Undergraduate Honors Theses in Biology

 

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Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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Incorporating Demographic Structure and Variable Interaction Types into Community Assembly Models, Akhil Reddy Alasandagutti and Nayan Chawla

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Repurposing Antiplatelet Drugs to Treat Platelet Mediated Metastasis, Brianna Chambers

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Transcriptional Activation of Phytochrome-Interacting Factor 4 is a Conserved Mechanism of Thermomorphogenesis in Dicotyledenous Plants, Caroline Clutton

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The Effects of Progesterone Induced Blocking Factor and 17-Hydroxyprogesterone Caproate on the Pathophysiology of Preeclampsia, Kyleigh M. Comley

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Describing the Gut Microbiome of Two Freshwater Mussel Species within the Tennessee River Basin, Eloise Cotten

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Development of an Immunoblot to Detect Human Antibodies Against SARS-COV-2 Virus Proteins, Shivum Desai

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A Baseline Documentation Report for the Delta Wind Birds Sky Lake Nature Reserve, James Dubberly

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Experimental Evolution and Local Adaptation in Pseudomonas Fluorescens, Alexander England

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Association of TRIM Gene Variation and LPDV Infection Patterns in Wild Turkeys, Bennett Fry

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Analysis of Multigenerational Behavioral Effects of Dietary Benzo[a]pyrene Exposure in Adult Zebrafish, Mary Beth Gillespie

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Assessing Arthropod Responses to Volatile Organic Compounds from the Algal Microbiome of a Sloth using Drosophila Melanogaster, Lilli Gordon

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The Importance of a Multidisciplinary Approach to Public Health: Addressing Food Insecurity through a Biological and Sociological Lens, Chloe Grant

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An Examination of Mimetic Precision and the Selective Advantages of Imprecise Mimics, Matt Hendricks

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Simian Varicella Virus Antibody Response in Recombinant SVV-SIV Immunized Primates, Kiser Horne

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Density Dependent Growth of Pseudomonas fluorescens in the Presence and Absence of C. elegans Predation in Liquid Media, Jack Landmann

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Construction and Analysis of Three Multi-Partite Synthetic Microbial Communities, Alexander J. Lazzara and Jacob K. Fanning

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Evaluation of Whether Habitual Physical Activity is Associated with an Attenuated Memory Interference Effect, Lilianne Belle McKissack

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The Past, Present and Future of Psychedelics, Helen Claire McNulty

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Effectiveness of Visual Representations in Undergraduate Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II, Mary Agnes Mestayer

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Diagnostic Approaches to Combat Antibiotic Resistance in Bacteria, Alexander Oliveri, Shade Smith, and Anshul Anugu

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The Biodiversity of Deadwood-associated Arthropods in the southern Appalachian Mountains, Isabelle Ong

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Examining the Role of the Drosophila Melanogaster Unc13 Protein in Open Field Activity Using RNAi, Islam Orabi

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Examining Bystander Blame in Rape and Sexual Assault, Katherine E. Purdom

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Exploring Secondary Metabolite Profiles of Sloth Algae, Valerie Quach and Paige Smith

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An experiment to test for rapid evolution in an introduced ectomycorrhizal symbiosis, Valerie Rewa

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Responses of the Carnivorous Pink Spoonleaf Sundew (Drosera capillaris) to Nitrogen Addition, Phosphorus Addition, and Simulated Fire, Karina Rodriguez Castillo

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The Role of the Dal Neurons in Modulating Circadian Rhythms in Olfactory Short-Term Memory in Drosophila Melanogaster, Cooper Ruwe

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The Effects of Acute Exercise on Retrieval Induced Forgetting, Walter Simpson

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HIV Tat Protein Activates Plasma Kallikrein-Kinin System in HIV-1 Tat Transgenic Mice, Logan Sneed

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A Baseline Documentation Report For The Delta Wind Birds Sky Lake Nature Reserve, Michael Thomas

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Serine and Glutathione Biosynthesis in Breast Cancer Subclones That Preferentially Metastasize to Lung and Bone, Noah Thornton

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Congenital Heart Defects and the Expression of Ccdc141, Savanna Tillman

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Predator-prey Interactions Between Escherichia coli Strains and Caenorhabditis elegans at Various Temperatures and Resource Levels, Elizabeth Haynes Whitaker

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Effects of Caffeine Consumption on Cognitive Performance in Anatomy and Physiology Students, sydney wingfield

Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Effects of Prolonged Downhill Running on Upper Body Muscle Functions, Robert J. Benton

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Assessment of Oral Motor Activity Variables During Consumption of Chocolate Using Surface Electromyography: Effects of Variation in Cocoa Solid Content, Kara Elizabeth Cook

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An Investigation of the Practical Challenges to Using Molecular Genetic Techniques to Identify the Parasite Burdens of Vertebrate Animals from Non-Invasive Sampling, Keely Ann Cox

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Bacterial Load in Virtual Reality Headsets, Benjamin Creel

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Synthesis of Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products and Pesticide Metabolites of Environmental Concern, Isaiah Edwards

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The Design and Validation of a qPCR-Based Approach to Cell Quantification of Fungal-Algal Symbioses, Isabelle Katherine Garlotte

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Evaluation of the Bax-VDAC Interaction and Their Influence on Apoptosis in Drosophila Melanogaster, Frances Marie Gatlin

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Use of Embark Database and An Active Learning Protocol in a High School Classroom, Landon Goodreau

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The Embark® Protocol: Dog Genomics in Genetics Laboratories, Alexandra Kissel

The Embark® Protocol: Dog Genomics in Genetics Laboratories, Alexandra Lyn Kissel

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Elucidating the Functional Location of Platelet-Derived Growth Factor Receptor Alpha, Creation of a Review Chapter on the use of Zebrafish in Studying Congenital Heart Defects, and using 3D Printing to Create Laboratory Tools, Jaret Lieberth

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Multi-Generational Effects of ∆9-Tetrahydrocannabinol Exposure on Gene Expression in Liver Tissue, Kayla Lovitt

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Investigation of Bax-VDAC Interactions and Their Role in Apoptosis, Marie Merrell

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Breast Cancer Sub-Clones that Metastasize to Lung and Bone Exhibit Different Metabolic Preferences, Mollie Merrell

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Vital Signs: Exploring Medical American Sign Language Interpreting Services in Mississippi, Morgan Pfleger

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Characterization of a Plasmid-Based DNA Vaccine for Simian Immunodeficiency Virus, Priya Sanipara

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glucose metabolism of breast cancer sub-clones that preferentially metastasize to the lungs and bone, Anna G. Skubiz

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The Relationship Between Glucocorticoids and the Humoral Immune Response to Mycoplasma gallisepticum Challenges in Eastern Bluebirds, Joshua Smith

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Correlation of Inflammation in Arthritis with the Myelination in the Brain, Anna Spears

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Assessment of Antebrachial and Carpal Muscle Activity During Smartphone Use: is “Selfie Wrist” a Real Phenomenon?, Monica Stacy

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Exploring the Role of ccdc141 in Zebrafish Heart Development, Luci Strong

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Population Genetics of a Recent Range Expansion by the Southern Pine Beetle, Dendroctonus Frontalis, into the Northeastern United States, Megan Stubbs

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Effects of repeated intermittent episodes of social stress on the acquisition and extinction of a reward-seeking task, Nikki Sullivan

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Effects of Invasion by Plants and Beetles on Roots and Mycorrhizal Fungi of Plantation Scots Pines in Poland, Meghan M. Van

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Ectomycorrhizal Fungi and Effects of Soil Microbes Associated with Slash Pine Encroachment into Native Longleaf Pine Habitat, Madison Brooke Woodruff

Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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Analysis of Septum Defects in Arabidopsis Organ Boundary Mutants, Katherine T. Anderson

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Effects of Impoundments on the Community Assemblage and Gene Flow of Stream Crayfishes, Zanethia Choice Barnett

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Microbial Communities Associated with Dragonfly Nymphs Raised in Varying Concentrations of Amoxicillin, Michelle Basha

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Compositional Differences in Bacterial Communities in Fresh and Saltwater Wetlands of the Gulf Coast, Mary Grace Bass

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Extended Adolescence: The Ecology and Endocrinology of Facultative Paedomorphosis, Jason R. Bohenek

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Analysis of Dunc-13 and its Role in the Formation of Ethanol Tolerance in Drosophila Melanogaster, Charles Cook

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Looking into the Past: The Diversification of Amphibians in the Neotropical Savannas, Ísis da Costa Arantes

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Effects of Vertical Transmission of Maternal Antibodies to Mycoplasma Gallisepticum on Growth and Condition of Eastern Bluebird Nestlings (Sialia Sialis), McKenzie Xiang Denton

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Diurnal Variation in CO2 Efflux by Pine Seedlings and Root-Associated Mycorrhizal Fungi, Richard Easterling

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The Upright Go Wearable Posture Device: An Evaluation of Postural Health, Improvement of Posture, and Salivary Cortisol Fluctuations in College Students, Alexandra Lauren Elliott

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Effects of Mycoplasma gallisepticum on experimentally infected Eastern Bluebirds (Sialia sialis), Meredith A. Fry

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The Effect of Simulated Storm Passage on the Behavior of Whitespotted Bamboo Sharks, Chiloscyllium Plagiosum and Golden Shiners, Notemigonus Chrysoleucas, Jordan A. Healy

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An Experimental Test of Controls on Resource Exchange in an Ectomycorrhizal Mutualism, Amber Lynn Horning

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An Investigation of Possible Reservoirs of Lymphoproliferative Disease Virus of Turkeys in Mississippi, Walker Hyche

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Effects of the Pathogen Mycoplasma gallisepticum Transmission on Growth and Condition of Eastern Bluebirds Nestlings (Sialia sialis), Gurshan Kaur

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Analysis of Atlantic and Northern Gulf Coast Wetland Bacterial Extracellular Enzyme Activity, Noah Kippenbrock

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Bacteria in Salt Pans Along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Lauren A. Lawson

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Differential analysis of gene expression in Arabidopsis thaliana organ boundary mutants, Jack Mason

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Environnmental Influences on Caribbean Octocoral-Symbiodiniaceae Symbioses, Mark McCauley

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Predator Diet Affects Perceived Oviposition Site Quality for Mosquitoes, Brandon McDaniel

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Ecological Factors Associated with Habitat Use of Baird’s Tapirs (Tapirus Bairdii), Victoria Diane Monette

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Identifying Transcription Co-Regulators of Gcm/Repo in the Development of Glia in Drosophila Melanogaster, Glendin Kostantinos Pano

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Analysis of Brevundimonas Subvibrioides Developmental Signaling Systems Reveals Unexpected Differences Between Phenotypes and c-di-GMP Levels, Lauryn Anne Sperling

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Evaluation of the Efficacy of a Recombinant Simian Varicella Virus Vaccine Expressing Simian Immunodeficiency Virus Envelope and Capsid Proteins, Thomas G. Wichman

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Fungal-Algal Speed Dating: Exploring Symbiotic Potential of Fungal-Algal Cocultures, Natalie S. Williams

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Effects of Housing Management on Vaccination Success Against Eimeria Infection in Chickens, Louis Wilson Benton

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Fruit Structure in Arabidopsis Thaliana Organ Boundary Mutants, Katelyn Childers

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Determination of the Chromosomal Position of Three Mutations Using Recombination Mapping in Drosophila Melanogaster, Zane Bryant Coleman

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The Effects Of Acidic Conditions And Tannins On The Survival, Development, And Behavior Of Cope’s Gray Treefrog (Hyla Chrysoscelis), Caleb E. Dodd

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Development of a Novel Salivary Cortisol Laboratory Experiment for Undergraduate Physiology Students, Charmin C. Guy

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Effects of texting on neck muscle activity and neck flexion in college students., Matalgah Haneen

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Effects of Hydrological Connectivity on the Benthos of a Large River (Lower Mississippi River, USA), Audrey B. Harrison

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Purkinje Cell Morphology and Display Complexity in Manakins (Pipridae), Mary Harvey

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Impact of Human Disturbance on the Behavior and Physiology of the Endangered Ringed Sawback Turtle (Graptemys oculifera), Jessica Mary Heppard

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The Construction and Characterization of Vaccines Expressing the Pre-membrane and Glycoprotein E antigens of the West Nile Virus, Ryan Johnson

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Impacts And Implications Of Polytypism On The Evolution Of Aposematic Coloration, Justin Philip Lawrence

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Characterizing the Effects of stm and ath1 Mutations on Floral Organ Development in Arabidopsis thaliana, James Luke Leary

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Characterizing the Effects of Mutations in STM and ATH1 on Floral Organ Development in Arabidopsis thaliana, Hayden Malone

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Population Genetics of the Eastern Subterranean Termite, Reticulitermes flavipes, in the Southern Appalachian Mountains, Lee Ann Passarella

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The Effects of Mutations in the ATH1 and STM Genes on Sepal, Petal, and Stamen Abscission in Arabidopsis thaliana Plants, Hunter L. Roth

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Biodiversity And Evolution In The Guiana Shield, South America, Andrew Michael Snyder