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Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Foliage Type Controls Mercury Input, Storage, and Release in the Boreal Forest, Madelaine J R Anderson

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The effects of legacy sulphur deposition on methylmercury production in northern peatlands; geochemical and biological considerations, Jennifer L. Blythe

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Heterozygosity: An Inconspicuous Meiosis-Linked Intrinsic Mutagen in Mice, Nicholas A. Boehler

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Mass spectrometry identification of membrane-type 1 matrix metalloproteinase (MT1-MMP) binding partners following co-immunoprecipitation in MCF-7 cells, Bradley Bork

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Niche segregation among three sympatric species of swallows in southern Ontario, Kaelyn H. Bumelis

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Yield improvement of a plant-made antibody against Enterohemorrhagic E. coli, Adam S. Chin-Fatt

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microRNA156: A Short RNA with a Major Role in Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Alfalfa, Biruk Ayenew Feyissa

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Chemical Communication in Songbirds, Leanne A. Grieves

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Characterization of SQUAMOSA PROMOTER BINDING PROTEIN LIKE (SPL), and its role in drought stress tolerance in Medicago sativa (alfalfa)., Alexandria K. Hanly

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Soybean root exudates increase the physiological diversity of bacteria in cadmium-treated soil, Leily Kazemi Movahed

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Differential effects of freezing on the drought tolerance of herbaceous plants at the species, community and ecosystem scales, Ricky S. Kong

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Floral traits and carbon dynamics of cucumber in response to climate change, Sarah Josina McDonald

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Effects of dietary thiaminase on reproductive traits in three populations of Atlantic salmon targeted for reintroduction into Lake Ontario, Kimberly T. Mitchell

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Investigating the Role of Carbon Stress in the Mortality of Tamarack Seedlings Under a Warming Environment, Bridget K. Murphy

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Correlations in movement behaviour over large and small geographic scales in song sparrows (Melospiza melodia), Christopher D. Posliff

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Understanding the Role of Polyamine N-Acetyltransferase in the Fission Yeast Response to Perturbation of the Cytokinetic Machinery, Mythili Ravishankar

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Analysis of the chemotactic and anti-ovarian response to honeybee Queen Mandibular Pheromone (QMP) and its constituent components in Drosophila melanogaster, Suhayr Solangi

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Express Yourself: Analysis of the mRNA Expression Patterns of the AROGENATE DEHYDRATASE Family in Arabidopsis thaliana, Jordan B. Van Brenk

Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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Tracing Nutrient Sources to Lipid Production in Birds and Insects Using Stable Isotope (δ13C, δ2H) Tracers: Implications for Nutritional Physiology of Migratory Species, Libesha Anparasan

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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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Tetranychus urticae adaptation to tomato, Kristie A. Bruinsma

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Arthropod Diversity in Contrasting Ontario Peatlands, Grace Carscallen

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Low Birth Weight and Post-Natal Diet Induced Alterations in Skeletal Muscle Oxygen Consumption and Fiber Type Composition, Megan Cedrone

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Comparison of Cyanobacteria Phenotypes with Distinctive Photosynthetic Pigment Compositions to Simulated Lake Browning, Camille Chemali

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The fruitless gene influences female mate preference in Drosophila, Tabashir A. Chowdhury

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Differential Vulnerability to Window Collision Mortality Among Migratory Songbird Species, Olivia M. Colling

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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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Effects of elevated temperature and elevated CO2 on leaf carbon fluxes in boreal conifers: lab and field studies, Mirindi Eric Dusenge

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RNA interference of worker sterility genes: Testing mechanisms of reproductive regulation in Apis mellifera, Anthony J. Gallo

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Carbon and Nitrogen Dynamics in Plants Grown at Low CO2 Conditions of the Past, Andre Galvao Duarte

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Diet Composition and Mercury Exposure in Bank Swallows (Riparia riparia) Breeding at Lakeshore and Aggregate Pits, Corrine S. V. Génier

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Engineering self-assembling proteins to produce a safe and effective vaccine for Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome, Ondre H. Harper

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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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Cross-species utility of the Mouse Diversity Genotyping Array in assaying single nucleotide polymorphisms, Rachel Kelly

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The Cost of Protection: Frost Avoidance and Competition in Herbaceous Plants, Frederick Curtis Lubbe

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Above- and belowground community linkages in boreal peatlands and climate warming implications, Caitlyn Lyons

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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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The Stability of Temperate Lakes Under the Changing Climate, Aleksey Paltsev

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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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The relative importance of larval and adult nutrition in the isotopic profile of the spermatophore produced by the male true armyworm moth (Mythimna unipuncta) (Haworth)., Aida Parvizi

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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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Assessing the role of Drosophila melanogaster neuroligin 3 on social spacing and climbing behaviour, J. Wesley Robinson

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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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Genome-wide occupancy of Polycomb group proteins and chromatin remodeler SPLAYED and their interplay in Arabidopsis, Jie Shu

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Major histocompatibility complex does not affect mating patterns in bluegill sunfish (Lepomis macrochirus), Lucas Silveira

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Climate Change and Dissolved Organic Matter in Subarctic Lakes: Relevance to Methylmercury Bioavailability, Kyra Lyn Simone

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A role for Shh and Bmp4 in regulating the dorsal-ventral patterning of the developing pharyngeal region, Alex Szpak

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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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Identifying Brachypodium distachyon proteins interacting with histone deacetylase BdHD1, Alberto Giovanni Torrez

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Partial characterization of putative CYP86A genes from soybean, Trish Tully

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The role of Xenopus laevis RECK in ECM remodeling and tissue patterning, Jessica Willson

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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