Jan Rowell

Research Faculty, Assistant Professor of Animal Science

Contact information:
Phone: 907-474-6009
Fax: 907-474-6184
Email: jerowell@alaska.edu

Curriculm vitae:
BSc, University of Victoria, Canada
MSc, University of Ottowa, Canada
PhD, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Research interests:

  • Reproduction
  • physiology and management of domestic and non-traditional ruminants
  • Muskox fiber (Qiviut) production and quality
  • Comparative Anatomy

Current research programs:

  • Reproductive biology and endocrinology of reindeer and muskox and management of reproduction in these species in farmed settings.

Examples of research support:

  • Reproductive Management of Diversified Livestock. New Crops, USDA 2001 - 2009.
  • Ovarian activity and bull management in farmed muskoxen. National Research Initiative, USDA. 2000-2002.
  • Qiviut: Quality Standards and Commercial Processing. UA Foundation 2000.
  • Maximizing underwool (qiviut) production in muskoxen. Alaska Science and Technology Foundation. 1995-1999.

Examples of publications:


Shipka, MP, J.E. Rowell and S. Bychawski. 2010. Artificial i nsemination in reindeer using frozen-thawed semen. J. Anim. Sci. suppl. 1 88:124

Rowell, J.E. and M.P. Shipka. 2009. Variation in gestation length in captive reindeer (Rangifer tarandus tarandus). Theriogenology 72:190-197.

Blake, J.E., Rowell, J.E. and Shipka, M.P . 2007. Chapter 131; Reindeer Reproductive Management. pp 970- 974 In: Current Therapy In Theriogenology. 2nd Edition. (Eds) R.S. Youngquist. W.B. Saunders, Philadelphia, PA

Shipka, M.P., J.E. Rowell, and M.C. Sousa. 2007. Steroid hormone secretion during the estrous cycle and pregnancy in farmed Alaskan reindeer. J. Anim. Sci. 85:944-951.

Shipka, M.P., J.E. Rowell, and S.P. Ford. 2002. Reindeer bull introduction affects the onset of the breeding season. Anim. Reprod. Sci. 72(1-2):27-35.

Adams, C.A., Bowyer, R.T., Rowell, J.E ., Hauer, W.E. and Jenks, J.A. 2001. Scent marking by male caribou: an experimental test of rubbing behavior. Rangifer, 21:21-27.

Blake, J.E., Rowell, J.E., and Suttie, J.M. 1998. Pedicle and first antler growth in reindeer calves. Can. J. Zool. 76(11):2096-2102.

Bubenik,G.A., D. Schams, R.G. White, J. Rowell , J. Blake, L. Bartos. 1998. Seasonal levels of metabolic hormones and substrates in male and female reindeer (Rangifer tarandus). Comp. Biochem. Physiol. 120 C :307-315.

Bubenik, G.A., D. Schams, R.G. White, J.E. Rowell, J.E. Blake, and L. Bartos (1997) Seasonal levels of reproductive hormones and their relationship to the antler cycle of male and female reindeer. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. 116B:269-277


Rowell, J.E., M.C. Sousa, and M.P. Shipka. 2007. Estrous synchronization in captive muskoxen: progesterone and the bull effect. Can. J. Anim. Sci. , 87:535-538.

Rowell, J.E., M.C. Sousa, and M.P. Shipka. 2003. The male effect, mounting behavior and the onset of estrus in farmed muskoxen. J. Anim. Sci. 81: 2669-2674.

White, R.G., J.E. Rowell , J.E. Blake and W.E. Hauer (1998) Population structure and herd dynamics in captive muskoxen at the Large Animal Research Station, 1988-1994. Rangifer, 18:145.

Rowell, J.E ., R.G. White, and W.E. Hauer (1997) Progesterone during the breeding season and pregnancy in female muskoxen on different dietary regimens. Rangifer, 17:125-129.

White, R.G., J.E. Rowell, and W.E. Hauer (1997) The role of nutrition, body condition and lactation on calving success in muskoxen. J. Zool. Lond. 243:13-20.

Seidel,K.B., and J.E. Rowell. (1996) Canadian muskoxen in Central Europe - A zoo veterinary review. Rangifer 16(2):79-85.

Pharr,J., Rowell, J.E. and P.F. Flood. (1994) Fetal growth in muskoxen determined by transdominal ultrasonography. Can. J. Vet. Res. 58:167-172.

Rowell, J.E ., Pierson, R.A., and Flood, P.F. (1993) Endocrine changes and luteal morphology during pregnancy in muskoxen (Ovibos moschatus). J. Reprod. Fertil. 99:7-13.

Flood, Peter F., Suzanne R. Abrams, Gillian D. Muir & Janice E. Rowell. (1989) The odor of the muskox: a preliminary investigation. J. Chem. Ecol. 15(8):2207-2217.

Gray, David R., Peter F. Flood & Janice E. Rowell. (1989) The structure and function of muskox preorbital glands. Can. J. Zool. 67(5):1134-1142.

Desaulniers, Daniel, Alan K. Goff, Keith J. Betteridge, Janice Rowell & Peter F. Flood. (1989) Reproductive hormone concentrations in faeces during the oestrous cycle and pregnancy in cattle (Bos taurus) and muskoxen (Ovibos moschatus). Can. J. Zool. 67(5):1148-1154.

Desaulniers, Daniel, Alan King, Janice Rowell & Peter F. Flood. (1989) The banded chromosomes of the muskox (Ovibos moschatus). Can. J. Zool. 67(5):1155-1158.

Rowell, Janice E . & Peter F. Flood. (1989) Pregnancy-specific protein in the plasma of captive muskoxen. J. Wildl. Manage. 53(4): 899-901.

Rowell, J.E . & P.F. Flood. (1988) Progesterone, oestradiol-17b and LH during the oestrous cycle of muskoxen (Ovibos moschatus). J. Reprod. Fertil. 84, (117-122).

Rowell, J. , K.J. Betteridge, G.C.B. Randall & J.C. Fenwick. (1987) Anatomy of the reproductive tract of the female muskox (Ovibos moschatus). J. Reprod. Fertil. 80, 431-444.

Rowell, J. & P.F. Flood. (1987) Changes in muskox blood progesterone concentration between collection and centrifugation. J. Wildl. Manage. 51, 901-903.


Rowell, J.E., C.J. Lupton, M.A. Robertson, F.A. Pfeiffer, J.A. Nagy, and R.G. White. 2001. Fiber characteristics of qiviut and guard hair from wild muskoxen (Ovibos moschatus). J. Anim. Sci . 79:1670-1674.

Flood, Peter F., Margaret J. Stalker & Janice E. Rowell. (1989) The hair follicle density and seasonal shedding cycle of the muskox (Ovibos moschatus). Can. J. Zool. 67(5):1143-1147.

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