A collection of Biology Masters Theses and Doctoral Dissertations.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2023

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Impacts of the Protist Pathogen Amphibian Perkinsea on Amphibian Species and Communities, Matthew Atkinson

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Responses of a Pine Flatwoods Specialist Treefrog to Prescribed Fire, Ian Biazzo

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Exploring Population Structure and Diversity Across Time in Population of American Flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber), Jessica Folsom

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Refining the Use of Stable Isotope Analysis in Detecting Wildlife Laundering, Kevin Guilfoyle

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Behavioral, Morphological and Genetic Differentiation Among Populations of Enyaliopsis, Laura Macamo

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Applications of Interpretable Machine Learning Methods in Plant Ecology and Crop Science, Sambadi Majumder

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A New Tool for Food Web Model Validation: A Coastal Louisiana Case Study, Emma Morgan

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Leveraging Natural Soil Properties to Enhance Nitrogen Removal and Carbon Preservation, Chelsea Nitsch

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Variation in Genetic Structure and Dispersal of Juvenile Green Turtles, Gustavo Stahelin

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The Micro World of Zombie Ants: Micro-Computed Tomography and Microbiome Analysis of Camponotus floridanus, Sophia Vermeulen

Theses/Dissertations from 2022

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Synergistic Impacts of Climate Change and Human Induced Stressors on the Apalachicola Bay Food Web, Kira Allen

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Role of biological clocks in ant behavioral plasticity and parasitic manipulation of ant behavior, Biplabendu Das

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Fibropapillomatosis and Chelonid Herpesvirus 5 Dynamics in Juvenile Green Turtles of the Indian River Lagoon, Florida, USA, Jake Kelley

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"Reeling in" Juvenile Sportfish Through Coastal Habitat Restoration: Population, Community, and Trophic Responses in the Indian River Lagoon, Florida, Jennifer Loch

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The Y-Chromosome's Role in Sexually Dimorphic Evolution and Mother's Curse Compensation, Tobias Nielsen

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Juvenile Dispersal and Genetic Connectivity in the Sea Turtle 'Lost Years', Katrina Phillips

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Multiomic Hypotheses Underlying Behavioral Manipulation of Camponotus floridanus ants by Ophiocordyceps camponoti-floridani fungi, Ian Will

Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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Non-lethal Predictors of Organ Level Metal Contaminants in Central Florida Red-shouldered Hawks, Jennifer Bouchenot

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Organic Matter Reduction via Periodic Water-Level Drawdown in a Constructed Treatment Wetland Cell of the Orlando Easterly Wetlands, Paul Boudreau

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A Drosophila P5B-Type ATPase is Required for Polyamine Transport, David Brown

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Bird Abundance and Diversity and the Impact of Oyster Reef Restoration on the Bird Community in Mosquito Lagoon, Florida, USA, Jessica Copertino

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Correlations in Microplastic Abundance Between Water, the Eastern Oyster, Crassostrea virginica, and Their Biodeposits in a Dynamic Florida Estuary, Casey Craig

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Genetics and Evolution of Specialized Metabolism in Wild and Cultivated Helianthus, Jordan Dowell

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Strategies for Successful Mangrove Living Shoreline Stabilizations in Shallow Water Subtropical Estuaries, Rebecca Fillyaw

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Evaluating Carbon Uptake and Storage Potential of Three Pine Species Across Environmental Gradients in Florida, Alicia Formanack

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Coastal Riverine Wetland Biogeochemistry in the Anthropocene: Relationships with Vegetation Transition and Saltwater Intrusion, Sarah Harttung

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Invasive Bullfrogs Maintain High Levels of Immune Gene Diversity Despite Elevated Bd Infection Relative to Native Populations, Jacob Lafond

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Assessing the Role of Disturbance in Estuarine Fish Community Dynamics, Dakota Lewis

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Long-Term Changes in Juvenile Green Turtle Abundance and Foraging Ecology in the Indian River Lagoon, Florida, Christopher Long

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Monitoring Landscape and Spectral Dynamics of Subtropical Freshwater Wetlands that have Undergone Hydrological Restoration, Sarah Parker

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The Motuporamines Act Through RHO1 and RAC to Control Actin Dynamics in Drosophila, Corey Seavey

Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Biodiversity and Community Composition of Freshwater Fish Assemblages in the Lower Amazon, Juan Bogota

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Masters of the Manipulator? A Species Description and Comparative Genomics Study of Two New Hyperparasites of the Zombie Ant Fungus, Brittany Lebert

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Examining a Fish Community and its Response to Coastal Restoration in a Dynamic Coastal Estuary, Richard Mahoney

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The Effects of Plant Phytochemistry on Parasitoid (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) Niche Breadth, Ryan Ridenbaugh

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Getting Lost: The Fungal Hijacking of Ant Foraging Behavior in Space and Time, Thienthanh Trinh

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Molecular and Phenotypic Diversification of a Cryptic Group of Terrestrial Frogs from the Southern Andes of Ecuador, Veronica Urgiles Penafiel

Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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Assessing the Effects of Habitat and Manatee Exclusion Devices on Red Drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) Movement Patterns in Estuarine Impoundments, Steven Baker

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Pine, Aphids, and Parasitoid Wasps: Patterns of Cospeciation and Host Switches in a Tri-trophic System, Amber Bass

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Development of a Functional Testing Platform for the Sensory Segment of the Neuromuscular Reflex Arc, Alisha Colon

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Environmental Correlates of Sensory Sampling Rate in the Electrosensory System of Neotropical Electric Fishes, Ericka Vanessa Correa Roldan

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Seascape Genetics and Rehabilitation Efficiency in the Florida Manatee, Madison Hall

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Ribbeting Results: Emergent Infectious Diseases in Wetland Systems, Ariel Horner

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Do Per-capita Impact or Abundance Dominate the Impact of an Invader? Interactions Among Neighboring Species in Context-dependent Competition, Haoyu Li

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Understanding Sediment Biogeochemistry and the Role of Juvenile Oysters on Recently Restored Eastern Oyster Reefs, Bryan Locher

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Business in the Estuary, Party in the Sea: Migration Patterns of Striped Mullet (Mugil cephalus) Within the Indian River Lagoon Complex, Olivia Myers

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The Ecology of Central Florida's Thief Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Solenopsis), Leo Ohyama

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Hydrodynamic Limitations and the Effects of Living Shoreline Stabilization on Mangrove Recruitment along Florida Coastlines, Christian Pilato

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Fear and Loathing in the Super Organism: Foraging Strategy Doesn't Change Forager Response in a Landscape of Fear., Philip Schadegg

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Variation in Prospecting Behavior and Drivers of Post-Fire Habitat Preference Among Juvenile Florida Scrub-Jays, David Sherer

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Biogeochemical Effects of Sea Level Rise-induced Transitions Within Coastal Wetlands, Havalend Steinmuller

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Filling the Gaps: Common Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) Population Dynamics, Structure, and Connectivity Within Florida Panhandle Bays, Sounds, and Estuaries, Christina Toms

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Exploring Multi-scale Variation of Fish Community Diversity in a Dynamic Coastal Estuary, Brittany Troast

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Spatial Distribution and Abundance of Large Green Turtles on Foraging Grounds in the Florida Keys, USA., Ryan Welsh

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Strategies for Improving Efficacy of Metal and Non-metal Based Antimicrobial Agents, Mikaeel Young

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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Behavioral and Disease Ecology of Gopher Tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus) Post Exclusion and Relocation with a Novel Approach to Homing Determination, Johnathan Napier

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An Examination of Beta Diversity Indices and Their Predictors in Two Large-scale Systems, Philip Schroeder

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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