University of Michigan Museum of Zoology

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Contact Info

University of Michigan
Museum of Zoology
1109 Geddes Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

2043 Ruthven

(734) 763-4354


Barry  OConnor

Professor and Curator, Museum of Zoology

Field of Study

Systematics, parasitology, acarology

Adademic 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.


Dr. Pavel Klimov and Dr. Andrey Bochkov (adjunct)