Prof Ailsa Hall

Senior Research Scientist, Director SMRU

tel. 01334 462634
fax. 01334 462632

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.



Kershaw, J, Sherrill, M, Davison, N, Brownlow, A & Hall, AJ 2017, 'Evaluating morphometric and metabolic markers of body condition in a small cetacean, the harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena)' Ecology and Evolution. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.2891
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
Takei, Y, Suzuki, I, Wong, MKS, Milne, R, Moss, S, Sato, K & Hall, A 2016, 'Development of an animal-borne blood sample collection device and its deployment for the determination of cardiovascular and stress hormones in phocid seals' American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, vol 311, no. 4, pp. R788-R796. DOI: 10.1152/ajpregu.00211.2016
Baily, JL, Foster, G, Brown, D, Davison, N, Coia, JE, Watson, E, Pizzi, R, Willoughby, K, Hall, AJ & Dagleish, MP 2016, 'Salmonella infection in grey seals (Halichoerus grypus), a marine mammal sentinel species: pathogenicity and molecular typing of Salmonella strains compared with human and livestock isolates' Applied and Environmental Microbiology, vol 18, no. 3, pp. 1078-1087. DOI: 10.1111/1462-2920.13219
Kershaw, JL & Hall, AJ 2016, 'Seasonal variation in harbour seal (Phoca vitulina) blubber cortisol - A novel indicator of physiological state?' Scientific Reports, vol 6, 21889. DOI: 10.1038/srep21889
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