- Mollusc Biology and Ecology
- Mollusc Breeding and Genetics
Dr O’Connor is a Principal Research Scientist at the Port Stephens Fisheries Institute (PSFI) and has 30 years’ experience in aquaculture research. He has worked on a variety programs ranging from algal culture to the development of production techniques for molluscs such as oysters (edible and pearl), scallops, mussels and clams. Currently, a great deal of his research focuses on increasing the quantity, variety and quality of shellfish available in NSW. In particular, he works closely with a number of Universities to use cutting edge science to improve the supply and quality of the State’s iconic, Sydney rock oyster.
- Sydney rock oyster breeding
- Shellfish production technologies
- Molecular technologies for shellfish breeding
- Accumulation of algal toxins in commercial shellfish
- Climate change adaptation in molluscs
- Yellowtail Kingfish production for profit
Professional associations and achievements
- Conjoint Professor, School of Environmental and Life Sciences, Newcastle University
- Adjunct Associate Professor, Genecology, University of the Sunshine Coast
- Visiting Fellow, Biological Sciences, Macquarie University
- Editorial Board Member: Aquaculture, Aquaculture Research, Water, Molluscan Research, PeerJ.
Phone Number: +61 2 49163906
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