Dr. Elzie McCord Jr.

Emeritus Professor of Biology


Phone Number

Email Address



Heiser Natural Sciences Complex 214


Heiser Natural Sciences Complex E172C


Office or Division

Area of Concentration


M.S./Ph.D.: University of Florida
B.S.: Savannah State College/University

Interests: The Toxicology of insecticide resistance in insects, including:

  • enhanced and induced enzymes,
  • cuticular penetration, and,
  • altered site sensitivity resistances.

Dr. McCord is also interested in the production, emission, distribution and effects of plant allelochemicals on competing plant species. He enjoys sailing, fishing, woodworking, and Amateur Radio (Call Sign: AK3A).

Current Research: Collecting, curating, identifying, and cataloging local Tardigrade species. Tardigrades are cryptobiotic, i.e. they dehydrate to survive adversities but return to life when conditions are favorable. They occur in many environments; however, little is known of our local species, their biology, habits, habitats and distributions.

Recent Courses

Introduction to Entomology
Introduction to Entomology Laboratory
Introduction to Botany
Introduction to Botany Laboratory
Introduction to Toxicology
Advanced Toxicology
Introduction to Toxicology Laboratory
Toxicology Laboratory Tutorial

Selected Publications

Potter, Mark A., James F. Price, Dale H. Habeck, David J. Schuster, and Elzie McCord, Jr. 2013.  A survey of Sap Beetles (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae) in Strawberry fields in West Central Florida. Fla. Ent Soc. 96(3):1188-1189.

McCord, Elzie, Jr. 2013. Memoirs of Black Entomologists: Reflection on Childhood, University, and Career Experiences.Eds. E. W. Riddick, Michelle Samuel-Foo, W. W. Bryan, and A. M. Simmons. A Thomas Say Publication. Entomological Society of America. Springer-Verlag

Miller, W. R., M. Lowman, and E. McCord. 2013. In the Canopy with Wheel Chairs: a Model for Teaching Field Biology. Springer-Verlag

McCord, E., Jr., J. F. Price, and C. A. Nagle. 2010. Biological Control of the Two-spotted Spider Mite on Landscape Plant Beds Using Phytoseiulus persimilis (Acari: Phytoseiidae) Predatory Mite. Acta Horticulturae. No. 881 p. 5951-5954.

Price, J. F., C. A. Nagle, and Elzie McCord, Jr. 2010. Chemical Control of Flower Thrips in Strawberry. Arthropod Management Test. Entomological Society of America

Price, James, Lance Osborne, Curtis Nagle, and Elzie McCord, Jr. 2010. Management of Fungus Gnats in Ornamentals.  EDIS, Publication #ENY912 (revision)

Yu, S. J. and Elzie McCord, Jr. 2007. Lack of cross-resistance to Indoxacarb in insecticide- resistant Fall Armyworms (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) and Diamondback moths (Lepidoptera: Yponomeutidae). Pest Management Science. 63:63-67.

Seal, D. R. and Elzie McCord, Jr. 1996. Management of the Tomato Pinworm, Keiferia lycopersicella (Lepidoptera:Gelichiidae) in South Florida. Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc. 109:196-200

McCord, Elzie, Jr., and S. J. Yu. 1987. The Mechanisms of Carbaryl Resistance in the Fall Armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda (J. E. Smith). Pestic. Biochem. Physiol. 27:114-122.