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Graduate Research in Biology

2018 Doctoral Dissertations

Jamie Fitgerald. Morphology and vertical habitat stratificaton in two tree hole mosquito species. Todd Livdahl.

Chitra Naidu
Identfying small molecule inhibitors and functional analysis of Drosophila LKCγ. (Justin Thackeray)

2018 Masters Theses


2017 Doctoral Dissertations

Minoli Perera
Post-transcriptional regulation and coordination of key nitrogen assimilating enzymes in the marine diatom Thallassiosira pseudonana. (Deb Robertson)

2017 Masters Theses

Marian Crockett
The effect of substrate unevenness and irregularity on locomotor performance and kinematics of curly-tailed lizards. (Philip Bergmann)

Samantha Dokus
Influence of reproductive cycle and environmental stress on personality in threespine stickeback (Gasterosteus aculaeatus.) (Susan Foster)

Amanda Fragata
Influences of maternal stress on early life characteristics of offspring in threespine stickleback fish (Susan Foster)

Andrea Gialtouridis
Plasticity in changing environments: antipredator behavior in alaskan threespine stickleback following pike introduction. (Susan Foster)

Robert Holden
Performance variation in basilisk lizards (Basiliscus vittatus) during different aquatic modes of locomotion. (Philip Bergmann)

Christie Joyce
Evolution of nervous system centralization: role of BMP signalling in doral-ventral axis and neural fate specification in Capitella telata. (Néva Meyer)

Nicholas Pagan
The use of the chironomid pupal exuvial technique (CPET) to characterize midge communities in Massachusetts ponds (John Baker)

Levi Seeley
A gregarine parasite of Aedes hendersoni in Colorado. (Todd Livdahl)

James St. Denis
Quantitative UV sensitivity assay and whole genome extraction for DNA methylation analysis in Dictyostelium discoideum. (Denis Larochelle)

Emily Stone
Obligate microbial communities associated with the toxic diatome Pseudo-nitzchia australis genome? Implications for genome assemblies. (Deb Robertson)

Tina Vo
Efficacy of playback video use in eliciting courtship behavior in male threespine stickleback fish (Susan Foster)

Ethan Wainblat
Investigting differential methylation in Apis mellifera worker bee sub-castes. (Rob Drewell)


2016 Doctoral Dissertations

Richard King
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)

Miguel Reyes
Consequences of Diet Deprivation across the Lifespan of a Short-Lived Fish: Energy Allocation Tradeoffs withing the Stickeback Adaptive Radiation. (Susan Foster)

John Soghigian
Aedes Mosquitoes and Ascogregarina Parasites as Models in Disease Ecology. (Todd Livdahl)


2016 Masters Theses

Vanessa Carrasco
The Effect of Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica) on the Abundance of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi. (David Hibbett)

Briana Cooney
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)

Rebecca Littlefield
Analysis of the Formaldehyde Detoxification Pathway in Eukaryotes. (Deborah Robertson)

Marco Notarangelo
Effect of Salt on the Development and Survival of Aedes albopictus. (Todd Livdahl)

Max Nyquist
Phenotypic Responses to an Invasive Aquatic Predator. (Susan Foster)

Rebecca Rood Goldman
Condition-Dependency of Courtship Behavior in the Threespine Stickleback (Susan Foster)

Jacob Steenwyk
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)

Songnian Liu
Three Mechanisms of Bacterial Resistance to Mercury (Heather Wiatrowski)

Yingjiao Wang
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

Felicia Bakaj
The Relative Importance of Tree and Stand Properties in Predicting Susceptibility to Spruce Beetle Outbreak in Colorado. (Dominic Kulakowski)

Cynthia Alonso
Standardization of Phylogenetically Independent Contrasts and Regression. (Philip Bergmann)

Joshua Buggé
Electroporation-Mediated Transformation and Post-Transcriptional Gene Regulation of Nitrate Reductase in the Marine Diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana. (Deborah Robertson)

Hannah Diebboll
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

Dimitrios Floudas
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

Allegra Mitchell
The effects of body temperature and hydration on environmental temperature and moisture preferences and jumping performance in green frogs (Lithobates clamitans). (Philip Bergmann)

Hillary Sullivan
The effects of nitrate fertilization on the photosynthetic performance of the salt marsh cordgrass, Spartina alterniflora. (Deborah Robertson)

Katherine Minnix
pH effects on the growth and toxicity of Pseudo-nitzschia multiseries (Hasle) Hasle. (Deborah Robertson)

Caroline Johnson
Investigating seasonal, zonal, and pre-incubated nitrate uptake and nitrate reductase expression in Fucus vesiculosus. (Deborah Robertson)

Lauren Beaudin
Investigation of DdKif1 and gene targeting techniques in Dictyostelium discoideum. (Denis Larochelle)

Rachael Martin
Unexpected diversity of basidiomycetous endophytes in sapwood and leaves of Hevea. (David Hibbett)

Alexis Carlson
Light-induced pileus formation in Lentinus tigrinus. (David Hibbett)

Jacqueline Mitchell
Characterization of a gene encoding glutamine synthetase from Spartina alterniflora (smooth cordgrass). (Deborah Robertson)

Audrey Seiz
Life history and population genetics of the freshwater pearl mussel, Margaritifera margaritifera L., in the East Branch Swift River, MA. (John Baker)

Tyler Robison
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)

Batten, Michael
Knockout of D. discoideum Inner Nuclear Membrane Protein IMA1 Leads to Centrosome Detachment. (Denis Larochelle)

Blau, Ashley
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)

Tchamitchian, Natasha
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

Bruckner, Joshua
Contemporary Evolution of Threespine Stickleback Anti-Predator Defenses in Response to Invasive Northern Pike. (Susan Foster)

Carmignani, Jason
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)

Glotzer, Dylan
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)

Yang, Xiaoling
Investigation of DdCentrin B molecular interactions. (Denis Larochelle)

Young, Darcy
Bioremediation with White-Rot Fungi at Fisherville Mill: Analyses of Gene Expression and Number 6 Fuel Oil Degredation. (David Hibbett)


2011 Doctoral Dissertations

Ghoshroy, Sohini
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)

Hanna, Philip
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)

Matthews, Carolyn
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)

Morgenstern, Ingo
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)

Crawford, Cassandra
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)

Loux-Turner, Jana
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)

Valena, Sophie
Defining Nemo: Developmental Plasticity's Role in Morphological Divergence of Benthic and Limnetic Ecotypes in the Threespine Stickelback, Gasterosteus aculeatus. (John Baker)

Whalen, Casey
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

Hidalgo, Daniel
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

Banerjee, Goutami
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 r’ 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)

Gaytán, 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

Wang, Zheng
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)

Vitek,Christopher John
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

Abbeyquaye, Tetteh
Identifying modifiers of PLCγ signaling in Drosophilia wing development. (Justin Thackeray)

Agarwal, Madhavi
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)

Hyat, Arooj
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)

Gershenovich, Michael
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)

Shin, Ok
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)

Halilovic, Ensar
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)