Entomology, Systematics, Coevolution.
Dr. OConnor's major research interests are in the
study of coevolutionary patterns among arthropods primarily mites,
and other organisms. These studies entail the systematics of parasitic
and commensal mites associated with vertebrates, insects, fungi, and
other groups. Studies on ecological interactions within these systems
are an integral part of coevolutionary research, with field studies
supplementing laboratory investigations. Systematic research stresses
phylogenetic analyses of groups participating in coevolving systems.
Dr. OConnor received the Ph.D. degree from Cornell University in 1981.
He is a past president of the Acarological Society of America and
has held adjunct academic appointments at Ohio State University, Catholic
University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and the Instituto Politecnico
Nacional in Mexico City.
Museum of Zoology
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-1079
Selected Recent Publications
1982. OConnor, B. M. Evolutionary ecology of astigmatid
mites. Annual Review of Entomology. 27:385-409
1982. OConnor, B. M. Acari: Astigmata. In Parker, S. (ed.), Synopsis
and Classification of Living Organisms. McGraw-Hill, New York, pp.
1984. OConnor, B. M. Coevolutionary patterns between astigmatid mites
and primates. In Griffths, D.A., and C.E. Bowman, (eds.). Acarology
VI, volume 1. Ellis Horwood, Ltd. Chichester. pp. 186-95.
1987. OConnor, B.M. Host associations and coevolutionary relationships
of astigmatid mite parasites of New World Primates. 1. Families Psoroptidae
and Audycoptidae. Fieldiana (Zoology) (n.s.), 39:245-260.
1988. OConnor, B.M. and G.C. Eickwort. Morphology, ontogeny and systematics
of the genus Vidia (Acari: Winterschmidtiidae). Acarologia,
1988. OConnor, B.M. Coevolution in Astigmatid mite-bee associations.
In: Africanized honey bees and bee mites (G.R. Needham, R.E. Page,
Jr., M. Delfinado-Baker and C. Bowman, Eds.), pp. 339-346. Ellis-Horwood,
Ltd.: Chichester, England.
1989. OConnor, B.M. Systematics, ecology, and host associations of
Naiadacarus (Acari: Acaridae) in the Great Lakes region.
Great Lakes Entomol., 22:79-94.
1991. Houck, M.A. and B.M. OConnor. Ecological and evolutionary significance
of phoresy in the Astigmata (Acari). Annual Review of Entomology,
1993. OConnor, B. M. The mite community associated with Xylocopa
latipes (Hymenoptera" Anthophoridae: Xylocopinae), with
a description of a new type of acarinarium. Internat. Jour. Acarology