Wayne O'Connor

Research interests

  • Aquaculture
  • Mollusc Biology and Ecology
  • Mollusc Breeding and Genetics


Dr O’Connor is a Senior Principal Research Scientist at the Port Stephens Fisheries Institute (PSFI) and has over 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 Universities to use cutting edge science to improve the supply and quality of the State’s iconic, Sydney rock oyster.


  • BSc
  • PhD

Current projects

  • 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

Recent publications

Please refer to Wayne O'Connor's Google scholar page.

Professional associations and activities

  • 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.

Contact details

Email: wayne.o’connor@dpi.nsw.gov.au

Phone: (02) 4916 3906