John M. Mercer

Professor of the Practice of Biology

239 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Campus Box: 
Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708-0338
(919) 660-7354


  • Ph.D., Yale University 1981

Louise Roth, V., and J. M. Mercer. “Themes and variation in sciurid evolution.” In Evolution of the Rodents: Advances in Phylogeny, Functional Morphology and Development, 221–45, 2015. Full Text

Mercer, J. M. “Cooperativity.” In Brenner’s Encyclopedia of Genetics: Second Edition, 183–87, 2013. Full Text

Mercer, J. M. “Unequal Crossing Over.” In Brenner’s Encyclopedia of Genetics: Second Edition, 252–56, 2013. Full Text

Fernandez de la Mora, J., J. M. Mercer, D. E. Rosner, and J. B. Fenn. “Simplified kinetic treatment of heavy molecule velocity persistence effects: Application to species separation.” In Rarefied Gas Dynamics: Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics, edited by S. S. Fisher, 74:617–26, 1981.

Turck, Charles J., Erin Frazee, Bridgette Kram, Mitchell J. Daley, Sarah A. Day, Deanna Horner, Christine Lesch, et al. “Major publications in the critical care pharmacotherapy literature: February 2012 through February 2013.American Journal of Health System Pharmacy : Ajhp : Official Journal of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists 71, no. 1 (January 2014): 68–77. Full Text

Siegel, Steven J., Caroline M. Percopo, Kimberly D. Dyer, Wei Zhao, V Louise Roth, John M. Mercer, and Helene F. Rosenberg. “RNase 1 genes from the family Sciuridae define a novel rodent ribonuclease cluster.Mammalian Genome : Official Journal of the International Mammalian Genome Society 20, no. 11–12 (November 2009): 749–57. Full Text

Louise Roth, V., and J. M. Mercer. “Differing rates of macroevolutionary diversification in arboreal squirrels.” Current Science 95, no. 7 (October 10, 2008): 857–61.

Kronauer, D. J., P. J. Bergmann, J. M. Mercer, and A. P. Russell. “A phylogeographically distinct and deep divergence in the widespread Neotropical turnip-tailed gecko, Thecadactylus rapicauda.Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 34, no. 2 (February 2005): 431–37. Full Text

Mercer, John M., and V Louise Roth. “The effects of Cenozoic global change on squirrel phylogeny.Science (New York, N.Y.) 299, no. 5612 (March 2003): 1568–72. Full Text

Louise Roth, V., and J. M. Mercer. “Morphometrics in development and evolution.” American Zoologist 40, no. 5 (January 1, 2000): 801–10. Full Text

Zeng, Z. B., J. Liu, L. F. Stam, C. H. Kao, J. M. Mercer, and C. C. Laurie. “Genetic architecture of a morphological shape difference between two Drosophila species.Genetics 154, no. 1 (January 2000): 299–310.

Laurie, C. C., J. R. True, J. Liu, and J. M. Mercer. “An introgression analysis of quantitative trait loci that contribute to a morphological difference between Drosophila simulans and D. mauritiana.Genetics 145, no. 2 (February 1997): 339–48.

Liu, J., J. M. Mercer, L. F. Stam, G. C. Gibson, Z. B. Zeng, and C. C. Laurie. “Genetic analysis of a morphological shape difference in the male genitalia of Drosophila simulans and D. mauritiana.Genetics 142, no. 4 (April 1996): 1129–45.


Selected Grants

Molecular Systematics of the Sciuridae awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 1998 to 2002