SICB Division of Phylogenetics and Comparative Biology (DPCB)

DPCB Researchers Database Entry

Eric McElroy

Form and Function Relationships
My lab explores the evolution and ecology of organismal form and function. Current projects include: 1) the effects of parasites on swimming performance in fish; 2) morphology, performance, and behavior in the blue crab genus, Callinectes; and 3) the evolution and biomechanics of the locomotor apparatus in lizards. Our work occurs near Charleston, South Carolina and in the deserts of the southwestern United States. We use a variety of techniques to assess animal form and function such as microCT and 3D reconstruction of anatomy, dissection and quantification of mechanically relevant muscle parameters, force platforms, high speed video, custom pinch/bite force instrument, infrared sensor equipped racetrack. We also use the latest comparative statistical methods to map character evolution and evaluate the putative biological role of traits.