V. Louise Roth

V. Louise Roth

Professor in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology

External address: 
241 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Duke Box 90325, Durham, NC 27708-0325
(919) 660-7352


In addition to conceptual work on the biological bases of homology, variation, and parallel evolution, my research has focused on evolutionary changes in size and shape in mammals: the functional consequences of these changes, and the evolutionary modifications of ontogenetic processes that produce them. This work makes use of DNA sequences, morphometric data, and geographic distributions to study macroevolutionary changes within a phylogenetic context. Projects have included DNA sequence phylogenies of squirrels, experimental work on prenatal maternal effects on body size in large insular deermice, and morphometric studies of growth in elephants, dwarfism in an insular (Pleistocene) dwarf mammoth, and gigantism in insular deermice.

Degrees & Credentials

  • Ph.D., Yale University 1982

  • M.Phil., Yale University 1978

  • B.S., Brown University 1975

Roth, VL. "Inferences from allometry and fossils: dwarfing of elephants on islands." Oxford Surveys in Evolutionary Biology. Vol. 8 (January 1, 1992): 259-288.

Roth, VL. "Homology and hierarchies: Problems solved and unresolved." Journal of Evolutionary Biology 4.2 (January 1, 1991): 167-194. Full Text

Roth, VL. "Fabricational noise in elephant dentitions." Paleobiology 15.2 (January 1, 1989): 165-179. Full Text

Roth, VL, and Shoshani, J. "Dental identification and age determination in Elephas maximus." Journal of Zoology 214 (1988): 567-588. (Academic Article)

Roth, VL, and Klein, MS. "Maternal effects on body size of large insular Peromyscus maniculatus: evidence from embryo transfer experiments." Journal of Mammalogy 67 (1986): 37-45. (Academic Article)

Cushing, J, Daily, M, Noble, E, Roth, VL, and Wenner, A. "Fossil Mammoths from Santa Cruz Island, California." Quaternary Research 21.03 (May 1984): 376-384. Full Text

Roth, VL. "How elephants grow: heterochrony and the calibration of developmental stages in some living and fossil species." Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 4 (1984): 126-145. (Academic Article)

ROTH, VL. "On homology." Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 22.1 (January 1, 1984): 13-29. Full Text

Roth, VL, and Thorington, RW. "Relative brain size among African squirrels." Journal of Mammalogy 63 (1982): 168-173. (Academic Article)