Personal Biography of Raymond J. O'Connor, Ph.D.
Dr. O'Connor has been Professor of Wildlife Ecology at the University of Maine since 1987 where he teaches courses in statistical ecology, population dynamics, and quantitative ecology. His previous appointment was as Director of the British Trust for Ornithology (1978-87), Britain's largest ornithological organization for field research. He previously held faculty positions in Zoology in University College of North Wales (1975-78) and at Queen's University of Belfast in Northern Ireland.
Professor O'Connor graduated from University College Dublin in 1965 with a B.Sc. (Hons) in Physics, with Mathematics as a Minor, and worked in the University of London until 1969 when he moved to Oxford University as a Nuffield Foundation Biological Scholar at the Edward Grey Institute for Field Ornithology, studying the growth and development of birds for his D.Phil. in Zoology.
He is a Fellow of the U.K.'s Institute of Biology and an Elective Member of the American Ornithologists' Union. He was a National Research Council Senior Research Fellow in 1993-94 and a Guggenheim Fellow in 2001. He has written two books, The Growth and Development of Birds published by John Wiley and Sons in 1984, and Farming and Birds, co-authored with Michael Shrubb in 1986, and is the author of more than 150 scientific papers in marine ecology and in ornithology. He has served terms on the International Ornithological Committee and on numerous working groups, committees, and boards for professional societies and agencies in Ireland, Britain, and the United States. He is currently a member of the AIBS working group on Infrastructure for Biology at Regional and Continental Scales and a member of the Editorial Board of Environmental Monitoring and Assessment..
Professor O'Connor has worked extensively on bird populations, particularly of agricultural birds in Britain, the U.S., and in Canada. His current projects include research on the consequences of climate change for birds in the eastern U.S. and on modeling bird species distributions over the conterminous U.S. in relation to climate, land cover, and forest composition.