Prof Ailsa Hall

Professor, 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.



Hall, AJ, McConnell, BJ, Schwacke, LH, Ylitalo, GM, Williams, R & Rowles, TK 2018, 'Predicting the effects of polychlorinated biphenyls on cetacean populations through impacts on immunity and calf survival' Environmental Pollution, vol 233, pp. 407-418. DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2017.10.074
Kershaw, JL, Stubberfield, EJ, Foster, G, Brownlow, A, Hall, AJ & Perrett, LL 2017, 'Exposure of harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) to Brucella in declining populations across Scotland' Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, vol 126, no. 1, pp. 12-23. DOI: 10.3354/dao03163
Bennett, KA, Robinson, KJ, Moss, SEW, Millward, S & Hall, AJ 2017, 'Using blubber explants to investigate adipose function in grey seals: glycolytic, lipolytic and gene expression responses to glucose and hydrocortisone' Scientific Reports, vol 7, 7731. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-06037-x
Olsen, MT, Islas, V, Graves, JA, Onoufriou, A, Vincent, C, Brasseur, S, Frie, AK & Hall, AJ 2017, 'Genetic population structure of harbour seals in the United Kingdom and neighbouring waters' Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, vol 27, no. 4, pp. 839-845. DOI: 10.1002/aqc.2760
Kershaw, JL, Sherrill, M, Davison, NJ, Brownlow, A & Hall, AJ 2017, 'Evaluating morphometric and metabolic markers of body condition in a small cetacean, the harbor porpoise (Phocoena phocoena)' Ecology and Evolution, vol 7, no. 10, pp. 3494-3506. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.2891
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