Nancy OConnor

Nancy O'Connor, PhD

Chancellor Professor




Science & Engineering 336A


1990North Carolina State UniversityPhD
1982University of DelawareMS
1980University of Massachusetts DartmouthBS


  • Ecology
  • Biology of Invertebrates
  • Marine Benthic Ecology




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

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