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2021

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It takes two : symbiont contributions to the sea anemone (Exaiptasia pallida) stress response, Quinton Oliver Celuzza, Honors Project

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Life on a shellfish : the diversity and community dynamics of Epizoic foraminifera, Adena Beth Collens, Honors Project

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Machine learning approaches to multi-animal behavioral analysis, Annie Aurora Dobroth, Honors Project

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Engineering a cancer vaccine, Yacine Diama Fall, Honors Project

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Discerning demographics : biodiversity of testate amoebae based on analyses of single-cell transcriptomes, Clara Rojan Malekshahi, Honors Project

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Who is in charge? : exploring the connection between connexin dependent bioelectrics and morphogen signaling during axis determination in zebrafish, Janeth Mora-Martinez, Honors Project

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Between a cell and a hard place : mechanisms of shell-building in the Arcellinid testate amoebae, Naomi K. Ostriker, Honors Project

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Light and nutrient stress elicit different responses in clonal anemone (Exaiptasia pallida), Giovanna Sylvia Sabini-Leite, Honors Project

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Light and nutrient stress elicit different responses in clonal anemone (Exaiptasia pallida) lines, Giovanna Sylvia Sabini-Leite, Honors Project

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Differential gene expression of transposable elements in ciliates, Anna Elizabeth Tenerowicz, Honors Project

2020

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Modeling variation in brook trout and brown trout seasonal survival under a changing climate, Julia Kreth Barron, Honors Project

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Whole-genome sequencing and circadian gene analysis of the Polynesian tiger mosquito Aedes polynesiensis, Renna Bushko, Masters Thesis

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Seedlings and photosynthesis : using response curves to inform carbon models, Alonwyn L. Clauser, Honors Project

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Testate amoeba community diversity across space and time in New England bogs, Olivia Katherine Dufour, Honors Project

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No refuge : decline of a northern forest herb, Clintonia borealis, at multiple sites along a broad elevational gradient suggests impacts of recent climate change, Ashley Marie Fishbein, Honors Project

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Characterization of a Brugia malayi POU-homeodomain transcription factor binding to its cognate promoter, McKayla Elizabeth Ford, Honors Project

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Fiddler crab burrowing and oil polution alter greenhouse gas fluxes from salt marsh soil, Adrianna K. Grow, Honors Project

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Ecological distribution of testate amoebae in New England, Evelyn Grey Elizaabeth Hoffman, Honors Project

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Genomic analysis of bacterial resistance to narrow spectrum antibiotics : linking phenotypes to genotypes, Nancy Yoobin Jung, Honors Project

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Disease resistance variance in the Great Star Coral, Emma R. Kelley, Honors Project

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Species comparison of androgen receptor density and neuron abundance in the lumbar spinal cord of frogs, Kerry Marie LeCure, Honors Project

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Investigating forebrain development : robo4 cell guidance, forebrain cellular heterogeneity, and neural crest immigration, Mackenzie Patricia Heffernan Litz, Honors Project

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Exploration of the phylogeography of twinleaf (Jeffersonia diphylla), an ant-dispersed forest herb native to the eastern United States, Xufen Liu, Honors Project

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The effects of carbon source and oxygen availability on gene expression in uropathogenic Escherichia coli, Grace M. Moore, Honors Project

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Analyses of genome structures in testate amoeba (Arcellinida, Amoebozoa) uning single-cell 'omics and flurescence microscopy, Ketty Munyenyembe, Honors Project

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Foraminifera over time, space, and in response to temperature, Giovanna M. Noe-Wilson, Honors Project

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Mapping the evolutionary history of genes along chromosomes in diverse eukaryotic parasites, Dana Ragooanan, Honors Project

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Characterizing the role of meteorin as a midline signaling molecule for developing the embryonic CNS, Madeline Marie Ryan, Honors Project

2019

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Status, threats, and restoration of acroporid corals throughout the Caribbean, Sabrina Cordero, Honors Project

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Genome dynamics and nuclear changes throughout the life cycles of foraminifera, Eleanor Goetz, Honors Project

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Let's face it : ǂb the teratogenic effects of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons on craniofacial development, Aliece Tayia Goodman, Honors Project

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Investigating the role of slit signaling during diencephalon development in zebrafish, Cassie Lynne Kemmler, Honors Project

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The association between stress, body composition and diet quality among UMass students, Insia Naqvi, Honors Project

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Examining the genome content and life cycles of Arcellinid testate amoebae : on the hunt for silicon transporter homologs, Emma Gabrielle Östlund-Sholars, Honors Project

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Elucidating the potential symbiotic relationships between ciliates and bacteria, Simran Sahni, Honors Project

2018

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Exploring the origin, diversity, and phylogeny of cultivated lettuce (Lactuca sativa), Youngjoo Ahn, Honors Project

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Reelin in autism spectrum disorders : an investigation of reelin-disabled signaling in zebrafish neurogenesis and disease, Katrina G. Anderson, Honors Project

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Cannibalism in Blepharisma americanum : a genome comparison, Bethaney Gulla-Devaney, Honors Project

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A novel quantitative PCR assay for the detection of Ross River virus, Rebecca Anne Kuzma, Honors Project

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Putting the "success" in succession : comparing dominant species in a deciduous forest isn't so "clear cut", Madeleine Ann Meadows-McDonnell, Honors Project

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Investigating the nature of mutualisms between Rhododendron seedlings and local versus novel communities of ericoid mycorrhizal fungi, Taryn Leigh Mueller, Honors Project

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Elucidating testate amoeba biodiversity : an analysis of Hyalosphenia spp, Angela Colleen O'Donnell, Honors Project

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Investigating the long-term effects of human land use on soil chemistry and forest vegetation, Linda A. Patterson, Honors Project

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[Triangle]Scope : a new method to quantify 3D biological structures and identify differences in zebrafish forebrain development, Morgan Sarah Schwartz, Honors Project

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The effect of bumblebee caste on individuals' response to medicinal pollen, Elyse Clarissa Stone, Honors Project

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Gene regulation in enteropathogenic Escherichia coli, Nhi My Van, Honors Project

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Different coasts and different hosts : investigating speciation in the seal lungworm Otostrongylus circumlitus, Kalani Marie Williams, Honors Project

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, Honors Project

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

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

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Exogenous oxytocin in the central nucleus of the amygdala of female meadow voles (Microtus pennsylvanicus) attenuates peer bond formation, Jennifer D. Christensen, Masters Thesis

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

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

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

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

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Advantages for Elaeagnus umbellata : implications for expanded invasion in response to increasing environmental and anthropological pressures, Windy Joanne Kelley, Masters Thesis

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

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

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

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

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

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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, Honors Project

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Just a "wnt" of division : the role of wnt5b in radial glial proliferation and differentiation during Zebrafish spinal cord development, Carla Michelle Vélez García, Masters Thesis

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

2016

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

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

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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, Honors Project

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The biodiversity of gastrointestinal nematodes in South African wildlife, Chalis J. Bird, Masters Thesis

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

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A metagenomic survey of the equine gastrointestinal tract pre and post treatment with an anthelmintic, Ashanta Chy'rell Ester, Masters Thesis

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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, Honors Project

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Analysis of seal heartworm (Acanthocheilonema spirocauds) and identification of unknown harbor porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) parasites using molecular techniques, Caroline Dana Keroack, Masters Thesis

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Xq28 sex-linked inversion polymorphism : a teaching laboratory exercise, a population genetics study, Caitlyn Shayne Kirby, Masters Thesis

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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, Honors Project

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

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

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Evidence of biotic and abiotic effects in small, warm-margin distribution limit populations of a northern forest herb, Clintonia borealis (Liliaceae), Karyn Rae Nelson, Masters Thesis

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

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

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

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

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Competition and coexistence : interactions between the two herbivorous marine gastropods, Littorina littorea and L. obtusata, Alysha Barbara Putnam, Masters Thesis

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Engineering proteins targeting tumor biomarker mesothelin toward applications as cancer diagnostics and therapeutics, Allison R. Sirois, Masters Thesis

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Effects of snorkel use on competitive swimming efficiency, Milana Lauren Socha, Masters Thesis

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

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

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

2015

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

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

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

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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, Honors Project

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

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

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

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

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

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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, Honors Project

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

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

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, Honors Project