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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2014

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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

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The Interacting Effects of Social Stimuli and Pyridoxine Supplementation on Spatial Learning and Memory and Social Play Behavior in Juvenile Male Rats, Alexandria Elizabeth Stout
Department: Biology

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Stream Channelization and the Genetic Structure of Cottus bairdii Populations in Three St. Joseph River Tributaries, Nathan K. Taitano
Department: Biology

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Effects of Various Environmental Conditions on Phenazine Production for Pseudomonas chlororaphis 48g9, Byrd1, And 14B11, Tom J. Valentine
Department: Biology

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Predicting Phytophthora Infestans Effector Function, A Yeast Functional Genomics Study, Michael J. Widmer
Department: Biology

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Assessing the Effects of Forest Fragmentation on Moths Using Island Biogeography Theory and Tree Species Richness, Justin Lee Ziegler
Department: Biology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2013

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Exploring the Microhabitats of Marsupial Frogs: a Study of the Forces Driving Habitat Selection For Flectonotus Fitzgeraldi Within Herbaceous Xanthosoma Jacquinii Populations of Tobago, Meredith M. Eyre
Department: Biology

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The Effects of the Antimicrobial Agent Triclosan on Thyroid Hormone Levels and Metabolism in Rats, Lauren E. Hadney
Department: Biology

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Examining the Efficacy of a Killed Bivalent (H1N1/H3N2) Swine Influenza Virus Vaccine Co-Administered with Two Adjuvants when Challenged with the 2009 Pandemic H1N1 Virus in the Pig Model, Kara T. Henn
Department: Biology

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Exploring the Fate of Thioredoxin Relay Proteins Modified by Organic Electrophiles, Katherine E. Hunt
Department: Biology

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Effects of the Herbicide Atrazine on Drosophila melanogaster Courtship Behavior, Jamie L. Innis
Department: Biology

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Reconsidering the Classification of the Parrot Snake, Leptophis ahaetulla (Squamata: Serpentes, Colubridae) As a Single Species, Krista Leslie Marie Koeller
Department: Biology

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Modeling Phytophthora Genes Through the Characterization of Intron Structure and the Detection of Splice Sites and Splicing Regulatory Elements, Christopher D. LaMantia
Department: Biology

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The Effects of Oxytocin on Stress, Learning, and Memory Retention in Female Rats, Emily L. Lanzola
Department: Biology

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Evaluating the Influence of Habitat, Temporal, and Competitor Insect Co-Occurrence Variables on the Presence of Lady Beetle Species in Gardens in Ohio, Brynn Lindeman
Department: Biology

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The Effect of L-Arginine Supplementation and Training on Physical Performance in Male Rats, Mark R. McDonald
Department: Biology

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The Identification of the Freshwater Fish of Tobago Using DNA Barcoding and Morphological Analysis: An Integrative Approach, Henry T. McGee
Department: Biology

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A Reassessment of the Conservation Status of a Critically Endangered Neotropical Frog, Mannophryne olmonae, Using Occupancy Modeling Techniques, Jessica McQuigg
Department: Biology

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The Effect of Exogenous Nitric Oxide on Soybean Defense Response to Phytophthora sojae, Lindsay A. McQuiston
Department: Biology

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A Multi-Faceted Approach to Assess the Roles of Granulocytic Myeloid-Derived Suppressor Cells and Neutrophils in Sunitinib-Based Treatment of Renal Cell Carcinomas, Dana Obery
Department: Biology

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The Effect of Parental Care on Embryonic Survival in the Tobago Glass Frog, Hyalinobatrachium orientale tobagense, Jessica L. Pringle
Department: Biology

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Interactions Between the Soybean Aphid (Aphis glycines), Host Plant Resistance (HPR), and Insecticide (Warrior II), Monica O. Ramstad
Department: Biology

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Investigation of D6-Venlafaxine Degradation in Wastewater Treatment Plant Sludge Via Community Composition Identification and LC-Ms/Ms Monitoring, Cody J. Staebler
Department: Biology; Chemistry

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An Investigation into the Methods of Detection of Toxocara Species Eggs in the Environment and the Differentiation of G217B and Wu24 Strains of Histoplasma Capsulatum By Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphisms in the Cbp Gene, Tyler C. Williams
Department: Biology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2012

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Comparing the Number of Antibiotic Resistance Bacteria, For the Genus Aeromonas, Isolated From Four Different Aquatic Environments Throughout Wayne and Summit County, Loren Alohan
Department: Biology

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The Effect of Invasive Bamboo on the Coloration of the Bloody Bay Poison Frog, Mannophryne olmonae: An Analysis of Phenotypic Plasticity and Background Preference, Stephanie M. Andrus
Department: Biology

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Synergistic Effects of Triclosan and Triclocarban on Physiology and Behavior of Fathead Minnows (Pimephales promelas), Sureni A. Beckford
Department: Biology

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Isolation Effects on Insect Communities Found in Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa) of Crawford County, Ohio, Benjamin Richard Bellamy
Department: Biology

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Assessing Bee Abundance, Diversity and Richness in the Urban Gardens and Vacant Lots of Cleveland, Ohio, Jesse A. Berkowitz
Department: Biology

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Phylogeography and the Phylogenetic Relationships of Polychrus marmoratus on Trinidad, Tobago, and Mainland South America With Remarks on the Introduced Status of Anolis richardii on Tobago, Patrick J. Brennan
Department: Biology

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Assessing the Conservation Status of the Critically Endangered Caribbean Frog, Mannophryne olomonae, Travis L. Calkins
Department: Biology

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The Effects of Male Seminal Fluid Proteins on Female Receptivity to Re-Mating in Southern House Mosquitoes, Culex quinquefasciatus, Della Connelly
Department: Biology

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The Effects of Testosterone and Corticosterone in Rats on Nociception and Recovery Times Following Minor Cutaneous Injury, Cameron J. Daniels
Department: Biology

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Introduction of Streptomycin Resistance through Repeated Exposure in Pseudomonas chlororaphis: an Environmental Model for Acquired Resistance in the Clinical Pathogen, Kevin A. DeGroot
Department: Biology

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The Lethal and Sublethal Effects of Dinotefuran on Apis mellifera Hives, Jordan E. Dieterle
Department: Biology

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Behavioral Effects of Intraguild Predation by Harmonia axyridis on Aphidoletes aphidimyza and the Biological Control Services of Shared Prey, Ethan M. Doherty
Department: Biology

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Music and the Brain: Exploring the Effects of Music on Spatial Learning and BDNF Protein Expression in the Mouse Hippocampus, Gideon P. Dunster
Department: Biology

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Male Dark-Eyed Juncos (Junco hyemalis) Respond Aggressively to Song Playback Without Modulating Plasma Testosterone or Corticosterone, Stephen M. Ferguson
Department: Biology

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Effects of Short-Term Creatine Monohydrate Supplementation on Body Composition, Skeletal Muscle Strength During Anaerobic Exercises, Salivary Testosterone, & Urinary Creatinine in “Non-Active” Indiviudals at the College of Wooster, Robert Flagg
Department: Biology

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Does BMI Correlate With the Time Interval Between An Injury and a Joint Replacement?, Brianna S. Fulmer
Department: Biology

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A Novel Study For the Detection of the Fungus Histoplasma capsulatum in Mice from Wayne and Holmes Counties, Ohio Using PCR, Melissa E. Glick
Department: Biology

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Along Came a Spider: a Biological Assessment of Spider Communities in Urban Gardens and Vacant Lots and an Anthropological Investigation of Attitudes Toward Spiders, Kelsey Greathouse
Department: Biology; Sociology and Anthropology

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The Effects of the Herbicide Atrazine on Male Drosophila melanogaster Reproductive Physiology and Behavior, Harper Jocque
Department: Biology

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Susceptibility to Pesticides as a Potential Explanation for the Population Decline of the Native Lady Beetle Hippodamia convergens in the Ohio Area, Jenna Lane
Department: Biology

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The Effect of Female Mate Choice on the Hybridizing Populations of Plethodon cinereus and Plethodon electomorphus in Wooster Memorial Park, Julia B. Mutere
Department: Biology

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Using Occupancy Modeling Techniques to Reevaluate the Conservation Status of the Critically Endangered Caribbean Frog, Mannophryne olmonae, Aaron Novick
Department: Biology

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Examining Variation in Nest Temperatures and Effects of Cooling on Adrenocortical Responsiveness in Eastern Bluebird Nestlings, Sialia sialis, Emir M. O'Hara
Department: Biology

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Differential Expression of Primary MicroRNA and Inflammatory Cytokines After Macrophage Infection with Various Strains of Histoplasma capsulatum, Elizabeth O. Osborn
Department: Biology

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Analysis of the Adenomatous Polyposis Coli Protein in Brtbr T+Tf/J Mice: a Neurological Target For Autistic Behavior, Brandon Pool
Department: Biology

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In Pursuit of Pumpkin Pest Predators: the Influence of Landscape and Floral Resource Strips on Biocontrol in Pumpkin Patches, John R. Roberts III
Department: Biology

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Artificial Facial Symmetry Related to Reproductive Success in Rhesus Macaques, Macaca mulatta, Kelsie-Kei N. Rogers
Department: Biology

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The Effects of Polychlorinated Biphenyl Exposure on Endocrine Disruption in Female Sprague-Dawley Rats (Rattus norvegicus), Anne M. Rosencrans
Department: Biology

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Effects of Emerald Ash Borer Beetle Induced Habitat Disturbance on Spider Community Structure in Southeastern Michigan and Reflections on Biological Research, Sarah E. Rudawsky
Department: Art and Art History; Biology

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Effects of Creatine Pyruvate Supplementation on the Skeletal Muscular Endurance of Mildly Active Individuals, Matthew Schwenning
Department: Biology

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Verifying Hybridization of the Red-Backed Salamander (Plethodon cinereus) and the Northern Ravine Salamander (Plethodon electromorphus) on a Broader Geographic Scale, Through Analysis of DNA Sequence Variation, Anthony F. Steratore
Department: Biology

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Case of Natural Selection? the Effects of Invasive Bamboo and Local Geology on the Cryptic Coloration of the Bloody Bay Poison Frog, Alexander Vanko
Department: Biology

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Dispersal Patterns of Caribbean Frogs Based on Phylogenetic Relationships of the Genus Pristimantis, Edmund D. Weakland
Department: Biology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2011

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Assessing Histoplasma Capsulatum Gene Expression in Caenorhabditis elegans: Will Virulence Factors Be Expressed at 25C, Jessica Susan Battaglia
Department: Biology

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An Evolutionary Study of Multimeric Phosphagen Kinases using Ancestral Protein Reconstruction and the Prediction of Phosphagen Kinase Substrate Specificity using Artificial Neural Networks, Jason M. Van Houten

Theses/Dissertations from 2009

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Testosterone and Immunocompetence: An Investigation of the Facultative and Obligate Regulation Hypotheses in Rufous-Collared Sparrows, Zonotrichia capensis, Steven Bouyack

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Phenotypic Plasticity and Inducible Defense in Blanchard's Cricket Frog (Acris blanchardi) Tadpoles: An Experimental Evaluation, J. Maxwell Carithers

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DNA Sequence Variation Indicates Hybridization between Plethodon Electromorphus and Plethodon Cinereus, Emmy Cassagnol

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Differences in Hoof Strength between Pigmented and Unpigmented Keratin in Equus callabus, Catherine A. Dukles

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Phytphthora infestans RxLR Effectors RD 40-2 and RD 21 Surpress Bax-Mediated Programmed Cell Death in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Jack James

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16 Phytophthora Infestans RXLR Effectors Show Weak or No Yeast Cell Growth Inhibition in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Sean Karpen

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The Effect of Patch Density on Pollinator Visitation and Fruit Set in Swamp Milkweed (Asclepais incarnata), Claire Kirby

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How Long Does it Take for Cricket Frogs to Croak?: A Study on Longevity and Survivorship in Blanchard's Cricket Frog Acris Blanchardi, Michael Callahan MacDonald

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Assessing the Effects of Repeated Handling in Young Eastern Bluebirds, Sialia Sialis, Megan M. Phillips

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Facultative Defense Mutualism in Erythrina Flabelliformis: Interpopulation Variation in Community-Level Interaction, Galen V. Priest

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The Effect of Incubation Temperature Manipulations and Moisture Loss on the Growth and Digestive Patterns of the Pekin Duck, Taylor Schellhardt

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Decomposition and Macroinvertebrate Colonization of Single and Mixed Species Leaf Litter in Two First-Order Temperate Streams, Kimberly Skully

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Effects of Neuregulin-1 in Neuroprotection of Cerebellar Granule Cells from AMPA Induced Excitotoxic Cell Death, Evan Richard Slanczka

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The Effects of Fluoxetine On Dominance Behaviors in Adolescent Rhesus Monkeys (Macaca Mulatta), Sage Weaver

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2007

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Effects of Woody Debris on Stream Fish Species Richness, Diversity, and Biomass in Two Second Order Streams in Ashland County, Ohio, Nathan L. Atterholt
Department: Biology

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Interaction Between NIL-16 and the CD4 Receptor: a Unique Autocrine Signaling Pathway, Jessica Cooperrider
Department: Biology

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Investigation of the Tri-Trophic Relationship Between Danaus plexippus, Asclepias syriaca, and Lespesia archippivora, Natalie M. Cope
Department: Biology

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Nociception in the Male House Sparrow, Passer domesticus: Effects of Sex Hormones on Response to a Hot Water Stimulus, Brandon DuGar
Department: Biology

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Determining the Farm Prevalence Rate of Escherichia coli O157, Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella enterica, and Yersinia enterocolitica in Populations of Captive White-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in Ohio, Elizabeth A. French
Department: Biology

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Lions, and Tigers, and... Housecats? Why Your Housecat's Trite Little Bite Could Cause You Quite a Fright: A Study on the Occurrence of Pasteurella multocida in Domestic Felines, Andrea Freshwater
Department: Biology

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Synergistic Effects of Stress and Pesticides on the Growth and Development of Hyla versicolor (Eastern Gray Tree Frog), Julia Horst
Department: Biology

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Plasticity in Biomass Alloation of Weed and Crop Congener Species in Response to Nitrogen-Sulfur-Phosphorus Nutrient Interactions, Natalie Martine Jawyn
Department: Biology

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When Lizards Attack: the Effect of An Audience on Aggressive Territorial Behavior in Male Green Anoles, Anolis carolinensis, Danielle Lightle
Department: Biology

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Characterization of a Bacterial Arginine Kinase from Desulfotalea Psychrophila LSv54: The Influence of Physiological Conditions on Enzyme Activity, Charles D. Lockhart
Department: Biology

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Determining the Role of Isoforms of Arginine Kinase in Paramecium tetraurella, Leslie Magida
Department: Biology

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Effects of Human Nest Box Disturbances on Visitation Rates, Visitation Durations and Return Times of Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) Parents in Three Ohio Counties, Daniel D. Noble
Department: Biology

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For How Long Do Neighbors Remain 'Dear Enemies' to Resident Convict Cichlids (Cichlasoma nigrofasciatum)?, Sara M. Perry
Department: Biology

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Defining Coping Strategies For Eastern Bluebirds, Sialia sialis, Leslie Erin Prince
Department: Biology

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Determination of Oxidative DNA Damage in Iron-Overloaded HEPG2 Cells and Implications for the Development of Hepatocellular carcinoma, Kimberlee K. Rankin
Department: Biology

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Attack of the Killer, Elongated Tomatoes! the Role of Tomato Gene CDSI in the Control of Fruit Morphology, Erin Kathleen Schaffner
Department: Biology

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What in the World Is That?: Predator Recognition and Subtle Visual Cue Discrimination in the Domestic Horse (Equus caballus), Catherine Schlichting
Department: Biology