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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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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

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Effect Of Nutrient On Sleep In Drosophila, Augustine U. Ogwoh
Department: Neuroscience; Biology

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Learning and Memory Examination of Bombus Impatiens Bumblebees on Campanula Americana American Bellflower 3-D Models, Kelechi Okoronkwo
Department: Biology

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Independent Bees Working Together: Male Fitness of Prairie Perennial Echinacea Angustifolia Is More Influenced by Cumulative Bee Visitation Than by Any Individual Species, Avery E. Pearson
Department: Biology

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Maternal Fatty Acid and Methionine Supplementation Interact with Sex, Impacting Learning, Memory, and Stress Response in Domestic Sheep, Hannah Prokop
Department: Biology

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Through the Lens of Bumble Goggles: Manipulating Visual and Olfactory Cues of 3-D Printed Realistic Flowers for Bombus Impatiens to Monitor Their Learning and Decision Making, Jessica Rae Roberts
Department: Biology

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Investigating the Effects of the chico1 Genetic Mutation on Regional Eye Morphology of Drosophila melanogaster, Katie Schwab
Department: Biology

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Hummingbirds Are Not Fab-Aceae Pollinators: Erythrina Flabelliformis, a Hummingbird-Pollinated Desert Perennial, Has Significant Fine-Scale Genetic Structure and Low Pollen Movement Distances, Mia Stevens
Department: Biology

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A Boolean Model of Interleukin-6 Mediated Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition, Emmalee Sullivan
Department: Biology

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The Effect of Bacteriophage Therapy on the Antibiotic Resistance Profiles of Pseudomonas Bacterial Strains, Trenton J. Tipton
Department: Biology

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The Abundance and Diversity of Glass Frogs (Centrolenidae) in Primary and Secondary Tropical Forests of Costa Rica, Keara Weiss
Department: Biology

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The Effect of Seminal Fluid Adipokinetic Hormone on the Blood Feeding Behavior of Aedes aegypti, Chen Wu
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2019

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Smell You Later: Attraction Inhibition Against Aedes aegypti By Compounds Derived From Halyomorpha halys, Jarrett A. Art
Department: Biology

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Why so Aggressive? A Study of Amino Acid Conservation of Monoamine Oxidase (mao) in Bettta Splendens Compared to Other Species, Gabrielle B. Basinski
Department: Biology

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The Influence of Mate Separation During Period of Food Deprivation on Behavioral Stress in Zebra Finches, Taeniopygia guttata, Sangita Biswas
Department: Biology

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The Bug Butter Battle: A Study of the Effect of Halyomorpha Halys Volatiles on Mobility of Aedes Aegypti Mosquitoes, Katherine Bohl
Department: Biology

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The Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Mortality and Histone Expression in Drosophila Melanogaster, Dennis Bolshakov
Department: Biology

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Transportin’: Investigating the Impact of Social Context on Transportation-Induced Stress in the Zebra Finch, Taeniopygia Guttata, Autumn Brostek
Department: Biology

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When Science and Art Collide: Learning the Methods Like a Scientist in Order to Break the Rules Like an Artist, Marissa Bailey Fiume
Department: Art and Art History; Biology

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Science Perspectives and Stories: A Journey of Growth and Maturity Through the Multifaceted Machine of Science, Sara Garcia
Department: Biology; English

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An Emerging Amphibian Fungal Pathogen: Long Term Monitoring in Wooster Memorial Park and Infection Dynamics Across 21 Ohio Counties, Jesse N. Garrett-Larsen
Department: Biology

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Mosquito Diversity and Blood-feeding Patterns in a Dry Tropical Forest in Costa Rica, Patrick Gilkey
Department: Biology

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A Comprehensive Analysis of the Eastern Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) Population in Ohio over Time with a Focus on the Melanistic Color Morph, Weston Gray
Department: Biology; History

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Artificial Light at Night Has No Effect on Depressive-Like Behavior or Maternal Care Behaviors in Sprague Dawley Rats, Megan A. Healy
Department: Biology

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The Effects of Biased Auditory Sex Ratios on Ejaculation Parameters in Healthy Human Males (Homo sapiens)., Harper Jones
Department: Biology; Psychology

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Parental Love: Impacts of High Ambient Temperature on Thermoregulation and Parental Care Behaviors in Cooperatively Breeding Florida Scrub-jays (Aphelocoma coerulescens), Do Hyun Kim
Department: Biology

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A Quantification of Variables Contributing to Offside Decision Accuracy in Soccer, Andrew W. Klein
Department: Biology

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Repercussions of Electric Lighting: Light-at-Night Exposure on Anxiety in Early Development in Rats, Julia Kowala
Department: Biology

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Antiviral Response of Type I Interferon Alpha/Beta Receptor to Hepatitis E Virus in Human Liver Cells, Jodi Michelle Livesay
Department: Biology

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Characterization of Melanocortin Receptors in Betta Splendens, Kaitlin R. Looney
Department: Biology

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Color Diversification and Species-Specific Signals in Band-Winged Grasshoppers, Abigail S. Martin
Department: Biology

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Are You Happy? Effect of Stress on Gene Expression of Betta Splendens, Rie Matsuzaki
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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The Rescuing Effect of the Dunce Gene on Chronic Sleep Deficits Presented in Intellectually Diseased FMR1 Mutant Drosophila, Eleri K. Miller
Department: Biology

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A Bioinformatic Analysis of Halophile Helicases, Austin N. Morit
Department: Biology

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Bumblebees Can Learn and Remember Floral Coloration Differences on a 3D printed Model of American Bellflower, Campanula americana, Mary Kate Norton
Department: Biology

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The Characterization of Mary Shelley, a Drosophila Ortholog of the Mammalian Cables1 Protein, In the Drosophila Larval Brain and Ventral Nerve Cord, Erin Killeen O'Connor
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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How Effective is Tle1, an Effector Protein, at Interacting within a Microbiome? A Study of Tle1 and how it COuld be Used Against Bacteria Associated With Probiotics Cultures, Myles P. Parker
Department: Biology

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Structural and Biochemical Characterization of Zika Virus- and Dengue Virus- Neutralizing Antibodies, Caroline Elisabeth Peterson
Department: Biology

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Characterization of Opsin Genes in Betta splendens, John R. Petrecca Jr
Department: Biology

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The Effect of Male Fin Ornamentation on Female Mate Choice in Betta Splendens, Alexis Noel Popejoy
Department: Biology

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The Effect of Acute and Chronic Stress on Macronutrient Preference in Male Rats, Sochina Ranjit
Department: Biology

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A Comparison of Salamander Community Composition in Early Successional and Mature Forests, Austin C. Russell
Department: Biology