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Alexander Evans

School of Agriculture & Food Science
School Office, Agriculture and Food Science Centre

Tel: +353 1 7167731
Email: alex.evans@ucd.ie

Biography

Professor Evans is the Dean of Agriculture, and Head of the School of Agriculture and Food Science in University College Dublin. Professor Evans has a BSc in Animal Science from the Nottingham University (UK), a PhD from the University of Saskatchewan (Canada) and a DSc (Published work) from the National University of Ireland. Following a position as a postdoctoral fellow in Cornell University (USA) he joined the academic staff in University College Dublin, Ireland. His teaching is primarily in the area of Animal Physiology with an emphasis on animal reproduction and fertility. He has attracted over 17 million euros of research funding, has supervised over 30 graduate students, has published over 140 peer reviewed papers and served as the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Animal Reproduction Science for 10 years (2008 to 2017). He is presently Vice President of the Association of European Life Science Universities (ICA)

Professor Evans has conducted research on a wide range of topics focusing on reproduction and fertility in cattle and sheep. These areas include the regulation of puberty, oestrus synchronisation, ovarian follicle development, oocyte and embryo development, uterine health and function, foetal ovarian development and management and physiological factors affecting fertility in cattle and sheep. Since becoming Dean of Agriculture he has become more interested in sustainable agriculture and food production. 

1989 - BSc in Animal Science, Nottingham University, Sutton Bonington, England

1993 - PhD in Reproductive Physiology, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada

1994 - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Reproductive Physiology, Cornell University, USA

1996 to 2006 - Assistant Lecturer, College Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, University College Dublin, Ireland

2003 - Visiting Scholar at Michigan State University, USA

2006 - Associate Professor of Animal Physiology, University College Dublin, Ireland

2007 - Director Reproductive Biology Research Cluster

2009 to 2013 DSc, National University of Ireland 

2014 - Full Professor of Animal Physiology

2011 - Dean of Agriculture  and Head of UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science

Professional

 

Associations

Association: Society for the Study of Reproduction, Function/Role: Member
     

Conference Contributions

Pluta k, McGettigan P, Reid CJ, Browne J, Evans ACO, Carrington SD; (2011) Mucin biosynthesis in the bovine cervix. [Chaired Session], Mucins in Health and Disease (11th International Workshop on carcinoma-associated Mucins), Robinson College, Cambridge, UK , 09-JUL-11 - 13-JUL-11.
Tharmalingam T, Pluta K, McGettigan P, Gough R, Fitzpatrick E, Gallagher ME, Crowe M, Roche J, Lonergan P, Rudd P, Evans ACO, Karlsson NG, Carrington SD; (2011) Analysis of Bovine Cervical Mucin O-glycans by LC-MS. [Poster Presentation (Refereed)], Mucins in Health and Disease (11th International Workshop on carcinoma-acssociated Mucins), Robinson College, Cambridge, UK , 09-JUL-11 - 13-JUL-11.
Richardson L, Hanrahan, JP, Fair S, Carrington SD, Lonergan P, Evans ACO; (2011) The Effect of ewe breed on sialic acid content of the cervix. [Chaired Session], Agricultural Research Forum, Tullamore, Ireland , 12-MAR-11 - 13-MAR-11.
Hobbs LHC, Stockmann H, Adamczyk B, Rudd PM, Evans ACO, Carrington SD, Williams EJ (2014) Postpartum uterine disease in cattle is associated with increased fucosylation of Immunoglobin G. [Oral Presentation], 18th Annual Conference of the European Society for Domestic Animal Reproduction (ESDAR), Helsinki, Finland , 11-SEP-14 - 13-SEP-14.
Alfattah, MA; McGettigan, PA; Browne JA; Alkhodair KM; Pluta K; Gallagher ME;Reid CJ; Carrington SD; Evans ACO; Irwin JA (2014) Oestrogen-driven changes in the bovine uterus are associated with activation of the unfolded protein response. [Oral Presentation], World Congress of Reproductive Biology, Edinburgh, Scotland , 02-SEP-14 - 04-SEP-14.
Evans ACO and Lonergan P (2015) Relevance of progesterone for the establishment of pregnancy and its exogenous manipulation. [Plenary Lecture], 20th International Congress of the National Association of Specialists in Bovine Medicine (ANEMBE), Burgos, Spain , 06-MAY-15 - 08-MAY-15.
Zielak-Steciwko AE and Evans ACO (2015) Genomic portrait of ovarian follicle growth regulation in cattle. [Invited Oral Presentation], International Conference on Biology and Pathology of Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Gdansk, Poland , 28-SEP-15 - 30-SEP-16.
Evans ACO (2015) Variation in ovarian follicle numbers in cattle: causes and consequences. [Invited Lecture], Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing , 07-NOV-15 - 07-NOV-15.
Evans ACO (2015) Variation in ovarian follicle numbers in cattle: causes and consequences. [Invited Lecture], Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University, Shaanxi, China , 03-NOV-15 - 03-NOV-15.
Evans ACO (2015) Agriculture and Animal Production in Ireland. [Invited Lecture], Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University, Shaanxi, China , 03-NOV-15 - 03-NOV-15.
Evans ACO (2015) Overview of agriculture and dairy production in Ireland. [Invited Lecture], Sino-Irish Cooperation Seminar on Livestock Technology, Harbin, Heilongjang, China , 05-NOV-15 - 05-NOV-15.
Zielak-Steciwko AE, Hajduk K, Kesek M, Browne JA, Gajewska, Evans ACO (2015) miRNA-mRNA interaction analysis in granulosa cells of bovine ovarian follicles. [Invited Oral Presentation], International Conference on Biology and Pathology of Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Gdansk, Poland , 28-SEP-15 - 30-SEP-15.
Evans ACO (2015) Variation in ovarian follicle numbers in cattle: causes and consequences. [Invited Lecture], China Agricultural University, Beijing , 09-NOV-15 - 09-NOV-15.
Evans ACO (2016) Challenges and management considerations for pregnancy in dairy cattle. [Plenary Lecture], International Dairy New Technology Conference, Harbin China , 17-AUG-16 - 19-AUG-16.
Sale S, Ledda M, Sini M, Ledda S, Walsh SW, Ireland JJ, Evans ACO, Mossa F. (2016) Repeatability of antral follicle count during gestation in dairy cattle. [Oral Presentation], 18th International Congress on Animal Reproduction, Tours, France , 26-JUN-16 - 30-JUN-16.
Evans ACO (2016) Fertility and genomics: comparison of gene expression in contrasting reproductive tissues in female cattle. [Plenary Lecture], International Embryo Transfer Society Annual Meeting, Louisville, Kentucky, USA , 23-JAN-16 - 26-JAN-16.
Evans ACO (2016) Impact of maternal nutrition in development and consequences for the future reproduction of their offspring. [Plenary Lecture], 20th International Congress of the National Association of Specialists in Bovine Medicine (ANEMBE), Burgos, Spain , 06-MAY-15 - 08-MAY-15.
Parr MH, Scully S, Lonergan P, Evans ACO, Crowe MA, Diskin MG. (2016) Establishment of critical timing of progsterone supplementation on corpus luteum and embryo development in beef heifers. [Oral Presentation], Agricultural Research Forum, Tullamore , 09-MAR-15 - 10-MAR-15.
   

Education

Year 1989 Institution: University of Nottingham
Qualification: BSc Subject:
Year 1993 Institution: University of Saskatchewan
Qualification: PhD Subject:
Year 2009 Institution:
Qualification: DSc Subject:
         

Publications

 

Book Chapters

Evans, ACO; Zeng, S (2017) 'Causes, prevention and management of infertility in dairy cows' In: Webster, J (eds). Achieving sustainable production of milk Volume 3: Dairy herd management and welfare. Cambridge: Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing. , pp.385-398 Available Online [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

McGettigan PA, Browne JA, Carrington SD, Crowe MA, Fair T, Forde N, Loftus BJ, Lohan A, Lonergan P, Pluta K, Mamo S, Murphy A, Roche J, Walsh SW, Creevey CJ, Earley B, Keady S, Kenny DA, Matthews D,McCabe M, Morris D, O'Loughlin A, Waters S, Diskin MG, Evans ACO. (2016) 'Fertility and genomics: comparison of gene expression contrasting reproductive tissues of female cattle'. Reproduction, Fertility and Development, 28 :11-24. [Details]
Mossa,F; Jimenez-Krassel, F; Scheetz, D; Nielsen, MW; Evans, ACO; Ireland, JJ (2017) 'Anti-Müllerian Hormone (AMH) and fertility management in agricultural species'. Reproduction, 154 (1):R1-R11. [Details]
Parr MH, Scully S, Lonergan P, Evans ACO, Crowe MA, Diskin MG. (2017) 'Establishment of critical timing of progesterone supplementation on corpus luteum and embryo development in beef heifers'. Animal Reproduction Science, 180 :1-9. [DOI] [Details]
Zhao S, Wu Y;Gao H;Evans A;Zeng SM (2016) 'Roles of interferon-stimulated gene 15 protein in bovine embryo development'. Reproduction, fertility, and development, . [DOI] [Details]
McGettigan PA, Browne JA, Carrington SD, Crowe MA, Fair T, Forde N, Loftus BJ, Lohan A, Lonergan P, Pluta K, Mamo S, Murphy A, Roche J, Walsh SW, Creevey CJ, Earley B, Keady S, Kenny DA, Matthews D, McCabe M, Morris D, O¿Loughlin A, Waters S, Diskin MG, Evans ACO (2016) 'Fertility and genomics: comparison of gene expression in contrasting reproductive tissues of female cattle'. Reproduction, Fertility and Development, 28 (2):11-24. [DOI] [Details]
Zielak-Steciwko A, Evans ACO. (2016) 'Genomic portrait of ovarian follicle growth regulation in cattle'. Reproductive Biology, . [Details]
Scully, S. and Evans, A.C.O. and Carter, F. and Duffy, P. and Lonergan, P. and Crowe, M.A. (2015) 'Ultrasound monitoring of blood flow and echotexture of the corpus luteum and uterus during early pregnancy of beef heifers'. Theriogenology, 83 (3):449-458. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Scully S, Evans ACO, Carter F, Duffy P, Lonergan P, Crowe MA. (2015) 'Ultrasound monitoring of blood flow and exhotexture of the corpus luteum and uterus during early pregnancy of beef heifers'. Theriogenology, 83 (3):449-458. [Details]
Jimenez-Krassel F, Scheetz D, Neuder LM, Ireland JLH, Pursley JR, Smith GW, Tempelman R, Ferris T, Roudebush WE, Mossa F, Lonergan P, Evans ACO, Ireland JJ. (2015) 'Concentration of anti-Mullerian hormone in dairy heifers is positively associated with productive herd life'. Journal of Dairy Science, 98 (5):3036-3045. [Details]
Parr MH, Crowe MA, Lonergan P, Evans AC, Fair T, Diskin MG. (2015) 'The concurrent and carry over effects of long term changes in energy intake before insemination on pregnancy per artificial insemination in heifers'. Animal Reproduction Science, 157 :87-94. [Details]
Murphy BA, Blake CM, Brown JA, Martin A-M, Forde N, Sweeney LM, Evans ACO. (2015) 'Evidence of a molecular clock in the ovary and the influence of photoperiod'. Theriogenology, 84 (2):208-216. [Details]
Murphy BA, Blake CM, Brown JA, Martin AM, Forde N, Sweeney LM, Evans AC (2015) 'Evidence of a molecular clock in the ovine ovary and the influence of photoperio'. Theriogenelogy, . [Details]
Parr MH, Crowe MA;Lonergan P;Evans AC;Fair T;Diskin MG (2015) 'The concurrent and carry over effects of long term changes in energy intake before insemination on pregnancy per artificial insemination in heifers'. Animal Reproduction Science, 157 :87-94. [DOI] [Details]
Jimenez-Krassel F, Scheetz DM;Neuder LM;Ireland JL;Pursley JR;Smith GW;Tempelman RJ;Ferris T;Roudebush WE;Mossa F;Lonergan P;Evans AC;Ireland JJ (2015) 'Concentration of anti-Mullerian hormone in dairy heifers is positively associated with productive herd life'. Journal of Dairy Science, 98 (5):3036-3045. [DOI] [Details]
Zhao S, Liu ZX;Gao H;Wu Y;Fang Y;Wu SS;Li MJ;Bai JH;Liu Y;Evans A;Zeng SM (2015) 'A three-dimensional culture system using alginate hydrogel prolongs hatched cattle embryo development in vitro'. Theriogenology, 84 (2):184-192. [DOI] [Details]
MP Mullen, FW Bazer, G Wu, MH Parr, ACO Evans, MA Crowe, MG Diskin (2014) 'Effects of systemic progesterone during the early luteal phase on availabilities of amino acids and glucose in the bovine uterine lumen'. Reproduction, Fertility and Development, 26 (2):282-292. [DOI] [Details]
Zielak-Steciwko, A. E., Browne, J. A., McGettigan, P. A., Gajewska, M., Dzieciol, M., Szulc, T., Evans, A. C. (2014) 'Expression of microRNAs and their target genes and pathways associated with ovarian follicle development in cattle'. Physiol Genomics, 46 (19):735-45. Available Online [Details]
Scully, S, Butler, ST, Kelly, AK, Evans, ACO, Lonergan, P, Crowe, MA (2014) 'Early pregnancy diagnosis on days 18 to 21 postinsemination using high-resolution imaging in lactating dairy cows'. Journal of Dairy Science, 97 (6):3542-3557. [Details]
Mullen MP, Bazer FW, Wu G, Parr MH, Evans AC, Crowe MA, Diskin MG. (2014) 'Effects of systemic progesterone during the early luteal phase on the availabilities of amino acids and glucose in the bovine uterine lumen'. Reproduction Fertility and Development, 26 (2):282-292. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Scully S, Evans ACO, Duffy P, Crowe MA (2014) 'Characterization of follicle and CL development in beef heifers using high resolution three-dimensional ultrasonography'. Theriogenology, 81 (3):407-418. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Tharmalingam-Jaikaran T, Walsh SW, McGettigan PA, Potter O, Struwe WB, Evans AC, Rudd PM, Carrington S. (2014) 'N-glycan profiling of bovine follicular fluid at key dominant follicle developmental stages'. Reproduction, 2014 Sep 11. pii: REP-14-0035. [Epub ahead of print] . [Details]
Parr MH, Crowe MA, Lonergan P, Evans AC, Rizos D, Diskin MG (2014) 'Effect of exogenous progesterone supplementation in the early luteal phase post-insemination on pregnancy per artificial insemination in Holstein-Friesian cows'. Animal Reproduction Science, 150 (1-2):7-14. [DOI] [Details]
Tharmalingam-Jaikaran T, Walsh SW, McGettigan PA, Potter O, Struwe WB, Evans AC, Rudd PM, Carrington S (2014) 'N-glycan profiling of bovine follicular fluid at key dominant follicle developmental stages'. Reproduction, . [DOI] [Details]
Scully, S., Butler, S. T., Kelly, A. K., Evans, A. C. O., Lonergan, P., Crowe, M. A. (2014) 'Early pregnancy diagnosis on days 18 to 21 postinsemination using high-resolution imaging in lactating dairy cows'. Journal of Dairy Science, 97 (6):3542-3557. Available Online [Details]
Beltman, ME, Mullen, MP, Elia, G, Hilliard, M, Diskin, MG, Evans, ACO, Crowe, MA (2014) 'Global proteomic characterisation of uterine histotroph recovered from beef heifers yielding good quality and degenerate day 7 embryos'. Domestic Animal Endocrinology, 46 :49-57. [Details]
O'Hara L, Forde N, Carter F, Rizos D, Maillo V, Ealy AD, Kelly AK, Rodriguez P, Isaka N, Evans AC, Lonergan P (2014) 'Paradoxical effect of supplementary progesterone between Day 3 and Day 7 on corpus luteum function and conceptus development in cattle'. Reproduction, Fertility and Development, 26 (2):328-336. [DOI] [Details]
Scully S, Evans AC, Duffy P, Crowe MA (2014) 'Characterization of follicle and CL development in beef heifers using high resolution three-dimensional ultrasonography'. Theriogenology, 81 (3):407-418. [DOI] [Details]
Scully S, Butler ST, Kelly AK, Evans AC, Lonergan P, Crowe MA (2014) 'Early pregnancy diagnosis on days 18 to 21 postinsemination using high-resolution imaging in lactating dairy cows'. Journal of dairy science, 97 (6):3542-3557. [DOI] [Details]
Walsh SW, Mossa F, Butler ST, Berry DP, Scheetz D, Jimenez-Krassel F, Tempelman RJ, Carter F, Lonergan P, Evans AC, Ireland JJ (2014) 'Heritability and impact of environmental effects during pregnancy on antral follicle count in cattle'. Journal of Dairy Science, 97 (7):4503-4511. [DOI] [Details]
Zielak-Steciwko AE, Browne JA, McGettigan PA, Gajewska M, DziĿcioſ M, Szulc T, Evans AC (2014) 'Expression of microRNAs and their target genes and pathways associated with ovarian follicle development in cattle'. Genomics, 46 (19):735-745. [DOI] [Details]
   

Published Reports

Evans, A (2016) Challenges for Life Science Universities in delivering future global leaders. Association for European Life Science Universities, www.ica-europe.info, Belgium. Available Online [Details]
Evans, A (2017) Challenge for Life Science Universities to deliver impact in addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Association for European Life Science Universities (ICA), www.ica-europe.info, Belgium. Available Online [Details]
                                                                                                                                     

Research

Research Interests

  • Reproductive biology
  • Factors affecting fertility
  • Genomics of tissue development in reproduction
  • Regulation of growth and development of ovarian follicles, oocytes and embryos
  • Consequences of oocyte/embryo/fetal development on noenatal health and development

Research Projects

Sponsor : Dept. Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM)
Title : Early diagnosis of postpartum uterine disease for enhancement of reproduction and improved cow health.
Start Date / End Date : 01-DEC-13 / 30-NOV-17
Sponsor : Glanbia Ingredients Ireland Ltd
Title : Distinguishing milk from pasture-fed versus concentrate-fed cows
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAR-15 / 29-FEB-20
   

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

         

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

  • Professor Pat Lonergan,
  • Dr Trudee Fair,
  • Professor David MacHugh
  • Professor M Crowe

External Collaborators

  • Professor J Ireland, Michigan State University, USA
  • Professor S Zheng, China Agriculture University, Beijing, China
  • Dr F Mossa, Università degli Studi di Sassari, Italy