Thomas E. Morrell, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor



Science, Math, & Engineering Division
Imperial Valley College
380 E. Aten Road
Imperial, CA   92251

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Phone:   (760)  355-6148

Educational Background:

University of Montana, B.S. (1983)
University of Nevada, M.S. (1986)
Penn State University, Ph.D. (1993)

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Professional Background:

  • Professor,  Department of Biology,  Ball State University, 1993-2005
  • Research Program Supervisor, Arizona Game and Fish Department, 1992-1993
  • Wildlife Research Biologist, American Samoa Government, 1990-1991


            Principles of Biology (BIOL 100)
            Human Anatomy and Physiology I (BIOL 200)
            Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 (BIOL 202)
HumanHuman Anatomy (BIOL 204)
            Principles of Organismal Biology (BIOL 182)
Human Physiology (BIOL 206)


Publications (Click on title for PDF file)

Morrell, T.E., E. A. Point, and J. C. Devos. 2009. Nest-site characteristics of sympatric Mt. Graham red squirrels and Abert's squirrels in the Pinaleno mountains. Pages 339-357 in The last refuge of the Mt. Graham red squirrel. H. R. Sanderson, and J. L. Koprowski (editors). The University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

Duff, A.D., and T. E. Morrell.  2007.  Predictive occurrence models for bat species in California.  Journal of Wildlife Management 71(3): 693-700

Aquilani, S. M., T. E. Morrell, and D.C. Leblanc.  2003.  Breeding bird communities in burned and unburned sites in a mature Indiana Oak Forest.  Proceedings Indiana Academy of Science 112(2) :186-191.

Ticer, C. L., T. E. Morrell, and J. C. deVos. 2001.  Diurnal bed site selection of urban-dwelling javelina in Prescott, Arizona.  Journal of Wildlife Management 65(1):136-140.

Morrell, T. E., and S. A. Aquilani. 2000.  Nest site habitat characteristics of red-tailed tropic birds on Rose Atoll, American Samoa.  Journal of Field Ornithology 71(3): 455-459.

Aquilani, S. M., D. C. LeBlanc, and T. E. Morrell. 2000. Effects of prescribed surface fires on ground- and shrub-nesting neotropical migratory bird species in a mature Indiana oak forest. Natural Areas Journal 20(4): 317-324.

Morrell, T. E., M. J. Rabe, H. Green, J. C. deVos, Jr., and C. R. Miller. 1999.  Bats captured in two Ponderosa pine habitats in north-central Arizona.  Southwestern Naturalist 44(4): 502-507.

Ticer, C. L., R. A. Ockenfels, J. C. deVos, Jr., and T. E. Morrell.  1998. Habitat use and  activity  patterns of urban dwelling javelina.  
                Urban Ecosystems   2(2): 141-151. 

Rabe, M. J., T. E. Morrell, H.Green, J. C. deVos, Jr., and C.R. Miller. 1998.  Characteristics of ponderosa pine snag roosts used by reproductive bats in northern Arizona.  Journal of Wildlife Management 62(2): 612-621

Morrell, T. E., and R. H. Yahner.  1995. The proportion of area occupied by great horned owls in south-central Pennsylvania. Wildlife Society Bulletin 23:733-737.

Morrell, T. E., and P. Craig.  1995. Temporal variation in fruit bats observed during daytime surveys in American Samoa. Wildlife Society Bulletin 23:36-40.

Craig, P., P. Trail, and T. E. Morrell.  1994.  The decline of fruit bats in American Samoa due to hurricanes and overhunting.  Biological Conservation 69: 261-266.


Craig, P. T. E. Morrell, and K So'oto.  1994.  Subsistence harvest of birds, fruit bats, and other game in American Samoa, 1990-1991.  Pacific Science 48(4): 344-352.

Morrell, T. E., and R. H. Yahner.  1994. Habitat characteristics of great horned owls in south-central Pennsylvania. Journal of Raptor Research 28: 164-170.

Tuatoo-Bartley, N., T.E. Morrell, and P. Craig. 1993. Status of sea turtles in American Samoa. Pacific Science 47: 215-221.  

Yahner, R. H., and T. E. Morrell.  1991.  Depredation of artificial nests in irrigated forests.  Wilson Bulletin 103(1): 113-117.


Yahner, R. H., T. E. Morrell, and J. S. Rachael.  1989.  Effects of edge contrast on depredation of artificial avian nests.  Journal of Wildlife Management 53(4):  1135-1138.





"Modeling the presence of Myotis evotis and Lasionycteris noctivagans in northern California."  2004.  Annual Meeting of the Western Section of The Wildlife Society, Rohnert Park, CA.

"Habitat characteristics of star-nosed moles in northeastern Indiana." 2003.   Annual Meeting of the Indiana Academy of Science, Anderson University, Anderson, IN. 

"Modeling bat species occurrence at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, California using logistic regression and ordinary point kriging: preliminary results."  2003.  Annual North American Symposium on Bat Research, Lincoln, NE.

"The release of peregrine falcons: A community based project led by a student group." 2001.  Greening of the Campus Symposium, Ball State University,  Muncie, Indiana.

"Does seed predation by introduced rats threaten or enhance the recruitment of Pananus tectorius trees in Tonga?" 2001.  Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Madison, WI. 

            "Nest site habitat characteristics of red-tailed tropic birds on Rose Atoll, American Samoa."   2001.   Annual Meeting of the Western Section of  The Wildlife Society,  Sacramento, CA.           

"Status and habitat characteristics of pallid bats in the Petrified Forest National Park: preliminary results." 1999. Annual joint meeting of the Arizona/New Mexico The Wildlife Society and The American Fisheries Society, Gallup, NM.

"Use patterns and perch site selection by peregrine falcons in Phoenix, Arizona."  1999.  Fourth International Symposium, Urban Wildlife Conservation. Phoenix, AZ.

"Nest site characteristics of sympatric Mount Graham Red Squirrels and Abert Squirrels." 1997. Annual joint meeting of the Arizona/New Mexico The Wildlife Society and The American Fisheries Society, Gallup, NM.

"The effect of prescribed surface fire on the abundance and nesting success of neotropical migrant songbirds." 1997.  Annual mtg. of the state chapter of The Wildlife Society, Nashville, IN

"Rock roosting behavior in Myotis evotis in the Coconino National Forest, Arizona." 1996. Four Corners Bat Conference, Durango, Colorado.

"The Proportion of area occupied by woodland hawks in east- central Indiana." 1995. Raptor Research Foundation Annual Meeting, Duluth, Minnesota.

"Roost site habitat characteristics of forest dwelling bats in north-central Arizona." 1995. North American Bat Research Symposium, Ixtapa, Mexico.

"Habitat use and activity patterns of urban dwelling javelina in Prescott, Arizona." 1994. Annual Meeting of Southwest Section of The Wildlife Society, Sierra Vista, Arizona.

Professional Societies and Organizations

- Human Anatomy and Physiology Society
- Surfrider Foundation

Other Information

Click on thumbnails below to see enlarged images of  Morrell's IVC students, BSU Graduate Students, and other activities he has been involved in.

Small mammal data collection with Alicia Morrell BSU grad student Andy Duff stringing up a mist net at WNRA, California BSU grad student Brian Allen releasing a tagged vulture, central Indiana - the bird does in fact have a head!

Uncle Momo and Cheryl Fisher with falcons hacked by the BSU student chapter of The Wildlife Society

BSU grad student Gretchen Ruhl collecting bat roost data at the Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona Pleadies - 1of 6 peregrine  falcons hacked by the BSU student chapter of The Wildlife Society near campus Placing a radio  transmitter on a
Tongan fruit bat
Students at  Lamanai ruins, Belize, Central America

BSU grad student Crystal Prussick and undergrad Bart Renner track Pallid Bats in northern California

BSU student Rachel Henderson downloading Anabat data in Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA IVC students working on their cat in anatomy class Roxanna checking Ernest for hypertension at the IVC Poster Conference Ernest at the IVC Poster Conference explaining "bone breaks." IVC students Anna, Juan, Anna, and Mireya investigating the digestive system of their cat in anatomy class Danielle explaining arthritis to a participant at the IVC Poster Conference Gabriela discussing skin cancer with someone on the phone at the IVC Poster Conference

Anna at her "Lupus" presentation during the IVC Poster Presentation 2006   Paloma con mochila verde!!