The full text of Senior Independent Study Theses submitted during and after 2012 are available to download only by College of Wooster users. Unless listed as an exemplar, all other theses are restricted.

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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2007

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Microgeographic Song Sharing and the Formation of Dialects in the Dickcissel, Spiza americana, Derek M. Schook
Department: Biology

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Effect of Recycled Sand Bedding Materials and Probiotics on the Fecal Prevalence of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in Dairy Cattle, Joseph D. Sevier
Department: Biology

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Examining the Interaction Between Neuronal Interleukin-16 and the NR2A Subunit of the NMDA Receptor, Stephanie Simmons
Department: Biology

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Effects of Larval Rearing Density and Food Availability on Adult Wing Coloration and Mating Success in Monarch Butterflies (Danaus plexippus), Amy L. Smith
Department: Biology

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Is There a Correlation Between Wing Coloration and the Ejaculate of Male Monarch Butterflies (Danaus plexippus)?, Kevin A. Spragg
Department: Biology

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Effect of Short-Term Food Deprivation on Corticosterone, Corticosterone-Binding Globulin, and the Testosterone in Adult Male Zebra Finches, Teresa B. Stamplis
Department: Biology

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Is Chytridiomycosis (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) Present in Declining Populations of Blanchard's Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans blanchardi)?, Sheldon Steiner
Department: Biology

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Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Strip Mine Reclamation on Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Populations in the Racoon Creek Watershed of Southwest Ohio, Mary Fiona Stewart
Department: Biology

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Investigation of the Physiological Responses of Various Weed Species to Anethum graveolens Seed Extract, Stephanie Wedryk
Department: Biology

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Protein Phosphate Type 1 May Not Have a Role in Exocytosis in Paramecium, Jeff Winkler
Department: Biology

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Survey Validation For a Declining Amphibian, Blanchard's Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans blanchardi), in Western Ohio, James R. Witter
Department: Biology

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Mitochondrial Genes Support the Existence of Two Poison Dart Frogs (Mannophryne, Aromobatidae) From Trinidad and Tobago, Elizabeth Wojtowicz
Department: Biology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2006

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Arginine Kinase Found in 8-Proteobacteria Suggests Horizontal Gene Transfer, Logan Andrews
Department: Biology

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Roles of the Dop-1 Dopamine Receptor and the NMDA Glutamate Receptor in Ethanol State-Dependency in the Nematode Species Caenorhabditis elegans, Aaron Bergman
Department: Biology

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Effects of Residual Snow Cover on the Home Range of the Mountain White-Crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys oriantha), David J. Brumbaugh
Department: Biology

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Investigating the Role of Protein Phosphatase 2B in the Regulation of the Voltage-Gated Ca2+ Ion Channel in Paramecium tetraurelia Through the Use of RNA Interference, Katelin M. Bugler
Department: Biology

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Measuring the Effect of Multiple Dosage Levels of Creatine-Monohydrate Supplementation on Muscular Strength and Enurance in Rats, T. Aaron Burnett
Department: Biology

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Investigation of the Involvement of the Cd4 Receptor in the Signaling Pathway of Il-16 in Cerebellar Granule Neurons, Hope Kathryn Chisnell
Department: Biology

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Tetracycline Resistance Among Escherichia coli Isolated From Agricultural and Residential Locations in Northeast Ohio, Katherine Maureen Dilley
Department: Biology

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Effect of 3,4-Diaminopyridine on the Recovery of Fatigued Diaphragm Tissue in Rats, Michele Ionno
Department: Biology

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Impact of Two Herbicides on Growth, Development, and Survival of Eastern Gray Treefrog Tadpoles (Hyla versicolor), Erica Ann Kovacik
Department: Biology

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Effects of the Invasive New Zealand Mud Snail, Potamopyrgus antipodarum, on the Periphyton and Benthic Macroinvertebrates of the Upper Yellowstone River System, Derrick Miller
Department: Biology

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Anti-Predator Behavior in Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans blanchardi) Tadpoles, Leah Jennifer Mycoff
Department: Biology

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Stress Response to Prolonged Capture House Sparrows, Anthony J. Porter Jr.
Department: Biology

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Comparative Analysis of a Novel Tyrosine Kinase, McsB from Bacillus subtilis, with the Phosphagen Kinases Using Mutagenesis and Phylogenetics, Julianne Rutt
Department: Biology

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Comparing the Aggressive Responses of Crayfish Influenced By Caffeine and Theanine to Studies of Humans: Limitations Within the Study of Simple Systems, Stephanie Sandmeyer
Department: Biology

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Decreasing Fall Risk in Osteoporosis Patients in Primary Care Settings Using Novel Methods For Screening and For Physical Therapy Follow-Up, Katherine Schwinn
Department: Biology

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An Investigation of the Frequency and Effects of Extra-Pair Paternity in Two South-Central Welsh Populations of Pied Flycatchers (Ficedula Hypoleuca) During the 2004 and 2005 Breeding Seasons, Marliese Anne Zimmerman
Department: Biology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2005

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Effects of Erythropoietin (EPO) Treatment on Muscle Strength, Fatigue, and Hemoglobin Levels in Sprague-Dawley Rats, Angela Arnold
Department: Biology

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Effects of 2,4,4,-Trichloro-2-Hydroxydiphenylether on Salmonella typhimurium, Ashley Arnold
Department: Biology

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Far From Sterile: the Microbial Contamination and Food-Borne Disease Potential of Mung Bean (Vigna radiata) Seeds, Jonathan Robert Bell
Department: Biology

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They Are Likened With Air Quality: the Use of Corticolous Lichen Communities and Elemental Analysis of Punctella rudecta As Indicators of Spatial and Temporal Variation in Air Quality at Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Andrew Bishop
Department: Biology

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Effects of Creatine and Androstenedione on Body Weight, Food and Water Intake, and Physical Strength and Endurance on Trained Lab Rats, Martin Danial
Department: Biology

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Development of Simple and Effective RNA Interface in Phytophthora infestans, Elise Susan Demitrack
Department: Biology

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Similarities in Fish Communities Separated By a Geographical Barrier in First and Second Order Streams in Medina Co., Ohio, Kenneth E. Fry IV
Department: Biology

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Nest Site Selection in Female Painted Turtles (Chrysemys picta marginata), Melanie Lynn Gertz
Department: Biology

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Effects of Juniperus communis Oil on Uropathogenic Escherichia coli Strain UT189, Elizabeth Margaret Herbert
Department: Biology

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Effects of Two Anti-Fibrotic Agents, Decorin and Pentoxifylline, on Muscle Wound Healing in Rats (Rattus Rattus), Allison E. Kent
Department: Biology

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Immunization, Oculotrophin Pmg, and the Ischemic-Reperfusion Model of Glaucoma, Andy Klise
Department: Biology

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Visual Acuity and Physical Condition of the Eyes After Moderate Damage From Ultraviolet Light Exposure in Albino Rats, Allisyn Leete
Department: Biology

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Importance of Different Sensory Systems in Animal Learning, Alexis Louttit
Department: Biology

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Response of Lythrum salicaria (Purple Loosestrife) Seed Banks to Repeated Annual Treatments of the Aboveground Vegetation Using Glyphosate Contain Herbicides, Brian D. Lutz
Department: Biology

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Factors Affecting Sex Allocation in Two Populations of a South-Central Welsh Bird, the Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca), Benjamin McCarty
Department: Biology

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Behavioral Comparison of Allopatric and Sympatric Red-Back Salamanders (Plethodon cinereus) in Interactions With Slimy Salamanders (Plethodon glutinosus), Emily Pagano
Department: Biology

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Testing Aquatic and Terrestrial Habitat Variables in the Decline of Blanchard's Cricket Frogs in Ohio, Allen Skinner
Department: Biology

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Testing the Efficacy of 2,13 and 3,13 Octadecadiel-1-OL Acetate and Commercially Available Lures As Sex Attractant Pheromones For Pennisetia Marginata (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae), Justin Sloan
Department: Biology

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Eat Your Weedies: the Effects of Artificially Induced Herbivory on Five Biotypes of the Invasive Weed, Nicandra physalodes (L.) Gaertn. (Solanaceae: nicandreae) With Lema trilineata (Olivier) (Coleoptera: chrysomelidae) As a Proposed Biological Control Agent, Allison Stark
Department: Biology

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Lindera benzoin (Spicebush): a Study of Dispersal and Distribution, David Treleven
Department: Biology

Theses/Dissertations from 2001

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The Effects of Ginkgo biloba on Wound Healing in Rats, Kathleen A. Walker

Senior Independent Study Theses from 1999

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Pathogens, Pesticides, Productivity, and Policy: Mathematical Modeling of Plant Virus Disease to Determine How Altering Vector Conditions and Plant Susceptibility Changes the Outcome of Disease Spread in An Agricultural System and Provides Farmers the Ability to Assess the Impending Risk, Reducing Their Use of Pesticides, and Establishing Farmers' Decisionmaking As the Key to More Visionary U.S. Environmental Policy, Jennifer A. Buckley
Department: Biology; Political Science