Krista McCoy

Title: Assistant Professor
Area of Study: Ecological Physiology and Development
Phone: 252-737-2730
Fax: 252-328-4178
Website: McCoy Lab Website 
Office: Howell S-112 
Address: Department of Biology  
East Carolina University 
Greenville, NC 27858


Ph.D.: School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Florida, FL

M.S.: Department of Biology, James Madison University, VA

B.S.: Department of Biological Sciences, Old Dominion University, VA

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Research Interests:

My research aims to understand how environmental conditions (e.g. pollution) influence reproductive development, physiology, and behavior, and to devise ways to reduce the incidence of reproductive abnormalities in wildlife and humans. I use an integrative systems approach that combines field and laboratory methods to investigate the effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) across multiple levels of biological organization—from molecules to populations. I ask questions that are conceptually motivated so that my work is general and informative to diverse scientific fields including development, physiology, evolution, ecology, and conservation.


2016. McCoy, K.A., M.W. McCoy, K. Callis-Duehl, D. Levey. What kind of person becomes a scientist? Science Scope. In press.

2016.  Amato C.M., and K.A. McCoy. A validated protocol to quantify severity of male urogenital feminization using the MOUSE (Mouse objective urethral severity evaluation). Pediatric Research in press.

2016. McCoy K.A., Roark A.M., Boggs A.S., Bowden J.A. Cruze L, Edwards T.M., Hamlin H.J., Cantu T.M., McCoy J.A., McNabb N.A., Wenzel A.G., Williams C.E., Kohno S. Integrative and comparative reproductive biology: from alligators to xenobiotics. General and Comparative Endocrinology Epub ahead of print

2015. B. E. Blake and K. A. McCoy. Hormonal Programming of Rat Social Play Behavior: Standardized Techniques Will Aid Synthesis and Translation to Human Health.  Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews 8;55:184-197

2013. Mohammadi., S., K. A. McCoy, D. A. Hutchinson, D. T. Gauthier, ,A. H. Savitzky. 2013. Independently evolved toad-eating snakes exhibit sexually dimorphic enlargement of adrenal glands. Journal of Zoology.

2011. Martin, L. B., A. L. Liebl, J. H. Trotter, C. L. Richards, K. A. McCoy, and M. W. McCoy. Integrators: physiological determinants of individual phenotypic plasticity. Integrative and Comparative Biology 51(4): 514-527.

2011 Hayes, T.B….K. A. McCoy, et al (authors in alphabetical order). Demasculinization and feminization of male gonads by atrazine: consistent effects across vertebrate classes. Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 127(1-2):64-73.

2010. J. R. Rohr and K. A. McCoy. Preserving environmental health and scientific credibility: A practical guide to conflicts of interest. Conservation Letters 3 (3): 143-150 on line.

2010. J. R. Rohr and K. A. McCoy. A Qualitative Meta-Analysis Reveals Consistent Effects of Atrazine on Freshwater Fish and Amphibians. Environmental Health Perspectives 118 (1): 20-32 online

2009. K. A. McCoy and L. J.Guillette Jr. Endocrine Disruptors Chapter 9 in Volume 8 Amphibian Decline: Diseases, Parasites, Maladies, and Pollution. For the series Amphibian Biology. Editor Harold F. Heatwole.

*2008 K. A. McCoy, L. J. Bortnick*, C. M. Campbell*, H. J. Hamlin, L. J. Guillette Jr. and C. M. St. Mary. Agriculture alters gonadal form and function in Bufo marinus. Environmental Health Perspectives

*2008 K.A. McCoy, Kim Hoang*, L. J. Guillette Jr. and C. M. St. Mary. Renal abnormalities in Bufo marinus vary with human land-use. Science of the Total Environment 407 (2008): 348–357 on line

*2007 K. A. McCoy, M. W. McCoy, A. M. Amick*, L. J. Guillette Jr. and C. M. St. Mary. Tradeoffs between somatic and gonadal investments during development in the African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis). Journal of Experimental Zoology 307(11): 637-646. on line

2007. M. W. McCoy, K. A. McCoy and D. J. Levey. Teaching biodiversity to students in inner-city and under-resourced schools. American Biology Teacher 69(8): 473-781. on line

*2006. T. Edwards, K. A. McCoy, T. Barbeau, M. W. McCoy, J. M. Thro* and L. J. Guillette Jr. Environmental context determines nitrate toxicity in southern toad tadpoles (Bufo terrestris). Aquatic Toxicology 78: 50-58. on line

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Courses Taught:



Laboratory Personnel



Amato Ciro, 
Ph.D. Candidate

Josh Mogus


Josh Mogus, 
MS Student

Cody Cunningham


Cody Cunningham, 
MS Student