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Jessica Coyne

Post-Doctoral Research Officer

Research Interests

  • Dairy and beef cattle, sheep, pigs, horses
  • Quantitative genetics
  • Genetic evaluations 
  • Predictive modelling 
  • Phenotyping strategies

Current Projects

Feasible phenotyping strategies for efficient and effective genetic gain in difficult-to-measure traits in cattle and sheep


Masters of Agricultural Science in Quantitative Genetics; UCD and Teagasc Moorepark.
Bachelor of Agricultural Science majoring in Animal Science; UCD. 
Ph.D. in Quantitative Genetics, University of Helsinki


June 2017 – Present: Post-doctoral researcher, Teagasc Moorepark  
March 2013 – February 2017: Ph.D., Teagasc Moorepark, LUKE Finland and the University of Helsinki 
September 2011 – September 2012: M.Agr.Sc, Teagasc Moorepark and University College Dublin 
September 2007 – September 2011: B.Agr.Sc., University College Dublin


Coyne, J.M., Berry, D.P., Matilainen, K., Sevon-Aimonen, M.L., Mantysaari, E.A., Juga, J., Serenius, T. and McHugh, N., 2017. Genetic co-variance functions for live weight, feed intake, and efficiency measures in growing pigs. Journal of Animal Science, 95:3822-3832. doi:10.2527/jas.2017.1408

Coyne, J.M., Matilainen, K., Berry, D.P., Sevon‐Aimonen, M.L., Mäntysaari, E.A., Juga, J., Serenius, T. and McHugh, N., 2017. Estimation of genetic (co) variances of Gompertz growth function parameters in pigs. Journal of Animal Breeding and Genetics134(2), pp.136-143. doi: 10.1111/jbg.12237

Coyne, J.M., Berry, D.P., Mäntysaari, E.A., Juga, J. and McHugh, N., 2015. Comparison of fixed effects and mixed model growth functions in modelling and predicting live weight in pigs. Livestock Science177, pp.8-14. doi.org/10.1016/j.livsci.2015.03.031

Berry, D.P., Coyne, J., Coughlan, B., Burke, M., McCarthy, J., Enright, B., Cromie, A.R. and McParland, S., 2013. Genetics of milking characteristics in dairy cows. Animal, 7(11), pp.1750-1758. doi.org/10.1017/S1751731113001511