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Joseph F Merritt
Title: Mammalogist
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1816 South Oak Street
Champaign, IL 61874
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Address mailcode: 652
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Location: Forbes Natural History Building
Phone: 217-265-7301
Fax: 217-244-0802

Joseph F. Merritt is senior mammalogist with the Illinois Natural History Survey. He is the former Director of Powdermill Biological Station of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, University of Pittsburgh.  Dr. Merritt served as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO during academic year 2004 to 2006. He is a physiological ecologist and functional morphologist specializing in adaptations of mammals to cold. He is the author of The Biology of Small Mammals published by Johns Hopkins University Press and Mammalogy:Adaptation,Diversity,Ecology also published by Johns Hopkins. Dr. Merritt is editor of many technical monographs on specific taxa of mammals. He has served on the Publications Committee of the American Society of Mammalogists since 1990 and is currently the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Mammalogy published by the American Society of Mammalogists. Dr. Merritt instructs mammalogy at the University of Colorado Mountain Research Station and courses in mammalian biology and winter ecology at Illinois State University, and at the Adirondack Ecological Center, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Curator INHS Mammal Collection and Co-Curator University of Illinois Museum of Natural History Mammal Collection.
Mammalogy; physiology ecology, adaptations of mammals to cold
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Adjunct Professor: Department of Environmental Sciences and Forestry, SUNY-Syracuse; Department of Biology, University of Pittsburgh; Department of Ecology and Organismal Biology, Indiana State University; Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Professional affiliations:
American Society of Mammalogists
Ecological Society of America
Polish Academy of Sciences
Selected publications:
Tchabovsky, A., J.F. Merritt, and D.Y. Aleksandrov. 2004. Ranging patterns of two syntopic gerbillid rodents: a radiotelemetry and trapping study in semi-desert habitat of Kalmykia, Russia. Acta Theriologica 49:17-31.

Merritt, J.F., S. Churchfield, R. Hutterer, and B. Sheftel (eds.). 2005. Advances in the biology of shrews II. Special Publication, International Society of Shrew Biologists, No 01: 1-468. (available online at

Feldhamer, G., L. Drickamer, S.H. Vessey J.F. Merritt, and C. Krajewski. 2015. Mammalogy: Adaptation, Diversity, and Ecology. Fourth Edition, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD

Merritt, J.F. 2010. The Biology of Small Mammals. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD 368 pp.

Steele, M.A., M. C. Brittingham, T.J. Maret, and J.F. Merritt (eds.). 2010. Terrestrial Vertebrates of Pennsylvania. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD.
Merritt, J.F., and D.A. Zegers.  2014.  Social thermoregulation in least shrews, Cryptotis parva.  Mammalia 78(1):11-22. 
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Professional society involvement and activities:
American Society of Mammalogists
Polish Academy of Sciences

Ph.D. University of Colorado

M. S. University of San Francisco

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