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Theses/Dissertations from 2022

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Effects of the Brain Nonapeptides Arginine-Vasotocin and Isotocin on Shoaling Behaviour in the Guppy (Poecilia reticulata), Babak Ataei Mehr

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The Sequence-Function Relationship of Arabidopsis AROGENATE DEHYDRATASES, Emily J. Clayton

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Cadmium Uptake in Plants as Influenced by Selenium Uptake and Sulphate Availability, Marnie J. Demand

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Effects of Experimental Malaria Infection On Migration of Yellow-rumped Warblers (Setophaga coronata), Rebecca J. Howe

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Characterization of galectin-16 expression and function in placental cells, Jennifer Kaminker

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Using conservation genetics to inform reintroduction of the endangered Mottled Duskywing (Erynnis martialis), Shayla Kroeze

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Mechanisms of Diapause and Cold Tolerance in the Colorado Potato Beetle, Jacqueline E. Lebenzon

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Effects of spatial and temporal heterogeneity on the genetic diversity of the alpine butterfly Parnassius smintheus, Mel Lucas

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The Biosynthesis of Non-protein Sulfur Amino Acid in Developing Seeds of Common Bean, Zixuan Lu

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Additional Sulfur Does Not Alleviate Cadmium Toxicity In Soybean, Spencer Matt

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From Individuals To Communities: The Effect Of Climate Change On Ectothermic Predators, Matthew Lawrence Meehan

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Temperature-Dependent Developmental Plasticity in the Cardiorespiratory System of Atlantic Salmon, Carlie A. Muir

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Characterization of the Role of miR156-SPL12 Regulatory Module in Root Architecture and Stress Response in Medicago sativa (alfalfa), Vida Nasrollahi

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The impact of long-term artificial removal experiment and natural local extinctions on the genetics of an alpine butterfly, Keon Young Park

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Role of HXXXD-motif acyltransferases in suberin biosynthesis, Yudelkis Indira Queralta Castillo

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Spatiotemporal characterization of the prr12 paralogues in zebrafish, Renee Jeannine Resendes

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Manipulating the root mycobiome to improve plant performance and reduce pathogen pressure in corn (Zea mays), Noor F. Saeed Cheema

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The role of galectins in differentiation of acute myeloid leukemia cells, Jolaine Smith

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Regulation of Hedgehog and Wnt Signaling in Neural Differentiation of P19 Embryonal Carcinoma Cells, Danielle Margaret Spice

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Biochemistry of trehalose accumulation in the spring field cricket, Gryllus veletis, Alyssa R. Stephens

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Investigation of HD2 family histone deacetylases relationship in drought stress response and root growth in Arabidopsis thaliana, Muhammad Sufyan Tahir

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Western diet-like culture conditions and oxidative stress on a cell model of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, Celina M. Valvano

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MT1-MMP enhances cell survival and proliferation via roles unrelated to metabolic transcript levels in MCF7 breast cancer cells, Rachel A. Wise

Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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The Effects of Silver Nanoparticles on Soybean (Glycine max) Growth and Nodulation, Paul J. Boersma

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Response of the Soil Bacterial Community, Resistome, and Mobilome to a Decade of Macrolide Antibiotic Contamination, Liam Paul Brown

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Screens for Phenotypic Non-Specificity of Transcription Factor Function in Drosophila melanogaster, Sheng Cheng

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A genetic perspective on social insect castes: A synthetic review and empirical study, Anna M. Chernyshova

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Investigating social dynamics using automated radiotracking of winter flocks of Black-capped chickadees (Poecile atricapillus), Christopher J. Course

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Long-term vs. Short-term Plant Responses to Warming and Nitrogen Addition in a Temperate Old Field, Breanna Craig

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Diversity and drivers of oribatid mites (Acari: Oribatida) in boreal peatlands, Carlos Rafael de Araujo Barreto

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Effects of Gene-Environment Interactions on the Evolution of Social Behaviours, Vonica J. Flear

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Fear of the Human "Super-Predator" In African Mammals, Nikita R. Frizzelle

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Metabolic regulation during extraembryonic endoderm differentiation, Mohamed Gatie

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Hibernation is super complex: dynamics of electron transport system supercomplexes, Amalie J. Hutchinson

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The Analysis of Ginsenosides in Ginseng Garden Soil, Karina Marie Kaberi

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Dynamics of the Soil Microbiome in Ginseng Gardens, Megan E. Lambert

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Metschnikowia mitochondria, Dong Kyung Lee

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Food Caching Decisions in Canada Jays (Perisoreus canadensis), Robert J. Martin

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Insights into O-GlcNAc-mediated regulation of galectin expression and secretion in promyelocytic HL-60 cells, Adam J. McTague

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Developing a toolbox to engineer quantitative trait variation in legume species using CRISPR/Cas technologies., Petar Miletic

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Kindlin-1 is involved in spreading, migration, and protein regulation in epidermal SCC-13 cells, Naomi Mishan

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Evaluation of two mouse models of high genetic variation for suitability to test a heterozygote instability hypothesis, Hailie Pavanel

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Evaluation of the Bioactive Properties of Peptides Derived From the Common Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.), Zhujun Qiu

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Mitigation of Replant Disease using Solarization in American Ginseng (Panex quinquefolius), Andrew G. Rabas

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Functional Characterization of Arogenate Dehydratase Isoforms in Soybean, Ramtin Sirjani

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Short-term vs. Long-term Warming and Nitrogen Treatment Effects on Soil Carbon and Microbial Activity in a Temperate Old Field, Erica Stroud

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Production of self-assembling protein nanocages and virus-like particles displaying porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus epitopes in Nicotiana benthamiana, Jordan T. VanderBurgt

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Establishment of a pesticide resistance monitoring tool for the two-spotted spider mite, Tetranychus urticae, Hanna Varonina

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Microplastics in White Sucker (Catostomus commersonii) and Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio) from the Upper Thames River, Ontario., Colleen Wardlaw

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Investigating mycelial-crop residue mat application to reduce early-colonizing weeds in row-crop agriculture, Donald T. Watson

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Sequencing and Assembling the Nuclear Genome of the Antarctic Psychrophilic Green Alga Chlamydomonas sp. UWO241: Unravelling the Evolution of Cold Adaptation, Xi Zhang

Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Behavioural And Molecular Consequences Of Postnatal Stress In A Mouse Model Of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Bonnie Alberry

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Foliage Type Controls Mercury Input, Storage, and Release in the Boreal Forest, Madelaine J R Anderson

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The effects of legacy sulphur deposition on methylmercury production in northern peatlands; geochemical and biological considerations, Jennifer L. Blythe

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Heterozygosity: An Inconspicuous Meiosis-Linked Intrinsic Mutagen in Mice, Nicholas A. Boehler

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Mass spectrometry identification of membrane-type 1 matrix metalloproteinase (MT1-MMP) binding partners following co-immunoprecipitation in MCF-7 cells, Bradley Bork

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Niche segregation among three sympatric species of swallows in southern Ontario, Kaelyn H. Bumelis

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Yield improvement of a plant-made antibody against Enterohemorrhagic E. coli, Adam S. Chin-Fatt

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The Role of V-ATPase in Regulating pH in the Digestive Tract of Tetranychus urticae Koch, Zoran Culo

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Reactive oxygen species damage and consequences for mitochondrial function in the hibernating thirteen-lined ground squirrel, Ictidomys tridecemlineatus, Brynne Duffy

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microRNA156: A Short RNA with a Major Role in Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Alfalfa, Biruk Ayenew Feyissa

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Chemical Communication in Songbirds, Leanne A. Grieves

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Characterization of SQUAMOSA PROMOTER BINDING PROTEIN LIKE (SPL), and its role in drought stress tolerance in Medicago sativa (alfalfa)., Alexandria K. Hanly

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Investigating the Impact of Environmentally Relevant Imidazole Concentrations on the Antifungal Susceptibility and Community Composition of Soil Fungi, Farhaan Kanji

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Soybean root exudates increase the physiological diversity of bacteria in cadmium-treated soil, Leily Kazemi Movahed

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Differential effects of freezing on the drought tolerance of herbaceous plants at the species, community and ecosystem scales, Ricky S. Kong

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Genetic basis of hybrid sterility between Drosophila pseudoobscura and D. persimilis, Alannah J.P. Mattice

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Floral traits and carbon dynamics of cucumber in response to climate change, Sarah Josina McDonald

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Effects of dietary thiaminase on reproductive traits in three populations of Atlantic salmon targeted for reintroduction into Lake Ontario, Kimberly T. Mitchell

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Investigating the Role of Carbon Stress in the Mortality of Tamarack Seedlings Under a Warming Environment, Bridget K. Murphy

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Functional Characterization of Vesicular Trafficking Genes in the Midgut of Tetranychus Urticae via RNA Interference, Sean Pham

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Correlations in movement behaviour over large and small geographic scales in song sparrows (Melospiza melodia), Christopher D. Posliff

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Understanding the Role of Polyamine N-Acetyltransferase in the Fission Yeast Response to Perturbation of the Cytokinetic Machinery, Mythili Ravishankar

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Characterizing the diversity of the eukaryotic microbiome in marine crustacean zooplankton., Rose-Lynne Savage

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Molecular identification and characterization of viral pathogens infecting sweet cherry, Aaron J. Simkovich

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Analysis of the chemotactic and anti-ovarian response to honeybee Queen Mandibular Pheromone (QMP) and its constituent components in Drosophila melanogaster, Suhayr Solangi

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Multiple roles of NUP1 in Arabidopsis growth and development, Raj K. Thapa

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Express Yourself: Analysis of the mRNA Expression Patterns of the AROGENATE DEHYDRATASE Family in Arabidopsis thaliana, Jordan B. Van Brenk

Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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Tracing Nutrient Sources to Lipid Production in Birds and Insects Using Stable Isotope (δ13C, δ2H) Tracers: Implications for Nutritional Physiology of Migratory Species, Libesha Anparasan

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Thermal biology of temperate and high-latitude arachnids, Susan E. Anthony

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Weathering the Storm: Physiological and Behavioural Responses of White-Throated Sparrows to Inclement Weather Cues, Andrea C. Boyer

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Tetranychus urticae adaptation to tomato, Kristie A. Bruinsma

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Arthropod Diversity in Contrasting Ontario Peatlands, Grace Carscallen

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Low Birth Weight and Post-Natal Diet Induced Alterations in Skeletal Muscle Oxygen Consumption and Fiber Type Composition, Megan Cedrone

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Comparison of Cyanobacteria Phenotypes with Distinctive Photosynthetic Pigment Compositions to Simulated Lake Browning, Camille Chemali

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The fruitless gene influences female mate preference in Drosophila, Tabashir A. Chowdhury

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Differential Vulnerability to Window Collision Mortality Among Migratory Songbird Species, Olivia M. Colling

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Optimal algorithms for deriving estimates of phytoplankton biomass in lakes from LANDSAT satellite imagery, Michael A. Dallosch

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Effects of elevated temperature and elevated CO2 on leaf carbon fluxes in boreal conifers: lab and field studies, Mirindi Eric Dusenge

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RNA interference of worker sterility genes: Testing mechanisms of reproductive regulation in Apis mellifera, Anthony J. Gallo

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Carbon and Nitrogen Dynamics in Plants Grown at Low CO2 Conditions of the Past, Andre Galvao Duarte

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Diet Composition and Mercury Exposure in Bank Swallows (Riparia riparia) Breeding at Lakeshore and Aggregate Pits, Corrine S. V. Génier

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Engineering self-assembling proteins to produce a safe and effective vaccine for Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome, Ondre H. Harper

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Evaluating restoration success by tracking the structural and functional recovery of restored, drained, and intact wetlands, Renee C. Howard

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Cross-species utility of the Mouse Diversity Genotyping Array in assaying single nucleotide polymorphisms, Rachel Kelly

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The Cost of Protection: Frost Avoidance and Competition in Herbaceous Plants, Frederick Curtis Lubbe

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Above- and belowground community linkages in boreal peatlands and climate warming implications, Caitlyn Lyons

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Contrasting non-breeding ecology of Swainson’s Thrush (Catharus ustulatus) in Andean forest and shade-grown coffee plantations, Sean McElaney

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Characterization of genomic copy number variation in Mus musculus associated with the germline of inbred and wild mouse populations, normal development, and cancer, Maja Milojevic

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The Stability of Temperate Lakes Under the Changing Climate, Aleksey Paltsev