Allan O'Connell, Jr., Ph.D.

Allan O'Connell currently directs the quantitative methods, monitoring, and endangered species programs at the U.S. Geological Survey's Patuxent Wildlife Research Center (PWRC) in Laurel, MD - the world-renowned ecological research center known for their work on ecotoxicology, endangered species conservation, and animal population dynamics. 


He is originally from New York City where he grew up in the shadows of the American Museum of Natural History (his father worked in the Ornithology Department).  He has 40+ years of experience with the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) as a field biologist, natural resource and science program manager, research scientist, and currently as a fish and wildlife administrator.  He has held a variety of positions in the applied ecological sciences & natural resource management including research scientist and research manager (USGS Patuxent, first director of the National Park Service's (NPS) Cooperative Research Unit at the University of Maine – Orono (NPS and USGS), division chief for natural resource management and science at Acadia National Park (ME) and Fire Island National Seashore (NY).  He has also worked as a biologist for the NPS at Gateway National Recreation Area (NY) and Fire Island and began his career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) as a plant quarantine inspector at Kennedy Airport in NYC. He holds a B.S. in Biology (Wagner College, NY), M.S. in Zoology (New York University) and a Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology (University of Massachusetts). He has over 60 technical publications and is the principal co-editor (and co-author of several chapters) of the best-selling (sales > 40K) book published (2011) by Springer Verlag - Camera Traps in Animal Ecology: Methods and Analyses, a treatise on the use and application of camera trapping, the technique that has revolutionized how wildlife populations around the world are being sampled. His most recent research has involved endangered species such as developing population estimates for the Florida Panther, assessing the effects of predation on the Lower Keys Marsh Rabbit and Key Largo woodrat, and evaluating the influence of predator removal (raccoons) on the viability of beach-nesting birds and sea turtles along the Outer Banks. He directed the development of the Atlantic Seabird Compendium, a digital clearing house for survey data that documented marine bird occurrence on the continental shelf between Maine and Florida. He has developed occupancy and hierarchical models for marine birds to aid in the siting of offshore wind energy facilities and this work culminated in the first published set of guidelines for statistical-based sampling of marine bird populations. His supervisory responsibilities have included several national and international monitoring programs including the North American Breeding Bird Survey, Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative (Northeast region), Bird Banding Laboratory, and the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program.  For the past 3 years he has managed the nation’s largest flock of endangered whooping cranes, directing Patuxent’s captive breeding and research program.