University of St Andrews

Dr 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.



Browning, HM, Gulland, FMD , Hammond, JA , Colegrove, KM & Hall, AJ 2015, ' Common cancer in a wild animal: the California sea lion ( Zalophus californianus ) as an emerging model for carcinogenesis ' Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. B, Biological Sciences , vol 370, no. 1673, 20140228.
Jensen, S-K, Lacaze, J-P, Hermann, G , Kershaw, J , Brownlow, A, Turner, A & Hall, AJ 2015, ' Detection and effects of harmful algal toxins in Scottish harbour seals and potential links to population decline ' Toxicon , vol 97, pp. 1-14.
Baily, JL, Méric, G, Bayliss, S, Foster, G, Moss, SE, Watson, E, Pascoe, B, Mikhail, J, Pizzi, R, Goldstone, RJ, Smith, DGE, Willoughby, K , Hall, AJ , Sheppard, SK & Dagleish, MP 2015, ' Evidence of land-sea transfer of the zoonotic pathogen Campylobacter to a wildlife marine sentinel species ' Molecular Ecology , vol 24, no. 1, pp. 208-221.
New, LF , Hall, AJ , Harcourt, R, Kaufman, G, Parsons, ECM, Pearson, HC, Cosentino, AM & Schick, RS 2015, ' The modelling and assessment of whale-watching impacts ' Ocean and Coastal Management .
Van Bressem, M-F, Duignan, PJ, Banyard, A, Barbieri, M, Colegrove, KM, de Guise, S, di Guardo, G, Dobson, A, Domingo, M, Fauquier, D, Fernandez, A, Goldstein, T, Grenfell, B, Groch, KR, Gulland, F, Jensen, BA, Jepson, PD , Hall, A , Kuiken, T, Mazzariol, S, Morris, SE, Nielsen, O, Raga, JA, Rowles, TK, Saliki, J, Sierra, E, Stephens, N, Stone, B, Tomo, I, Wang, J, Waltzek, T & Wellehan, JFX 2014, ' Cetacean morbillivirus: current knowledge and future directions ' Viruses , vol 6, no. 12, pp. 5145-5181.
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