Patrick O'Connor studying a rock formation

Patrick O’Connor to Speak at 35th Annual Osgood Memorial Lecture

Professor at Ohio University to present free, public lecture on April 13, at The College of Wooster

29 March, 2016 by Sarah Stanley

WOOSTER, Ohio – Patrick O’Connor, professor of anatomy and neuroscience at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, will present " Cretaceous Terrestrial Vertebrates from Gondwana: Insights from Eastern Africa and Madagascar " at the 35th annual Richard G. Osgood, Jr., Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, April 13, at The College of Wooster. The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.).

O’Connor received his B.S. from Michigan State University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from State University of New York at Stony Brook. His research integrates comparative anatomy, systematics, and biogeography with field paleontology to address topics in archosaurian (bird, crocodyliform, dinosaur) evolutionary morphology. Encompassing a variety of laboratory and museum approaches, his morphological research examines the systematic variability and functional significance of postcranial pneumaticity in living birds and extinct archosaurs, including dinosaurs and pterosaurs. Currently, he conducts paleontological field research in Tanzania and Madagascar, with the principle interest of elucidating the biogeographic history of vertebrate clades living in Gondwana during the Cretaceous and early Tertiary Paleogene. Through O'Connor's work, much more is now known about how dinosaurs looked, moved, and functioned.

The Richard G. Osgood, Jr., Memorial Lectureship in Geology was established in 1981 and endowed by his three sons in memory of their father, a paleontologist with an international reputation who taught at Wooster from 1967 until 1981. Funds from this endowment are used to bring a well-known scientist interested in paleontology and/or stratigraphy to the campus each year to lecture and meet with students.

O’Connor’s lecture is sponsored by the Department of Geology and the Richard G. Osgood, Jr., Memorial Lecture Endowed Fund. Additional information is available by phone (330-263-2380) or email.