Undergraduate Honors Theses in Biology

 

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Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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

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Leaping Behavior In Silver Carp (Hypophthalmichthys Molitrix): Analysis Of Burst Swimming Speeds, Angle Of Escape, Height, And Distance Of Leaps, Ehlana Stell

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The Effect of Environmental Perturbations on the Plant Phyllosphere Microbiome, Bram W. Stone

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A Review of the Serica (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Melolonthinae) of Mexico, Canada, and the western United States, Reese John Worthington

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Conditions Responsible For The Success Of Carnivorous Plants In Nutrient-Poor Wetlands, Matthew John Abbott

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The effect of road crossings on stream-associated salamanders within Holly Springs National Forest, Caleb Ashton Aldridge

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Historical refuges and recolonization routes in the Southern Appalachian Mountains, inferred through phylogeographic analysis of the spotted wintergreen (Chimaphila maculata), John Daniel Banusiewicz

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Evidence Of Chemical Camouflage In Pirate Perch (Aphredoderus Sayanus); Avoiding Detection By Colonizing/Ovipositing Prey Through Chemical Crypsis, Tyler Breech

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Effects of Mutating CtrA-Binding Sites within the pile Promoter of Caulobacter Crescentus, Sarah Chong

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The Reptile Gut Microbiome: Its Role In Host Evolution And Community Assembly, Timothy Colston Colston

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Bring Your Own Device Initiative to Improve Engagement and Performance in Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II Laboratories, Kelsey Hillhouse

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Egg Laying Bird with Male Plumage Demonstrates the Puzzling Nature of Sexual Differentiation and Selective Mate Preferences in Zebra Finches, John Aaron Howell

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Investigating veterinary management choices for canine heartworm disease (Dirofilaria immitis) in northern Mississippi, Tobi Ku

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Population Genetics of the Giant Red Centipede Along the Appalachian Mountains, Kayla Elayne Ladner

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The Impact Of Simulated Microgravity On The Growth Of The Model Legume Plant Medicago Truncatula, Gemma Elizabeth Lionheart

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Responses of the Ocellated Turkey (Meleagris ocellata) to Human Disturbance, Thomas Hughes Martin

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Culture-Independent Analysis of Microbial Communities Associated with Hydroponically Grown Living Lettuce, Abby Matthews

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Spatial Variation of Bacterial Communities on the Leaves of a Southern Magnolia Tree, Emily Q. Nguyen

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Towards a Better Understanding of Secondary Metabolite Production in Toxic Marine Algae, Thuy My Nguyen

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Examination of Electroglottography (EGG) and Surface Electromyography (sEMG) as Techniques to Assess Oral Motor Activity During Consumption of Four Forms of Chocolate, Taylor Patterson

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Risk, Reward, And The Role Of Habitat Selection On Community Dynamics In Temporary Ponds, Matthew Robert Pintar

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The Effects of Microstegium Vimineum on the Soil Microbial Community, Holly Kate Raymond

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Autoregulation of the Glial Gene Reversed Polarity in Drosophila Melanogaster, Chase Suiter

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A 2-Part Study Examining; Hepatitis B Vaccination Rates Among High-risk Adults and the Influence of Education on Knowledge and Awareness of Hepatitis B and the Use of Vaccines as a Safe, Preventative Measure Among University of MS Students, Ariel Wilson

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Methods of Quantification and Characterization of Coccidian Oocysts, Mariam Abunemeh

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Elevated Corticosterone Levels Decrease Vocal Attractiveness and Elicit Non-Calling Mating Tactics in Male Green Tree Frogs, Hyla cinerea, Hannah Burroff

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Stress, sexual signaling, and alternative mating tactics in male green treefrogs, Hyla cinerea, Sarah Crocker-Buta

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Females Influence Brain Evolution: Dance Complexity Related to Volume of a Sensorimotor Region in Manakins, Wilson Helmhout

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Optimizing RNA Extraction from Fungal-Algal Tissues for Transcriptomic Gene Expression Analysis, Michael J. Hohl

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Nemo no more? Spatial demographic and population genetic analyses of the two-band anemonefish, Amphiprion bicinctus, in the Gulf of Eilat, Red Sea, Jacob Seth Howell

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The Effects of Oral Probiotic Supplements on the Human Gut Microbiome, Erin Hudnall

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Vegetation Effects on Rhizosphere Microbial Communities in Coastal Wetlands of South Mississippi, Sean Woo Kang

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Influence of plant species, location, and seasonality on rhizosphere bacterial communities in freshwater wetlands, Hakchul Lee

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Intrinsic and Extrinsic Factors Mediating the Expression of Alternative Mating Tactics in Male Green Treefrogs, Hyla Cinerea, Aleah R. Liddell

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Seasonal Changes in Biomass of Two ComFreshwater Wetland plants: storage of nutrients, Emily Kathryn McCann

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Wastewater Treatment Plants: A Comparison of Three Different Plants and Their Processes, Facilities, and Challenges They Face, Jon Abigail McDonald

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Genetic And Temporal Variation In Resource Exchange Between An Ectomycorrhizal Fungus, Rhizopogon Occidentalis, And Seedlings Of Pinus Radiata, Mariah Meachum

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The Application of RNA Interference to Knock Out Groucho Expression in Drosophila S2 Cells, Savannah Mitchell

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Competitive Effects Of Increased Plant Species Richness And Increased Endemic Versus Native Generalist Species Dominance On The Invasive Grass Microstegium Vimineum During Oak Woodland Restoration, Sean Anthony Moyer

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The Effects of Red Light on Blue-Light Phototropism in Arabidopsis Thaliana, Alison Michelle Neel

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The biotic effects of tertiary geoclimatic change in the southern hemisphere, Stuart Val Nielsen

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The Effects of Tillage, Glyphosate, and Genetic Modification on Bacterial Root Endophyte Composition in Zea Mays, Breena Lori Nolan

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Analysis of Joint Dysfunction During an Aging- Simulation, Laboratory Exercise for Allied Health Students, Anna E. O'Connor

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Loblolly Pine Genetics Structure Its Mycorrhizal Community, Bridget Joan Piculell