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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2020

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Cobalt Catalyzed Hydrosilylation of Terminal Alkenes for Synthesis of Bis(trimethoxysilylethyl)benzene, Elijah Learn
Department: Chemistry

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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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A Cognitivist Conclusion in Metaethics: The Value of a Realist Notion of Ethics in Fighting Injustice, Henry C. Lehmann
Department: Philosophy

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Make Some Noize: Rap as a Form of Political Protest in Russia, Daphne Letherer
Department: Global and International Studies; Russian Studies

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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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Money Rules Politics, but do Voters Care? Moral Foundations, Corporate PAC Donations, and Candidate Trait Evaluations, Nathan Levesque
Department: Political Science

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Optimization of a Hybrid Clean Energy System, Jacob I. Lewis
Department: Mathematics

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Job Market Signaling of Conspicuous Consumption, Muyao Li
Department: Business Economics; Psychology

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Write It Slant: Queerness and Form in The Argonauts and Time Is the Thing a Body Moves Through, Eleanor Linafelt
Department: English; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Exploration of Cultural Identity Among Chinese Avant-Garde Artists: An Analysis of Xu Bing, Gu Wenda, and Huang Yongping, Qingyue Li
Department: Art and Art History

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Exploring the Three-Dimensional Structure of Calix[4]arene-capped Azobenzenes Using VT-NMR, NOESY, and Computational Methods, Chloe A. Litts
Department: Chemistry

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Effect of Heavy Metal Ions on the Photocatalytic Degradation of Methyl Orange with Various WO3 as the Photocatalysts, Yumeng Li
Department: Chemistry

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Calculators in the High School Classroom: Anxiety Levels and Attitudes Towards Mathematics, Kendall Lloyd
Department: Mathematics; Education

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More Than Just a Feeling: Examination of Haptic Discrimination, Courtney Lockhart
Department: Psychology

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How do mothers influence the gut microbiomes of their infants?, Kathleen Loftus
Department: Biology

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Indigenous Adoption Rhetoric: Neo-colonialist Practices In Adoption Advertisements In Canada And The US, Isaiah Bemidji Logan
Department: Communication Studies

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The Scars and the Moon: Theatrical Monologues Telling LGBTQIA+ Stories, Casey Lohman
Department: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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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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Not Just a Worry Wart: The Effects of Anxiety in Early Childhood and the Role of Teacher Intervention on Social Development, Zoe Luksa
Department: Psychology

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Fall of the Two-Legged Stool: Neoliberalism's Toppling of the International Labor Organization, Ciaran Lyons
Department: Political Science

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

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An Exploration of Changes and the Effectiveness of Gendered Marketing in Young Adult Novels, Olivia Maher
Department: Economics; English

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Organic Synthesis of Potential Small-Molecule Inhibitors for MurG: A Research Tool for Investigating Cell Wall Biosynthesis in Bacteria, Matthew J. Mahoney-White
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Framing White Supremacy: The Creation of Collective Identity Over YouTube, Henry A. Mai
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Durkheim’s Day in Court: A Sociological Analysis of Supreme Court Cases Concerning Conditions of Confinement Under the Cruel and Unusual Punishment Clause, Elizabeth Main
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Are Votes for Sale? an Examination of the Influence of Financial Support From the Health Care Industry and Related Interest Groups on Congressional Voting Behavior, Edward F. Manoli
Department: Political Science

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How Parenting Styles Affect Children's Social and Emotional Skills, Gabrielle Anna Marlowe
Department: Psychology

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Life, Spilled, Gianmarco A. Martignetti
Department: English

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Thermodynamic Evaluation of the Relationship Between Hydrogen-π Bonding Interactions and Solvent Polarity in an N-methylacetamide and Benzene system, Nedas Matulionis
Department: Chemistry

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International Trade, The United States, and East Asia: How Foreign Governments Seek to Influence Domestic Politics in International Negotiation, J. Mathew Mayes
Department: Political Science

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Cheap Thrills and Moral Guidance: The Limitations of Subversive Themes in Mid-Nineteenth Century Urban Literature Centered on New York City, Victoria McCaslin
Department: English; History

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Almost Heaven: An Aubade to Identity in Central Appalachian Memoir, Emilee McCubbins
Department: English

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Active Site Variants of Yeast Thioredoxin 2: An Analysis of Biological Function, Enzymatic Activity, and Redox Partner Interactions, Stephen W. McGarry
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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What a Mouthful! Geographic Tongue as a Reaction-Diffusion System, Margaret K. McGuire
Department: Mathematics

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Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: The Relationship between Peer Influence, Motivation, and Identity in Collegiate Student-Athletes, Grady Michael McHugh
Department: Communication Studies

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Does This Grant Them Agency? An Analysis of the Female Athlete as Portrayed in ESPN's Body Issue, Aubri McKoy
Department: Communication Studies

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An Overview of the Playing Sappho Project, Conclusions and Findings, Mary G. McLoughlin
Department: Classical Studies; History

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Arguing Over America's Best Idea: Examining the Congressional Partisan Divide with Regards to Public Lands Policy, Anna Medema
Department: Political Science

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The Effects of Melatonin on the Glymphatic System in an Alzheimer's Disease Mouse Model, Eleni Miliotou
Department: Neuroscience

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Parks for the People: A Comparative Analysis of Diversity Engagement between Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Yosemite National Park, Cameron Miller
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Does Age Matter? The Effects of Age Composition on Social Movement Success, Claire F. Miller
Department: Political Science

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The Identification and Characterization of a Halophilic UvrD Homologue, and its Incorporation into Helicase Dependent Amplification, Kevin Miller
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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A History of Groundwater Pollution and Treatment in Wooster, Ohio, Mason G. Minerva
Department: Geology

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Genetic Control of Neural Development: An RNA-Sequencing Approach to Reveal dNab2 mediated Differential Gene Expression in D. melanogaster, Gargi Mishra
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Witch's Luck, Claire Montgomery
Department: English

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Mother Nature and Menvironmental Politics: Analyzing How Gendered Frames Affect Support For The Clean Air Act, Grace Montgomery
Department: Political Science

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The Glow Up: An Investigation into Methods for Improving the Photostability of Fluorescent Proteins TagRFP657 and TurboGFP, Morgan A. Mooty
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular 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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“I want to know of love before I die”: Love, Intimacy, and Sexual Exploitation in the lives of Black Men, Kamal Morgan
Department: Africana Studies

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Changes in United States Anti-Discrimination Law: A Study of the Impact of the Civil Rights Act of 1991 on the Relative Wage Income of Black and White Individuals, Clark D. Morin
Department: Business Economics

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

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Analysis of Saccharomyces cerevisiae transcription factor PHO4 localization when exposed to Phytophthora sojae effector protein PsAvh110, Alex Morris
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Character: A Study in Kinship, Gloria Murray
Department: Art and Art History

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Kiss Me Through the Phone: A Qualitative Study of Consumption and Identity Performance on Social Media Among College Students, Kacy Elizabeth Muthiora
Department: Communication Studies

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The Effects of Culture and Self-Stigma on Public Perception and Mental Health Attributions, Dena Nashawati
Department: Psychology

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Adult Attachment and Well-being: The Importance of Attachment to Mother vs. Peers in Predicting Well-Being, Garima Nayar
Department: Psychology

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Hope and Struggle: Towards a Socialist Internationalism for the Rural Working Class, Robyn O. Newcomb
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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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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SkillSHARE: An Advisor Consulting Web-app - Making Sure the Users Matters, TAM NGUYEN
Department: Computer Science

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Being Moved by the Wild: A Study of Wilderness Spirituality and the Outdoors as a Tool for Retention and Recruitment in Quaker Communities, Elise Marie Nikolich
Department: Religious Studies

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Civic-Ceremonial Monumental Architecture and Expressions of Imperial Power, Sarah Niner
Department: Archaeology

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Through the Looking Glass: A Self Portraiture Exploration of Selfhood and Identity, Kelsey M. Nolin
Department: Art and Art History

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The Impact of Solvent Viscosity on the Cis to Trans Isomerization of Calix[4]arene Capped Azobenzene, John Patrick Nugent
Department: Chemistry

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Investigating the Role of Phytophthora Sojae Effectors in Suppressing a Hosts Immune Response, Paulo S. Nunes Maldonado
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular 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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Women Like Her Aren't Supposed to Run for Office: A Philosophical Unpacking of Resistance in the American Political Sphere and a Rhetorical Analysis of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Tweets, Grace O'Leary
Department: Communication Studies; Philosophy

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Dream, Believe, Achieve: The Study of Mentoring and the Impact It Has on Student Athlete, Kylie Orr
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Gatekeeping in the Transgender Community, Kevin V. Ortiz
Department: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Sociology and Anthropology

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Determining the Infection Specificity of Bacteriophage Therapy in Multi-Species Biofilms, Mackenzie L. Owen
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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We're All in This Together: The Relationship Between Friends and Ethnic Identity for Multi-Ethnic Individuals in Emerging Adulthood, Mia Palmejar-Takaki
Department: Communication Studies; Psychology

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#Kancelkulture: An Analysis of Cancel Culture and Social Media Activism Through the Lens of Minority College Students, Korri E. Palmer
Department: Communication Studies

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“In sorrow thou shalt bring forth children”: Victorian Literary Denunciation of the Duties of Motherhood, Ellie Peabody
Department: English

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A Grave New World: A Critical and Creative Study Examining Environmental Decline Within Transnational Dystopian Literature, Andrew Newcomb Peacock
Department: English

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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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Swapping the N-termini of Mitochondrial and Cytoplasmic Taurocyamine Kinase from Arenicola brasiliensis in order to Study the Importance of the Interactions Between the N and C Termini in Controlling Substrate Binding and Specificity, Brent N. Pederson
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Visual and Auditory Perception of Horror, Timothy Perales
Department: Neuroscience

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The Binding and Kinetic Mechanisms of 6-Hydroxynicotinate 3-Monooxygenase (NicC), A Decarboxylative Hydroxylase Involved in Nicotinate Degradation, Scott W. Perkins
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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A House Without Doorknobs: and Other Essays, Kyra Perlmutter
Department: English

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"Let It Be" an Examination of the Supreme Court's Impact on Liberal Abortion Discourse in Ohio and Kentucky Newspapers, Robin Perry
Department: Political Science

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Aspen Pesheck's I.S. Album, Aspen R. Pesheck
Department: Music

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Sun Yat-sen, The Three Principles of the People, and Ideology in China, John Demetrios Petersen
Department: Chinese Studies; Global and International Studies; Political Science

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The Nature of Environmental Displacement: Elite Framing Strategies and State Immigration Policies in Southeast Asia, Marco Peticca
Department: Political Science

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Developing A Web-Based Application for Finding Meeting Places, Aedan D. Pettit
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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Attempted Synthesis of Polymers Using Epoxidized Plant-Based Fatty Acid Monomers with Potential Absorbent Properties, H. Cooper Pewitt
Department: Chemistry

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Sending Mixed Signals: Feature Extraction for Gendered Emotional Speech Classification and Modeling, David McCulloch Pfeffer
Department: Computer Science

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Multiphase Reactions of Methylglyoxal and Gas-Phase Methylamine, LINH PHAM
Department: Chemistry

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Mutational Analysis of Putative Ubiquitination Sites in the Ribonucleotide Reductase Inhibitors Sml1and Dif1, Hunter T. Pierson
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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What’s in the Water? Examining Contamination by Poly- and Perfluoroalkyl Substances in Rainwater, Kyndal A. Pike
Department: Chemistry; Mathematics

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The Impact of Hosting The Summer Olympics on the Inflow of Foreign Direct Investment, Noah Plotkin
Department: Political Science

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Animals at the Fair: An Investigation Into Culturally Relevant Curriculum in Wooster City and Northwestern Elementary School Math Classrooms, Olivia R. Poindexter
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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We Are Unaware of How Unaware We Are: The Effects of Stress, Mood and Past Experiences on Our Ability to Make Decisions, Kwame Poku-Acheampong
Department: Neuroscience; Psychology

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So, You Want to be a Stage Manager?, Cleo Rhys Potter
Department: Theatre and Dance

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The Planar Rook Algebra, Henry Potts-Rubin
Department: Mathematics

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East Germany’s West: the Indianerfilme and Identity in German Film and Culture, Fred F. Prichard
Department: History

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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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The Effect of Violence and Active Gameplay on Recognition of Advertisements in Video Games, Charlie Quigley
Department: Psychology

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Examining the Prevalence of Neocolonialism in the United Nations, Mikael Emmanuel Rae
Department: Political Science

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Examining the Human-Dog Dyad: The Effects of Dogs in Reducing State-Level Anxiety in Stress-Inducing Situations, Krenare Rakoci
Department: Neuroscience

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Paleoenvironments containing Coryphodon in the Fort Union and Willwood Formations Spanning the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), Bighorn Basin, Wyoming, Emily N. Randall
Department: Geology