Wayne O'Connor

Research interests

  • Aquaculture
  • 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.


  • 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