Nancy O'Connor

Chancellor Professor

Biology

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Science & Engineering 336A

Education

1980University of Massachusetts DartmouthB.S.
1982University of DelawareM.S.
1990North Carolina State UniversityPh.D

Teaching

  • Ecology
  • Biology of Invertebrates
  • Marine Benthic Ecology

Teaching

Programs

Teaching

Courses

The principles and practices of the scientific discipline of ecology. Interactions among organisms and between organisms and their environment will be emphasized. Interactions will be described and analyzed at the organismal, population, community, and ecosystem levels. In the laboratory, students will use hypothesis-testing and experimentation to examine theoretical and empirical aspects of ecology.

The principles and practices of the scientific discipline of ecology. Interactions among organisms and between organisms and their environment will be emphasized. Interactions will be described and analyzed at the organismal, population, community, and ecosystem levels. In the laboratory, students will use hypothesis-testing and experimentation to examine theoretical and empirical aspects of ecology.

An intensive survey of the taxonomy and functional morphology of the major invertebrate phyla, with special reference to adaptations of the intertidal marine invertebrates of the North Atlantic coast. Field trips to the diverse habitats of the area constitute an integral part of the laboratory.

An intensive survey of the taxonomy and functional morphology of the major invertebrate phyla, with special reference to adaptations of the intertidal marine invertebrates of the North Atlantic coast. Field trips to the diverse habitats of the area constitute an integral part of the laboratory.

Research

Research Interests

  • Ecology of marine invertebrate animals, particularly coastal species of crabs
  • Marine bioinvasions
  • Biology of marine larvae

Select publications

O'Connor, N.J. (2018).
Changes in population sizes of Hemigrapsus sanguineus (Asian shore crab) and resident crab species in southeastern New England (2010-2016)
Northeastern Naturalist, 25, 197-201.

Blasi, J.C. and N.J. O'Connor (2016).
Amphipods as potential prey of the Asian shore crab Hemigrapsus sanguineus: laboratory and field experiments
Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 474, 18-22.

Lovely, C.M., N.J. O'Connor, and M.L. Judge (2015).
Abundance of non-native crabs in intertidal habitats of New England with natural and artificial structure
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