Graduate Research in Biology
2016 Doctoral Dissertations
Threespine Stickleback Adaptive Radiation: The Importance of Ancestry. (Susan Foster)
Mitchell Nuhn. Molecular Ecology of Boletinellus mesculiodes and Systematics of the Boletineae. (David Hibbett)
Xiang Ren. Targeting Mechanisms of Nuclear Proteins in Dictyostelium discoideum. (Denis Larochelle)
Consequences of Diet Deprivation across the Lifespan of a Short-Lived Fish: Energy Allocation Tradeoffs withing the Stickeback Adaptive Radiation. (Susan Foster)
Aedes Mosquitoes and Ascogregarina Parasites as Models in Disease Ecology. (Todd Livdahl)
2016 Masters Theses
The Effect of Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica) on the Abundance of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi. (David Hibbett)
Effects of Maternal Stress on Threespine Stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) Fry. (Susan Foster)
M. Gabriela Jijón-Nemalceff
The Effects of Three Riparian Vegetation Types on the Macroinvertebrate Communities of the East Branch of the Swift River in Petersham, Massachusetts. (John Baker)
Analysis of the Formaldehyde Detoxification Pathway in Eukaryotes. (Deborah Robertson)
Effect of Salt on the Development and Survival of Aedes albopictus. (Todd Livdahl)
Phenotypic Responses to an Invasive Aquatic Predator. (Susan Foster)
Rebecca Rood Goldman
Condition-Dependency of Courtship Behavior in the Threespine Stickleback (Susan Foster)
Copy Number Variation Contributes to Cryptic Genetic Variation in Outbreak Lineages of Cryptococcus gattii from the North American Pacific Northwest. (John Gibbons)
2015 Doctoral Dissertations
Jaya Seelan Sathiya Seelan
Systematic Study of Lentinoid and Pleurotoid mushrooms (Basidiomycota) of South East Asia. (David Hibbett)
Three Mechanisms of Bacterial Resistance to Mercury (Heather Wiatrowski)
The Impact of Mercury on Antioxidant Defenses in Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 and Characterization of Chromosomal mer operons in Xanthobacter autotrophicus Py2. (Heather Wiatrowski)
2015 Master's Theses
The Relative Importance of Tree and Stand Properties in Predicting Susceptibility to Spruce Beetle Outbreak in Colorado. (Dominic Kulakowski)
Standardization of Phylogenetically Independent Contrasts and Regression. (Philip Bergmann)
Electroporation-Mediated Transformation and Post-Transcriptional Gene Regulation of Nitrate Reductase in the Marine Diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana. (Deborah Robertson)
Environmental, Behavioral and Size Effects on the Dehydration Rates of Amphibians. (Philip Bergmann)
Evan Graham Hegeman
Variation in Female Fourspine Stickleback (Apeltes quadracus) — Life-History Traits Across Spatial and Temporal Scales. (John Baker)
2014 Doctoral Dissertations
Evolution of wood decay mechanisms in Agaricomycotina based on comparative genomic analyses and contribution to the taxonomy of the white-rot genus Phanerochaete based on molecular and morphological data. (David Hibbett)
2014 Master's Theses
The effects of body temperature and hydration on environmental temperature and moisture preferences and jumping performance in green frogs (Lithobates clamitans). (Philip Bergmann)
The effects of nitrate fertilization on the photosynthetic performance of the salt marsh cordgrass, Spartina alterniflora. (Deborah Robertson)
pH effects on the growth and toxicity of Pseudo-nitzschia multiseries (Hasle) Hasle. (Deborah Robertson)
Investigating seasonal, zonal, and pre-incubated nitrate uptake and nitrate reductase expression in Fucus vesiculosus. (Deborah Robertson)
Investigation of DdKif1 and gene targeting techniques in Dictyostelium discoideum. (Denis Larochelle)
Unexpected diversity of basidiomycetous endophytes in sapwood and leaves of Hevea. (David Hibbett)
Light-induced pileus formation in Lentinus tigrinus. (David Hibbett)
Characterization of a gene encoding glutamine synthetase from Spartina alterniflora (smooth cordgrass). (Deborah Robertson)
Life history and population genetics of the freshwater pearl mussel, Margaritifera margaritifera L., in the East Branch Swift River, MA. (John Baker)
Investigation of Geobacter sulfurreducens response to Hg exposure. (Heather Wiatrowski)
2013 Doctoral Dissertations
Burrows, Stephen D.
The Effects on Cell-Substrate Adhesion by a Previously Unidentified Gene — Dictyostelium Adhesion Modifying Molecule 1 (Damm-1). (Denis Larochelle)
Golub, Justin L.
Embryonic Learning in Threespine Stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus). (Susan Foster)
Kandasamy, Suresh Kumar
Genetic Characterization of docked in Drosophila melanogaster. (Justin Thackeray)
2013 Master's Theses
Search for Bacteriophage Specific for Bacterial Pathogens Targeting Humans and Characterization of Phage PhiBTP1 DNA. (David Thurlow)
Alexander, Jessica E.
Identification and Characterization of Puf-Family Proteins in Marine Diatoms. (Deb Robertson)
Knockout of D. discoideum Inner Nuclear Membrane Protein IMA1 Leads to Centrosome Detachment. (Denis Larochelle)
Morphine Conditioned Place Preference following Prolonged Abstinence: A Comparison between Adolescent and Adult Morphine Exposed Females. (Susan Foster)
Britton, Eric J.
Genetic Analysis of the Drosophila melanogaster gene small wing (sl), a gene encoding a PLC-y. (Justin Thackeray)
Friedman, Katherine A.
The Effects of Nitrate Fertilization on the Physiology of a Common Salt Marsh Cordgrass Species, Spartina alterniflora. (Deb Robertson)
The Effects of Anthropogenic and Natural Acidification on Amphibians. (Philp Bergmann)
Valsdottir, Linda R.
Gregarine Infection in Aedes triseriatus and Its Impact on Vulnerability to Predation and Behavior. (Todd Livdahl)
2012 Master's Theses
Contemporary Evolution of Threespine Stickleback Anti-Predator Defenses in Response to Invasive Northern Pike. (Susan Foster)
The Distribution and Abundance of the Bridle Shiner (Notropis bifrenatus), A Species of Special Concern in the Housatonic River Basin, with Emphasis on Habitat Patterns at Multiple Spatial Scales 2012 Baker
Erthal, Julie Alexandra
Life Cycle Completion of the Parasite Ascogregarina taiwanensis (Apicomplexa: Lecudinidae) in a Non-native Host, Ochlerotatus japonicus (Diptera: Culicidae). (Todd Livdahl)
Gibbs, Kathryn Grace
Mating Compatibility and Size Variation between a Field and Laboratory Strain of Aedes triseriatus (Say) & Female Bloodfeeding Suppression in the Presence of Male Aedes aegypti (Linnaeus) and Aedes albopictus (Skuse) in Laboratory Cages. (Todd Livdahl)
A Comparison of Gene Tree/Species Tree Reconciliation Software and an Application to Predicting Class II Peroxidase Gene Copy Number in the Agaricomycetes. (David Hibbett)
Hughes, Lily Claire
Lack of male mate preference among diverging ecotypes in the Threespine Stickleback, Gasterosteus aculeatus. (John Baker)
Laginhas, Brittany B.
A River-wide Assessment of a Globally Imperilled Bivalve, Margaritifera margaritifera (L.), In the East Branch of the Swift River in North Central Massachusetts. (John Baker)
O'Neil, Shannon N.
Retention of an Unexpressed Ancestral Behavior in Threespine Stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus). (Susan Foster)
Scott, Dylan Walter
Examining the role of the 3'-UTR in altering mRNA stability of the nitrogen assimilatory enzyme nitrate reductase in the marine diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana. (Deb Robertson)
Seitzman, Brian H.
Conservation of Biotrophy in Hygrophoraceae Inferred from Combined Stable Isotope and Phylogenetic Analyses. (David Hibbett)
Investigation of DdCentrin B molecular interactions. (Denis Larochelle)
Bioremediation with White-Rot Fungi at Fisherville Mill: Analyses of Gene Expression and Number 6 Fuel Oil Degredation. (David Hibbett)
2011 Doctoral Dissertations
Glutamine Synthetase Gene Family Evolution in Select Lineages of Photosynthetic Eukaryotes. (Deb Robertson)
Richard, Stella Marie
Color and Parasitization of the Threespine Stickelback, Gasterosteus aculeatus. (Susan Foster)
2011 Master's Theses
Barlow, Alicia S.
The Effect of Incubation Temperature on Embryo Development and Fry Size in Five Populations of Gasterosteus aculeatus. (John Baker)
Goodrich, Grant S.
Examining RNA-Protein Binding Interactions and their Potential Effect on NR and GSII Expression in Skeletonema costatum. (Deb Robertson)
The Influences of Climate on Sudden Aspen Decline in Northern Colorado, USA. (Dominik Kulakowski)
The Effect of Relaxed Selection by Piscine Predators on Chemically Elicited Antipredator Behavior in the Threespine Stickleback. (Susan Foster)
The Effects of Compound Disturbances on Forest Regeneration in Northwestern Colorado. (Dominik Kulakowski)
Ohman Anders W.
Automated Clustering of Fungal ITS Sequences - Tansley Suite. (David Hibbett)
2010 Doctoral Dissertations
Khatchikian, Camilo Eduardo
Evolutionary Ecology of Aedes Mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae). (Todd Livdahl)
Lignocellulose Degradation in Agaricomycetes--Comparative Genomics, Gene Family Phylogenies, and Gene Characterizations. (David Hibbett)
2010 Master's Theses
Baca, Katharyn M.
Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Lakes of Matanuska-Susitna Valley, Alaska. (Susan Foster)
Sex Differences in the Rate of Respiratory Distress Syndrome in Response to Antenatal Steroid Therapy. (Denis Larochelle)
Huenemoerder, Jeffrey E.
Examining the Role of Male Nuptial Coloration in the Agonistic Response of Threespine Stickleback: A Study of a Multifunctional Signal. (Susan Foster)
Changing Productivity of Threespine Stickleback Habitat Lakes in the Mat-Su Valley of Southeastern Alaska. (John Baker)
Mazzarella, Anna V.B.
Ovulation, Oviposition and Stress in the Female Threespine Stickleback, Gasterosteus aculeatus. (Susan Foster)
Defining Nemo: Developmental Plasticity's Role in Morphological Divergence of Benthic and Limnetic Ecotypes in the Threespine Stickelback, Gasterosteus aculeatus. (John Baker)
The Freshwater Pearl Mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera) in the East Branch Swift River: A Prospective Reference System. (John Baker)
Zeineddine, Fouad B.
Investigating PLC-y function in Drosophila melanogaster. (Justin Thackeray)
2009 Doctoral Dissertations
Gonzalez, Kristina Marie
Experience induced changes in taste sensitivity. (Linda Kennedy)
Mana Capelli, Sebastian Carlos
DdCenB and the nucleus to centrosome connection. (Denis Larochelle)
Age related changes in lungs of a mouse model for Hermansky Pudlak Syndrome. (Timothy Lyerla)
Wilson, Andrew William
Molecular ecology and evolution in the Sclerodermatineae (Boletales, Basidiomycota). (David Hibbett)
2009 Master's Theses
Characterization of a new PLC-[gamma] mutation in Drosophila melanogaster. (Justin Thackeray)
Koehring, Sara Alison Sherman
The impact of American robin (Turdus migratorius) migration on human West Nile Virus epidemics in North America. (Todd Livdahl)
2008 Doctoral Dissertations
Identification and characterization of genes involved in pathway(s) regulating mounds and fruiting bodies in Schizophyllum commune. (Thomas J. Leonard)
Slot, Jason Christopher
Molecular evolution of nitrate assimilation genes in fungi. (David Hibbett)
2008 Master's Theses
Ackein, Lauren Aileen The implications of pelvic reduction in threespine stickleback for long-term persistence of populations within the Cook Inlet region of Alaska. (John Baker)
Chmielewski, Matthew Wojciech
A comparative analysis of per capita growth rate methods in Aedes albopictus : are râ€™ projections robust in life-long multi-density studies? (Todd Livdahl)
Chock, Rachel Yi-Ling
Re-emergence of ancestral plasticity and the loss of a rare limnetic phenotype in an Alaskan population of threespine stickleback. (Susan Foster)
GaytÃ¡n, Brandon David
Knockout and protein interaction analyses of DdCenB in Dictyostelium. (Denis Larochelle)
O'Brien, Katherine Rogan
The effects of food supply and water staining on the growth and survival based on egg size in the threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) fry. (John Baker)
Robert, Karyn Lee
The role of male nuptial coloration in aggression of threespine stickleback : a two-population, context-dependent analysis. (Susan Foster)
2007 Master's Theses
Brown, Kathryn Leigh
Effect of light and nitrate on nitrate reductase gene expression in Thalassiosira pseudonana (Bacillariophyceae). (Deb Robertson)
Foley, Catherine Gavan
Exploration of Dictyostelium as a model system for the development of anti-amoebic drugs. (Denis Larochelle)
2006 Doctoral Dissertations
Multilocus phylogenetic analyses of the Polyporales (Homobasidiomycetes, Basidiomycota) and the Helotiales (Leotiomycetes, Ascomycota). (David Hibbett)
2006 Master's Theses
Joubert, Mark R.
The Development of Molecular Tools for the Further Study of PATS1. (Denis Larochelle)
Kaplan, Laran Rudee
Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus in Bermuda. (Todd Livdahl)
Messler, Alexis C.
Evolution in Action. (Susan Foster)
Miller, Sarah E.
Interaction of Mechanisms for Stimulation and Adaptation In the sugar taste receptor cell of the blowfly, Phormia regina. (Linda Kennedy)
Richio, Kristina Jordan
Intraspecific Variation of the Second Internal Transcribed Spacer Region (ITS2) of Aedes albopictus. (Todd Livdahl)
2005 Doctoral Dissertations
Hartzell Paula Lee
Pacific Northwest Glacial Ecosystems. (Todd Livdahl)
Phenotypic plasticity in response to habitat risk. (Todd Livdahl)
2005 Master's Theses
Maguire, Kiley M.
Genetic Analysis of the Drosophila melanogaster gene docked(doc), a gene involved in wing development. (Justin Thackeray)
Shaw, Katherine A.
Investigation of behavioral phenotypic plasticity across populations of threespine stickleback fish (Gasterosteus aculeatus) : the importance of ancestral patterns of plasticity. (Susan Foster)
2004 Doctoral Dissertations
Identifying modifiers of PLCÎ³ signaling in Drosophilia wing development. (Justin Thackeray)
Structural and Functional Characterization of Dictyostelium discoideum RacE in Cytokinesis Signaling. (Denis Larochelle)
2004 Master's Theses
Deroko, Sarah Elizabeth
The Characterization of Pats1 in Cytokinesis: Designing Pats1 Polyclonal Antibodies and the Analysis of the Myotubularin-Related Domain. (Denis Larochelle)
Hendrickson, Freya L.
Influence of Habitat Upon Fish Behavior: Comparing Spatial Memory of Cichlids. (Deb Roberston)
SH2 and PH Domain Function in Drosophila PLC-y. (Justin Thackeray)
Kopycinski, Kathleen Marie
Induced mutations that repress development in Schizophyllum commune. (Thomas J. Leonard)
Mazeika, Julie K.
Using Restriction Enzyme-Mediated Integration to Study the mnd Gene in Schizophyllum commune. (Thomas J. Leonard)
Nagle, Henry Alexander
Observation of West Nile Virus and Seasonal Latency in Massachusetts in Wild Mosquito Populations. (Todd Livdahl)
Patel, Jinal N.
Interactions Between ATP/CTP: tRNA Nucleotidyltransferase, Transfer RNA and Metal Cations. (David Thurlow)
Rezac, Catherine L.
A Morphometric Analysis of Marine and Anadromous Threespine Stickleback, Gasterosteus aculeatus, from the Cook Inlet Region of Alaska. (JohnBaker)
Richard, Lori Anne
Effects of Altering Fatty Acid Intake on Lysosomal Enzyme Secretions in Male Inbred Mice. (Timothy Lyerla)
Wilson, Aaron C.
Presumptive Identification of a Putative Pheromone Receptor in Schizophyllum commune. (Thomas J. Leonard)
2003 Doctoral Dissertations
A Study of the Biosystematics and Morphogenesis of the Genus Amphiroa (Crallinales, Rhodophyta) in Bermuda. (Deb Robertson)
Hulslander, Cristin L.
The Evolution of the Male Threespine Stickleback Color Signal. (Susan Foster)
Functional Analysis of Drosophilia PLC-y. (JustinThackeray)
2003 Master's Theses
Fico, Leah P.
PH Domain Function of Drosophila PLC-y. (Justin Thackeray)
Molecular Characterization of Glutamine Synthetase II in the Marine Diatom Skeletonema costatum. (Deb Robertson)
Goranova, Greta-Milena A.
Phylogenetic Analyses of rDNA Sequences Indicate that the Corticioid Genus Dendrothele is Highly Polyphyletic. (David Hibbett)
Savoie, Ronelle Erin
The Consequences of Hydrodynamic Drag for the Biology of Freshwater Threespine Stickleback, Gasterosteus acculeatus. (John Baker)
The Role of Immuno-Modulatory Proteins, PLUNCs, and the Activation of Innate Immune Responses in Viral Infection via Toll-Like Receptors (TLR). (Denis Larochelle)
2002 Doctoral Dissertations
Dennehy, John Joseph
The paradox of sex and recombination: Testing Evolutionary Hypotheses with Caenorhabditis elegans. (Todd Livdahl)
2002 Master's Theses
Guerin, Nicholas Anthony
Rac and Roll: A Chimeric Analysis of a Dictyostelium Race. (Denis Larochelle)
The Design and Synthesis of New Plasmids for Remi Screening and Cloning and Expression of Human Genes in Dictyostelium Cells. (Denis Larochelle)
Mihaliak, Alicia M.
Bone Marrow Plasticity and Adhesion Receptors. (Pamela Becker)
Mineva, Nora Denislavova
Genetics and Molecular Biology Studies of the MND Allele in Schizophyllum commune. (Thomas Leonard)
Saporita, Jennifer Ann
Effects of Dietary Omega-3 Fatty Acids on Urinary Secretions of Male Mice. (Timothy Lyerla)
Scotti, Melissa-Ann Lucy
Population Differentiation and Phenotypic Plasticity: Aggressive Behavior of the Threespine Stickleback Fish. (Susan Foster)
Staples, Megan Dawn
Production of Antibodies against Drosophila Phospholipase C-y. (Justin Thackeray)
2001 Doctoral Dissertations
Delprato, Anna M.
Cellular characterization of the light ear mouse. (Timothy Lyerla)
2001 Master's Theses
Baxter, Kimberly J.
Fluctuating Asymmetry, Stress, and Ontogeny: A Case Study of the Threespine Stickleback, Gasterosteus aculeatus. (John Baker)
Higgins, Tyler Thomas
Sweet Receptor Mechanisms: Stimulating Effectiveness of High Intensity Sweeteners and Enantiomers for Fly Behavioral Responses and Sugar Receptor Cell Firing. (Linda Kennedy)
Manning, Charlene Mary
Cloning and Evolutionary Analysis of PLC-y in Drosophila pseudoobscura. (Justin Thackeray)
2000 Doctoral Dissertations
Anes, Jean Marie
Relationship of serum cobalamin and folate to osteocalcin levels and the identification of a previously unknown naturally occurring cobalamin-nitrosocobalamin.
Artiss, Thomas Andrew
Systematics, phylogeography and morphological evolution in libellulid dragonflies. (Susan Foster)
Cresko, William Andrew
The ecology and geography of speciation : a case study using an adaptive radiation of threespine stickleback in Alaska. (Susan Foster)
Scott, Robert John
The evolution and maintenance of nuptial color loss in male threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus): implications for population differentiation and speciation. (Susan Foster)