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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2022

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Decreased Expression Of Innate Immune Response Rel/Nf-Kb Transcription Factor Genes Relish And Dif In Cholinergic Neurons Alter Sleep Patterns In Drosophila Melanogaster., Kayla Audette
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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The Physiological And Psychological Effects Of Accelerated Rehabilitation, Visualization, And Virtual Reality On ACL Rehabilitation, Julian Mendez Ballesteros
Department: Biology

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Phages, On The Rocks: Development Of A Bacteriophage Cocktail Infecting Pseudomonas Chlororaphis 14B11, Clara Becker
Department: Biology

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Tau Masks Sleep Differences Found In High And Low Expression Of Drosophila Neurotrophin 1, Nathaniel James Berle
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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Fatty Acids And The Innate Immune System: A Study Infecting Caenorhabditis Elegans With Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, Shankar A. Bhat
Department: Biology

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Studying The Effect Of The RNA-Binding Domain And Expression Level Of Nab2 On Tau-Mediated Neurodegeneration In The Fruit Fly, Drosophila Melanogaster, William C. Bodary
Department: Neuroscience; Biology

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Eradicating Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Biofilms Through Synergistic Interaction Of Bacteriophage Pf7 And Manuka Honey, Emma Bossaert
Department: Biology

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Hand-Feeding Impacts Hunting Behavior: A Study On Behavioral Plasticity In Chinese Praying Mantis Tenodera Aridipholia Sinensis, Charles A. Burrows
Department: Biology

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What Factors Play The Most Prominent Role In Knee Injury For Professional Football Players In The NFL? A Study Of Injury Risk And Career Longevity For High-Level Athletes, Kellen W. Calhoun
Department: Biology

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Assessment Of The Association Between Male Ejaculate Parameters And Pornography Habits, Marissa Camacho
Department: Biology

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Association Between Bisphenol A And Male Ejaculate Parameters, Kylie Reannon Davis
Department: Biology

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Effects Of Melatonin On Physiological Behavior In Arginine Kinase Gene Deleted Caenorhabditis Elegans, Gun Ju Hwang
Department: Biology

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Analyzing A Possible Role Of Nab2 RNA Binding Protein In Regulating Transposition In D. Melanogaster, Seokyoung Ji
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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What'S The Buzz? Presence Of A Honey Bee Hive Decreases Native Bee Visitation To Native Plant Gardens In Northeast Ohio, Ren M. Johnson
Department: Biology

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The Effect Of Perceived Loneliness On Oxytocin Levels In Humans Amidst The Covid-19 Pandemic, Kelsea Johnston and Sharon Lynn
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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Physiological Anomalies In Bullhead (Ameiurus) Of The Cuyahoga River In Cleveland, Ohio, And Killbuck Creek In Wooster, Ohio., Damien Jouriles
Department: Biology

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Pb-1 And Pp7 Phage Effects On P. Aeruginosa, Caleb T. King
Department: Biology

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The Soybean–Soybean Aphid Interaction: Mounting Defenses And Overcoming Resistance, Nathan David Bohlke Kreuter
Department: Biology

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The Effect Of The Adipokinetic Hormone On The Blood-Feeding Behavior And Digestion Of Aedes Aegypti Mosquitoes, Ngoc Khanh Lai
Department: Biology

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Interspecific Competition Between Eastern Redback And Northern Ravine Salamanders And Long-Term Effect Of Climate Change On Salamander Body Size, Sarah Jessica Longville
Department: Biology

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Startling Colors: Coloration As Anti-Predator Defense In The Carolina Grasshopper Dissosteira Carolina, Z Martin
Department: Biology

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Furthering The Usage Of Genetic Material From Blow Samples For Beluga Health Monitoring, Bailey Rae McKenna
Department: Biology

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Making Sensory Neuroscience Comparative: A Review And Analysis Of Orientation Selective Retinal Ganglion Cells, Atticus Tannen Moats
Department: Biology; Interdepartmental

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Understanding The Biological And Biochemical Properties Of A Conserved Peroxidase Responsible For The Suppression Of Genomic Instability, Douglass W. Morris II
Department: Neuroscience; Biology

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Are Tropical Bromeliads (Guzmania Lingulata) In A Mutualistic Relationship With Strawberry Poison Dart Frogs (Oophaga Pumilio)?, Jacqueline J. Morrison
Department: Biology

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Immune Function Of Salamander Species Plethodon Cinereus, Plethodon Electromorphus, And Hybrid Individuals Against Batrachochytrium Dendrobatids, Sarah P. Neuville
Department: Biology

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Immune Function Of Salamander Species Plethodon Cinereus, Plethodon Electromorphus, And Hybrid Individuals Against Batrachochytrium Dendrobatids, Sarah Pennock Neuville
Department: Biology

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Intermittent Fasting: A Cost-Effective Mechanism To Improve Productivity And Decrease Adverse Stress Response?, Nivedita Rathaur
Department: Economics; Biology

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Knockout Experiment On A Neuronal Boolean Model, Aelon Samuel and Erśebet Regan
Department: Biology

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Creating An Effective, Efficient, Engaging, And Accurate Evolution Module In Ohio (Aya), Carolyn A. Santos
Department: Biology; Education

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Invasive Autumn Olive's Impacts On Native Red Oak Tree Growth Rate And Germination, Nathaniel S. Seeley Jr.
Department: Biology

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Effects Of Microbiome Diversity And Indole On Candida Albicans Infections In Caenorhabditis Elegans, Jacqueline Anne Spieles
Department: Biology

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Bring Me A Shrubbery: A Study Of Native Amphibian And Mammal Responses To Native Deciduous Plant Community Restoration In Wooster, Ohio, Grant Sprague
Department: Biology

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The Effects On Lepomis Macrochirus (Bluegill) Foraging Behavior After Chronic Exposure To Sublethal Toxins In Wayne County Creeks, Brandon R. Styers
Department: Biology

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Identifying The Phosphorylation Status Of PhO4 Proteins In Yeast Expressing The Psavh110 Effector Protein, Brooke K. Swain
Department: Biology

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Identifying The Phosphorylation Status Of Pho4 Proteins In Yeast Expressing The Psavh110 Effector Protein, Brooke K. Swain
Department: Biology

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Does Having A Birth Plan Impact Your Birth Experience? A Deeper Look Into Birth Plans, Birth Assistants/Attendants, And The Microbiome In Birth Experiences, Elijah Winfield
Department: Biology; Sociology and Anthropology

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Prescribed Burns In Remnant Prairies: Pollinator Fidelity For Echinacea Angustifolia And Plant Composition, Maris Catherine Woldin
Department: Biology

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Seminal Fluid Adipokinetic Hormone Influence On Remating Behaviors Of Female Ae. Aegypti, Meghan Wright
Department: Biology

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Does Positive Reinforcement Training Reduce Inter-Dog Reactivity In An Animal Shelter Setting?, Ellison Zupan
Department: Biology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2021

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No Evidence of Sexual Selection in Brassica rapa, a Hermaphroditic Plant, Julia Ann Ajello
Department: Biology

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The Relationship Between Seed Set and Flowering Time in Autumn Flowering Wingstem (Verbesina Alternifolia) and the Implications of Climate Change, Michael D. Alber
Department: Biology

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The Infection Dynamics of a Fungal Pathogen in Stream-Dwelling Northern Two-Lined Salamanders in Wooster, Ohio, Erica M. Berent
Department: Biology

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Surveying & Educating: College of Wooster Students' Knowledge and Perceptions Surrounding Influenza Viruses and the Flu Shot, Hallie Bischoff
Department: Biology

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Experimental Evolution in Daphnia magna: An Investigation into the Effects of Ammonium Nitrate Exposure, Lydia Bruno
Department: Biology

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The Effects of Tetranychus Urticae (Two-Spotted Spider Mite) On the Cannabinoid Content Of Young and Mature Cannabis Sativa L. (Hemp) Plants, Johanna Bueno
Department: Biology

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Effect of Presence on Conspecifics in Potential Signaling in Dissosteira Carolina (Band-Winged) Grasshopper, Oscar Carmona
Department: Biology

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Cast Away: Examining Genetic Structure and Color Morph Genetic Differentiation of Polymorphic Garter Snake Populations on Lake Erie, Dillon Chipman
Department: Biology

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Urban Pocket Prairies Support Bee Diversity in Cleveland, Ohio, Jena Nicole Copley
Department: Biology

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How Do We Fight Climate Change? A Study on the Impact of Carbon Sequestration Using a Small-Scale Reforestation Technique, Caden W. Croft
Department: Biology

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Developing a Tool to Study Bat Wing Inertia and Investigating Variation in Bone Volume across Different Bat Landing Styles, Andy D. Danison
Department: Biology

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If a Tree Falls in a Forest: The Impacts of Coarse Woody Debris on Biodiversity and Species Abundance in Areas of Ongoing Reforestation, Oria Lee Daugherty
Department: Biology

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Specialization in Youth Sports and Its Effects on Injuries, Jay A. DiBacco
Department: Biology

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Variation in Hemoglobin-Mediated Response to Hyperthermal Stress Driven by Environmental Stressors in Daphnia pulicaria, Estelle Rose Dowling
Department: Biology

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Involvement of PP1 in Calcium Channel Regulation in Paramecium Tetraurelia, Wyatt Foss
Department: Biology

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Exploring the Relationship Between Strawberry Poison Dart Frogs (Oophaga Pumilio) And Their Tropical Bromeliad Hosts (Guzmania Lingulata)., McKenna S. Gassman
Department: Biology

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Exploring the Impact of the Microbiome on Sleep Homeostasis in Drosophila melanogaster, Joshua Gluck
Department: Biology

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SWS2 and LWS mRNA Sequences in Red and Blue Betta Splendens, Hannah Greenland
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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Communicating Science to College Students: A Comparison of Infographic and Text Based Approaches, Rachel Greer
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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Manipulating Maternal Care: methodology and function in early life stress experiments in rodents, Yuqi Han
Department: Biology

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Investigation the Effects of dNab2 Overexpression on Human Tau in Drosophila Melanogaster, James M. Hill
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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Male Fitness of Perennial Plant Echinacea Angustifolia Is Not Significantly Influenced Through Visitation by Specific Bee Taxa, Lauryn Alicia Hill
Department: Biology

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Investigation of Autophagy: Modeling the Cellular Responds to the Undernutrition Condition, Haoyu Jiang
Department: Biology

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Developmental Fluoxetine Exposure Affects Offspring Anxiety-Like Behavior and Hormonal Response to an Acute Stressor, Bryce Knopp
Department: Biology

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The Effect of Adipokinetic Hormone on the Blood and Sugar Feeding Behavior and Life Span of Female Mosquito Aedes aegypti, Beenhwa G. Lee
Department: Biology

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The Bees’ Needs: Phytochemical Dietary Additives as a Method of Reducing the Toxicity of Pesticides via Spray Exposure in European Honey Bees (Apis mellifera), Brittany Leyda
Department: Biology

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Dog Behave Differently When Meeting a Stranger Depending on their Personality and How the Stranger Acts, Margaret Loarca
Department: Neuroscience; Biology

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The Effects of the Carolina Locust’s Camouflage on Perceiving Ability of Human When Searching for It on the Screen, Jiyoung Min
Department: Psychology; Biology

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What a Funky Fungus: Long-Term Monitoring of an Emerging Fungal Pathogen in Wooster Memorial Park Salamander Populations, Nathaniel C. Newman
Department: Biology

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Continuous Predator Escape and Escape Angle Preference of the Dissosteira Carolina Grasshopper, Cameron Papp
Department: Biology

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A Literature Review in Fish Toxicology: The Impact of Human Made Organic Contaminants in Fish and Their Environments, Lucas P. Rego
Department: Biology

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Resource-Driven Control of Cavity-Nesting Wasp Densities: Importance of Deadwood Density and Plant Resource Heterogeneity, Virginia E. Roberts
Department: Biology

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Mouthful: A Meta-Analysis of Antibiotic Resistance of Helicobacter pylori in Developing Countries, Paige Sogandares
Department: Biology

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Implications of Buddhist Monk’s and Olympic Pentathlete’s Diet on Performance in their Respective Fields, Kelsey Anne Stone
Department: Biology; Religious Studies

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Considering the Context: Screening for the Social Determinants of Health during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Maya R. Tawil
Department: Biology

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The Desulfotalea psychrophila Arginine Kinase Seems to Inhibit Myxococcus xanthus Growth Under Environmental Stress, Kathryn Wilbanks
Department: Biology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2020

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Investigation of the Effect of the Gut Microbiome on Activity of Drosophila Melanogaster, Lauren E. Ahmann
Department: Biology

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Painting With Dead Fish: A Study of Phenotypic and Genetic Differences in Ossification Across Betta Morphs, Elizabeth S. Anderson
Department: Biology

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Battle for Blood: A Study of the Effects of Halymorpha Halys Volatiles on Aedes Aegypti Mosquitoes, Fiona Yaaba Armoo
Department: Biology

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Ecological Niches of Costa Rican Glass Frogs (Centrolenidae) and Evidence of Niche Partitioning and Plasticity, Robert P. Chamberlin
Department: Biology

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Land Use Change and Its Effect on Eye Size Morphology in Western Blacknose Dace Rhinichthys obtusus, Matthew Thomas Conrad
Department: Biology; Geology

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Sanitizing Treatments to Common Oral Bacteria Plaque during Oral Surgeries: The Prevention of Growth and Dissociation of Adhesion to Enamel-Like Surfaces, Audrey R. Cordova
Department: Biology

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Conspicuousness of Dissosteira Carolina Against Varying Environmental Backgrounds Using Avian Predator and Conspecific Insect Visual Modeling, Frederick R. Gilbert
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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A Frog and a Bromeliad: Exploring a Potential Nutritive Plant-Animal Mutualism Between Oophaga Pumilio and Bromeliads, Mackenzie Goltz
Department: Biology

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Behavioral Effects of Human Tau Expression and Sleep Deprivation on Drosophila melanogaster, Benjamin R. Gregoire
Department: Neuroscience; Biology

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Promoting Diversity: Sequencing The Melanocortin 1 Receptor (Mc1r) Promoter in Northeast Ohio Eastern Grey Squirrels (Sciurus Carolinensis), Alyssa Hamm
Department: Biology

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The Hormonal and Behavioral Effects of Acute Nutritional Stress on Female Zebra Finches (Taeniopygia guttata), Dakota Shaw Hayes
Department: Biology

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Identifying Host Processes Targeted by Phytophthora sojae Effector Protein PsAvh172 Using Synthetic Lethality, Hannah Hirsch
Department: Biology

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The Role of Dissosteira Carolina (Band-Winged) Grasshopper Visual Acuity in Communicative Signaling During Courtship, Vienna Leigh Howard
Department: Biology

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Ecologically relevant cooling early in life does not affect expression of neophobia in zebra finch chicks (Taeniopygia guttatta), Anna James
Department: Biology

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Investigating the Effects of Chronic Corticosterone Exposure During the Weanling Phase of Rattus Norvegicus on Adult Learning and Memory Function, Dina Jamshidi
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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Background Matching in Dissosteira carolina: Color Morph and Background Advantage Analyzed Through Humans Modeling Avian Predators, Kamba F. Kayoka
Department: Biology

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Hypothalamo-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis Responsiveness Following Unpredictable Food Availability in Male Zebra Finches (Taeniopygia Guttata), Seung Yeon Lee
Department: Biology

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Brick-red Bug-eyed Frog Theloderma lateriticum: Tadpole Morphology, Adult Vocalizations, and Genus-level Nuclear Phylogeny, Todd Le
Department: Biology

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How Do Mothers Influence the Gut Microbiomes of Their Infants?, Kathleen Loftus
Department: Biology

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Oratory Analysis of Salamander Abundance and Body Condition in Early Successional, Mature, and Old Growth Forests, Sally Lorbach
Department: Biology

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Swimming into Climate Change: The Impact ofFreshwater Acidification on Betta Splendens, Kathlyn MacDonald
Department: Biology

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Should I Stay or Should I Flow: Characterizing Genetic Structure and Color Morph Genetic Differences for Polymorphic Thamnophis sirtalis Populations on Lake Erie, Riley Moreau
Department: Biology

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Identification of Contaminants in Transformed Yeast Using NCBI BLAST+ Alignments, Nathan A. Morit
Department: Biology

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A Boolean Model of Microglial Phenotype Transitions under Acute and Chronic Inflammation, Bao Chau Nguyen
Department: Biology