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Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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Thermal biology of temperate and high-latitude arachnids, Susan E. Anthony

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Weathering the Storm: Physiological and Behavioural Responses of White-Throated Sparrows to Inclement Weather Cues, Andrea C. Boyer

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Optimal algorithms for deriving estimates of phytoplankton biomass in lakes from LANDSAT satellite imagery, Michael A. Dallosch

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Evaluating restoration success by tracking the structural and functional recovery of restored, drained, and intact wetlands, Renee C. Howard

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Contrasting non-breeding ecology of Swainson’s Thrush (Catharus ustulatus) in Andean forest and shade-grown coffee plantations, Sean McElaney

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Characterization of genomic copy number variation in Mus musculus associated with the germline of inbred and wild mouse populations, normal development, and cancer, Maja Milojevic

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Uncovering a Mystery of the Isoflavonoid Metabolon: Identification and Characterization of the Arogenate Dehydratase Gene Family in Soybean, Kelsey Pannunzio

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Quantitative proteome analysis of alfalfa in drought stress under the influence of miR156, Alpa Puri

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The role of H3K4 methyltransferases in Drosophila memory, Nicholas Raun

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The Lotus japonicus SHORT INTERNODES/STYLISH gene family and its role during root nodule development, Arina Shrestha

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Carbon Cycling in Northern Fen Peatlands – Implications for Climate-Driven Changes of Ecosystem Carbon Fluxes, Jing Tian

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Partial characterization of putative CYP86A genes from soybean, Trish Tully

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Growth Characteristics and Lipid Metabolism of Cultured Migratory Bird Skeletal Muscle Cells, Kevin G. Young

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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The Effect of Anoxia on Mitochondrial Function in a Hibernator (Ictidomys tridecemlineatus), Leah Hayward

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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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Landscape-level effects of agricultural intensification on the condition and diet of nestling Barn Swallows (Hirundo rustica), Jackson W. Kusack

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Top-down and bottom-up effects on Collembola communities in soil food webs, Jordan Kustec

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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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The effect of shelter availability on foraging in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar), Christian A. Therrien

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Maternal Effects and the Evolution of Chinook Salmon, Michael Thorn

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

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Suberin Biosynthesis and Deposition in the Wound-Healing Potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) Tuber Model, Kathlyn Natalie Woolfson

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Investigating The Role of Brachypodium Distachyon Cellulose Synthase 8 in Gluconacetobacter Diazotrophicus Colonization, Xuan Yang

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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