A collection of Biology Masters Theses and Doctoral Dissertations.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Characterizing Biogeochemical Shifts in Two Salix Caroliniana Michx. Encroached Freshwater Subtropical Marshes, Janet Ho

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Unearthing the Past and Present of a Semi-fossorial Lizard: Conservation Genetics, Phylogeography, and Taxonomy of Plestiodon egregius., Kathryn Mercier

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Evolution and Distribution of Phenotypic Diversity in the Venom of Mojave Rattlesnakes (Crotalus scutulatus), Jason Strickland

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The Evolution of Peristenus (Hymenoptera: Braconidae): Taxonomy, Phylogenetics and Ecological Speciation, Yuanmeng Zhang

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Using Biomarkers to Assess the Migratory Ecology and Reproduction of the Florida Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas), Ryan Chabot

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The Effect of Parental Population Density on Offspring Immune Function, Dana Davis

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Using Molecular Genetic and Demographic Tools to Improve Management of Ex Situ Avian Populations, Gina Ferrie

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Cross-Continental Insights into Jaguar (Panthera onca) Ecology and Conservation, Joe Figel

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The Behavior of Humans and Wildlife with Respect to Roads: Insights for Mitigation and Management, Molly Grace

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Mucking About: Hydrologic Regime and Soil Carbon Storage in Restored Subtropical Wetlands, Alicia Huber

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The Role of the Y-Chromosome in the Evolution of Autosomally Coded Traits, Ian Kutch

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Climate Change and the Evolution of Insect Immune Function, Danae Perry

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Advanced Castes at the Outset of Eusociality in Wasps (Vespidae), Patrick Piekarski

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The paths less traveled: Movement of Gopher Tortoises along roads and railways, Rhett Rautsaw

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Go with the flow: patterns of connectivity in low dispersal coral reef gobies (Coryphopterus spp.) throughout the western Atlantic, Daniel Volk

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Reproductive life history and signal evolution in a multi-species assemblage of electric fish, Joseph Waddell

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A Chemical and Genetic Approach to Study the Polyamine Transport System in Drosophila, Minpei Wang

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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From Pet to Pest? The Potential Global Range and Food Web Effects of a Generalist Carnivore, Hannah Bevan

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Pyroglutamylated amyloid beta peptides enhance non-fibrillogenic aggregation of the unmodified peptide, Gregory Goldblatt

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Assessment of Staphylococcus aureus Genetics: Clinical versus Community Epidemiology, Matthew Lawrance

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Effects of harmful algal blooms caused by Aureoumbra lagunensis (brown tide) on larval and juvenile life stages of the eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica), Panagiota Makris

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Habitat distribution and abundance of crayfishes in two Florida spring-fed rivers, Tiffani Manteuffel

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Habitat selection in transformed landscapes and the role of novel ecosystems for native species persistence, Lina Maria Sanchez Clavijo

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Flying under the LiDAR: relating forest structure to bat community diversity, Anna Schneider Swanson

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Transforming the Aquatic Urban Landscape: Nutrient Status and Management of Stormwater Basins, Lindsay Skovira

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Pasture Management, the Red Imported Fire Ant (Solenopsis invicta) and Dung Beetle Mediated Ecosystem Services, Christen Steele

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Development of human and rodent based in vitro systems toward better translation of bench to bedside in vivo results, Bonnie Berry

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Quantifying the effects of boat wakes on intertidal oyster reefs in a shallow estuary, Donna Campbell

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Modeling and analysis of a three-species food web with facilitated and intraguild predation, Joshua Castro

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A Socio-Economic Assessment of Marine Turtle Eco-tourism, Kendra Cope

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A Binary Approach for Selective Recognition of Nucleic Acids and Proteins, Evan Cornett

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The Effect of Landscape Variables on Adult Mosquito (Diptera:Culicidae)Diversity and Behavior, Caitlyn Debevec

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A high-content multiplexed screening platform for the evaluation and manipulation of force and fatigue of adult derived skeletal muscle myotubes in defined serum-free medium, Christopher McAleer

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Does the Journey Matter More Than the Destination? The Contribution of Geospatial and Local Conditions to Invasive Pomacea Maculata Distribution Across Ranchland Wetlands, Steffan Pierre

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Identifying inundation-driven effects among intertidal Crassostrea virginica in a commercially important Gulf of Mexico estuary, Joshua Solomon

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Testing for Isolation in Florida Raccoons (Procyon lotor) Using Phylogenetics and Population Genetic Structure, Alexa Trujillo

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Genetic Structure and Demographic Analysis of Key deer (Odocoileus virginianus clavium), Vicki Villanova

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Effects of mechanical habitat disturbance on the diversity and network structure of plant-bee interaction networks in Central Florida, Karlie Carman

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Migratory connectivity and carry-over effects in Northwest Atlantic loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta, L.), Simona Ceriani

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Effects of weaning age on body composition and growth of ex situ California sea lion (Zalophus californianus) pups, Brandon Davis

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Effects of biotic interactions on coastal wetland communities with applications for restoration, Melinda Donnelly

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Using Land Cover Mapping and Landscape Metrics to Evaluate Effects of Urban Development on Ecological Integrity in Florida, Michael Gilbrook

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A Time-Course Analysis of Behavioral Plasticity and Differential Gene Expression Patterns in Response to Density in Schistocerca americana (Orthoptera: Acrididae), Steven Gotham

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Evaluation of the three-dimensional patterns and ecological impacts of the invasive Old World climbing fern (Lygodium microphyllum), Alexis Maldonado

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Character Evolution and Microbial Community Structure in a Host-associated Grasshopper, Tyler Raszick

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Movements, fishery interactions, and unusual mortalities of bottlenose dolphins, Steven Shippee

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Physiological Constraints on Warm-Water Habitat Site Selection and Utilization by the Florida Manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris) in East Central Florida, Ann Spellman

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Integral Projection Models Reveal Interactive Effects of Biotic Factors and Disturbance on Plant Demography, Matthew Tye

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The effects of non-native species on two life-stages of the Eastern oyster Crassostrea virginica, Wei Yuan

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Habitat Use And Feeding Ecology Of Delphinids Inferred From Stable Isotopes And Fatty Acid Signatures, Nicole Browning

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Wetland Diversity In A Disturbance-maintained Landscape: Effects Of Fire And A Fire Surrogate On Aquatic Amphibian Survival And Species Depauperateness., Joyce Klaus

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Estimated Diets, Diet Overlap, And Winter Habitat Associations Of Four Grassland Sparrows In Florida Dry Prairie, Marianne Korosy

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Testing For Indirect Benefits Of Polyandry In The Florida Green Turtle, Christopher Long

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Assessing The Effectiveness Of Living Shoreline Restoration And Quantifying Wave Attenuation In Mosquito Lagoon, Florida, Jennifer Manis

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Disturbance-based Management And Plant Species Change In Massachusetts Sandplain Heathlands Over The Past Two Decades, Kirsten Martin

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Florida Local Government Conservation Planning: Variability, Drivers, And Policy Implications, Pamela Pannozzo

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Sex Ratios Of Juvenile Green Turtles (chelonia Mydas) In Three Developmental Habitats Along The Coast Of Florida, Cheryl Sanchez

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Relating Climate Change To The Nesting Phenology And Nest Environment Of Marine Turtles, Monette Schwoerer

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Population Dynamics And Environmental Factors Influencing Herbs In Intact And Degraded Florida Rosemary Scrub, Elizabeth Stephens

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Modeling Survival Of Immature Loggerheads (caretta Caretta) And Green Turtles (chelonia Mydas) From 10 Years Of Mark-recapture Data At The Florida Power And Light St. Lucie Plant, Andrew Sterner

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Biogeography And Systematics Of The Nerodia Clarkii/nerodia Fasciata Clade In Florida, Gregory Territo

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Juvenile Ornamentation: Its Evolution, Genetic Basis, And Variation Across Habitats, Angela Tringali

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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Species And Habitat Interactions Of The Gopher Tortoise: A Keystone Species?, Christopher Catano

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Life History Response To Infection And The Potential For Dishonest Signals In The Ground Cricket, Allonemobius Socius, Emily Copeland

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Livelihoods Support Programs, Conservation Attitudes, And Tropical Biodiversity: An Evaluation Of Biocomplexity In Southeastern Ghana, Edem Kodzo Ekpe

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Beyond Building A Tree: Phylogeny Of Pitvipers And Exploration Of Evolutionary Patterns, Allyson Fenwick

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Quantifying The Impacts Of Oyster Reef Restoration On Oyster Coverage, Wave Attenuation And Seagrass Fragment Retention In Mosquito Lagoon, Florida, Stephanie Garvis

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Determining The Impacts Of Beach Restoration On Loggerhead (caretta Caretta) And Green Turtle (chelonia Mydas) Nesting Patterns And Reproductive Success Along Florida's Atlantic Coast, Allison Whitney Hays

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Relating Ancient Maya Land Use Legacies To The Contemporary Forest Of Caracol, Belize, Jessica N. Hightower

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Genetic Interactions Between The Guanine Nucleotide Exchange Factor Gefmeso And Gtpase Signaling Components In The Drosophila Wing Reveal Microenvironment Dependent Variation Within Gtpase Signaling N, Ashley Megan Iketani

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Conservation And Population Biology: Genetics, Demography And Habitat Requirements Of The Atlantic Coast Beach Mice, Haakon Myklevoll Kalkvik

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Phylogenetic Community Structure Of Aquatic Beetle Assemblages In A Multi-wetland Experiment, Sandor Lawrence Kelly

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Dispersal, Gene Flow, and Adaptive Evolution During Invasion: Testing Range-Limit Theory with the Asian Tiger Mosquito, Kimberly Medley

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Effect of predation risk and food availability on parental care and nest survival in suburban and wildland Florida Scrub-Jays, Joseph M. Niederhauser

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Fine-scale geographic variation of stable isotope and fatty acid signatures of three fish species in the Indian River Lagoon, FL, Jennifer Fletcher Odom

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The Next "killer" Algae? Assessing And Mitigating Invasion Risk For Aquarium Strains Of The Marine Macroalgal Genus Chaetomorpha, Rachel Odom

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Biochemical Studies Of Abce1, Lynn Sims

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Landscaping Perceptions And Behaviors: Socio-ecological Drivers Of Nitrogen In The Residential Landscape, Leesa Souto

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Factors Limiting Native Species Establishment On Former Agricultural Lands, Annalisa M. Weiler-Lazarz

Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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The Effects Of Age On Reproduction In A Citrus Root Weevil Diaprepes Abbreviatus, Heather R. Chasez

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Identification Of Fabrics Likely To Collect And Disperse Fel D 1, Mary Janice Jones

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Indirect Estimates Of Gene Flow And Its Conservation Implications In The Striped Newt (notophthalmus Perstriatus), Sarah Elizabeth May

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The Effects Of Urbanization On Cypress (taxodium Distichum) In Central Florida, Lisa A. McCauley

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Understanding The Invasion Of Florida's Intertidal Crassostrea Virginica Reefs By Non-native Marine Invertebrate Species, Ethan Fletcher Nash

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Modeling Carbon Allocation, Growth And Recovery In Scrub Oaks Experiencing Aboveground Disturbance, Troy J. Seiler

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Biology, Ecology And Control Of The Invasive Channeled Apple Snail, Pomacea Canaliculata, Christina M. Trexler

Theses/Dissertations from 2010

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Characterizing The Vertical Structure And Structural Diversity Of Florida Oak Scrub Vegetation Using Discrete-return Lidar, James J. Angelo

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Abiotic Differences Between Green Turtle (chelonia Mydas) Nests In Natural Beach And Engineered Dunes: Effects On Hatching Success, Martha Balfour

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The Role Of The Feral Pig (sus Scrofa) As A Disturbance Agent And Seed Disperser In Central Florida's Natural Lands, Camille Rose Brescacin

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Biogeography And Diversification In The Neotropics: Testing Macroevolutionary Hypotheses Using Molecular Phylogenetic Data, Juan Manuel Daza Rojas

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Estimating Diet And Food Selectivity Of The Lower Keys Marsh Rabbit Using Stable Isotope Analysis, Matthew James Gordon

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An Assessment Of Sea Turtle Nesting Behavior In Relation To Hurricane- And Restoration-induced Beach Morphodynamics, Tonya Michele Long

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Clonality And Genetic Diversity In Polygonella Myriophylla, A Lake Wales Ridge Endemic Plant, Genevieve Metzger

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Species Composition And Spatiotemporal Pattern Of The Seed Bank And Vegetation In Native And Degraded Florida Rosemary Scrub, Jennifer J. Navarra

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Geographic Variation In Post-mating Immune Gene Expression In Drosophila Melanogaster, Cheryl Ann Pinzone

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Taxonomy Versus Phylogeny Phylogeography Of Marsh Rabbits Without Hopping To Conclusions, Rosanna M. Tursi

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Treefrog (hyla Squirella) Responses To Rangeland And Management In Semi-tropical Florida, Usa, Kathryn Windes

Theses/Dissertations from 2009

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Factors Affecting Breeding Territory Size And Placement Of The Florida Grasshoper Sparrow (ammodramus Savannarum Floridanus), Jill Aldredge

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Understanding Plant Community Composition In Agricultural Welands: Context Dependent Effects And Plant Interactions, Elizabeth Boughton

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Landcover Change And Population Dynamics Of Florida Scrub-jays And Florida Grasshopper Sparrows, David Breininger