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Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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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

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Bioinformatics and Next Generation Sequencing: Applications of Arthropod Genomes, Zaichao Zhang

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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The Mechanism of Activation of Potassium Dependent and Potassium Independent Asparaginases from Common Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris), Ebenezer Oluwafemi Ajewole

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The Impacts of Climate Change on Communities of Fungi in Boreal Peatlands, Asma Asemaninejad Hassankiadeh

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Evaluating the interaction between buckwheat, Fagopyrum esculentum (Polygonaceae) and wireworm Agriotes sputator L. (Coleoptera: Elateridae), Yeritza L. Bohorquez

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A Genetic Test of a Model for Two Activities of Fushi Tarazu Protein in Drosophila Melanogaster, Alaa Briek

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Photosynthetic acclimation to warming and elevated CO2 in two Antarctic vascular plant species, Vi NT Bui

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Molecular Characterization of Viruses Infecting Greenhouse Vegetables in Ontario, Bin Chen

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Decomposition Dynamics Under Climate Change Conditions in Boreal Peat, Rosa Del Giudice

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Cell Signaling Crosstalk and Differentiation of F9 Cells into Extraembryonic Endoderm, Gurjoth Singh Deol

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The Role of NADPH Oxidase in ROS Mediated Differentiation, Benjamin J. Dickson

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Ecosystem Level Effects of Climate Change on Northern Peatlands, Catherine M. Dieleman

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Hemolytic Activity in the Euryhaline Fish-Killing Phytoflagellate Prymnesium parvum under Environmental Stresses, Christine Dulal-Whiteway

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Inhibition Of MT1-MMP Proteolytic Function And ERK1/2 Signalling Influences Breast Cancer Cell Migration And Invasion Through Changes In MMP-2 And MMP-9 Expression, Caitlin L. Evered

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An Investigation of The Plant Growth Promoting Abilities of Pseudomonas Fluorescens UW4 Under Toxic Metal Stress, Joshua J. Frank

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Role of Fatty Acid omega-Hydroxylase 1 and Abscisic Acid in Potato Tuber Suberin Formation, Meg Haggitt

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Agaricomycetes of Ontario Tallgrass Prairies, Christopher R. J. Hay

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Inheritance, differential expression, and candidate gene analyses for Avr2 in Phytophthora sojae, Chelsea S. Ishmael

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Effects of gut-associated yeasts on Drosophila melanogaster performance, Yanira Jiménez Padilla

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Multi-gene resistance to neonicotinoids in the Colorado potato beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata, Emine Kaplanoglu

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Producing a Subunit Vaccine for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus, Zayn Khamis

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Identification and Functional Characterization of GmMYB176-Specific Protein Kinases in Soybean, Pravesh Lama

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Evaluation of the Water Stress-Inducible Promoter Wsi18 in the Model Monocot Brachypodium distachyon, Patrick D. Langille

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A Long-Term Neuroepigenomic Profile of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure, Benjamin I. Laufer

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Innate and learned predator recognition in four strains of captive-bred atlantic salmon, Salmo salar, Malcolm J. Lau

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A test of the effects of androgens on immunity: no relationship between 11-keto testosterone and immune performance in bluegill sunfish (Lepomis macrochirus), John W. Loggie

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Population Genetic Structure And Parasite Communities In A Nomadic Songbird, The Red Crossbill (Loxia Curvirostra), Erica L. Lovett

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Temperature-dependent alterations of brown adipose tissue metabolism during hibernation in the thirteen-lined ground squirrel, Ictidomys tridecemlineatus., Sarah V. McFarlane

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Molecular Characterization of the Potyviral First Protein (P1 Protein), Qiuyue Pan

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The Cytoplasmic Domain of Membrane-type 1 Matrix Metalloproteinase is Required for its Survival-Promoting, but not its Migration-Promoting Function in MCF-7 Breast Cancer Cells, Jacob JH Pelling

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GLUCAN SYNTHASE-LIKE 8: A Key Player in Early Seedling Development in Arabidopsis, Behnaz Saatian

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Testing for aggression and nestmate recognition in the eastern subterranean termite (Reticulitermes flavipes), Victoria K. Simkovic

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Identification and Characterization of the Isoflavonoid-Specific Prenyltransferase Gene Family to Prevent Stem and Root Rot in Soybean, Arjun Sukumaran

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The influence of capacity and attitudes in the use of water quality citizen science and volunteer benthic monitoring in the freshwater management activities of Ontario’s Conservation Authorities, Sonja Teichert

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Telomere length variation in preschool children: Associations with chronic family stress, maternal depression, and cortisol reactivity, Aditi Thakur

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Weather and Photoperiod Indices of Autumn and Winter Dabbling Duck Abundance in the Mississippi and Atlantic Flyways of North America, Lena M. Van Den Elsen

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The Association Between Oxidative Stress, Cellular Differentiation And Galectins In Human Promyelocytic Leukemia Cells (HL-60), James R. Vinnai

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Inferring plastid metabolic pathways within the nonphotosynthetic free-living green algal genus Polytomella, Sara Asmail

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Characterization of Seed Transmission of Soybean Mosaic Virus in Soybean, Tanvir Bashar

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Effects of Recurrent Inclement Winter Weather Cues on White-Throated Sparrows (Zonotrichia albicollis), Andrea C. Boyer

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Light up the fly: Drosophila as a non-social model in insect sociobiology, Alison L. Camiletti

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Assessment of Genome-Wide Genetic and Epigenetic De Novo Variation in Families with Monozygotic Twins Discordant for Schizophrenia, Christina A. Castellani

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Effect of carotenoid volatiles on oviposition and feeding choice of T.ni and T.vaporariorum, Sneha Challa

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Females in Control: Female Sensitivity to Predation Risk Affects Courtship and Reproductive Behaviours, Tin Nok Natalie Cheng

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Seasonal and Long-term (1995-2009) Changes in the Distribution and Abundance of Submerged Aquatic Vegetation and Dreissenid Mussels in Inner Long Point Bay, Lake Erie, Robin TJ Churchill

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Improving the Use of Migration Counts for Wildlife Population Monitoring, Tara L. Crewe

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Soybean isoflavonoid biosynthesis: constituents and circumstance at the transcriptomic and molecular levels, Mehran Dastmalchi

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Organelle Genome Evolution Within The Green Algal Genus Dunaliella, Michael Del Vasto

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Fear Of Predators Compromises Parental Care And Juvenile Survival In A Songbird, Philip Blair Dudeck

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Movement, habitat selection, and survival of female wood ducks (Aix sponsa) and ducklings at Long Point, Ontario., Matthew E. Dyson

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HD2D is a Regulator of Abscisic Acid Responses in Arabidopsis, Joshua A. Farhi

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Investigation of Cell-Penetrating Peptide Transformation in Two Regenerable Tissue Culture Systems, Atiyyah S. Ferouz

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Wnt Signalling During F9 Cell Differentiation, Gregory M. Golenia

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Sex and Seasonal Differences in Cognition and the Brain in Brood-parasitic Brown-headed Cowbirds (Molothrus ater), Mélanie F. Guigueno

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The evolution of kin recognition, Timothy JA Hain

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Thermal performance covaries with environmental temperature across populations of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar), Kayla J. Harding Gradil

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Seasonality of the Stress Response in House Sparrows (Passer domesticus)., Michael R. Hasstedt

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The Effects Of Perceived Predation Risk On The Avian Brain, Emma C. Hobbs

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Genetic Analysis of a Non-Germinating Mutant of Arabidopsis Thaliana, Md Jakir Hossan

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Restoration of Native Biodiversity in Altered Environments: Reintroduction of Atlantic salmon into Lake Ontario, Aimee Lee S. Houde

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Ginsenosides, Glycosidases and the Ginseng-Pythium Interaction, Dimitre A. Ivanov