Eric McElroy

College of Charleston

Address: RITA 203, Department of Biology, Charleston, SC 29424
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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


  • Hanson, KM** and McElroy, EJ. 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. 10:765-780.
  • McElroy, E.J., George, A.B., de Buron, I. 2015. The muscle dwelling myxozoan, Kudoa inornata, enhances swimming performance in the spotted seatrout, Cynoscion nebulosus. Parasitology Research. DOI 10.1007/s00436-015-4441-z. pdf.
  • Bergmann, P.J., McElroy, E.J. 2014. Many-to-many mapping of phenotype to performance: An extension of the F-matrix for studying functional complexity. Evolutionary Biology.  41:546–560. DOI: 10.1007/s11692-014-9288-1. pdf.
  • McElroy, E.J., de Buron, I. 2014. Host performance as a target of manipulation by parasites: a meta-analysis. Journal of Parasitology. pdf.
  • McElroy, E.J., Wilson, R., Biknevicius, A.R., Reilly, S.M. 2014. A comparative study of single leg ground reaction forces in running lizards. Journal of Experimental Biology. 217: 735-742. pdf.
  • Stover, KK, Burnett, KG, McElroy, EJ, Burnett, LE. 2013. Locomotory fatigue during moderate and severe hypoxia and hypercapnia in the Atlantic Blue Crab, Callinectes sapidus. Biological Bulletin. 224: 68-78. pdf.
  • Stover,K.K., Burnett, K.G., McElroy, E.J., Burnett, L.E. 2013. Locomotory fatigue and size in the Atlantic Blue Crab, Callinectes sapidus. Biological Bulletin. 224: 63-67. pdf.
  • Umberger, C.M., de Buron, I., Roumillat, W.A., McElroy, E. J. 2013. Effects of a muscle-infecting parasitic nematode on the locomotor performance of their fish host. Journal of Fish Biology. 82: 1250-1258. pdf.