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  1. Smith, M. D., C. A. Rohiem, L. B. Crowder, B. S. Halpern, M. Turnipseed, J. L. Anderson, F. Asche, L. Bourillon, A. G. Guttormsen, A. Khan, L. A. Liguori, A. McNevin, M. I. O’Connor, D. Squires, P. Tyedmers, C. Brownstein, K. Carden, D. H. Klinger, 2010. Sustainability and Global Seafood. Science. 327: 784-786
  2. O’Connor, M.I 2009. Warming strengthens an herbivore-plant interaction: linking individual responses to temperature with changes in community structure. Ecology. 90(2) 388-398
  3. O’Connor, M.I. and J. F. Bruno 2009. Predator richness has no effect in a diverse marine food web. Journal of Animal Ecology. 78: 732-740
  4. O’Connor, M.I., M. F. Piehler, D. M. Leech, A. Anton and J.F. Bruno 2009. Warming and resource availability shift metabolism of a marine food web. PLoS Biology 7(8)
  5. O’Connor, M.I., J.F. Bruno, S.D. Gaines, B.S. Halpern, S.E. Lester, B.P. Kinlan, J.M.Weiss 2007. Temperature control of larval dispersal and the implications for marine ecology, evolution and conservation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 104:1266-1271


Mary O'Connor

Associate Professor

Web page: Lab web page
Research area: Ecology
Lab Members: E. Adamczyk, S. Bittick, J. Cristiani, K. Davis, M. Deith, C. Forbes, P. Thompson, E. Yangel
History: Brown University, B.S. Aquatic Biology, 2000
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, PH.D. Ecology, 2008
Post Doc at National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS)

I study the influence of environmental temperature on the dynamics of ecological communities. My work contributes to our understanding of how patterns of species abundance are related to ocean temperature as it varies from place to place, season to season, and with climate change. Currently, I’m exploring how the effects of temperature on individual metabolic rate in turn influence interactions among species or dispersal of marine organisms. I also study the effects of changing predator diversity in the ocean, and the consequences of invasive species in marine habitats.

Last updated 4 July 2016