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Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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Detecting the cold: Do innexins function in cold nociception?, Rachel Barborek

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Urban stream restoration: An evaluation of material processing and conveyance channels, Madeline Berg

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Forest structure of long-term conserved areas utilizing different strategies on a continental, glacial moraine formed island, Christopher Coggin

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Reproductive character displacement in Calopteryx aequabilis and C. maculata: Improving species recognition through the divergence of male mating preferences, Melissa Encinias

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Analyzing the effect of apoptotic mutations on the state of the nascent-polypeptide associated complex in Caenorhabditis elegans, Monica Gerber

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Assessing the prevalence of multidrug resistant Salmonella enterica from stream sediment and poultry litter in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Noah Greenman

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The Microcystis microbiome: Interactions with heterotrophic bacteria in the Microcystis phycosphere, Alexa Hoke

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Investigating the role of integrin beta 3 in dendritic arborization in the supragranular developing cerebral cortex, Zachary Logan Holley

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Herpetological assemblages in tropical dry forests of the Azuero Peninsula, Panama: An evaluation of reforestation, Tyler Kovacs

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Examining the effect of interstitial space on Eastern oysters (Crassostrea virginica): applications of photogrammetry and three-dimensional modeling, Bailie Lavan

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In vitro propagation of a critically endangered African violets (Saintpaulia rupicola B.L. Burtt), Thomas W. Lowry III

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Assessing populations of eastern brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) above and below waterfalls in mountain streams of Virginia, Hannah Eisemann Macmillan

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The One Health initiative: The intersection of human, animal, and environmental health, Mary Evelyn Pearsall

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Investigating the effect of sodium benzoate on immune cells and microbial populations in the small intestine of murine species., Shelby Pedigo, Bisi T. Velayudhan, Oliver J. Hyman, and Pradeep V. Menon

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Decrypting female attractivity in garter snakes, Holly Rucker

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ANTI-CRISPR vs. CRISPR: The evolutionary arms race between microorganisms, Rachael M. St. Jacques

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Geospatial analysis of eastern oyster habitat and disease in the Chesapeake Bay, Hannah Bradley

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An n-terminal acidic domain in β-amylase2 is required for k+ regulation., Jillian Breault

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Characterizing tau in the nucleus, Shaw Grindle Camphire and Madeline Louise Henwood

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The state of the translational chaperone ICD-1 during apoptosis in Caenorhabditis elegans, Kyle Cicalese

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Enhancing the sea-phages app to collect weather-related metadata from soil sampling locations, Kelly M. Degnon

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Efficacy of magnesium enriched artificial substrate for oyster restoration, Matthew Elder

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Potential benefits of restored Riparian Zones in an agricultural matrix for bat communities, Matthew T. Harris

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Antibacterial properties of novel amphiphiles: Exploring structure-activity relationships, Reafa Hossain

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Searching for potential binding partners of arabidopsis β-amylase9 using yeast 2-hybridization, Sheikh Hossain

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Muscle synergies and how they contribute to the movement of the tail during the nociceptive withdrawal response in the rat’s tail, Hasti Izadpanah

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A cure for salmonella: Engaging students in pathogen microbiology and bioinformatics, Sophie Jurgensen and James B. Herrick

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Isolation, sequencing, and characterization of four transmissible antibiotic resistance plasmids captured from bacteria in stream sediments, Curtis J. Kapsak

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Antimicrobial activity of novel cationic amphiphiles, Melanie Kusakavitch

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Targeting of central nucleus projections to extramodular zones of the lateral cortex of the inferior colliculus in developing mouse, Isabel D. Lamb-Echegaray

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Characterization of isolates and whole samples from turkeys infected with bordetellosis, Alexandra Lovrinic

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Exploring the microbiome: diversity of the microbial community of three foam nesting frogs, Genus: Polypedates, across a developmental gradient, Sarah McGrath

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The combined effects of soil fertility and soil amendments on the growth and mycorrhizal associations of American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius), Emily Ann Murray

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Investigating interspecific and intraspecific variation in lung development in amphibians, Courtney Neumeyer

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Reconstruction of the tail nociceptive withdrawal response from combinations of movement primitives associated with individual muscles in the rat, Justin Nguyen

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Characterizing epigenetic regulation in the developing chicken retina, Bejan Abbas Rasoul

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Invstigating the ecology of a rare species on St. John, Usvi: Reintroducing Solanum conocarpum in light of climate change, Cecilia Rogers

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Contributions of aδ nociceptors to the nociceptive withdrawal response in intact unanesthetized rats, Kristin Sammons

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Antimicrobial activity, biofilm disruption capabilities, and synergistic interactions of novel amphiphiles, Stephanie Sharpes

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Biosemiotics as an argument for the recontextualization of biological discoveries: A critical analysis of the biosemiotic model of marcello barbieri., Augustus Morrissey Snyder

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Competition and Predation: Interactions between American eels (Anguilla rostrata) and brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) in Virginia mountain streams, Jonathan Studio

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Escape behavior of the Grammostola rosea tarantula and Phidippus regius spider in response to heat stimuli, Madison Thomas

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Searching for sex differences in snake skin, Sydney E. Ashton

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Complementary multimodal compartments in the developing inferior colliculus, Roxana Behrooz

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Female color variation and male harassment in the polymorphic damselfly Megalagrion calliphya, Phoebe Cook

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A comparison of riparian characteristics and resulting water quality in restored agricultural systems, Amanda Y. Crandall

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Survey of microbial urea degrader diversity in two freshwater ecosystems: Lake Shenandoah and the Shenandoah River, Naomi E. Gilbert

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Characterization of neuronal specific responses to induced misfolded protein stress in Caenorhabditis elegans, Claire Gormley

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Revealing the current relationship between stream acidification and fish species richness: What is the status after two decades of recovery?, Patrick A. Harmon

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The effects of ocular dominance on visual processing in college students, William A. Holland

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Effects of the microenvironment surrounding Cys433 in Arabidopsis β-amylase-1 and -3 on the sensitivity to glutathionylation by nitrosoglutathione, Matthew R. Kohler

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The effect of cattle management on soil carbon: Implications for climate change, Kelly M. Livernoche

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The effect of calcium in artificial substrates for oyster restoration: Implications for the mitigation of oyster population decline, Jessie Mandirola

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Survey of terrestrial macro-invertebrates hg content and assessment of low level hg presence on human health, Gregory Mansour

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Coffee carbon stocks, pest and diseases under varied shade management: A review, Anna E. Nordseth

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Tetrameric structure of beta-amylase 2 (BAM2) in Arabidopsis thaliana, Lauren Elizabeth Pope

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The effect of ambient temperature on recovery of surgical stress in Sprague-Dawley rats, Romie D. Powell

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Impact of Burkholderia phytofirmans strain PsJN on the ex vitro acclimatization and in vitro propagation of tissue cultured Dionaea muscipula (Venus fly trap), Peter L. Riley

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The antimicrobial and biofilm disruption activity of novel amphiphiles, Elizabeth A. Rogers

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Repeaterator: A tool for visualizing DNA repeat motifs in actinobacteriophage genomes, Grant A. Rybnicky

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The role of brain stem 5-HT1A and Gaba-A receptors in the thermoregulatory response to hypoxic stress, Alexander Schmidt

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An exploratory study to understand elementary school students’ conceptions of food chains, Shelby Snowden

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Epigenetic regulation of crx and nrl binding to regulatory elements in the genomes of human retinal neurons, Courtney B. Stout

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Rat hind limb nociceptive withdrawal response to heat and mechanical stimuli depends on initial position of the paw but not stimulus location, Giavanna Verdi

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Variation in female mating behavior and success in the damselfly, Calopteryx maculata, Suzanne E. Allison

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Vertical movement of the endangered James spinymussel (Pleurobema collina) and the notched rainbow mussel (Villosa constricta) in response to floods at different temperatures and substrates: Implications for conservation and management, Dorottya Boisen

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Sensory modalities underlying the escape response of the cricket, Acheta domesticus, to looming stimuli, Ariel M. Childs

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Evaluation of interleukin-3 in blood-stage immunity against murine malaria Plasmodium yoelii, Haley E. Davis

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Alignment of neurochemically defined modules in multimodal aspects of the mouse inferior colliculus., Chris H. Dillingham

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Epigenetic characterization of human retina cells, Nicholas R. Dunham

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Reverse genetic screening of innexin gap junction proteins in drosophila neurons, Shannon P. Fox

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Using morphometrics to evaluate taxonomic relationships in Eleocharis tenuis (Cyperaceae), Lane D. Gibbons

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Searching for potential binding partners of Arabidopsis β-amylase2 using yeast 2-hybridization, Megan E. Hines

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The effect of stimulus location and initial posture on the kinematics of the nociceptive withdrawal reflex of the tail in intact and unanaesthetized rats, Yulhea Kim

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Embryonic and post-embryonic HoxA13 expression in the four-toed salamander, Hemidactylium scutatum., Breanna R. Lee

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Next-generation sequencing of a multi-drug resistance plasmid captured from stream sediment, Kevin G. Libuit

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Exploratory study of graph drawing on a continuum of expertise, Emily MacLeish

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Occurrence, antibiotic resistance, and survival of fecal enterococci in turkey litter, Steven Glynn McBride II

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Escape strategy of the cockroach (Gromphadorhina portentosa) to heat and looming stimuli, Jiangda Ou

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The fate of ICD-1 during misfolded protein induced apoptosis in caenorhabditis elegans, Kyle H. Perez

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Role of interleukin-3 in an experimental model of mouse cerebral malaria caused by Plasmodium berghei ANKA, Brendon R. Perry

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Reintroduction of brook trout to the South River via Upwelling Springs, Sydni L. Reinhold

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The effect of water quality on the survival and fitness of brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) eggs, alevins and fry in aquaculture and deep springs along the South River in Waynesboro, VA, Thomas D. Teears

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Effects of agricultural restoration practices on stream health in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, Erin L. Thady

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The purification and characterization of beta-amylase6 in Arabidopsis thaliana, Catherine E. Torres

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Prioritizing eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) for secondary imidacloprid treatment against the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid (Adelges tsugae) in Shenandoah National Park, Katelyn Walters

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Modulation of nitric oxide synthase I transcription by Tau and Alpha-Synuclein and its relevance to Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, Taelor A. Weaver and Alexandra L. Deal

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Isolation and enumeration of Vibrio vulnificus and Vibrio parahaemolyticus from coastal Virginia, Zackary A. Zayakosky

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Multimodal inputs and modularity of the inferior colliculus prior to audition., Joseph A. Balsamo

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Ability of skin bacteria on the Panamanian frog species, Craugastor fitzingeri, to inhibit the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, Tiffany N. Bridges

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The effect of controlled burns on abundance of woody species at Buck Mountain, West Virginia, Barry E. Edgar

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Using capture-mark-recapture techniques to estimate detection probabilities & fidelity of expression for the critically endangered James spinymussel (Pleurobema collina)., Alaina C. Esposito

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Comparison of the antibacterial, colloidal, and hemolytic properties of novel triple-headed, triscationic amphiphiles, Tara Gallagher

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Structural elucidation of AggR-activated regulator, aar, in enteroaggregative Escherichia coli, Andrew Heindel

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Characterization of cell-type specific responses in C. elegans experiencing misfolded protein stress: How do some cells save themselves while others die?, Courtney A. Matson and Erin N. Wallace

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Biophysical characterization of naturally occurring Titin M10 mutations, Michael William Rudloff

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Characterization of the C. elegans nascent polypeptide associated complex (NAC) function under stress, Jonathan E. Sandoval

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Transduction as the method of horizontal gene transfer of the Staphylococcal Chromosomal Cassette mec (SCCmec), Amber B. Sauder

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Comparative analysis of anti-Bd bacteria from six Malagasy frog species of Ranomafana National Park, Kelsey Savage

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Rat hind limb nociceptive withdrawal response depends on initial paw position but not stimulus location, Kimberly Seamon