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 2018

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The costs of fear: integrating fear effects on prey into population ecology, Marek Charles Allen

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A comprehensive catalog of post-translational modifications of Drosophila melanogaster HOX protein, Sex combs reduced, Anirban Banerjee

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Differential Spring Migration in the White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis), Andrew T. Beauchamp

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RNAi Targeting of Manduca sexta Using Chloroplast-Encoded Long dsRNA, William Burke

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Overwintering biology of the brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae), John Ciancio

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Characterization Of The Coat Protein Of Turnip Mosaic Virus And Its Arabidopsis Interactors In The Virus Infection Process, Zhaoji Dai

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Migratory movements of the true armyworm (Mythimna unipuncta) (Haworth): An investigation using naturally occurring stable hydrogen isotopes, Kyle Doward

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The post-fledging survival and movements of juvenile Barn Swallows (Hirundo rustica): an automated telemetry approach, Dean R. Evans

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RNA Interference of MDR Genes in Leptinotarsa decemlineata and Trichoplusia ni by Ingestion of Double-Stranded RNA, Grant Favell

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Plant stimuli-responsive biodegradable polymers for the use in timed release fertilizer coatings, Spencer Heuchan

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Developing a Sustainable Insect Pest Management System by Manipulating Plant Volatile Emissions, Scott R. Hughes

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Creating Tools to Determine Whether Katanin 60 Affects Female Rejection of Males in Drosophila, Joshua R. Isaacson

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Arabidopsis TT8 orthologue of pinto bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) regulates proanthocyanidin genes and seed coat darkening, Nishat Shayala Islam

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Spatial and temporal patterns of neutral and adaptive genetic variation in the alpine butterfly, Parnassius smintheus, Maryam Jangjoo

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Examining the Tissue-Level and Gross Phenotypic Effects of the Connexin43I130T/+ Mutation on the Developing Mouse Skull, Sommer G.E. Jarvis

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Hitchhiker's guide to migration: effects of experimental parasitic infection and other immune challenges on migratory traits of sparrows, Tosha R. Kelly

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Functional Changes Associated with SHROOM3 Deficiency and Mutation: Implications in Renal Pathophysiology and Disease, Doyun Ko

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Trophic and Competitive Interactions among Egg Parasitoids of Stink Bugs, Joanna K. Konopka

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Evaluating plant root uptake of dsRNA for application in pest management, Kaitlyn Ludba

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Circannual Patterns of Adipose Tissue Characteristics in a Hibernator, the Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel (Ictidomys tridecemlineatus), Amanda Maccannell

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Production of a Candidate Recombinant Protein Vaccine for Mannheimia haemolytica in Lettuce and Tobacco Chloroplasts, Coby K. Martin

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Characterizing the Role of the miR156-SPL Network in Heat Stress Response in Medicago sativa, Craig Matthews

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Consequences of Environmental Mercury Exposure for Migratory Fitness and Survival of Passerine Birds, Yanju Ma

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Defective ABA-mediated sugar signalling pathway in an established Arabidopsis thaliana cell suspension culture explains its stay-green phenotype at high sugar concentrations, Avery McCarthy

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The effect of multiple environmental stressors on the growth and toxicity of the red tide alga Heterosigma akashiwo, Malihe Mehdizadeh Allaf

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A Genetic Screen to Identify Fission Yeast Genes with Roles in Protecting Against Perturbation of the Actin Cytoskeleton, Dorota Michalski

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Wildlife in a Premier African Protected Area do not Perceive Ecotourists as Predators, Badru Mugerwa

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A bioinformatics analysis of contributors to false discovery for a mouse genotyping array, Nisha Patel

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Phylogeny, Heat-Stress and Enzymatic Heat-Sensitivity in the Antarctic Psychrophile, Chlamydomonas sp. UWO 241, Marc Possmayer

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Adaptation Mechanisms of Two-Spotted Spider Mite, Tetranychus Urticae, to Arabidopsis Indole Glucosinolates, Golnaz Salehipourshirazi

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Growth and toxicity of geographically-distinct isolates of the fish-killing phytoflagellate, Heterosigma akashiwo, Veerta Singh

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The Major Histocompatibility Complex in Song Sparrows: Immunity, Signals, and Mate Choice, Joel W.G. Slade

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Brachypodium distachyon Histone Deacetylase BdHD1: A Positive Regulator in ABA Sensitivity and Drought Tolerance, Jingpu Song

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Effects of Elevated Temperature, Elevated CO2 and Photoperiod on Conifer Carbon Fluxes, Joseph R. Stinziano

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Soil Homogenization: Plant Species Diversity, Ecosystem Properties and Soil Freezing Effects During Tallgrass Prairie Restoration, Holly J. Stover

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Nest Predation by brown-headed cowbirds (Molothrus ater), David C. Swan

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Mechanisms Underlying Freeze Tolerance in the Spring Field Cricket, Gryllus veletis, Jantina Toxopeus

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Effects of water temperature, rearing temperature and population on swimming performance and temperature preference in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar), Nicole Zathey

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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The Mystery of Nuclear Localization of AROGENATE DEHYDRATASE5 from Arabidopsis thaliana, Sara Abolhassani Rad

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Disturbance and the Community Composition of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi in Ontario Tallgrass Prairies, Sarah N. Allan

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GmMYB176 Interactome and Regulation of Isoflavonoid Biosynthesis in Soybean, Arun Kumaran Anguraj Vadivel

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Energetics of Migratory Bats during Stopover: A Test of the Torpor-Assisted Migration Hypothesis, Dylan E. Baloun

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Characterization of plant-spider mite interactions and establishment of tools for spider mite functional genetic studies, Nicolas Bensoussan

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Investigating the Role of Fruitless in Behavioural Isolation Between Drosophila melanogaster and Drosophila simulans, Jalina Bielaska Da Silva

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The Effect Of Age On Social Behaviour In Drosophila melanogaster And The Progeny of Aged Parents, Dova Brenman

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Genetics of female interspecific mate rejection in species of Drosophila, Ryan Calhoun

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MT1-MMP Mediates the Migratory and Tumourigenic Potential of Breast Cancer Cells via Non-Proteolytic Mechanisms, Mario Cepeda

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The Influence of Adjacent Forest and Agriculture on Restored Grassland Diversity and Composition, Rachel A. Chambers

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Hippocampal epigenetic changes in a mouse model of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Eric J. Chater-Diehl

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Cytosolic acetyl-CoA promotes histone H3 lysine 27 acetylation in Arabidopsis, Chen Chen

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The effect of diet on midgut and resulting changes in infectiousness of AcMNPV baculovirus in Trichoplusia ni, Elizabeth Chen

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Assessing Landscape Effects on Genetics and Dispersal of the Rocky Mountain Apollo Butterfly Parnassius smintheus using a Resistance Mapping Approach, Ning Chen

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Amelioration of prenatal alcohol effects by environmental enrichment in a mouse model of FASD, Aniruddho Chokroborty-Hoque

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Characterization of six Arabidopsis AROGENATE DEHYDRATASE promoters, Emily J. Cornelius

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Tracking behavioural and neuronal responses to social pheromones: Insights from a Drosophila model, Justin R. Croft

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Intracellular signalling crosstalk in the differentiation of F9 cells into extraembryonic endoderm, Tina Nicole Cuthbert

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Behavioural Mechanisms of Protandrous Spring Migration in a Nearctic-Neotropical Songbird, Jessica E. Deakin

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Mechanisms Underlying Variation in Insect Chill Tolerance: The Role of Ion and Water Transport, Lauren E. Des Marteaux

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The Long Haul: Migratory Flight Preparation and Performance in Songbirds, Morag F. Dick

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A Modelling Approach: Effects of Exuded Organic Acids and Exogenous Chelating Ligands on Bioavailability and Uptake of Metals by Radishes (Raphanus sativus) Grown in Hydroponics., Sergio A. Dominguez Romero

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Characterizing Mekk1: Candidate Behavioural Isolation Gene, Caryn Dooner

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The Effects of Crossbreeding and Low Fish Meal Diets on Growth-Related Traits in Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), Katarina H. Doughty

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Urea as an Effective Nitrogen Source for Cyanobacteria, Kevin J. Erratt

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Thermal Biology of Insect Immunity and Host-Microbe Interactions, Laura V. Ferguson

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Autumn Foraging and Staging Ecology of Eastern Population Sandhill Cranes (Antigone canadensis tabida), Everett E. Hanna

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Cerebral lactate metabolism and memory: Implications for Alzheimer's disease, Richard Andrew Harris

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Chromatin accessibility dynamics in the Arabidopsis root epidermis and endodermis during cold acclimation, Shawn Hoogstra

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Characterization of Acaricide Resistance, Plant-Mediated RNAi Against Two-Spotted Spider Mites (Tetranychus urticae Koch), and Assessing Off- and Non-Target Effects, Hooman Hosseinzadeh Namin

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Expression, Characterization and Metallation Studies of Human Metallothionein Isoform 2a Using Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry, Devika P. Jayawardena

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The Effects of Sex, Energy, and Environmental Conditions on the Movement Ecology of Migratory Bats, Kristin A. Jonasson

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Gene Expression Changes in the Mushroom Body of Drosophila melanogaster During a Time Course of Long-Term Memory Formation and Maintenance, Spencer G. Jones

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Deciphering Sulfur Amino Acid Metabolism in Developing Seeds of Common Bean, Jaya Joshi

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Role of Asparagine as a Nitrogen Signal and Characterization of a Nitrogen Responsive Glutamine Amidotransferase, GAT1_2.1 in Arabidopsis thaliana, Shrikaar Kambhampati

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Cellular/Molecular Analysis of Interspecies Sterile Male Hybrids In Drosophila, Rachelle L. Kanippayoor

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Relative Attraction of the Cabbage Looper Moth (Trichoplusia ni (Hübner)) to Wild-type and Transgenic Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.), William J. Laur

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Transcriptional Regulation of Cell-type Specific Expression in the Arabidopsis Root, Keegan M. Leckie

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Methylmercury Production in Two Northern Fen Peatlands, Mikhail J. Mack

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Elevated Temperature and CO2 Concentrations Affect Carbon Flux in Two Boreal Conifers, Sasha Madhavji

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Identifying the neural basis of female receptivity within and between Drosophila species, Pria Mahabir

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Nutritional Regulation of Sulfonamide Antibiotic Biodegradation by Microbacterium sp. Strain C448, Tonya Malcolm

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The Mixed Source Chinook Salmon Fishery in Lake Huron: A Comparison of Spawning and Foraging Habitat Use by Naturalized and Hatchery Fish, Stephen A.C. Marklevitz

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Winter Warming Affects the Onset of Reproduction but not Cognition or The Hippocampus in Black-capped Chickadees (Poecile atricapillus), Robert J. Martin

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Regulation of liver mitochondrial metabolism during hibernation by post-translational modification, Katherine E. Mathers

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Gatekeepers of nitrogen-fixing symbiosis: Cytokinin-ethylene crosstalk regulates symbiotic interaction in Lotus japonicus, Seyedehmandana Miri

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Induction of alternative pathway respiration by nitrate in Chlamydomonas, Shanmugasundaram Pakkiriswami

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Peatland Plant-soil Feedbacks Dictate Ecosystem Properties and Processes, Julia E. Palozzi

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Resource Selection, Survival, and Departure of Adult Female Mallards From The Lake St. Clair Region During Autumn And Winter, Matthew Palumbo

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Expression and Characterization of a Putative Βeta-Glycosidase from the Ginseng Pathogen Pythium Irregulare, Scarlett Puebla Barragan

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Exploiting Fission Yeast Genetic Interaction Data to Identify Disease-Specific Drug Targets for Tuberous Sclerosis Complex, Ashyad Rayhan

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Unravelling Organelle Genome Transcription Using Publicly Available RNA-Sequencing Data, Matheus Sanita Lima

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Regulation of Learning and Memory by the Drosophila melanogaster SWI/SNF complex, Max H. Stone

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Evolutionary genetic aspects of host association in generalist ectoparasites, Benoit Talbot

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Developing a plant virus-based expression system for the expression of vaccines against Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus, Hong Hanh Tran

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The genetic improvement of protein quality in common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.), Rosa Cecilia Viscarra Torrico

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Genetic Analysis of Nitrate Transporter 2 Family in Brachypodium distachyon, with an Essential Role of BdNRT2.1 to Nitrogen Use Efficiency, Jiang Wang

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The genetic and environmental basis for CHC biosynthesis in Drosophila, Heather KE Ward

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MHC class IIβ diversity as a correlate of neutral-locus similarity and diversity, and a predictor of overwinter return, in song sparrows (Melospiza melodia), Matthew J. Watson

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Fungi Associated with Common Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica) in Southern Ontario, Nimalka M. Weerasuriya

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The Lasting Effects of Perceived Predation Risk on the Avian Brain and Behaviour, Lauren E. Witterick

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Transcriptomic correlates of caste differentiation and invasiveness in a subterranean termite, Tian Wu