Mary O’Connor,

Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia

Dr. Mary O’Connor is an Assistant Professor in the Zoology Department, Associate Director of the Biodiversity Research Centre. Dr. O’Connor’s research centers on understanding change in marine ecosystems, including causes and consequences of biodiversity change and climate change impacts. She leads a team of researchers who study ecosystems, including seagrass meadows in BC, through field work, lab experiments, and data synthesis. Originally from Washington State, she studied marine ecology and climate change in Rhode Island, North Carolina and California before returning to the Salish Sea to join the faculty at UBC in 2011.

Mary O’Connor

Areas of Expertise

  • Climate change ecology
  • biodiversity and biodiversity change
  • marine community ecology
  • metabolic scaling and metacommunity processes


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