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 2015

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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

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Ethanol exposure during synaptogenesis in a mouse model of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: acute and long-term effects on gene expression and behaviour, Morgan L. Kleiber

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Investigating HOX Protein Requirement for Tarsus Determination in Drosophila melanogaster, Samantha Koot

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Effects of Growth Temperatures and Elevated CO2 on Respiration Rates in Norway Spruce, Yulia Kroner

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Purification of Recombinant Proteins in Plants Using Small-Molecule Dependent Inteins Fused to ELP or HFBI, Kira Liu

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Molecular identification and characterization of host DEAD-box RNA helicases that are associated with Turnip mosaic virus infection, Yinzi Li

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Natal Philopatry in Song Sparrows (Melospiza melodia) Predicts Female Cellular Versus Humoral Immune Function, But Does Not Consistently Predict Parasitism, Heather L. MacGillivray

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Energetics and Digestive Physiology of Age Classes of Songbirds During Fall Migration, Brendan J. McCabe

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Morphological and Molecular Systematics of Resupinatus (Basidiomycota), Jennifer McDonald

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Freeze tolerance in the spring field cricket, Gryllus veletis, Alexander H. Mckinnon

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A Plant-Made Vaccine Candidate To Protect Ruminants Against Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia Coli, Sean Miletic

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Study of the Hydrophobin Genes in Verticillium Dahliae and Characterization of the Hydrophobin Gene VDH5, Nadia P. Morales

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Vocalizations, feeding and flight behaviour of nectar-feeding bats (Glossophaga soricina and Leptonycteris yerbabuenae), Meghan A. Murphy

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Identification of Putative Plant Defense Genes Using a Novel Hydroponic Co-Cultivation Technique for Studying Plant-Pathogen Interaction, Naeem Nathoo

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Reproductive Success and Sexual Selection in Drosophila melanogaster (Diptera: Drosophilidae), Trinh Xuan Thi Nguyen

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Exploration of Spatial and Temporal Changes in Trophic Status of Lakes in the Northern Temporal Forest Biome Using Remote Sensing, Aleksey Paltsev

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Natural Variation In Malarial Infection And Immune Investment In A Migratory Songbird, And The Effects Of Infection On Flight Performance, Laura Rooney

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Ecological and Evolutionary Interactions Between Song Sparrows (Melospiza melodia) and their Bloodborne Parasites, Yanina Sarquis-Adamson

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Planting the Chalcone Reductase Family Tree: Identification and Characterization of Chalcone Reductase Genes in Soybean, Caroline Julia Sepiol

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Fish Out of Salt Water: Smoltification in Subyearling Chinook Salmon from the Laurentian Great Lakes, Steve Sharron

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Genes and Gene Networks Related to Age-associated Learning Impairments, Raihan Uddin

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Tactics to Stay Alive: Predation Risk Alters Body Condition and Escape Behaviour, Benjamin T. Walters

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MIR156 Participates in Iron Homeostasis Through Targeting SPL9/SPL15 in Arabidopsis Thaliana, Ying Wang

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Functional Analysis of the miR156 Regulatory Network in Arabidopsis Siliques, Zhishuo Wang

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Bioaccumulation and Concentration of Mercury in Rivers and Streams of the Hudson Bay Lowland, Ashley Warnock

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Molybdenum and Iron Interactions as Micronutrients for Growth of a Freshwater Cyanobacterium, Microcystis Aeruginosa, Yan Xu

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Functional Characterization of P3N-PIPO Protein in the Potyviral Life Cycle, Hoda Yaghmaiean

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Transgenic Plants as Novel Bioreactors to Produce Human Protein, Nadiyah Alqazlan

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Effects of microRNA156 on Flowering Time and Plant Architecture in Medicago sativa, Banyar Aung

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Seed tuber treatments with Pseudomonas spp. to reduce potato common scab incidence and severity, Muna Basahi

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Growth of the Marine Fish-Killing Phytoflagellate, Heterosigma Akashiwo Under Emerging Coastal Regimes: Temperature, Eutrophication and Ocean Acidification, Cayla M. Bronicheski

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Arabidopsis thaliana-Spider Mite Interaction: Plant Perception, Signalling, and Response, Kristie A. Bruinsma

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Early Mechanisms of Retinal Degeneration in the harlequin Mouse, Eric Dolinar

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Identification and characterization of cysteine protease genes in tobacco for use in recombinant protein production, Kishor Duwadi

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Topographic Controls on N2O and N2 Efflux in a Temperate Forest, Eric M. Enanga

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Environmental Factors Influencing Spring Migration Chronology of Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis), Taylor A. Finger

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Social immunity and the expression of immune-related genes in the Eastern subterranean termite, Qi Gao

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A comparison of community composition analyses for the assessment of responses to wood-ash soil amendment by free-living nematodes, Paul B.L. George

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Nitrogen fixation by the cyanobacterium Nostoc punctiforme in response to variation in nitrogen availability, temperature, and atmospheric CO2 concentrations, Danielle A. Griffith

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Effect of Photoperiod on Redox Regulation of Phenotypic Plasticity and Cellular Growth in Chlorella vulgaris, Lauren E. Hollis

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Low temperature tolerance of adult Drosophila suzukii (Diptera: Drosophilidae), Ruth Jakobs

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Immune function and infection status is related to migration distance and phases of the annual cycle in song sparrows (Melospiza melodia), Tosha R. Kelly

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Response Of Soil Nitrification To The Veterinary Pharmaceuticals Monensin, Ivermectin And Zinc Bacitracin, Magda A. Konopka

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Arabidopsis Chromatin Remodeler Brahma: Its Functional Interplay with Polycomb Proteins and The REF6 Histone Demethylase, Chenlong Li

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Identifying the role of non-native species in the enhanced trophic transfer of mercury in the food web of Lake Erie, a North American Great Lake, Kaylin M.S. Liznick

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The Effects of Ocean Acidification and Eutrophication on the Growth, Lipid Composition and Toxicity of the Marine Raphidophyte Heterosigma Akashiwo., Julia Rose Matheson

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The adaptive capacity of thermal tolerance in chinook salmon, Nicolas Muñoz

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Population Genetic Structure in the Pitcher Plant Flesh Fly Fletcherimyia fletcheri, John R. O'Leary

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Functional Analysis of Two Brassinosteroid Responsive, Putative Calmodulin-Binding Proteins 60 (CBP60S) in Arabidopsis Thaliana, Purvikalyan Pallegar

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Two spotted spider mite (Tetranychus urticae) selection to Arabidopsis thaliana, Huzefa Ratlamwala

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Protein Body Biogenesis and Utility in Recombinant Protein Production in Nicotiana benthamiana, Reza Saberianfar

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Associations between hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis system gene variants and cortisol reactivity in preschoolers: Main effects and gene-environment interactions, Haroon I. Sheikh

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Inheritance of virulence in the root rot pathogen Phytophthora sojae, Sirjana Devi Shrestha

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Testing for positive edge responses in a fragmented landscape in the Eastern Tiger (Papilio glaucus) and the Spicebush (P. troilus) swallowtail butterflies, Jenna C. Siu

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Changing the substrate specificity of arogenate dehydratases (ADTs) from Arabidopsis thaliana., Megan ES Smith-Uffen

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Ubiquitin-mediated degradation via UPS and lysosome, Qizhi Sun

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Thylakoid Phosphorylation And Cell Morphology In The Antarctic Psychrophile, Chlamydomonas sp. UWO241, Beth Szyszka-Mroz

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The role of lactate dehydrogenase B in aerobic glycolysis-mediated resistance to AB toxicity, Tyler Tam

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The Role of Islands in the Migration of Bats Across Lake Erie and Lake Ontario: Lasiurus borealis, Lasiurus cinereus and Perimyotis subflavus, Toby J. Thorne

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The Effects of Global Climate Change on Canadian Boreal Forest Collembola Communities, Matthew S. Turnbull

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The APL5 Subunit of the AP3 Adaptor Protein Complex is Required for Cytokinesis Checkpoint Function in Schizosaccharomyces Pombe, Joy Wang

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Somatic Copy Number Mosaicism Contributes to Genomic Diversity in Mus musculus, Andrea E. Wishart

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Application of otolith increment analysis to the study of maturation timing in female kokanee salmon, Yelin Xu

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Assessing and Analyzing Bat Activity with Acoustic Monitoring: Challenges and Interpretations, Amanda M. Adams

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Reproductive Biology and Speciation in Drosophila pseudoobscura, Josh H.M. Alpern

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The Effect of Glycan Linked to Cationic Peanut Peroxidase on its Activity, Maha M. Al-Subaie

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Thermal adaptation of life history traits in the Drosophila melanogaster group, Christopher James Austin

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Effects of Excitation Pressure on Variegation and Global Gene Expression in Arabidopsis thaliana, Rainer Bode

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The Plastic and Evolutionary Responses of Fish to Anthropogenic Stressors, Ross D. Breckels

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Subcellular Analysis of the Disulfide Proteome in p66Shc expressing Nerve Cells, Tyler Cann

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Molecular and Genetic Analysis of a Conserved Transcription Factor with a Role in Promoting the Completion of Cytokinesis in Schizosaccharomyces pombe, Bidhan Chakraborty

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The Role of Morphology in Diet and Flower Visitation by Five Species of Cuban Flower-Visiting Bats, Lindsey Clairmont

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Foraging ecology, sexual selection, and divergence in sunfish (Lepomis spp.), Scott F. Colborne

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An Investigation of Plant-Microbe Interactions Under Cadmium Stress in Agar-Based Medium, Hydroponics, and Soil Studies, Melanie P. Columbus

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Are long chain acyl CoAs responsible for suppression of mitochondrial metabolism in hibernating 13-lined ground squirrels?, Alex Cooper

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Genetic and morphological variation of butterflies in relict habitats, Lindsay A. Crawford

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Characterization of a Putative Activation Domain in the Hulk Gene Family, Christopher Doan

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Cyanobacteria Predominance in Alberta's Eutrophic Lakes Linked to Iron Scavenging Strategy That Uses Siderophores and Toxins, Xue L. Du

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Array-based genomic diversity measures portray Mus musculus phylogenetic and genealogical relationships, and detect genetic variation among C57Bl/6J mice and between tissues of the same mouse, Susan T. Eitutis