Biological Surveys - Mammalian Research


Joseph Merritt (MS, PhD)


University of Illinois - Illinois Natural History Survey


Office Address:

1816 S Oak Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Telephone: (217) 265-7301
INHS Staff Page



  • Ph.D., University of Colorado
  • M.S., University of San Francisco


  • Adjunct Professor for the Department of Environmental Sciences and Forestry, SUNY-Syracuse
  • Adjunct Professor for the Department of Biology, University of Pittsburgh
  • Adjunct Professor for the Department of Ecology and Organismal Biology, Indiana State University
  • Adjunct Professor for the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, UIUC

About Me:

I am a senior mammalogist with the Illinois Natural History Survey. I am also the former Director of Powdermill Biological Station of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO during the academic year 2004 to 2005. I am a physiological ecologist and functional morphologist specializing in adaptations of mammals to cold. I authored The Biology of Small Mammals and Mammalogy: Adaptation, Diversity, Ecology, both published by Johns Hopkins University Press. I have served as editor of many technical monographs on specific taxa of mammals. I have served on the Publications Committee of the American Society of Mammalogists since 1990 and am currently the Journal Editor for the Journal of Mammalogy published by the American Society of Mammalogists. I instruct mammalogy at the University of Colorado Mountain Research Station and teach courses in mammalian ecology and winter ecology at Indiana State University, and at the Adirondack Ecological Center, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. I also serve as curator for the INHS Mammal Collection and Co-Curator University of Illinois Museum of Natural History Mammal Collection.