Elzie McCord, Jr.

Emeritus Professor of Biology - Biology

Elzie McCord, Jr.
  • Phone: (941) 487-4525
  • Email: mccord@ncf.edu
  • Office Location: HNS 214
  • Mail Location: HNS E172C

Emeritus Professor of Biology

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.

He is also interested in the production, emission, distribution and effects of plant allelochemicals on competing plant species.

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.

Dr. McCord also enjoys sailing, fishing woodworking, and Amateur Radio
(Call Sign: AK3A).

Courses Taught:

      • Introduction to Entomology
      • Introduction to Entomology Laboratory
      • Introduction to Botany
      • Introduction to Botany Laboratory
      • Introduction to/Advanced Toxicology
      • Introduction to Toxicology Laboratory

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.