Dr Jessica Rickard

BAnVetBioSc (Hons) PhD
McCaughey Research Fellow
School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Member of Sydney Institute of Agriculture

B19 - R.M.C. Gunn Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 8564

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Research interests

  • Applied reproduction in domestic and wild animals
  • Semen preservation and artificial insemination
  • The role of seminal plasma in sperm function and fertility
  • Production of pre-sexed offspring by flow cytometric sex-sorting and its dissemination throughout the sheep industry
  • Optimisation of oestrus synchrony to improve fertility rates following artificial insemination
  • Detection and prevention of embryo loss in sheep
  • Applying technology to the Australian sheep industry for improved reproductive management

Teaching and supervision

  • Honours and postgraduate research supervision relating to the projects listed below
  • Casual teaching and demonstrating in Reproductive biology, reproductive physiology and applied reproduction in units of study within the BScVet (VETS2016; VETS4233; VETS5360) and BAnVetBioSc (ANSC3102; ANSC3104) degrees.

Current research students

Project title Research student
Improving the ability of frozen-thawed ram sperm to traverse the cervix through supplementation with seminal plasma proteins. Kelsey POOL
Disruptive technologies for improved reproductive management of sheep Emmah TUMETH

Current projects

  • A proteomic comparison of fresh and frozen-thawed ram sperm to identify potential proteins involved in sperm-cervix interactions
  • The development of a new ultrasound technique to detect and prevent early pregnancy loss in sheep
  • The fertility of sexed ram semen
  • The influence of Melatonin on the success of ram sperm cryopreservation
  • The collection and analysis of large scale fertilty data within the Australian sheep industry to identify trends in the success of artificial breeding programs
  • The application of technology to the sheep industry for improved reproductive management

Associations

  • International Congress on Animal Reproduction (ICAR)
  • Association for Applied Animal Andrology (AAAA)
  • Society of Reproductive Biology (SRB)

In the media

Featured in The Weekly Times:"New technologies are available in sheep artificial breeding"

4 July 2019

Featured in The Land:"AWI and University of Sydney investigate sensor use in sheep"

26 June 2019

Featured in Sheep Central:"Flystrike, welfare and profit focus at 2019 Merinolink conference"

27 May 2019

Featured on CountryNEWS:"Semen still viable"

4 Apr 2019

Research featured on ABC’s Landline:Sheep and Science: Merino lambs sired 50 years ago

2 Apr 2019

Featured in Countryman: "Breeders mingle, chat at stud group's AGM

21 Mar 2019

Featured in Forbes Magazine:"When 50-year-old sperm was thawed, the swimmers actually outperformed far newer ones"

20 Mar 2019

Featured in Smithsonian Magazine:"Healthy Baby Lambs Using World's Oldest Sperm"

20 Mar 2019

Featured in Cosmos Magazine:"Half-century-old sperm still up to the job"

19 Mar 2019

Featured in the NZ Herald:"World's oldest ram semen still viable"

19 Mar 2019

Featured in The Guardian:"Sir Freddie the ram's 50-year-old frozen sperm used to produce offspring".

18 Mar 2019

Featured in the New York Post:"World's oldest semen still packs a potent punch, researchers say"

18 Mar 2019

Featured in CNN:"Lambs born from world's oldest stored semen"

18 Mar 2019

Featured in the Mirror:"World's oldest semen is still viable 50 years after it was first stored"

18 Mar 2019

Featured in The Independent."50-year-old semen still works, scientists find"

18 Mar 2019

Featured in The Times:"Ewe can't hurry love: sperm from 1968 produces lams"

18 Mar 2019

Featured on CNET:"World's oldest semen makes sheep babies 50 years later - This is ewe-inspiring research"

18 Mar 2019

Featured in the University of Sydney News: "World's oldest semen still viable"

18 Mar 2019

Featured in IFL Science:"World's Oldest Frozen Semen Successfully Impregantes Dozens of Sheep"

17 Mar 2019

Featured on ABC News online"How a Cold War scientist escaped a gulag to pioneer reproductive technology using sheep semen"

16 Mar 2019

Featured in Australian Wool Magazine,Beyond The Bale. "Sexed semen via AI to enable selection of ram or ewe lambs" and " 50-year-old ram semen achieves high fertility"

Dec 2018

Featured inThe Manly Daily.Simon's work with Pittwater High School teaching students about agriculture. The "School's New Cuddly Pupil", Samson, was born as a result of Simon artificially inseminating a ewe with the help of Year 11 and 12 students

Dec 2018

Research featured inBeyond The Bale,"R&D into low cost, non-surgical 'cervical' artificial insemination using frozen semen"

Dec 2015

Featured inBeyond The Bale,"R&D into low cost, non-surgical cervical AI"

Mar 2014

Themes

Wildlife and conservation; Animal production and welfare

International links

France

(Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA)) Collaboration with Dr Xavier Druart on interaction between sperm, seminal plasma and the female reproductive tract in sheep.

Germany

(Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research) Collaboration with Dr Robert Hermes on basic and applied rhino reproduction.

Selected grants

2019

  • Sensing technologies to reduce reproductive wastage; de Graaf S, Rickard J; Australian Wool Innovation Limited/Research and Development.

2018

  • Fertility of sexed ram semen; Leahy T, de Graaf S, Pini T, Rickard J; Australian Wool Innovation Limited/Call for Proposals On-Farm R&D, Off-Farm R&D.

2015

  • Fertility of sexed ram semen; de Graaf S, Leahy T, Rickard J; Australian Wool Innovation Limited/Research Support.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Al-Bulushi, S., Manjunatha, B., Bathgate, R., Rickard, J., de Graaf, S. (2019). Liquid storage of dromedary camel semen in different extenders. Animal Reproduction Science, 207, 95-106. [More Information]
  • Leahy, T., Rickard, J., Bernecic, N., Druart, X., de Graaf, S. (2019). Ram seminal plasma and its functional proteomic assessment. Reproduction, 157(6), R243-R256. [More Information]
  • Al-Bulushi, S., Manjunatha, B., de Graaf, S., Rickard, J. (2019). Reproductive seasonality of male dromedary camels. Animal Reproduction Science, 202, 10-20. [More Information]
  • Druart, X., Rickard, J., Tsikis, G., de Graaf, S. (2019). Seminal plasma proteins as markers of sperm fertility. Theriogenology, 137, 30-35. [More Information]
  • Rickard, J., Pool, K., Druart, X., de Graaf, S. (2019). The fate of spermatozoa in the female reproductive tract: A comparative review. Theriogenology, 137, 104-112. [More Information]
  • Pini, T., Rickard, J., Leahy, T., Crossett, B., Druart, X., de Graaf, S. (2018). Cryopreservation and egg yolk medium alter the proteome of ram spermatozoa. Journal of Proteomics, 181, 73-82. [More Information]
  • Al-Bulushi, S., Manjunatha, B., Bathgate, R., Rickard, J., de Graaf, S. (2018). Effect of semen collection frequency on the semen characteristics of dromedary camels. Animal Reproduction Science, 197, 145-153. [More Information]
  • Pool, K., Rickard, J., Leahy, T., Pini, T., de Graaf, S. (2018). Treatment of rams with melatonin in the non-breeding season improves the post-thaw quality of spermatozoa. Animal Reproduction Science, 194, e17-e17. [More Information]
  • Maddison, J., Rickard, J., Bernecic, N., Tsikis, G., Soleilhavoup, C., Labas, V., Combes-Soia, L., Harichaux, G., Druart, X., Leahy, T., de Graaf, S. (2017). Oestrus synchronisation and superovulation alter the cervicovaginal mucus proteome of the ewe. Journal of Proteomics, 155, 1-10. [More Information]
  • Rickard, J., Ryan, G., Hall, E., de Graaf, S., Hermes, R. (2017). Using transrectal ultrasound to examine the effect of exogenous progesterone on early embryonic loss in sheep. PloS One, 12(8), 1-18. [More Information]
  • Leahy, T., Rickard, J., Aitken, J., de Graaf, S. (2016). D-penicillamine prevents ram sperm agglutination by reducing the disulphide bonds of a copper-binding sperm protein. Reproduction, 151(5), 491-500. [More Information]
  • Rickard, J., Leahy, T., Druart, X., de Graaf, S. (2016). Exposure to seminal plasma reduces the duration that epididymal ram spermatozoa exhibit wave motion. Animal Reproduction Science, 169, 118-118. [More Information]
  • Maddison, J., Rickard, J., Mooney, E., Bernecic, N., Soleilhavoup, C., Tsikis, G., Druart, X., Leahy, T., de Graaf, S. (2016). Oestrus synchronisation and superovulation alter the production and biochemical constituents of ovine cervicovaginal mucus. Animal Reproduction Science, 172, 114-122. [More Information]
  • Leahy, T., Rickard, J., de Graaf, S. (2016). Penicillamine attenuates agglutination of ram spermatozoa in capacitating media through the reduction of disulphide bonds on a sperm binding protein. Animal Reproduction Science, 169, 95-95. [More Information]
  • Leahy, T., Rickard, J., Aitken, J., de Graaf, S. (2016). Penicillamine prevents ram sperm agglutination in media that support capacitation. Reproduction, 151(2), 167-177. [More Information]
  • Pini, T., Leahy, T., Soleilhavoup, C., Tsikis, G., Labas, V., Combes-Soia, L., Harichaux, G., Rickard, J., Druart, X., de Graaf, S. (2016). Proteomic Investigation of Ram Spermatozoa and the Proteins Conferred by Seminal Plasma. Journal of Proteome Research, 15(10), 3700-3711. [More Information]
  • Rickard, J., Schmidt, R., Maddison, J., Bathgate, R., Lynch, G., Druart, X., de Graaf, S. (2016). Variation in seminal plasma alters the ability of ram spermatozoa to survive cryopreservation. Reproduction, Fertility and Development, 28(4), 516-523. [More Information]
  • Rickard, J., Leahy, T., Soleilhavoup, C., Tsikis, G., Labas, V., Harichaux, G., Lynch, G., Druart, X., de Graaf, S. (2015). The identification of proteomic markers of sperm freezing resilience in ram seminal plasma. Journal of Proteomics, 126, 303-311. [More Information]
  • Rickard, J., Pini, T., Soleilhavoup, C., Cognie, J., Bathgate, R., Lynch, G., Evans, G., Maxwell, W., Druart, X., de Graaf, S. (2014). Seminal plasma aids the survival and cervical transit of epididymal ram spermatozoa. Reproduction, 148, 469-478. [More Information]
  • de Graaf, S., Rickard, J., Maddison, J., Bathgate, R., Druart, X. (2013). Impaired transport of liquid and frozen stored spermatozoa through the cervix. Reproduction in Domestic Animals, 48(1), 63-63. [More Information]
  • Druart, X., Rickard, J., Mactier, S., Kohnke, P., Kershaw-Young, C., Bathgate, R., Gibb, Z., Crossett, B., Tsikis, G., Labas, V., Grupen, C., de Graaf, S., et al (2013). Proteomic characterization and cross species comparison of mammalian seminal plasma. Journal of Proteomics, 91, 13-22. [More Information]
  • Druart, X., Rickard, J., Mactier, S., Kohnke, P., Kershaw-Young, C., Bathgate, R., Gibb, Z., Crossett, B., Tsikis, G., Labas, V., Grupen, C., de Graaf, S., et al (2013). Proteomic characterization and cross species comparison of mammalian seminal plasma. Journal of Proteomics, 91, 13-22. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Rickard, J., Pini, T., Leahy, T., de Graaf, S. (2016). Species specific sorting protocol required for the production of high quality chill- and frozen-stored sex-sorted ram sperm. 18th International Congress on Animal Reproduction, N/A: N/A.
  • Maddison, J., Rickard, J., Bathgate, R., Druart, X., de Graaf, S. (2014). Changes to ovine cervical mucus induced by the oestrous cycle, oestrus synchronisation and superovulation. European Society for Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Italy: Reproduction in Domestic Animals.
  • de Graaf, S., Rickard, J., Pini, T., Maddison, J., Druart, X., Leahy, T. (2014). Emerging Roles of Seminal Plasma in Sperm Function. 9th Biennial Conference of the Association for Applied Animal Andrology, Newcastle: Association for Applied Animal Andrology.
  • Rickard, J., Maddison, J., Pini, T., Bathgate, R., Evans, G., Maxwell, W., Lynch, G., Druart, X., de Graaf, S. (2013). Exposure to seminal plasma aids the migration of epididymal ram spermatozoa through the cervix. The Annual Conference of the Australian Society for Reproductive Biology, Australia: Australian Society for Reproductive Biology.
  • de Graaf, S., Rickard, J., Maddison, J., Bathgate, R., Druart, X. (2013). Impaired transport of liquid and frozen stored spermatozoa through the cervix. European Society for Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Italy: Reproduction in Domestic Animals.
  • Rickard, J., Bathgate, R., Maddison, J., Schmidt, R., Lynch, G., Druart, X., de Graaf, S. (2013). The effect of seminal plasma from rams with varied freezing resilience on the cryosurvival of ram spermatozoa. European Society for Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Italy: Reproduction in Domestic Animals.
  • Rickard, J., Kohnke, P., Bathgate, R., Druart, X., Lynch, G., de Graaf, S. (2012). A preliminary assessment of the ram spermatozoa glycoproteome using 2DLC-MS/MS. International Congress on Animal Reproduction, Canada: Reproduction in Domestic Animals.
  • de Graaf, S., Grupen, C., Rickard, J., Bathgate, R., Mactier, S., Kohnke, B., Crossett, B., Maxwell, W., Christopherson, R., Druart, X. (2012). Identification of Membrane Glycoproteins of Ejaculated and Epididymal Boar Spermatozoa Using LC-MS/MS. The 2nd World Congress of Reproductive Biology, N/A: N/A.

2019

  • Al-Bulushi, S., Manjunatha, B., Bathgate, R., Rickard, J., de Graaf, S. (2019). Liquid storage of dromedary camel semen in different extenders. Animal Reproduction Science, 207, 95-106. [More Information]
  • Leahy, T., Rickard, J., Bernecic, N., Druart, X., de Graaf, S. (2019). Ram seminal plasma and its functional proteomic assessment. Reproduction, 157(6), R243-R256. [More Information]
  • Al-Bulushi, S., Manjunatha, B., de Graaf, S., Rickard, J. (2019). Reproductive seasonality of male dromedary camels. Animal Reproduction Science, 202, 10-20. [More Information]
  • Druart, X., Rickard, J., Tsikis, G., de Graaf, S. (2019). Seminal plasma proteins as markers of sperm fertility. Theriogenology, 137, 30-35. [More Information]
  • Rickard, J., Pool, K., Druart, X., de Graaf, S. (2019). The fate of spermatozoa in the female reproductive tract: A comparative review. Theriogenology, 137, 104-112. [More Information]

2018

  • Pini, T., Rickard, J., Leahy, T., Crossett, B., Druart, X., de Graaf, S. (2018). Cryopreservation and egg yolk medium alter the proteome of ram spermatozoa. Journal of Proteomics, 181, 73-82. [More Information]
  • Al-Bulushi, S., Manjunatha, B., Bathgate, R., Rickard, J., de Graaf, S. (2018). Effect of semen collection frequency on the semen characteristics of dromedary camels. Animal Reproduction Science, 197, 145-153. [More Information]
  • Pool, K., Rickard, J., Leahy, T., Pini, T., de Graaf, S. (2018). Treatment of rams with melatonin in the non-breeding season improves the post-thaw quality of spermatozoa. Animal Reproduction Science, 194, e17-e17. [More Information]

2017

  • Maddison, J., Rickard, J., Bernecic, N., Tsikis, G., Soleilhavoup, C., Labas, V., Combes-Soia, L., Harichaux, G., Druart, X., Leahy, T., de Graaf, S. (2017). Oestrus synchronisation and superovulation alter the cervicovaginal mucus proteome of the ewe. Journal of Proteomics, 155, 1-10. [More Information]
  • Rickard, J., Ryan, G., Hall, E., de Graaf, S., Hermes, R. (2017). Using transrectal ultrasound to examine the effect of exogenous progesterone on early embryonic loss in sheep. PloS One, 12(8), 1-18. [More Information]

2016

  • Leahy, T., Rickard, J., Aitken, J., de Graaf, S. (2016). D-penicillamine prevents ram sperm agglutination by reducing the disulphide bonds of a copper-binding sperm protein. Reproduction, 151(5), 491-500. [More Information]
  • Rickard, J., Leahy, T., Druart, X., de Graaf, S. (2016). Exposure to seminal plasma reduces the duration that epididymal ram spermatozoa exhibit wave motion. Animal Reproduction Science, 169, 118-118. [More Information]
  • Maddison, J., Rickard, J., Mooney, E., Bernecic, N., Soleilhavoup, C., Tsikis, G., Druart, X., Leahy, T., de Graaf, S. (2016). Oestrus synchronisation and superovulation alter the production and biochemical constituents of ovine cervicovaginal mucus. Animal Reproduction Science, 172, 114-122. [More Information]
  • Leahy, T., Rickard, J., de Graaf, S. (2016). Penicillamine attenuates agglutination of ram spermatozoa in capacitating media through the reduction of disulphide bonds on a sperm binding protein. Animal Reproduction Science, 169, 95-95. [More Information]
  • Leahy, T., Rickard, J., Aitken, J., de Graaf, S. (2016). Penicillamine prevents ram sperm agglutination in media that support capacitation. Reproduction, 151(2), 167-177. [More Information]
  • Pini, T., Leahy, T., Soleilhavoup, C., Tsikis, G., Labas, V., Combes-Soia, L., Harichaux, G., Rickard, J., Druart, X., de Graaf, S. (2016). Proteomic Investigation of Ram Spermatozoa and the Proteins Conferred by Seminal Plasma. Journal of Proteome Research, 15(10), 3700-3711. [More Information]
  • Rickard, J., Pini, T., Leahy, T., de Graaf, S. (2016). Species specific sorting protocol required for the production of high quality chill- and frozen-stored sex-sorted ram sperm. 18th International Congress on Animal Reproduction, N/A: N/A.
  • Rickard, J., Schmidt, R., Maddison, J., Bathgate, R., Lynch, G., Druart, X., de Graaf, S. (2016). Variation in seminal plasma alters the ability of ram spermatozoa to survive cryopreservation. Reproduction, Fertility and Development, 28(4), 516-523. [More Information]

2015

  • Rickard, J., Leahy, T., Soleilhavoup, C., Tsikis, G., Labas, V., Harichaux, G., Lynch, G., Druart, X., de Graaf, S. (2015). The identification of proteomic markers of sperm freezing resilience in ram seminal plasma. Journal of Proteomics, 126, 303-311. [More Information]

2014

  • Maddison, J., Rickard, J., Bathgate, R., Druart, X., de Graaf, S. (2014). Changes to ovine cervical mucus induced by the oestrous cycle, oestrus synchronisation and superovulation. European Society for Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Italy: Reproduction in Domestic Animals.
  • de Graaf, S., Rickard, J., Pini, T., Maddison, J., Druart, X., Leahy, T. (2014). Emerging Roles of Seminal Plasma in Sperm Function. 9th Biennial Conference of the Association for Applied Animal Andrology, Newcastle: Association for Applied Animal Andrology.
  • Rickard, J., Pini, T., Soleilhavoup, C., Cognie, J., Bathgate, R., Lynch, G., Evans, G., Maxwell, W., Druart, X., de Graaf, S. (2014). Seminal plasma aids the survival and cervical transit of epididymal ram spermatozoa. Reproduction, 148, 469-478. [More Information]

2013

  • Rickard, J., Maddison, J., Pini, T., Bathgate, R., Evans, G., Maxwell, W., Lynch, G., Druart, X., de Graaf, S. (2013). Exposure to seminal plasma aids the migration of epididymal ram spermatozoa through the cervix. The Annual Conference of the Australian Society for Reproductive Biology, Australia: Australian Society for Reproductive Biology.
  • de Graaf, S., Rickard, J., Maddison, J., Bathgate, R., Druart, X. (2013). Impaired transport of liquid and frozen stored spermatozoa through the cervix. Reproduction in Domestic Animals, 48(1), 63-63. [More Information]
  • de Graaf, S., Rickard, J., Maddison, J., Bathgate, R., Druart, X. (2013). Impaired transport of liquid and frozen stored spermatozoa through the cervix. European Society for Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Italy: Reproduction in Domestic Animals.
  • Druart, X., Rickard, J., Mactier, S., Kohnke, P., Kershaw-Young, C., Bathgate, R., Gibb, Z., Crossett, B., Tsikis, G., Labas, V., Grupen, C., de Graaf, S., et al (2013). Proteomic characterization and cross species comparison of mammalian seminal plasma. Journal of Proteomics, 91, 13-22. [More Information]
  • Druart, X., Rickard, J., Mactier, S., Kohnke, P., Kershaw-Young, C., Bathgate, R., Gibb, Z., Crossett, B., Tsikis, G., Labas, V., Grupen, C., de Graaf, S., et al (2013). Proteomic characterization and cross species comparison of mammalian seminal plasma. Journal of Proteomics, 91, 13-22. [More Information]
  • Rickard, J., Bathgate, R., Maddison, J., Schmidt, R., Lynch, G., Druart, X., de Graaf, S. (2013). The effect of seminal plasma from rams with varied freezing resilience on the cryosurvival of ram spermatozoa. European Society for Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Italy: Reproduction in Domestic Animals.

2012

  • Rickard, J., Kohnke, P., Bathgate, R., Druart, X., Lynch, G., de Graaf, S. (2012). A preliminary assessment of the ram spermatozoa glycoproteome using 2DLC-MS/MS. International Congress on Animal Reproduction, Canada: Reproduction in Domestic Animals.
  • de Graaf, S., Grupen, C., Rickard, J., Bathgate, R., Mactier, S., Kohnke, B., Crossett, B., Maxwell, W., Christopherson, R., Druart, X. (2012). Identification of Membrane Glycoproteins of Ejaculated and Epididymal Boar Spermatozoa Using LC-MS/MS. The 2nd World Congress of Reproductive Biology, N/A: N/A.

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