Eric McElroy

Professor, Department Chair

Address: RITA 247
Phone: 843.953.5504


Ph.D. - Ohio University

B.S. - Ohio Northern University

Research Interests

Evolution and ecology of animal performance and functional morphology.  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) the evolution of pelvis shape in lizards.


Courses Taught

BIOL 222:  Human Anatomy and Physiology II

HONS 390: Human Pathophysiolog


McElroy EJ, Granatosky MC 2022. The evolution of asymmetrical gaits in gnathostome vertebrates. Journal of Experimental Biology. 225:jeb243235.

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

Heuring, C, Barber, D, Rains, N, Erxleben, D, Martin, C, Williams, D, McElroy, EJ. 2019. Genetics, morphology and diet of introduced populations of the ant-eating Texas horned lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum). Scientific Reports. 9 11470 doi: doi:10.1038/s41598-019-47856-4

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.

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.