Loyola University Maryland

Department of Biology

Dr. Elissa Derrickson

Associate Professor

Elissa DerricksonContact

Department of Biology
Loyola University Maryland
4501 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21210
Office: DS 230
Office tel: 410-617-2466
EDerrickson@loyola.edu

Areas of Interest

Mammal Evolutionary Physiology

My research experience involves studies directed at understanding the evolution of growth characteristics in mammals. The techniques I have used include live-trapping and other field methods; statistical analysis of comparative patterns; laboratory analysis of diet quality on growth in mice; and biochemical analysis of milk composition. This summer I plan on beginning a new research program on the importance of rodents in dispersing mycorrhizal fungi. I am also very interested in the relationship between man and nature, and the problem of maintaining this interaction in the urban environment.

Selected Publications

Derrickson, E.M., Jerrard, N. and O. Oftedal (1996) Milk composition of two precocial, arid-dwelling rodents, Kerodon rupestris and Acomys cahirinus. Physiological Zoology 69: 1402-1418.

Derrickson, E.M. (1992) Comparative reproductive strategies of altricial and precocial eutherian mammals. Functional Ecology 6: 57-65.

Millar, J.H. and E.M. Derrickson (1992) Group nesting in Peromyscus maniculatus. Journal of Mammology 73(2): 403-407.

Millar, J.H., E.M. Derrickson, and S.T.P. Sharpe (1992) Effects of reproduction on maternal survival and subsequent reproduction in northern Peromyscus maniculatus. Canadian Journal of Zoology 70: 1129-1134.

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