This collection contains theses and dissertations from the Department of Biology, collected from the Scholarship@Western Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

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Theses/Dissertations from 2024

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Identification and characterization of isoflavone reductase family members in soybean, Negin Azizkhani

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Understanding mechanisms underlying changes in parental care behaviour in response to perceived paternity in sunfish, Emma Churchman

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Biosynthesis of a Novel O-methylhydroxy Isoflavone in Soybean: Expression Analysis and Identification of Isoflavone O-methyltransferases, Elizabeth Copley

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Characterization of brain metabolism in a mouse model of Alzheimer's Disease using MALDI-TOF imaging mass spectrometry, Sandra Grahovac-Nemeth

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Determining the Effects of Mistranslating Transfer RNA Variants on Drosophila Melanogaster, Joshua R. Isaacson

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The role of fruitless P3 and P4 transcripts in Drosophila melanogaster, Sara A. Kulinski

Theses/Dissertations from 2023

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SUFU in SHH signalling mediated myogenesis, Suleyman Abdullah

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Effect of rearing conditions on the allocation of larval and adult acquired essential and nonessential fatty acids to flight in two adult Lepidoptera: Danaus plexippus and Mythimna unipuncta, Libesha Anparasan

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The effect of dietary thiaminase on cardiac function and morphology in lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush), Peter Baker

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The introduction of nursery seedlings and their fungi to a spruce-fir forest in Newfoundland, Alicia G. Banwell

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Evaluating Phosphorylation as a Potential Regulator of ADT5 in Arabidopsis thaliana, Eileen Barac

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Elucidating the neural circuitry underlying social spacing in Drosophila melanogaster through the lens of neuroligin 3, Abigail T. Bechard

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Development of reverse genetics tools in the two-spotted spider mite Tetranychus urticae, Nivitha Bhaskar

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Post-breeding survival of adult and hatch-year Bank Swallows (Riparia riparia) in the Great Lakes region: a radio telemetry study, Christian M.M Buchanan-Fraser

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Effects of 11-KT and Prolactin on Gene Expression, Parental Care Behaviour and Immune Response in Male Bluegill Sunfish., Adriano A P da Cunha

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Differential Migration Timing and the Form and Function of Avian Wings, Jessica E. Deakin

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Unraveling The Evolution And Diversity Of Giant Plastid Genomes In Chlamydomonadalean Green Algae, Hager Gaouda

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Elucidating the Relationships Between Spider Size, Joint Stiffness, and the Mechanical Frequency Response of the Body, Reese L. Gartly

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The effects of elevated carbon dioxide and warming on photosynthesis and growth in five boreal tree species, Julia M. Hammer

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Molecular Characterization of Osmotin and Four Plasmodesmata Callose Binding Protein Homologs from Arabidopsis in Turnip Mosaic Virus Infection, Rongrong He

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The effects of warming on floral traits, Kiana J. Lee Ms.

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The Adaptor Protein p66Shc Governs Central Nervous System Cell Metabolism and Resistance to Aβ Toxicity, Asad Lone

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The detectability of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) microsatellite and mitochondrial environmental DNA, Simone N. Miklosi

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Changes in peatland soil fauna biomass alter food web structure and function under warming and hydrological changes, Trevor L. Pettit

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Mouse Genotyping Array-Based Analysis of Variation at Single Nucleotide Polymorphic Loci in the Context of Macro- and Micro-environments, Freda Qi

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Investigating the Soil Mycobiome of American Ginseng, Rachel Amelia Rajsp

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Age and Sex Differences in Stopover Behaviours and Flight Performance in Black-throated Blue Warblers, Patricia Rokitnicki

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Freezing tolerance of herbaceous legumes within southwestern Ontario: evidence of disproportionate freezing sensitivity, Samuel L. Rycroft

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Short-term versus long-term effects of nitrogen addition and warming on ecosystem N dynamics in a grass-dominated temperate old field, Benjamin F. A. Souriol

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Characterization of Etoxazole Resistance in Tetranychus urticae Populations Collected from Commercial Greenhouses & Fields in Ontario, Jeremy Spenler

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Molecular identification and characterization of Heat shock protein 70 family proteins essential for Turnip mosaic virus infection in Arabidopsis thaliana, Ziwei Tang

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Role and regulation of galectin-12 in the context of cellular differentiation, Rada Tazhitdinova

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Random Mating in the Face of Balancing Selection at the Major Histocompatibility Complex Class I in Song Sparrows (Melospiza melodia), Scout R.L Thompson

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Investigating soil microbiome changes during Panax quinquefolius cultivation in new gardens, Pok Man Paul Wan

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Recovery from social isolation in Drosophila: The role of dopamine and the autism-related gene nlg3., Ryley T. Yost

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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Effects of methylmercury and unpredictable food stress exposure on songbirds’ physiology and seasonal transition, Claire L.J. Bottini

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Gene Regulatory Context of Honey Bee Worker Sterility, Rahul Choorakkat Unnikrishnan

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

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Characterization of SPL4's role in drought stress and trichome development in alfalfa, Matei A. Dan-Dobre

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

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Nitrogen transfer from cover crops to the subsequent grain crop and the influence of variability in winter conditions, Spencer Heuchan

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

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Understanding the molecular mechanism of postharvest seed coat darkening in pinto beans, Nishat Shayala Islam

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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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Root-Inhabiting and Rhizosphere Mycobiomes and Crop Yield of Corn and Wheat, Marianna E. Wallace

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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

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Using Stable Isotope Techniques To Complement Existing Northern Pintail Management., Dariusz Wojtaszek

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