Eric McElroy

College of Charleston, Biology Department Chair

Address: RITA 247, Department of Biology
Phone: 843-953-5504
Personal Website:


Ph.D., 2008, Ohio University

Research Interests

  • Evolution and ecology of animal performance and functional morphology.
  • Functional, physiological and morphological basis of animal behavior.

Current research projects 

  • Functional ecology of locomotor performance in lizards
  • Biology of introduced Texas horned lizards in South Carolina
  • The effects of parasites on swimming performance, behavior, and physiology in estuarine fishes


  • McElroy EJ, Granatosky MC 2022. The evolution of asymmetrical gaits in gnathostome vertebrates. Journal of Experimental Biology. 225:jeb243235.
  • McElroy EJ, McBrayer LD 2021. Escape behaviour varies with distance from safe refuge. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society.
  • Lane ZM, McElroy EJ, Kendrick MR, Zardus JD. 2021. Experimental demonstration of exclusively passive feeding in the sea-turtle barnacle Chelonibia testudinaria (Linnaeus, 1758) (Cirripedia: Coronulidae). Journal of Crustacean Biology. 41:ruab053.
  • McElroy, EJ, McBrayer LD, Sustaita D 2020. Applied Functional Biology: Linking Ecological Morphology to Conservation and Management. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 60: 402-412.
  • McElroy, EJ, Nowak, B, Hill-Spanik, KM, Driver, J, Connors, VA, Granath, WO, Tucker, CJ, Kyle, DE, de     Buron, I. 2020. Dynamics of infection and pathology induced by the aporocotylid, Cardicola laruei, in Spotted Seatrout, Cynoscion nebulosus (Scianediae). International Journal of Parasitology. 67:150-158.
  • Granatosky, MC, McElroy, EJ, Reilly, SM, Lemelin, P, Butcher, MT, Blob, RW, Ross, CF. 2020. Variation in limb loading magnitude and timing in tetrapods. Journal of Experimental Biology. 223: jeb201525 doi: 10.1242/jeb.201525
  • Granatosky, MC, McElroy, EJ, Laird, MF, Iriarte-Diaz, J, Taylor, AB, Reilly, SM, Ross, CF. 2019. Differences in excursion between tetrapod feeding and locomotor systems: How does natural selection walk and chew gum at the same time? Journal of Experimental Biology. 222: jeb200451 doi: 10.1242/jeb.200451
  • Anweiler, KV, Brenkert, K, Darden, TL, McElroy EJ, Denson MR. 2019. Effects of temperature and hypoxia on juvenile Striped Bass (Morone saxatilis) metabolic performance. Fishery Bulletin. 117:337-347, doi: 10.7755/FB.117.4.6
  • McElroy, EJ. 2019. Antipredator behavioral mechanisms: avoidance, deterrence, escape and encounter, In: Behavior of Lizards: Evolutionary and Mechanistic Perspectives. Eds. V. Bels and A. Russell. CRC press: Boca Raton, FL.
  • Orton, RW, McElroy, EJ, McBrayer, LD. 2018. Predation and cryptic coloration in a managed landscape. Evolutionary Ecology.
  • Hanson, K.M., McElroy, E.J. 2015. Anthropogenic impacts and long-term changes in herpetofaunal diversity and community composition on a barrier island in the Southeastern United States. Herpetological Conservation and Biology. 10(2):765-780.