Barry OConnor

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Barry OConnor

Professor and Curator
Interim Associate Chair for Museum Collections (fall 2014)

Museum Of Zoology, 2043 Museums, 1079

Office Location(s): 2043 Museums Building
Phone: 734.763.4354
Fax: 734.763.4080
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Museum of Zoology
  • Fields of Study
    • Systematics, parasitology, acarology
  • About

    Academic background

    I received the B.S. degree (with distinction) in Zoology from Iowa State University in 1971, and the Ph.D. in Entomology (Acarology) from Cornell University in 1981. I was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. I have subsequently served as a visiting professor at Ohio State University (Acarology Summer Program), and the Escuela Nacional de Ciencias Biologicas, Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Mexico City, Mexico.

    Research interests

    My research focuses on the evolution and ecology of parasitic and commensal mites and vertebrate, invertebrate, plant and fungal hosts. Taxonomic foci include the Astigmatid and Dermanyssoid mites. Geographic foci have included Southeast Asia, Madagascar, East Africa and other regions.


    EEB 341 Parasitology: An introduction to the study of parasitism, with special reference to the evolution of the parasitic habit.

  • Education
    • Ph.D., Entomology (Acarology), Cornell University, 1981
  • Research Areas of Interest
    • Systematics, parasitology and acarology
  • Assistant research scientists
    • Dr. Pavel Klimov and Dr. Andrey Bochkov (adjunct)
  • Visiting Scholars
    • Marina Ferraz de Barbosa