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Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Effects of Eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) decline on forest floor characteristics and macrofungal communities at two sites in western Massachusetts, Aliza M. Boles Fassler

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Characterization of hard and soft corals at Mexico Rocks, Belize using underwater and aerial images, Amanda Raquel Castro

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Embryo-environment interactions : how PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) impact craniofacial development, Gina Lee Cho

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A broad-based investigation of body size of Sciurus carolinensis in space and time, Isabella Marie Fielding

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Investigating the distribution and diversity of rare endemic forest plant species in the eastern United States, Anna Elizabeth George

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Microcosm experiments : assessing microbial community responses to food web perturbations, Doris Lizbeth Juarez

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Assessing the ecological relationships between Sphagnum mosses and testate amoebae in a New England peatland, Mallory Rose Kakley

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Searching for signals of selection in crop genomes, Chloe Taylor Lee

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The effects of change in foundational species from Tsuga canadensis to Betula lenta on soil chemistry profiles, Veida Lekakh

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The role of sex and ovarian cycles in rodent behavioral and physiological variability, Kathleen Jane Moshofsky

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Before and after : uncovering temporal patterns of biodiversity in microbial communities of tide pools, Abigail Angelina Onos

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Exploring genome architecture, protein evolution and epigenetic processes in ciliates, Olivia A. Pilling

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Using fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) to explore development of the somatic nucleus of the extensive fragmenting ciliate chilodonella uncinata, Anna Jollyette Rogers

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Investigating genome architecture and composition in the class Litostomatea, Monica Annmarie Wilson

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Spatial and temporal distributions of ciliates in New England tidal ponds, Mary Elizabeth Badger

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Characterizing PAH-induced teratogenesis of the pharyngeal system during Zebrafish craniofacial development, Kathryn Soule Berg

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Bottom-up and top-down controls on red-backed salamander (Plethodon cinereus) distribution : a possible "landscape of fear" on the forest floor, Elizabeth Mary Besozzi

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Investigating cytoplasmic dynein function using chimeric proteins to isolate subdomain mechanisms, Ria Anand Deshpande

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Migration versus mutualism : can the small-ranged endemic plant Rhododendron catawbinse form specialized ericoid mycorrhizae with soil fungi north of its native range?, Elena Maria Karlsen-Ayala

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The evolution of androgen receptor distribution in the spinal cord to support specialized sexual displays : a comparative analysis using a foot-flagging frog, Staurois parvus, Gina Elizabeth Mantica

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Developing a molecular method for estimating the effective population size of ciliate morphospecies Chilodonella uncinata, Cynthia Jepkosgei Masai

The presence of lateral gene transfer events in fungal genomes : determining the presence of viral lateral gene transfer events in Eukaryotic genomes, Jiaqi Mei

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Analysis of the phylogenetic relationships of genes along chromosomes in the genome of the malarial parasite Plasmodium falciparum, Esther Nwaka

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Analysis of two approaches for inferring lateral gene transfer in the malarial parasite Plasmodium falciparum, Zuliat Owoade

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Assessing the biodiversity and discovering evidence of RNA editing in testate (shelled) amoebae, Natalie Abigail Phillips

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Exploring modifications and identification of neurolenin as a potential anti-filarial drug candidate for Lymphatic filariasis, Meghna Purkayastha

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The phylogeography and cytogenetics of Rhipsalis baccifera : the cactus that made it to the Old World, Elizabeth Ann Tam

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Investigating the evolution of Wolbachia spp.- derived genes in the genome of Wolbachia-independent filarial nematodes, Eirini Tsekitsidou

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Characterization of cyclohexanol modulation of GABA[subscript A], Erin M. Walch

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Microbes in the dark : molecular analyses of marine communities below the photic zone, Jessica Nicole Andrade

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Assessing seasonal photosynthetic function of dominant species post-clearcut, Kyle Acadia Boyd

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Outbreak control : designing a PCR-based diagnostic test for Dengue virus, Katharine Stuyvesant Brien

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Novel dimensions in visual media for understanding the biological world : illustrating the effects of aquatic pollution in three case studies, Anna Marie Campbell

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Rethinking the antagonistic role of "invasive weeds" within plant communities : a case study from the Chihuahuan Desert, Samantha Jo Danguilan

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Modeling rapid phyllotactic transitions in Magnolia x soulangiana 'Verbanica', Madeline Christine Franz

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Developing synthetic multi-fluorescence techniques in S. cerevisiae for single molecule microscopy, Malayna A. Hocker

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Potential effects of eastern hemlock decline on the hemlock-associated liverwort Bazzania trilobata, Michelle Renee Jackson

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Preserving the microbiome : quantifying collateral damage during antibiotic use, Laila Elaine Phillips

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Reproduction in mammalian predator and prey : the effects of allometry, phylogeny, and ecology on reproduction in Canidae and Leporidae, Katherine Greer Pielmeier

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Miseq transcriptome analysis of A. Viteae versus B. Malayi, a Wolbachia dependent nematode, Marie Jacques Seignon

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The biodiversity of and interactions among microbes in New England ecosystems : coastal marine and low pH. bogs, Cameah Corin Wood

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Exploring the implications of climate change for the range of an endemic plant species : threats and conservation options, Emily Rose Barbour

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PAH-induced activation of aryl hydrocarbon receptor signaling and its effects on neural crest development in zebrafish, Diane D. Chen

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Estrogen receptor analysis after a single bout of exercise in murine biceps brachii, Justine Amber Gelzinis

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The effects of predator cue and food availability on shell shape, thickness, and strength in the intertidal snails Littorina obtusata and L. saxatilis, Jessica Lynn Hopson

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Effects of the evolution of germline sequestration in metazoa on the tempo of interdomain lateral gene transfer, Lindy Mae Jensen

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Nematode parasites of marine mammals : phylogenetic and statistical analysis of coevolution, Caroline Dana Keroack

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Investigating complex phytoplankton dynamics : pseudo-nitzschia spp. diversity and toxicity in the nearshore Gulf of Maine, Hanna Margaret Mogensen

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Improved molecular diagnostics for the detection of soil-transmitted helminthes : a multi-parallel qPCR based assay, Marina Ioannis Papaiakovou

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Analysis of natural products from Neurolama lobata as candidate antifilarial agents against the parasitic nematode Brugia pahangi, Kristine Louise Trotta

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Medicinal plants to medication : an investigation of the antifilarial potential of Centella asiatica on the parasite Brugia Pahang, Marika Witkus

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Identification of clock gene functional conservation between Caenorhabditis elegans and Brugia malayi, Jenna Irene Wurster

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Genome evolution of ciliates : alternative processing and genome structure of Chilodonella uncinata, Xinzhu Zhou

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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The effects of an estrogen receptor antagonist on the murine myoblast proteome, Annabel Gulliver Austin

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Exploring microbial biodiversity and ecology : testate amoebae in Hawley Bog, Adelaide Marie Gordon

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A phylogenomic pipeline and its use inferring lateral gene transfer in the eukaryotic parasite Entamoeba histolytica, Jessica Rain Grant

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The temporal genetic variation of the ciliate morphospecies Chilodonella uncinata, Carmen Marie Hernandez

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Spatial characterization of sulfate reducing bacteria in the Avery Brook beaver ponds, Rachel Anne Kaminsky

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Taking measure of mustelids : morphological diversity and sexual dimorphism, Paula Jean Noonan

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Constraining the record of neoproterozoic life : new insights from cryogenian strata (~850 to 635 Ma) of northern Namibia, Maggie Anne Sawdy

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Exploring the promoter of Brugia malayi thioredoxin peroxidase-2 gene, Iju Shakya

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Comparison of the fecal microbiota of horses before and after treatment for parasitic helminths : massively parallel sequencing of the v4 region of the 16S ribosomal RNA gene, Rachael Jean Sirois

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A biogeographic comparison of cuticle thickness, claw resistance to breakage, and genetic variation in the invasive European green crab Carcinus maenas, Sarah Jeanne Tucker

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Proteome profiling of C2C12 myogenesis, Katharine Maryell Von Hermann

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Metagenomics of the methane ice worm, Sirsoe methanicola, and its associated microbial community, Wei Xin

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Effects of eastern hemlock removal on nutrient cycling and forest ecosystem processes at the MacLeish Field Station, Whately, MA, Jenna M. Zukswert

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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Generation of a functional network around a single kinase highlights its involvement in unsuspected biological processes, Akosua Gyanea Adu-Gyamfi

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The evolution and ecology of functional traits along a soil fertility gradient, Grace Harper Anderson

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Protein localization in murine C2C12 cells during normal and heat stressed myogenesis, Veronica Marie Falconieri

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Equilibrium and disequilibrium in the geographic ranges of plants : an experimental test with two forest herbs, Jessamine Hope Finch

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Effectiveness of engineered bacteriocins as target-specific antibiotics, Clare Chren Landefeld

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Exploring the expression pattern and localization of a novel protein family juv-p120 in the parasite Brugia malayi, Yisi Lu

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A metagenomic analysis of the equine gastrointestinal tract when affected by parasitic helminths, Ivy Laurene Mead

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Bog-gling diversity : cryptic species of testate amoebae in local fens and bogs of western Massachusetts, Angela Maria Oliverio

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Our microbial planet : understanding microbial diversity through analyses of ciliate morphospecies, Gladys Isabel Palaguachi

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Effect of temperature shift on motility of Escherichia coli, Shannon Corinne Pettit

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Testing the teratogenic effects of Deepwater Horizon crude oil and dispersants on Zebrafish embryos, Rachel Elizabeth Stein

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Developing a point-of-care assay for the detection of filarial parasites in mosquitoes, Francesca Rachael Tomaino

Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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Correlated evolution of ant seed dispersal and flowering phenology in the herbaceous flora of the temperate deciduous forest biome, Lois I. Bangiolo

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MicroRNA regulated gene expression in Brugia malayi, Tarja Yvanka De Soysa

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Exploring the nuclear dynamics of Arcella hemisphaerica and the features of its bacterial endosymbionts, Jian Hua Lin

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Making sense of environmental enrichment : the behavioral responses of captive African cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) to ecologically relevant scents, Lily Thane Maynard

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Phylogenetics and biogeography of Hyalospheniidae (Arcellinida), Truc Bang Nguyen

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Bacterial diversity in Avery Brook beaver pond sediments, Sara Hope Sirois

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An exploration of restricted lactate dehydrogenase subunit association, Samantha Danielle Torquato

Theses/Dissertations from 2010

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The occurrence of the bacterium Capnocytophaga in the tooth plague of canines, Sara Kate Dilegge

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Ciliate molecular phylogeny and species concepts, Meaghan Sagar Hall

Theses/Dissertations from 2009

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Allozyme analysis of a contact zone between two mtDNA haplotypes in Desmognathus ocoee (Amphibia: Plethodontidae), Noëlle K. Bittner

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Genetic diversity of ciliates in near coastal sediment, Hannah K. Jaris

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Development of models for the study of anesthetic preconditioning using rat pheochromocytoma and mouse neuroblastoma, Sarah Anne Kam

Theses/Dissertations from 2008

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Structure of a contact zone : analysis of Dusky salamander (genus Desmognathus) populations in the Bald Mountains, Tennessee and North Caroline, Lizmarie López

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Heat shock and the developmental regulation of the MAPKs in C2C12 cells, Khue Nguyen

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Effect of stand characteristics on throughfall in a New England forest, Alex Webster