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Assoc Professor Patrick Orr

Assoc Professor

Patrick Orr

Associate Professor, Head Of School
School of Earth Sciences
01 716 2329
University College Dublin, School of Earth Sciences, Science Centre Belfield Dublin 4


I am a palaeobiologist with varied research interests. My principal research areas have been the taphonomy of exceptionally preserved fossils (those in which the tissues that usually decay quickly after death are preserved), and the use of trace fossils and ichnofabrics to document the assembly of complex animal communities in the aftermath of the Cambrian Explosion. A growing area of interest is the application of conservation palaeobiology to understanding recent environmental change in marine ecosystems in the northern Atlantic.


  • BSc
    Queen's University of Belfast
  • PhD
    University of Bristol