Nancy OConnor

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

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.

Investigations of a fundamental and/or applied nature culminating in an original contribution to the scholarly research literature of Integrative Biology. Doctoral research contributes to the student's dissertation and should be presented at major conferences and ultimately published in refereed journals. A written dissertation must be completed and defended in accordance with the rules of the Graduate School and the Integrative Biology PhD Program.

Research

Research Interests

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

Select publications

  • Crane, L.C. and N.J. O’Connor (2021).
    Cannibalism as a potential factor affecting recruitment of the invasive Asian shore crab Hemigrapsus sanguineus
    Marine Biology , 168, 46.
  • Mygas, S.A., M.L. Judge and N.J. O’Connor (2020).
    Megalopae of the invasive crab Hemigrapsus sanguineus metamorphose in response to marine biofilms from different potential habitats
    Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 524, 151294.
  • 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
    PeerJ
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