University of St Andrews

Prof Ailsa Hall
Senior Research Scientist, Director SMRU

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

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.



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
Islas, V, Olsen, MT, Graves, JA, Onoufriou, A, Vincent, C, Brasseur, S, Frie, AK & Hall, AJ 2016, 'Genetic population structure of harbour seals in the United Kingdom and neighbouring waters' Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. DOI: 10.1002/aqc.2760
Brock, PM, Goodman, SJ, Hall, AJ, Cruz, M & Acevedo-Whitehouse, K 2015, 'Context-dependent associations between heterozygosity and immune variation in a wild carnivore Evolutionary ecology and behaviour' BMC Evolutionary Biology, vol 15, no. 1. DOI: 10.1186/s12862-015-0519-6
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