Prof Ailsa Hall:
Research Professor

Prof Ailsa Hall

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

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Sea Mammal Research Unit
School of Biology
Centre for Biological Diversity
Scottish Oceans Institute

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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.


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:

5 (of 137 /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/status/published available) for ajh7 (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
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A review of the toxicology of oil in vertebrates Ryan Takeshita, Steven J Bursian, Kathleen M Colegrove, Tracy K Collier, Kristina Deak, Karen M Dean, Sylvain De Guise, Lisa M DiPinto, Cornelis J Elferink, Andrew J Esbaugh, Robert J Griffitt, Martin Grosell, Kendal E Harr, John P Incardona, Richard K Kwok, Joshua Lipton, Carys L Mitchelmore, Jeffrey M Morris, Edward S Peters, Aaron P Roberts, Teresa K Rowles, Jennifer A Rusiecki, Lori H Schwacke, Cynthia R Smith, Dana L Wetzel, Michael H Ziccardi, Ailsa Jane Hall
Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part B, Critical Reviews 2021 vol. 24 pp. 355-394
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
Partial pressure of oxygen in adipose tissue and its relationship with fatness in a natural animal model of extreme fat deposition, the grey seal Laura Oller, Kimberley A. Bennett, Chris McKnight, Simon E.W. Moss, Ryan Milne, Ailsa Jane Hall, Joel Rocha
Physiological Reports 2021 vol. 9
Predicting consequences of POP-induced disruption of blubber glucose uptake, mass gain rate and thyroid hormone levels for weaning mass in grey seal pups Kelly Robinson, Holly C. Armstrong, Simon E.W. Moss, Georges Scholl, Alexandra Tranganida, Gauthier Eppe, Jean-Pierre Thomé, Cathy Debier, Ailsa Jane Hall
Environment International 2021 vol. 152