Eric McElroy

Associate Professor, Assistant Chair

Address: RITA 203
Phone: 843.953.3707
Personal Website:

Research Interests

Evolution and ecology of animal performance and functional morphology.  Functional, physiological and morphological basis of animal behavior. Current interests include: 1) functional ecology of locomotor performance in lizards,  2) biology of introduced Texas horned lizards in South Carolina,  3) the effects of parasites on swimming performance, behavior and physiology in estuarine fishes, and  4) consequences of variation in growth rate in diamondback terrapins.

Courses Taught

BIO 201: Human Physiology


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.

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

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

McElroy, E.J., de Buron, I. 2014. Host performance as a target of manipulation by parasites: a meta-analysis. Journal of Parasitology.

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.

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.

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.