Rowles, J.T. Saliki, U. Siebert, T. Waltzek, J.F. Wellehan
Viruses 2014 vol. 6 pp. 5093-5134
Surveillance for zoonotic and selected pathogens in harbor seals Phoca vitulina from central California Frances M D Gulland, Woutrina A Smith, Patricia A Conrad, Cara L Field, Michelle Fleetwood, James T Harvey, Hon S Ip, Spencer Jang, Andrea Packham, Elizabeth Wheeler, Ailsa Jane Hall
Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 2014 vol. 111 pp. 93-106
Applying the tools of ecological immunology to conservation P. M. Brock, Ailsa Jane Hall, S. J. Goodman, M. Cruz, K. Acevedo-Whitehouse
Animal Conservation 2013 vol. 16 pp. 19-31
Brucella antibody seroprevalence in Antarctic seals (Arctocephalus gazella, Leptonychotes weddellii and Mirounga leonina) Ingebjorg Helena Nymo, Jaume Forcada, Ailsa Jane Hall, Jacques Godfroid
Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 2013 vol. 105 pp. 175-181
Current state of knowledge of effects of offshore renewable energy generation devices on marine mammals & research requirements David Thompson, Ailsa Jane Hall, Mike Lonergan, Bernie J McConnell, Simon Northridge
2013
Immune activity, body condition and human-associated environmental impacts in a wild marine mammal Patrick M Brock, Ailsa Jane Hall, Simon J Goodman, Marilyn Cruz, Karina Acevedo-Whitehouse
PLoS One 2013 vol. 8 pp. e67132
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
Pup to adult photo-ID William David Paterson, Paula Redman, Lex Hiby, Simon Moss, Ailsa Jane Hall, Patrick Pomeroy
Marine Mammal Science 2013 vol. 29 pp. E537–E541

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

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