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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2017

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Studying the Changes in Aggressive Behavior of Male Betta Fish (Betta Splendens) When Exposed to Endocrine Disrupting Compunds, Charles Angelastro
Department: Biology

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Coevolution of a Coral Snake and Its Mimic: An Experimental Analysis of the Effect of Body Size on Predation, and the Geographic Variation of Clelia clelia, April M. Arquilla and Richard M. Lehtinen
Department: Biology

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Effects of Acute Social Stress on Ejaculate Parameters in Heterosexual Men, Jarek Beegan
Department: Biology

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Circadian Rhythm-Gating of Salinity Stress-Induced Transcription Factor Expression in Solanum lycopersicum, and Implications in Sustainable Agriculture, Kelsey E. Coyne
Department: Biology

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Modeling the Dynamics of Epigenetic Changes on Key Pluripotency Genes in Response to Reprogramming, Laura J. Cremer
Department: Biology

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Widespread Hybridization of the Red- Backed Salamander (Plethodon Cinereus) and the Northern Ravine Salamander (Plethodon Electromorphus) Throughout the State of Ohio, Joseph M. DeFelice
Department: Biology

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Investigating the Molecular Underpinnings of Learning and Memory Defects Using a Drosophila Melanogaster Model of Intellectual Disability, Ginelle Doerr
Department: Biology

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RxLR Effectors of the Plant Pathogen Phytophthora sojae target the Proteasome in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, James F. Ferritto
Department: Biology

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Assessment of Amphibian Fungal Disease in Salamanders at Wooster Memorial Park, Ohio, Julia C. Fregonara
Department: Biology

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A Comparison of Basiliscus basiliscus Abundance Between Riparian Zones in Primary and Secondary Forests, Benjamin S. Grunwald
Department: Biology

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Lethal and Sub-Lethal Effects of Neonicotinoid Pesticides on Bee and Fly Taxa of the North American Tallgrass Prairie, Alexander Hajek
Department: Biology

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The Impacts of Stress on Arousal, Cortisol, and Testosterone, Caroline Heyd
Department: Biology

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Immediate Microhabitat Changes Following Buckthorn Removal on the Edge of a Minnesotan Bog, Alyson T. Jacobs
Department: Biology

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Second-growth, not second-rate: Exploring the community composition of glass frogs in old-growth and second-growth forests of Costa Rica, Linnea L. Johnson
Department: Biology

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The Transgenerational Effects of a Long-term Amphetamine Dosage on Behavior in Sprague-Dawley Rats, Elizabeth Kantra
Department: Biology

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Effects of Neonatal Fluoxetine Exposure Through Lactational Transfer on Long-Term Spatial and Object Recognition Memory in Adulthood in Sprague-Dawley Rats (Rattus norvegicus), Elsa Maggiolino
Department: Biology

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An Experimental Analysis of Invasive Plant Effects on Salamander Abundance, Blake E. Marlowe
Department: Biology

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Does Arnica Really Work? A Comparative Study Between Western Medicine (Corticosterone) and Homeopathic Remedies, Cole L. McDonough
Department: Biology

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Efficacy of Pseudomonads as Biological Control Agents against Agrobacterium rhizogenes and Agrobacterium tumefaciens, Mayama Nyajro
Department: Biology

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When to Move on: Generalist Insect Pollinators Exhibit a Temporal Decrease in Floral Fidelity Towards a Common Prairie Perennial, Echinacea angustifolia, Leah J. Prescott
Department: Biology

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Role of the Adipokinetic Hormone Precursor (AKH-I) in Regulating the Blood feeding Behavior of Female Aedes aegypti Mosquitoes, Gitika Shriyan
Department: Biology

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Effects of the invasive plant species, Rosa multiflora and Alliaria petiolata, and deer browsing on native plant species in a Ohioan second growth forest, Mallorey R. Stack
Department: Biology

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A Boolean Modeling Approach to Understanding Synergies Between Cell Phenotypes in Early Neurogenesis, Nathan R. Sundheimer
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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One Fish, Two Fish: Genetic Differences in Carotenoid Deposition and Pigmentation, and their relation to the Immune Responses of Red and Blue Betta splendens, Taryn E. Szalay
Department: Biology

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Transcriptome Analysis Suggests the PsAvh110 Effector Targets Phosphate Homeostasis in Yeast, Avery C. Wilson
Department: Biology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2016

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Testosterone and Song Recovery in Response to Short-Term Fasting in the Male Zebra Finch, Kaitlin Banko
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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Variation in seed oil content in multi-purpose crop Moringa oleifera from naturalized populations in Ghana, Annelise S. Bay
Department: Biology

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Black is the New Gray: A Preliminary Analysis of Melanism in the Genus Sciurus, Jacob A. Beckstead
Department: Biology

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Black is the new Gray: A Preliminary Analysis of Melanism in the Genus Sciurus, Jacob A. Beckstead
Department: Biology

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Quantifying Fish Species Richness and Community Composition in Primary and Secondary Tropical Forest Streams, Taylor Bradley
Department: Biology

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Investigating the Combined Effects of Relevant Environmental Contaminants Lead, Cadmium, and Fluoxetine, on the Behavior and Gene Expression of C. elegans., Anna R. Damato
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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Effects of Heterospecific Male Presence on Generalized Activity and Reproductively-Associated Behavior in Aedes aegypti Females, Laura B. Darby
Department: Biology

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Got milk? An In-Depth Analysis of Community Water Fluoridation and a Chemical Investigation of Fluoridated Milk as an Alternative to Fluoridated Water, Shikha Dharia
Department: Biology; Chemistry; Interdepartmental

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The Impacts of Sleep Deprivation on the Immune System and Vaccination Effectiveness, Samuel R. Gardner
Department: Biology

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The Interactions of Oxytocin and Maternal Separation on Anxiety and Depression in Rodents, Marissa Gorvet
Department: Biology

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Behavioral Impacts of Antidepressant Exposure on Red Worm Eisenia Fetida and Northern Leopard Frog Lithobates Pipiens, Lucas R. Grisanti
Department: Biology

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Determining the Function of Rna Binding Protein Nab2 on Neurogenesis During the Development of Drosophila Melanogaster, Andrew Herst
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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An Examination of Hybridization Between Echinacea angustifolia and Echinacea pallida: Examining Relative Rates of Hybridization and the Effect of Flowering Time, Kathleen Hogg
Department: Biology

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The Modeling of Phenazine Induced Pathogenesis and Pharmacological Modulation of Autophagy in C. elegans, Brian A. Karavantas
Department: Biology

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Progress toward the Investigation of the role of Arginine Kinase in the bacterium Myxococcus xanthus, Shelby N. Kratt
Department: Biology

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Influence of Cellular Localization of Peroxiredoxins on Mutation Frequency and Oxidant Defense, Ian M.C. Martin
Department: Biology

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The Impact of Edge Effects on Two Species of Glass Frogs in La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica, Stuti Sharma
Department: Biology

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Diversity of Glass Frogs Between Primary and Secondary Tropical Forest at La Selva Biological Station, Heredia Province, Costa Rica, Nathan G. Weltman
Department: Biology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2015

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Impacts of Climate Change on Species Invasiveness: Temperature Effects on Agonistic Interactions between Crayfish Procambarus clarkii and Cambarus robustus, Diego Arias
Department: Biology

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The Functions of Nab2 On Cellular Growth Regulation in Drosophila Melanogaster, Brittany N. Boychuk
Department: Biology

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Organizational and Activational Effects of Testosterone on Learning and Memory, Philip M. Charnley
Department: Biology

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A Comparative Assessment of Venlafaxine Degradation in Municipal and Industrial Wastewater Treatment Plant Sludge, Shauntia Cobb
Department: Biology; Chemistry; Environmental Studies

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Determining growth and mutation rates in met18Δ and met18Δrnr-1D57N yeast strains, to uncover pathways affected by elevated deoxyribonucleotide triphosphates and potential targets for cancer therapies.., Bryan Daugherty
Department: Biology

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The Effects of Rock Type and Bamboo Density on The Cryptic Coloration of The Bloody Bay Poison Frog, Levi J. Fawcett
Department: Biology

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What Separates Northern Redback salamanders from Northern Ravine Salamanders? Studying the effects of Microhabitat isolation between Plethodon cinereus and Plethodon electromorphus, Jacob Gabriel
Department: Biology

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Phenazine Inhibition in Pseudomonads: An Investigation of Subinhibitory Aminoglycoside Concentrations and Pseudomonad Interactions, Sarah E. Gilbert
Department: Biology

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Female Preference for a Cognitive Trait in the Male Mealworm Beetle Tenebrio Molitor, Elizabeth Sara Ann Gonder
Department: Biology

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Effects on Beetle and Ant Populations at a Temperate Deciduous Forest and Agricultural Edge, Dabney L. Gottman
Department: Biology

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The Effect of Competition Release on the Microhabitat Use and Body Size of the Introduced Species Anolis richardii on the Island of Tobago, Sean E. Hackel
Department: Biology

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Oxidative Stress Response Regulator and ABC Transporter Gene Expression in Caenorhabditis elegans as a Method for Reducing Phenazine Toxicity, Micah T. Harland
Department: Biology

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Study of Thermoregulatory Behavior in The Common Wall Lizard Podarcis Muralis, Brian T. Hefele
Department: Biology

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Testing the Efficacy of Novel Electrical Stimulation Practices in Elderly Total Knee Arthroplasty Patients During Rehabilitation, Patrick Henderson
Department: Biology

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Mimics Without Models: Do Look-Alikes of Deadly Coral Snakes Gain Protection From Predators Only When The Real Thing is in the Area?, Erin E. Hodson
Department: Biology

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Examining Compensatory Factors That Influence Peroxide Sensitivity and Mutation Frequency in Yeast Lacking Two Key Peroxidases, Sean R. Hohan
Department: Biology

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Patterns of Resistance in Field Populations of Culex Pipiens Restuans from Summit County, Ohio, Caitlyn Leasure
Department: Biology

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Muttiple Shelter Enrichment Methods: a Study of the Effect of Petting or Walking on the Canine Stress Response, Lauren MacDonald
Department: Biology; Psychology

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A Phylogeographic Study of The Pickerel Frog, Lithobates Palustris, To Assess The Possibility of Cryptic Species, Nicolas Mavromatis
Department: Biology

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Lactational Exposure to Duloxetine: The Effects on Depression and Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor Expression in the Hippocampus of the Rodent Model, Skye Patterson
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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Temperature as a Stressor in Zebra Finch Nestlings and its Effects on the Post-Fledging Stress Response, Ari M. Pompas
Department: Biology

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The Effects of Circadian Rhythm Disruption On Social Behavior, Anxiety, and Plasma Corticosterone Levels in Mice Using Exercise As An intervention, Shannan Pullara
Department: Biology

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Female Mate Choice in The Tobagonian Glass Frog Hyalinobatrachium Ortientale Tobagense, David P. Raines
Department: Biology

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Neophobic behavior but not aggression differs between urban and rural chickadee flocks (Poecile atricapillus and Poecile carolinensis), Elizabeth Ross
Department: Biology

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Interaction of nutritional content and temperature on larval growth rate in Pieras rapae, Rachel Sell
Department: Biology

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Who's Your Daddy? It Might Be Your Mom: Tracking Pollen Movement in a Population of the Coral Bean (Erythrina flabelliformis) in Southeastern Arizona, Carolyn Thornton
Department: Biology

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Exploring the Neuroprotective Effects of EGCG and Green Tea on the Vestibular System, Caitlyn F. Trullinger-Dwyer
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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The Effects of Short-Term Starvation and Subsequent Re-Feeding in The Red Flour Beetle, Tribolium Castaneum, Chase Ullman
Department: Biology

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Long-Term Experimental Evolution of Environmental Microbes to Degrade the Antidepressant Venlafaxine (Effexor®), Maxwell Werman
Department: Biology

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An Exploration of the Relationship between Personality and Play Behaviors in Captive Red Ruffed Lemurs (Varecia variegata rubra), McKenzie G. Witzke
Department: Biology; Psychology

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The Therapeutic Effects of Environmental and Physical Enrichment on Motor Behavior Function in a Rat Model of Parkinson's Disease, Rachel A. Wortman
Department: Neuroscience; Psychology; Biology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2014

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Identification of the Freshwater Fish of Tobago and Comparison to the Fish of the Northern Drainages of Trinidad using DNA Barcoding, Zachary S. Bradley
Department: Biology

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An Investigation of the Interaction Between Xrs2, a Double-Strand Break Repair Protein, and Elevated Pools of Deoxynucleoside Triphosphates in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Eric A. Brenner
Department: Biology

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A Not-So-Silent Spring: The Impacts of Traffic Noise on Call Features of The Bloody Bay Poison Frog (Mannophryne olmonae), Catherine G. Clemmens
Department: Biology

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Impacts of a Fungicide, Chlorothalonil, on the European Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) Larval Development and Adult Induced Immune Response, Galen A. Cobb
Department: Biology

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The Long-term Administration of Duloxetine and Hormonal Contraception Modulate Behaviors of Depression in the Rodent Model, Alexandra E. Dereix
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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The Effects and Implications of Sex Steroid Hormones on Adult Neurogenesis in the Main Olfactory Bulb, Shawn Drulia
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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The Lethal and Sub-lethal Effects of Sulfoxaflor on Honey Bees, Apis Mellifera, Bumble Bees, Bombus Impatiens, and Alfalfa Leafcutter Bees, Megachile Rotundata, Melanie A. Erhart
Department: Biology

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Quorum Sensing Independent Regulatory Systems and Their Effect on the Behaviors and Phenotypes of the Bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Jillian F. Escobar
Department: Biology

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The Effects of Mating on Longevity in Female Aedes aegypti When Nutritionally Stressed and Dehydrated, Emily A. Golba
Department: Biology

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Predicting Behavior in an Unpredictable World: How Environmental Cues Affect Behavioral Plasticity in Adult Male and Embryonic Larvae of the Tobago Glass Frog (Hyalinobatrachium orientale tobagense), Sara Green
Department: Biology

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How Does Exposure to Triclosan Affect Territorial Behavior of the Male Fathead Minnow (Pimephales promelas)?, Danielle L. Grooms
Department: Biology

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The Energetic of Extra Floral Nectar in Erythrina flabelliformis, Nichole W. Gustafson
Department: Biology

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The Effects of Image Habituation on Ejaculate Parameters in Healthy Human Males (Homo sapiens), Paul N. Joseph
Department: Biology

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Determination of Genes Mediating Inter-bacterial Competition in an Environmental Isolate of Pseudomonas chlororaphis aurantiaca 14b11, Samuel Kitara
Department: Biology

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Does HCV Replication Dependence Shift from Cyclophilin A to Cyclophilin B in Cyclosporin Resistant Mutants?, Jameson C. Laub
Department: Biology

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Regulation of Retinal Neuron Pathfinding in Drosophila melanogaster by Evolutionary Conserved Poly (a) Binding Proteins Implicated in Intellectual Disability, Emil R. Mehta
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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Geography and Genetics: Population Differentiation and Biogeographic History of the Coral Bean, Erythrina flabelliformis, as inferred using Microsatellite Loci, Ananda Menon
Department: Biology

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A Fruit Fly Model of Intellectual Disability: Regulation of Gene Expression by the Polyadenylation Binding Protein, dNab2, Ryan P. Moore
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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Generalist and Specialist Pollination Syndromes: When are they Favoured? A Theoretical Approach to Predict the Conditions Under which a Generalist or Specialist Pollination Syndrome is Favoured., Tyler L. Poppenwimer
Department: Biology; Mathematics

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The Effects of Freezing on Bacterial Counts in Organic and Inorganic Bovine Bedding Materials, Stephanie M. Reed
Department: Biology

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The Effects of Mating on Diuresis in Female Aedes aegypti, Joshua T. Reese
Department: Biology

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Sub-lethal Effects of Imidacloprid on Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) Cue Use in Finding a Learned Feeding Site, Natalia S. Riusech
Department: Biology

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Lactate Production During Torpor in Two Sympatric Species of Dwarf Lemur Cheirogaleus crossleyi and Cherogaleus sebreei, Samuel Robert Schopler
Department: Biology

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Why Do Mosquitoes Bite Me?! Aedes albopicts, The Tiger Mosquito, and Possible Attraction to Skin Bacteria, Charlotte Spada
Department: Biology

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Structural and Biological Analysis of Dimer Formation in Yeast Peroxiredoxin Tsa1, Matthew K. Spencer
Department: Biology

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Mate Preference within Hybridizing Populations of Plethodon cinereus and Plethodon electromorphus Salamanders, Mitchell Anthony Stern
Department: Biology