Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-8-2022

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis



First Advisor

Gregg Roman

Second Advisor

Jason Paris

Third Advisor

Bradley Jones

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Across phylogeny, integration of external factors, memory, and internal states of the organism dictate organismal behavior and mechanisms. The underlying genetic components can affect these behaviors such as in genomic changes arising from speciation. In this thesis, a new place preference assay was evaluated in the analysis and investigation of two species of Drosophila flies (D. melanogaster and D. simulans) to measure similarities and differences and their attraction to two different food substrates. Sleep and circadian measurements were also recorded during experimentation. The Drosophila Activity Monitor 5M (DAM5M) System and Sleep Circadian Analysis MATLAB Program (SCAMP) analysis were used in experimentation. Two-way ANOVA was carried to determine statistical significance between effects of species and time of day, and differences in activity, sleep, and place preference.

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