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Theses from 2020

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The Effects of an Applied Phyllosphere-Microbiome on Gas Exchange and Growth of Soybean Infected with Pseudomonas Syringae: Harnessing the Power of the Microbiome, Charles Agbavor

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Dragonflies and Damselflies (Insecta: Odonata) as Indicators for Riparian Condition in Ozark Spring Streams, Cameron Riley Cheri

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Fish and Macroinvertebrate Response to Restoration and Conservation Efforts, Madison C. Cogar

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Gear Specific Catch Rates and Population Dynamics of Channel Catfish in the Mississippi River, Colby Gainer

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Population Surveys and Health Assessments of Captive and Free-Ranging Alligator Snapping Turtles, Samantha Louise Hannabass

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Elucidating the Developmental Defects in Zebrafish Associated With the Cardiac Drug Verapamil, Blake Stephan Justis

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Larval Fish Sampling and Scaphirhynchus Sturgeon Drift Dynamics in the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, Hae Hyun Kim

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Investigation of the Individual Soybean Root Nodule Microbiome, Parris Mica Mayhood

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Myosin V-Mediated Cargo Traffic toward the Trans-Golgi Network and Myosin V Implications in Snc1 Exocytosis, Vy Ngoc Khanh Nguyen

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Effect of Silver and Cadmium Nanoparticles on Endocytosis and Protein Recycling in Yeast, Lakshmi Sravya Rallabandi

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Effects of Alternative Chemotherapeutic Agents on Thyroid Cancer Cell Line Ml-1, Husref Rizvanovic

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Population Structure and Habitat Use of Bluegill in the Upper Mississippi River, Ethan Allyn Rutledge

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The Effects of Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles on the Growth and Development of Sorghum Bicolor (L.) Moenech, Adam Gregory Shoemaker

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Spatial Use by Mammals within Two State Parks in the Ozarks National Scenic Riverways, Benjamin Aaron Smith

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Habitat Selection and Host Detection in the Salamander Mussel, Simpsonaias ambigua, Eric A. Stegmann

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Multifaceted Mechanism of Vps1 Mediated Endosome-to-Golgi Fusion in Vitro, Ehsan Suez

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Methods to Identify and Assess Suitability of Reintroduction Sites for the Alligator Snapping Turtle (Macrochelys temminckii), Kameron C. Voves

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Novel Cyanoximates as an Alternative in Cancer Chemotherapy, Kafayat Aderonke Yusuf

Theses from 2019

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The Assessment of Predictor Variables for Hard Tick Abundance in Southwestern Missouri, Casey L. Adkins

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Mapping a New Disease Resistance Locus in an F1 Progeny Derived from Two Grape Wild Relatives, Gaurab Bhattarai

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It's A Hard NACHT Life: Understanding How NLRP12 Ticks, Abbigale Julia Brown

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Monongahela River, WV Channel Catfish Population Assessment, Kristen Lee Chestnut-Faull

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Pollinator Networks in Established Urban Prairies Compared to Rural Remnant Prairies, Amanda Lynn Coleman

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Towards a Better Understanding of Temporomandibular Disorder, Jessica R. Cox

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Vertical Connectivity Influences Secondary Production, Community Diversity, and Resilience in an Ozark Stream, Nathan C. Dorff

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Response to Conspecific Alarm Cues by Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) Larvae, Katlyn M. Gardner

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Territorial Behavior of the Ozark Zigzag Salamander, Plethodon angusticlavius, Altered by Mode of Predator Cue and Sex of Intruder, Sarah E. Heimbach

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Freshwater Turtle Community Composition in Mined Land Strip Pit Lakes and the Effects of Learned Trap Avoidance on Capture Rates of Sternotherus odoratus and Trachemys scripta, Ethan Craig Hollender

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Recovery of Domestic Behaviors by a Parasitic Ant (Formica Subintegra) in the Absence of Its Host (Formica Subsericea), Amber Nichole Hunter

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Sequence Analysis of the REN1 Genomic Region from the Grapevine ‘Kishmish Vatkana’, Dani Joseph

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Effects of Herbicides on Zebrafish Embryo Development and Viability, Kayla Ray King

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Behavioral Aspects Of Chemoreception In Juvenile Cottonmouths (Agkistrodon Piscivorus), Chelsea E. Martin

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The effects of electrofishing on different life stages of Ozark and eastern hellbenders, Stephanie Kay Morrison

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WHITE-NOSE SYNDROME AND IMMUNE RESPONSES IN A RESISTANT BAT SPECIES (EPTESICUS FUSCUS), Keslie Skye Naffa

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Elucidating Immune Signaling of Influenza A Virus and Aspergillus Fumigatus Co-Infections through Pioneered Model Development, Meagan Danyelle Rippee-Brooks

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The Effect of Metal Composition and Particle Size on Nanostructure-Toxicity in Plants, Natalie Lynn Smith

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The Dynamin-like Protein Vps1 Stimulates Endosome-to-Golgi Fusion in Vitro, Jared Christopher Smothers

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Stress and Body Composition of Juvenile Alligator Snapping Turtles (Macrochelys temminckii), Brandon Scott Tappmeyer

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A Low-water Crossing Impacts Movement Behavior of Northern Hog Suckers in an Ozark Stream, Jeff Michael Williams

Theses from 2018

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Sodium Pyruvate Alters the Immune Response to Influenza A Virus Infection in Macrophages, Hazzar Abysalamah

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Immune Function and Metabolism of Hibernating North American Bats with White-Nose Syndrome, Briana Nicole Anderson

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Macrophytes and Atrazine in Ponds of Southwest Missouri, Christine Michelle Cornish

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Low Hemodynamic Loading Alters Heart Morphogensis in E8.5 to E9.5 Mouse Embryos, Tanner Gerard Hoog

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Effects of Parafluvial Flows on Interstitial Ammonia and Freshwater Mussels in the Buffalo National River, David Alan Johnson

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Territorial Behavior in Southern Red-Backed and Ozark Zigzag Salamanders: Effects of Sex, Species, and Ownership, Colton Savage Lynn

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The Role of Freshwater Drum as a Host of Freshwater Mussels, Unionidae, Michael S. Martin

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Nesting Success and Habitat Preference of the Barn Owl (Tyto alba) in Southwest Missouri, Samantha Ann Meilink

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Dietary Inclusion of Enriched Chicken Bone Broth Prevents Trigeminal Sensitization Meditated by Early Life Stress, Orion Peterson

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Enhanced Production of Pro-IL-1Βeta Contributes to Immunopathology during the Coinfection of Influenza a Virus and Streptococcus Pneumoniae, Angeline E. Rodriguez

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Increasing Alligator Snapping Turtle Head-Starting Success through Housing Enrichment and Inoculation of Hatchlings with Digestive Microbiota, Kristen Erin Sardina

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Long-Term Trends of Stream Fish Community Assemblages in Southern Missouri with Contemporary Land Use Impacts, Stephanie Marie Sickler

Theses from 2017

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Effects of Engineered Carbon and Silver Nanoparticles on Plutella Xylostella Consumption, Growth, Pupation, Survival, and Fecundity, Taiaba Afrin

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Island Biogeography of Small Mammals and Associated Ectoparasites in the Ozark Glades, Emily M. Beasley

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Surface Display for Metabolic Engineering of Industrially Important Acetic Acid Bacteria, Marshal Allen Blank

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Clinically Relevant Model of Temporomandibular Disorder, Neelima Chelliboina

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Nesting Success Of The Barn Owl (Tyto Alba) Using Nest Boxes In Southwest Missouri, Robert Grant Dickerson

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Habitat Associations with Small Mammal Communities at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, Stephanie Anne Ellison

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The Role of Hemodynamic Force on Development of the Mouse Embryonic Heart, Samantha Jean Fredrickson

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Spatial Learning of Shelter Locations and Associative Learning of a Foraging Task in the Cottonmouth, (Agkistrodon Piscivorus), Rhyan Robert Friesen

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Transcriptome Profiling and Long Non-Coding Rna Identification in Grapevine, Zachary Noel Harris

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Simplifying Methods for in Vitro Metamorphosis of Glochidia, Morgan A. Kern

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Synchronization of Reproduction in Deertoe Mussel (Truncilla truncata), Kendell R. Loyd

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The Spatial Ecology and Microhabitat Selection of the Pygmy Rattlesnake (Sistrurus miliarius) in Southwestern Missouri, Dylan Wallace Maag

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Yeast Dynamin and Ypt6 Converge on the GARP for Endosome-to-Golgi Trafficking, Pelin Makaraci

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The Effect of Hemodynamic Force on the Maturation of Blood Vessels during Embryogenesis, Rachel Lee Padget

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Genetic Tools to Allow Efficient Gene and Protein Characterization of the Industrially Important Bacterium Gluconobacter Oxydans, Melissa A. Schoeben

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Quantitative Behavioral Analyses of Ozark Hellbender Reproduction and Paternal Care, Rachel Ann Settle

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Ecology of Hatchling Alligator Snapping Turtles (Macrochelys temminckii), Sarah J. Spangler

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The Effects of Carbon Nanotubes and Silver Quantum Dots on Gas Exchange in Arabidopsis Thaliana, Maryam Ibrahim Subaylaa

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Yeast Membrane Lipid Imbalance Leads to Trafficking Defects toward the Golgi, Sara Elizabeth Woodman

Theses from 2016

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Friends in Low Places: Responses of a Benthic Stream Fish to Intra-Guild Alarm Cues, Kelsey Ann Anderson

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Yeast Dynamin Functions With ESCRT-II At The Late Endosome And Potential Roles With Novel Binding Partners, Bryan Thien Banh

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Natural History and Conservation of Bolitoglossine Salamanders in Central Panama, Leslie Caren Brinkman

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Effectiveness of the QAR Reading Strategy on Science Reading, Courtney Anne Broser

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The Effectiveness Of Visits To Dickerson Park Zoo On Guests' Conservation Mindedness And Behavior, Sarah K. Foster

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Gray Bat Migration In Missouri, Cheyenne Leigh Gerdes

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Size-Selective Predation By Ringed Crayfish (Orconectes Neglectus) On Native And Invasive Snails, Whitney Marie Kelley

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Behavioral Responses By Cottonmouths (Agkistrodon Piscivorus) To Chemical And Visual Predator Cues, Kristen Lee Kohlhepp

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Central Role Of CGRP And Protein Kinase A In Promoting Trigeminal Sensitization In An In Vivo Model Of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, Lindsey Kathleen Koop

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Upper Thermal Limits Of Freshwater Mussels (Bivalvia, Unionoida) In Ramped Temperature Exposures, Kathryn Rae Cottrell Martin

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Trophic Interactions And The Efficacy Of Milfoil Weevils For Biocontrol Of Eurasian Watermilfoil In Wisconsin Lakes, Kristopher Andrew Maxson

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Yeast Dynamin Associates With The Garp Tethering Complex For Endosome-To-Golgi Traffic, Uma Saimani

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Behavioral Responses of Ringed and Spotted Salamanders to Diet-Related Cues from Predators, Kayla Shelton

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Effect Of A Short-Term Field Experience On Student Outdoor Environmental Knowledge, Comfort Levels, Attitude, And Action Scores, Brandi Niccole Silvey

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Venom Expelled by Cottonmouths (Agkistrodon Piscivorus) Across Different Prey Sizes, Prey Taxa, and Snake Body Temperatures, Kari Lynn Spivey

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Endozoochorous Spread of Nonnative Plant Species by White-Tailed Deer, Odocoileus Virginianus, Andrew Jordan Spychalla

Theses from 2015

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The Effects of Stream Habitat and Water Quality on Growth and Population Structure of Madtom Catfishes, Makayla Blake

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Behavioral and Physiological Evidence for Musk Gland Secretions as a Chemical Alarm Cue in the Cottonmouth, Agkistrodon Piscivorus, Joseph Matthew Churilla

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Exploring the Glade: a Residential Program as a Transformational Factor on Environmental Knowledge, Attitude, and Action, Catherine Marie Combs

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Calcitonin Gene-Related Peptide Promotes Peripheral and Central Trigeminal Sensitization, Lauren Elise Cornelison

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Investigation of Nocifensive and Cellular Effects of Dihydroergotamine in a Model of Chronic Migraine, Jennifer Elise Denson

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Ozark Big-Eared Bat (Corynorhinus Townsendii Ingens) Oklahoma Maternity Population Trend Analysis and Videography Methodology Comparison, Brian Charles Fuller

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Dynamin Association with Clathrin and Its Physiological Roles at the Golgi and Targeting Mechanism to the Golgi, Shiva Kumar Goud Gadila

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Interactions Among Invasive Species in Lakes: a Mesocosm Experiment, Adrienne Rose Gemberling

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The Effects of Prescribed Fire on Bat Activity in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Janelle Lee Lemen

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Maximum Entropy Modeling of Indiana Bat (Myotis Sodalis) Maternity Roost Habitat, Joseph Robert Lemen

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Sex-Associated Mitochondrial Genes: Tools for Understanding Unionid Reproduction and Development, Amy Louise Maynard

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Secondary Traumatic Stress Promotes Peripheral Trigeminal Nociceptor Sensitization, David Robert Miley

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Secondary Traumatic Stress Promotes Central Sensitization of the Trigeminal System, Nicholas Jay Moore

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Variation in Behavior of Different Populations and Sex Classes of Paedomorphic Oklahoma Salamanders, Lauren Joyce Rudolph