Patrick O'Connor, Ph.D.

Professor of Anatomy and Neuroscience
Ohio University


My research interests combine laboratory- and museum-based comparative and developmental anatomy with field paleontology to address a variety of topics in vertebrate evolutionary morphology. My main laboratory and museum efforts to date have primarily focused on phylogenetic and functional analyses within the archosaurian groups that include both avian and nonavian dinosaurs, pterosaurs, and crocodyliforms. My major field efforts to date have mostly focused on Cretaceous terrestrial/freshwater faunas from former Gondwanan landmasses such as Afro–Madagascar and Antarctica. Please follow the 'laboratory' or 'field projects' tabs for more detail pertaining to each of these research areas.

CT rendering of a thoracic vertebra in the Horned Screamer (Anhima cornuta)
Laboratory/Museum Based Research

Paleontological Field Projects