Dr Julian Evans

Dr Julian Evans

Dr Julian Evans

 B.Sc.(Hons)(Melit.),M.Sc.(Melit.),Ph.D.(Plym.),C.Biol.,MRSB,Mem.MBA

Lecturer

Faculty of Science
Biology
Room 244
Biology Building
Msida
  +356 2340 2375
Dr Julian Evans graduated B.Sc.(Hons.) in biology and chemistry and M.Sc. in biology from the University of Malta, and obtained a Ph.D. in ecology at the University of Plymouth (UK). He was subsequently a post-doctoral researcher on a number of EU projects working on marine protected area networks and benthic habitat research, and is currently a resident academic at the University of Malta's Department of Biology. He is also member of the Royal Society of Biology (Britain) and of the Marine Biological Association of the UK.

Dr Evans publishes regularly, having authored over 30 papers in international peer-reviewed scientific journals as well as numerous other works including book chapters, conference papers, technical reports and popular articles. His main research interests are structural and functional ecology of marine species and benthic communities (both coastal and deep-sea), marine bioinvasions, and ecological monitoring. He also serves as a scientific consultant on environmental monitoring and assessment, and has contributed to several Environmental Impact Assessments, Environmental Baseline Surveys and Monitoring Programmes, and Environmental Planning Statements, as well as assessments on the status of endangered species.
  • Structural and functional ecology of communities
  • Population biology and behavioural ecology (ethology)
  • Marine invasion biology
  • Deep-sea ecology
  • Ecophysiology
  • Biological monitoring
  • Experimental design and quantitative analysis of biological data

DANOVARO, R., FANELLI, E., CANALS, M., CIUFFARDI, T., FABRI, M.-., TAVIANI, M., ARGYROU, M., AZZURRO, E., BIANCHELLI, S., CANTAFARO, A., CARUGATI, L., CORINALDESI, C., DE HAAN, W.P., DELL’ANNO, A., EVANS, J., FOGLINI, F., GALIL, B., GIANNI, M., GOREN, M., GRECO, S., GRIMALT, J., GÜELL-BUJONS, Q., JADAUD, A., KNITTWEIS, L., LOPEZ, J.L., SANCHEZ-VIDAL, A., SCHEMBRI, P.J., SNELGROVE, P., VAZ, S. and IDEM CONSORTIUM, (2020). Towards a marine strategy for the deep Mediterranean Sea: Analysis of current ecological status. Marine Policy, 112, pp. 103781.

EVANS, J., ARNDT, E. and SCHEMBRI, P.J., (2020). Atlantic fishes in the Mediterranean: using biological traits to assess the origin of newcomer fishes. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 643, pp. 133-143.

KATSANEVAKIS, S., POURSANIDIS, D., HOFFMAN, R., RIZGALLA, J., ROTHMAN, S.B., LEVITT-BARMATS, Y., HADJIOANNOU, L., TRKOV, D., GARMENDIA, J.M., RIZZO, M., BARTOLO, A.G., BARICHE, M., TOMAS, F., KLEITOU, P., SCHEMBRI, P.J., KLETOU, D., TIRALONGO, F., PERGENT, C., PERGENT, G., AZZURRO, E., BILECENOGLU, M., LODOLA, A., BALLESTEROS, E., GEROVASILEIOU, V., VERLAQUE, M., OCCHIPINTI-AMBROGI, A., KYTINOU, E., DAILIANIS, T., FERRARIO, J., CROCETTA, F., JIMENEZ, C., EVANS, J., RAGKOUSIS, M., LIPEJ, L., BORG, J.A., DIMITRIADIS, C., CHATZIGEORGIOU, G., ALBANO, P.G., KALOGIROU, S., BAZAIRI, H., ESPINOSA, F., BEN SOUISSI, J., TSIAMIS, K., BADALAMENTI, F., LANGENECK, J., NOEL, P., DEIDUN, A., MARCHINI, A., SKOURADAKIS, G., ROYO, L., SINI, M., BIANCHI, C.N., SGHAIER, Y., GHANEM, R., DOUMPAS, N., ZAOUALI, J., TSIRINTANIS, K., PAPADAKIS, O., MORRI, C., ÇINAR, M.E., TERRADOS, J., INSACCO, G., ZAVA, B., SOUFI-KECHAOU, E., PIAZZI, L., BEN AMOR, K.O., ANDRIOTIS, E., GAMBI, M.C., BEN AMOR, M.M., GARRABOU, J., LINARES, C., FORTIČ, A., DIGENIS, M., CEBRIAN, E., FOURT, M., ZOTOU, M., CASTRIOTA, L., DI MARTINO, V., ROSSO, A., PIPITONE, C., FALAUTANO, M., GARCÍA, M., ZAKHAMA-SRAIEB, R., KHAMASSI, F., MANNINO, A.M., KTARI, M.H., KOSMA, I., RIFI, M., KARACHLE, P.K., YAPICI, S., BOS, A.R., BALISTRERI, P., RAMOS-ESPLÁ, A.A., TEMPESTI, J., INGLESE, O., GIOVOS, I., DAMALAS, D., BENHISSOUNE, S., HUSEYINOGLU, M.F., RJIBA-BAHRI, W., SANTAMARÍA, J., ORLANDO-BONACA, M., IZQUIERDO, A., STAMOULI, C., MONTEFALCONE, M., CERIM, H., GOLO, R., TSIOLI, S., ORFANIDIS, S., MICHAILIDIS, N., GAGLIOTI, M., TAŞKIN, E., MANCUSO, E., ŽUNEC, A., CVITKOVIĆ, I., FILIZ, H., SANFILIPPO, R., SIAPATIS, A., MAVRIČ, B., KARAA, S., TÜRKER, A., MONNIOT, F., VERDURA, J., EL OUAMARI, N., SELFATI, M. and ZENETOS, A., (2020). Unpublished Mediterranean records of marine alien and cryptogenic species. BioInvasions Records, 9(2), pp. 165-182.

AGIUS, D., EVANS, J. and SCHEMBRI, P.J., (2019). Algal substratum preferences of the alien foraminiferan Amphistegina lobifera in shallow water. Rapport du Congrès de la Commission Internationale pour l'Exploration Scientifique de la Mer Méditerranée, 42, pp. 187.

CANTAFARO, A., AGUILAR, R., GARCIA, S., KNITTWEIS, L. and EVANS, J., (2019). Refining deep-sea habitat classification schemes based on recent surveys in Maltese waters. Rapport du Congrès de la Commission Internationale pour l'Exploration Scientifique de la Mer Méditerranée, 42, pp. 16.

ELLUL, T., EVANS, J. and SCHEMBRI, P.J., (2019). Invasion alert: rapid range expansion of Caulerpa taxifolia var. distichophylla in Maltese waters (central Mediterranean). BioInvasions Records, 8(2), pp. 208-217.

ELLUL, T., EVANS, J. and SCHEMBRI, P.J., (2019). Seasonal changes in populations of Caulerpa taxifolia var. distichophylla in the Maltese Islands. Rapport du Congrès de la Commission Internationale pour l'Exploration Scientifique de la Mer Méditerranée, 42, pp. 188.

EVANS, J., KNITTWEIS, L., BORG, J.A. and SCHEMBRI, P.J., (2019). Cold-Water Corals in the Mediterranean: A History of Discovery. In: C. OREJAS and C. JIMENEZ, eds, Mediterranean Cold-Water Corals: Past, Present and Future (Coral Reefs of the World Vol. 9). Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2019, pp. 31-33.

GUASTELLA, R., CARUSO, A., EVANS, J., LANGONE, L. and MANCIN, N., (2019). A 70-year long lessepsian colonization: the conquest of Malta by Amphistegina lobifera. Rapport du Congrès de la Commission Internationale pour l'Exploration Scientifique de la Mer Méditerranée, 42, pp. 180.

GUASTELLA, R., MARCHINI, A., CARUSO, A., COSENTINO, C., EVANS, J., WEINMANN, A.E., LANGER, M.R. and MANCIN, N., (2019). “Hidden invaders” conquer the Sicily Channel and knock on the door of the Western Mediterranean sea. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 225, pp. 106234.

KNITTWEIS, L., EVANS, J., AGUILAR, R., ALVAREZ, H., BORG, J.A., GARCIA, S. and SCHEMBRI, P.J., (2019). Recent Discoveries of Extensive Cold-Water Coral Assemblages in Maltese Waters. In: C. OREJAS and C. JIMENEZ, eds, Mediterranean Cold-Water Corals: Past, Present and Future (Coral Reefs of the World Vol. 9). Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2019, pp. 253-255.

TSIAMIS, K., PALIALEXIS, A., STEFANOVA, K., GLADAN, Ž.N., SKEJIĆ, S., DESPALATOVIĆ, M., CVITKOVIĆ, I., DRAGIČEVIĆ, B., DULČIĆ, J., VIDJAK, O., BOJANIĆ, N., ŽULJEVIĆ, A., APLIKIOTI, M., ARGYROU, M., JOSEPHIDES, M., MICHAILIDIS, N., JAKOBSEN, H.H., STAEHR, P.A., OJAVEER, H., LEHTINIEMI, M., MASSÉ, C., ZENETOS, A., CASTRIOTA, L., LIVI, S., MAZZIOTTI, C., SCHEMBRI, P.J., EVANS, J., BARTOLO, A.G., KABUTA, S.H., SMOLDERS, S., KNEGTERING, E., GITTENBERGER, A., GRUSZKA, P., KRAŚNIEWSKI, W., BARTILOTTI, C., TUATY-GUERRA, M., CANNING-CLODE, J., COSTA, A.C., PARENTE, M.I., BOTELHO, A.Z., MICAEL, J., MIODONSKI, J.V., CARREIRA, G.P., LOPES, V., CHAINHO, P., BARBERÁ, C., NADDAFI, R., FLORIN, A., BARRY, P., STEBBING, P.D. and CARDOSO, A.C., (2019). Non-indigenous species refined national baseline inventories: A synthesis in the context of the European Union's Marine Strategy Framework Directive. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 145, pp. 429-435.

BONNICI, L., BORG, J.A., EVANS, J., LANFRANCO, S. and SCHEMBRI, P.J., (2018). Of rocks and hard places: Comparing biotic assemblages on concrete jetties versus natural rock along a microtidal Mediterranean shore. Journal of Coastal Research, 34(5), pp. 1136-1148.

EVANS, J., ATTRILL, M., BORG, J.A., COTTON, P.A. and SCHEMBRI, P.J., (2018). Hidden in plain sight: species richness and habitat characterisation of sublittoral pebble beds. Marine Biology, 165(35),.

EVANS, J., KNITTWEIS, L., AGUILAR, R., ALVAREZ, H., BORG, J.A., GARCIA, S. and SCHEMBRI, P.J., (2018). On the occurrence of Coronaster briareus (Echinodermata, Forcipulatida, Asteriidae) in the Mediterranean Sea. Marine Biodiversity, 48(3), pp. 1381-1390.

ZUPAN, M., BULLERI, F., EVANS, J., FRASCHETTI, S., GUIDETTI, P., GARCIA-RUBIES, A., SOSTRES, M., ASNAGHI, V., CARO, A., DEUDERO, S., GOÑI, R., GUARNIERI, G., GUILHAUMON, F., KERSTING, D., KOKKALI, A., KRUSCHEL, C., MACIC, V., MANGIALAJO, L., MALLOL, S., MACPHERSON, E., PANUCCI, A., RADOLOVIC, M., RAMDANI, M., SCHEMBRI, P.J., TERLIZZI, A., VILLA, E. and CLAUDET, J., (2018). How good is your marine protected area at curbing threats? Biological Conservation, 221, pp. 237-245.

EVANS, J. and SCHEMBRI, P.J., (2017). Not another first: the ‘first’ Mediterranean record of Pomacanthus asfur (Forsskal, 1775) is probably based on a misidentification. Cybium, 41(1), pp. 75-76.

EVANS, J. and SCHEMBRI, P.J., (2017). On the occurrence of Cephalopholis hemistiktos and C. taeniops (Actinopterygii, Perciformes, Serranidae) in Malta, with corrections of previous misidentifications. Acta Ichthyologica et Piscatoria, 47(2), pp. 197-200.

EVANS, J., TONNA, R. and SCHEMBRI, P.J., (2017). A bevy of surgeons: first record of Acanthurus chirurgus (Bloch, 1787) from the central Mediterranean, with notes on other Acanthuridae recorded in the region. BioInvasions Records, 6(2), pp. 105-109.

GARCIA-RUBIES, A., CEBRIAN, E., SCHEMBRI, P.J., EVANS, J. and MACPHERSON, E., (2017). Ecological Effects and Benefits of Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas. In: P. GORIUP, ed, Management of Marine Protected Areas: A Network Perspective. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons Ltd, pp. 21-47.

MACIVER, S.K., EVANS, J., BORG, J.A., SCHEMBRI, P.J. and RAMOS-ESPLÁ, A.A., (2017). Status of the ‘Mangrove tunicate’ Ecteinascidia turbinata (Ascidiacea: Perophoridae) in the Mediterranean Sea. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 97(2), pp. 369-376.

AFONCHEVA, S., EVANS, J. and SCHEMBRI, P.J., (2016). The current status of the alien ascidian Herdmania momus in Malta. Rapport du Congrès de la Commission Internationale pour l'Exploration Scientifique de la Mer Méditerranée, 41, pp. 412.

BIOLCHI, S., FURLANI, S., ANTONIOLI, S., BALDASSINI, N., CAUSON DEGUARA, J., DEVOTO, S., DI STEFANO, A., EVANS, J., GAMBIN, T., GAUCI, R., MASTRONATUZZI, G., MONACO, C. and SCICCHITANO, G., (2016). Boulder accumulations related to extreme wave events on the eastern coast of Malta. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 16, pp. 737-756.

BOERO, F., FOGLINI, F., FRASCHETTI, S., GORIUP, P., MACPHERSON, E., PLANES, S., SOUKISSIAN, T. and COCONET CONSORTIUM [INCLUDING EVANS J.], (2016). CoCoNet: Towards coast to coast networks of marine protected areas (from the shore to the high and deep sea), coupled with sea-based wind energy potential. SCIRES-IT (SCIentific RESearch and Information Technology), 6 (suppl. 2016), pp. 1-95.

EVANS, J., AGUILAR, R., ALVAREZ, H., BORG, J.A., GARCIA, S., KNITTWEIS, L. and SCHEMBRI, P.J., (2016). Recent evidence that the deep sea around Malta is a biodiversity hotspot. Rapport du Congrès de la Commission Internationale pour l'Exploration Scientifique de la Mer Méditerranée, 41, pp. 463.

EVANS, J. and SCHEMBRI, P.J., (2016). Newcomer species from Maltese waters: additions and amendments. Rapport du Congrès de la Commission Internationale pour l'Exploration Scientifique de la Mer Méditerranée, 41, pp. 424.

EVANS, J., ZAMMIT, E. and SCHEMBRI, P.J., (2016). First record of the yellowbar angelfish Pomacanthus maculosus in the central Mediterranean (Maltese Islands). Journal of Applied Ichthyology, 32, pp. 1226-1228.

KNITTWEIS, L., AGUILAR, R., ALVAREZ, H., BORG, J.A., EVANS, J., GARCIA, S. and SCHEMBRI, P.J., (2016). New depth record for the precious red coral Corallium rubrum for the Mediterranean. Rapport du Congrès de la Commission Internationale pour l'Exploration Scientifique de la Mer Méditerranée, 41, pp. 467.

RATTRAY, A., ANDRELLO, M., ASNAGHI, V., BEVILACQUA, S., BULLERI, F., CEBRIAN, E., CHIANTORE, M., CLAUDET, J., DEUDERO, S., EVANS, J., FRASCHETTI, S., GUARNIERI, G., MANGIALAJO, L., SCHEMBRI, P.J., TERLIZZI, A. and BENEDETTI-CECCHI, L., (2016). Geographic distance, water circulation and environmental conditions shape the biodiversity of Mediterranean rocky coasts. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 55, pp. 1-11.

TERRIBILE, K., EVANS, J., KNITTWEIS, L. and SCHEMBRI, P.J., (2016). Maximising MEDITS: Using data collected from trawl surveys to characterise the benthic and demersal assemblages of the circalittoral and deeper waters around the Maltese Islands (Central Mediterranean). Regional Studies in Marine Science, 3, pp. 163-175.

CROCETTA, F., AGIUS, D., BALISTRERI, P., BARICHE, M., BAYHAN, Y.K., ÇAKIR, M., CIRIACO, S., CORSINI-FOKA, M., DEIDUN, A., EL ZRELLI, R., ERGÜDEN, D., EVANS, J., GHELIA, M., GIAVASI, M., KLEITOU, P., KONDYLATOS, G., LIPEJ, L., MIFSUD, C., ÖZVAROL, Y., PAGANO, A., PORTELLI, P., POURSANIDIS, D., RABAOUI, L., SCHEMBRI, P.J., TAŞKIN, E., TIRALONGO, F. and ZENETOS, A., (2015). New Mediterranean Biodiversity Records (October 2015). Mediterranean Marine Science, 16(3), pp. 682-702.

EVANS, J., BARBARA, J. and SCHEMBRI, P.J., (2015). Updated review of marine alien species and other ‘newcomers’ recorded from the Maltese Islands (Central Mediterranean). Mediterranean Marine Science, 16(1), pp. 225-244.

EVANS, J., FARRUGIA DRAKARD, V. and SCHEMBRI, P.J., (2015). First record of Acrothamnion preissii (Rhodophyta: Ceramiaceae) from the Maltese Islands (central Mediterranean Sea). Marine Biodiversity Records, 8(e6), pp. 1-4.

EVANS, J., TONNA, R. and SCHEMBRI, P.J., (2015). Portent or accident? Two new records of thermophilic fish from the central Mediterranean. BioInvasions Records, 4(4), pp. 299-304.

BARCO, A., EVANS, J., SCHEMBRI, P.J., TAVIANI, M. and OLIVERIO, M., (2013). Testing the applicability of DNA barcoding for Mediterranean species of top-shells (Gastropoda, Trochidae, Gibbula s.l.). Marine Biology Research, 9(8), pp. 785-793.

BONELLO, J.J., BORG, J.A., EVANS, J. and SCHEMBRI, P.J., (2013). Functional diversity of feeding mechanisms in infralittoral cobble beds in Maltese harbours and non-harbours. Rapport du Congrès de la Commission Internationale pour l'Exploration Scientifique de la Mer Méditerranée, 40, pp. 526.

BONNICI, L., BORG, J.A., EVANS, J. and SCHEMBRI, P.J., (2013). Rocky shore molluscan assemblages from natural and artificial substrata in the Maltese Islands. Rapport du Congrès de la Commission Internationale pour l'Exploration Scientifique de la Mer Méditerranée, 40, pp. 658.

EVANS, J., ATTRILL, M., BORG, J.A., COTTON, P.A. and SCHEMBRI, P.J., (2013). Macrofaunal diversity of infralittoral cobble beds in the Maltese Islands. Rapport du Congrès de la Commission Internationale pour l'Exploration Scientifique de la Mer Méditerranée, 40, pp. 688.

EVANS, J., BORG, J.A. and SCHEMBRI, P.J., (2013). First record of Herdmania momus (Ascidiacea: Pyuridae) from the central Mediterranean Sea. Marine Biodiversity Records, 6(e134), pp. 1-4.

EVANS, J. and SCHEMBRI, P.J., (2013). The resurrection of Gibbula nivosa (Gastropoda: Trochidae). Rapport du Congrès de la Commission Internationale pour l'Exploration Scientifique de la Mer Méditerranée, 40, pp. 653.

KOVACIC, M., BONELLO, J.J. and EVANS, J., (2013). Three new records of Gobiidae from Malta with morphology, colouration and identification of the smallest known juveniles of two small gobiid species. Cybium, 37(4), pp. 233-239.

BONNICI, L., EVANS, J., BORG, J.A. and SCHEMBRI, P.J., (2012). Biological aspects and ecological effects of a bed of the invasive non-indigenous mussel Brachidontes pharaonis (Fischer P., 1870) in Malta. Mediterranean Marine Science, 13(1), pp. 153-161.

EVANS, J., BORG, J.A. and SCHEMBRI, P.J., (2011). Distribution, habitat preferences and behaviour of the critically endangered Maltese top-shell Gibbula nivosa (Gastropoda: Trochidae). Marine Biology, 158, pp. 603-611.

EVANS, J., BORG, J.A. and SCHEMBRI, P.J., (2010). Rediscovery of live Gibbula nivosa (Gastropoda: Trochidae). Rapport du Congrès de la Commission Internationale pour l'Exploration Scientifique de la Mer Méditerranée, 39, pp. 507.

SCHEMBRI, P.J., BODILIS, P., EVANS, J. and FRANCOUR, P., (2010). Occurrence of Oplegnathus fasciatus (Temminck & Schlegel, 1844) (Actinopterygii: Perciformes: Oplegnathidae) in Malta (Central Mediterranean) with a discussion on possible modes of entry. Acta Ichthyologica et Piscatoria, 40(2), pp. 101-104.

EVANS, J., BORG, J.A. and SCHEMBRI, P.J., (2009). Occurrence of the alien nudibranch Melibe viridis (Kelaart, 1858) (Opisthobranchia, Tethydidae), in the Maltese Islands. Mediterranean Marine Science, 10(1), pp. 131-136.

  • BIO1041 - Laboratory Techniques and Reporting in Biology
  • BIO1100 - An Introduction to Marine Biology
  • BIO1200 - Topics in Marine Biology
  • BIO1500 - Introductory Applied Biology
  • BIO2010 - Biotic Communities: Composition and Dynamics
  • BIO2030 - Animal Form and Function 1
  • BIO2500 - Design of Biological Investigations
  • BIO2510 - Field Biology - Terrestrial Habitats
  • BIO2530 - Ecology and Ethology 2
  • BIO3110 - Final Year Project in Biology
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