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 2013

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Soil freezing effects on a grass-dominated old field ecosystem under current and future rates of atmospheric nitrogen deposition, Mat Vankoughnett

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Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus columbianus) Habitat Selection during the Nonbreeding Period, Katelyn H. A. Weaver

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Absence of phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase AtPPC3 increases sensitivity of Arabidopsis thaliana to cadmium, Ian R. Willick

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SUNERGOS1, a Lotus japonicus gene required for proper accommodation of rhizobial infection, Hwi Joong Yoon

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Metabolism and transcriptional responses to asparagine in Arabidopsis thaliana, Qianyi Zhang

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Examining population genetic structure of the pitcher plant mosquito (Wyeomyia smithii) across multiple spatial scales using AFLP markers, Kristina M. Zilic

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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Cadmium Accumulation and Distribution in Lettuce and Barley, Fardausi Akhter

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Hypoxia-Induced Alterations in Skeletal Muscle Cell Respiration and Resveratrol as a Potential Pharmacological Intervention, Kathleen R. Belgrave

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The Relationship between Predation Pressure, Demography and Genetic Diversity in Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) Populations, Michelle E. Bondy

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Cold Tolerance of each life stage of the sub-alpine willow leaf beetle, Chrysomela aeneicollis, Evelyn C. Boychuk

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The Cost of Ethanol Synthesis During Recovery from Exhaustive Exercise in Grass Carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella), Simon A. Bradford

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Characterization of a Negative Regulatory Domain in Fushi tarazu, a Pair-rule Protein in Drosophila melanogaster, Elyse Susanne Burlingham

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TIMP-2 decreases the invasive potential of MCF-7 and MDAMB-231 cells independent of MMP inhibition, Mario Cepeda

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Changes in the Mitochondrial Phosphoproteome during Mammalian Hibernation, Dillon J. Chung

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Ion homeostasis and variation in low temperature performance in the fall and spring field crickets (Orthoptera: Gryllidae), Litza E. Coello Alvarado

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Plasticity in Photosynthetic Performance and Energy Utilization Efficiency in Triticum aestivum L., Secale cereale L. and Brassica napus L. in Response to Low Temperature and Hig CO2, Keshav Prasad Dahal

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Nrf2 Activation by Dimercaptopropanol Attenuates Mutant Huntingtin Toxicity, Kyle M. Dailey

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Postzygotic isolation in Drosophila simulans and D. mauritiana, Christopher T. D. Dickman

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Colonization of Zea mays by the nitrogen fixing bacterium Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus, Nikita Eskin

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Create the Scene and Watch the Show Unfold: Following Vegetative to Embryonic Developmental Transitions by Over-Expressing LEC2 in Leaves of Arabidopsis thaliana, Mistianne Feeney

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The role of Pex11-beta in peroxisome biogenesis, intracellular relationship to reactive oxygen species levels and redox-sensitive cell signaling, Mark A. Fox

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Environmental Physiology of Flight in Migratory Birds, Alexander R. Gerson

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Introduced Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) in Lake Huron: do they spawn at the right time?, Meghan T. Gerson

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Genome Profiling of Two Strains of the Green Alga Chlamydomnas Raudensis, Rajesh Kumar Gupta

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Protein Body Formation in Stable Transgenic Plants of Nicotiana Tabacum Expressing Elastin-Like Polypeptide and Hydrophobin Fusion Proteins, Sonia P. Gutierrez

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Spatial and Temporal Activity of Migratory Bats at Landscape Features, Rachel M. Hamilton

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Metals and persistent organic pollutants as ecological determinants of human health in Naivasha, Kenya, Chelsea R. Hicks

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Phenotypic Analysis of Schizosaccharomyces Pombe Strains bearing Site-Directed Mutations in the Carboxy Terminal Domain of the Largest Subunit of RNA Polymerase II, Kyle S. Hoffman

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Bats and the landscape: The influence of edge effects and forest cover on bat activity, Meredith K. Jantzen

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Dynamics of fat and lean mass in refuelling migrant passerines measured using quantitative magnetic resonance, Lisa V. Kennedy

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Functional Genomic Investigation of Aromatic Aminotransferases Involved in Ephedrine Alkaloid Biosynthesis in Ephedra Sinica (Stapf), Korey G. Kilpatrick

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HAR1 and LjAMP1 Dependent Regulation of Root Architecture in Lotus Japonicus, Chong Sung Kim

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Fatty Acid ω-Hydroxylases in Soybean, Jessica Koteles

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Evaluating the Rapid Divergence of Male Genitalia in Sibling Drosophila Species, Helene M. LeVasseur-Viens

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Strucutural, Chemical and Bacteriological Characterization of the Rhizosphere of Zea Mays Grown in Metal-Contaminated Soil, Nahed Nasser Mahrous

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Comprehensive Assessment of CNV Calling Algorithms: A Family Based Study Involving Monozygotic Twins Discordant for Schizophrenia, Sujit Maiti

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Microglial activation in the harlequin mouse retina as a mechanism for early retinal degeneration, Justin G. Mayers

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Physiological Ecology of Bat Migration, Liam P. McGuire

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Application of Cytotoxicity Assays for Detection of Potentially Harmful Bioactive Compounds Produced by Freshwater Bloom-Forming Algae, Jace Thomas McLaughlin

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The influence of habitat composition and configuration on the genetic structure of the pitcher plant midge, Katie Millette

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The genetic basis of cuticular hydrocarbon production in Drosophila melanogaster and D. simulans, Jessica A. Pardy

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Involvement of Hexokinase1 in Plant Growth Promotion as Mediated by Burkholderia Phytofimans, Jae Min Park

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Cerebellar degeneration in harlequin mice is associated with inflammation unaltered by low-dose phenobarbital treatment, Anita Prtenjaca

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Assessing the potential health risk of cyanobacteria harmful algal blooms and cyanotoxins in Lake Naivasha, Kenya, Melissa H. Raffoul

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Effects of exogenous androgens on parental care behaviour in male bluegill sunfish (Lepomis macrochirus), Chandra M.C. Rodgers

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How does gene flow limit local adaptation at a species range-edge? An artificial selection Drosophila model, Justin P. Saindon

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Hairy roots as a model to investigate the role of suberin in the Phytophthora sojae-soybean pathosystem, Pooja Sharma

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The influence of ambient environment on the growth and fitness of glyphosate-resistant and -susceptible giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida L.) biotypes, Julia A. Thompson

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Identification and characterization of the Arabidopsis homolog of the yeast TREX-2 complex, Gang Tian

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Cloning and analysis of RECK during early Xenopus laevis development, Jessica Willson

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Impacts of agricultural disturbance on communities of selected soil fungi (Agaricomycetes), Jessie R. Wong

Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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Mitochondrial metabolic suppression and reactive oxygen species production during hypometabolism in mammals, Jason CL Brown

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Regional Specification of the Xenopus Lateral Plate Mesoderm, Steven J. Deimling

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Stable isotope analyses of bat fur: Applications for investigating North American bat migration, Erin E. Fraser

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Trace metal limitation and its role in oxidative stress of coral algal symbionts; implications for thermally induced coral bleaching events., Katrina Lynn Iglic

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Brassinosteroid-mediated stress tolerance in Arabidopsis thaliana, Tawhidur Rahman

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A model system in landscape genetics – the insect inhabitants of pitcher plants, Gordana Gojko Rasic

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Extent, Characteristics and Downstream Effects of Stream Enclosure in Southwestern Ontario, Katie L. Stammler

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Development of New Platforms for Efficient Production and Purification of Recombinant Protein in Higher Plants, Reynald Tremblay

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Overwintering energetics of Lepidoptera: the effects of winter warming and thermal variability., Caroline M. Williams

Theses/Dissertations from 2010

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The Lotus japonicus cytokinin receptor gene family and its role in nitrogen-fixing symbiosis, Mark A. Held

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Stopover biology of migratory landbirds in a heavily urbanized landscape, the New York metropolitan area, Chad L. Seewagen