Masters Theses

 
This page collects the full text digitized master theses of the Biological Sciences department at Eastern Illinois University.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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The Role of Prrx1 and Snai2 as Master Regulators of Fibroblast Identity, Huda A. Alzahrani

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Impact of Giant Miscanthus (Miscanthus x giganteus) Cultivation on Midwestern Farmland Birds, Matthew Craffey

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The Effect of Self-Recognition in the Competition Between Genets of Solidago altissima, Charles Jaques

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Biotransformation of Oxo-Bile Acids Derivatives by Human Gut Bacteria, Laina Sallam

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Evaluation and demographic response of the shovelnose sturgeon commercial caviar fishery in the Wabash River, Jessica L. Thornton

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Medicinal Properties of Cyperus Species (Sedge Family, Cyperaceae), Lata Maishaya Udari

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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The Transcriptome Response of the White-Rot Fungus Phanerochaete chrysosporium to Maple and Miscanthus, Mashael Rashed Alaradi

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The Role of CREG1 as a Master Regulator of Liver Function, Abdulrahman Siran Aldaghmi

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Detection of Antibiotic Resistance Loci in Wastewater and Fresh Water Samples, Mohammed Hamed Almalki

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DNA Markers Identify Genetic Heritage between Chickadees near a Contact Zone in Illinois, Fahad M. Alshammari

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Evaluation of Ecto-Mycorrhizae as a Determinant of Chestnut Growth and Stress Response, Pabitra Aryal

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Effects of Asiatic Acid on Neurite Outgrowth in Neuro-2a Cells, Aishah Asiri

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Comparative Leaf Anatomy of C3 and CAM Species in Oncidiinae (Maxillarieae, Orchidaceae), Samuel A. Eident

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Gauging the Importance of Microhabitat in Qualitative Macroinvertebrate Sampling in an Effluent Dominated Stream, Samuel James Gradle

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Expression, Purification, and Characterization of an Intrinsically Disordered Late Embryogenesis Abundant (LEA) Protein from Artemia franciscana Utilizing Escherichia coli and Nicotiana tabacum, Md Fazlul Karim

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Effects of 17β Estradiol in the Metabolism and Morphology of Bluegill Sunfish (Lepomis macrochirus), Neeta Parajulee Karki

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The North American River Otter (Lontra canadensis) on the Department of Energy's Savannah River Site, Emily B. McCallen

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Morphology and Variation in the Gargle Call in a Chickadee Hybrid Zone in Central Illinois, Shannon Marie Regan

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Metabolic and Morphologic Shifts in Neuro2a Cells Cultured in Galactose Medium, Leah Welker

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Seeing Red in a Sea of Green: Anthocyanin Production in a Carnivorous Plant, Pinguicula planifolia, Jenna Annis

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Demographics and Parasites of Spotted Bass in the Wabash River, Evan C. Boone

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Assessing the Feasibility of Wastewater Effluent as a Nutrient Source for Algae in the Context of Biofuel Production, Justin Ryan Dore

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Evaluation of Hazelnuts as a Sustainable Crop in Illinois, Sharon Neva Dubosky

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Effects of Habitat Alteration on Ecomorphology of Fish Communities in a Restored Stream, Carl Anthony Favata

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Quantifying Bat Detection Survey Methods and Activity Patterns, Tara C. Hohoff

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Expression of Artemia LEA Proteins in Drosophila melanogaster Cells Using Multicistronic Vector Constructs, Kazi Nazrul Islam

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White-Rot Fungi as Pretreatment Agents for Wood Destined for Biofuel Applications, Ryan M. Kalinoski

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Diel and Seasonal Patterns of Channel Catfish Movement and Habitat Use in the Lower Wabash River, Hanna Gibbs Kruckman

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Assessment of the Efficacy of the Hose-Bridge as a Road-Crossing Structure for Dekay's Brownsnake (Storeria dekayi), Sarah Elizabeth Manka

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Sampling Efficiency, Population Characteristics, and Potential Impacts of Harvest Regulations on Three Riverine Species of Catfish, Zachary Adam Mitchell

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Impact of Transcription Factors on Fibroblast Specific Gene Silencing in Somatic Cell Hybrids, Tania Ray

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Diversity of the Beneficial Bacterium Oxalobacter formigenes Isolated from the Human Gut, Karen Shaw

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Low-Head Dams on Habitat, Fish Functional Guilds and Genetic Structuring in a Midwestern River System, Shannon Cassandra Frary Smith

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Stopover Ecology of Neotropical Migratory Songbirds in the Northern Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, Lauren E. Solomon

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Genetic Structure and Diversity of Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) in Three Large Midwestern Rivers, Vaclav Alexei Sotola

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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The Effects of Solutes in the Cryopreservation of Adherent Neuroblastoma (Neuro-2a) Cells, Trisha L. Bailey

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The Effects of Industrial Biomass Gasification Ash as a Soil Amendment on the Earthworm Eisenia fetida, Michael J. Blackowicz

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Trophic Interactions in a Semiaquatic Snake Community: Insights into the Structure of a Floodplain Food Web, Cynthia M. Carter

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The Functional Role of Leaf Nutrients in an Old-Field Successional Community, Kirstin I. Duffin

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Adaptive Significance of Aberrant Chickadee Song in Illinois, Evan Andrew Glynn

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The Impact of Aging and Estrogen Therapy on Synaptic Mitochondrial Bioenergetics in an Alzheimer's Mouse Model, Eric W. Hendricks

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Effects of Treated Wastewater Effluent on Microbial Community Structure in a Natural Receiving Aquatic System, Matthew D. Hladilek

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Metagenomic Analysis of the Lacrimal Caruncle Region of Canis lupus familiaris Using MiSeq Technology, Seun A. Ikugbayigbe

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Asian Carp Population Status and Reproductive Potential in Illinois River Tributaries, Clinton Wesley Morgeson

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D-Galactose Decreases MitoNEET Levels in Liver Cancer Cells: Impact on Cellular Bioenergetics, Sudip Paudel

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Comparison of Agency and Volunteer Stream Assessments Using Macroinvertebrate Assemblages, David William Petry

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Compatibility Factors of Fascioloides magna miracidia and Four Sympatric Snail Species: Miracidial Behavior and Snail Response, Bryan Rolfsen

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Daily Activity Patterns in Three Migratory Bird Species at a Stopover Site on the Northern Coast of the Gulf of Mexico, Lynn Schofield

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The Role of CREG1 and PITX1 as Master Regulators of Liver Function, Anit Shah

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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The Effects of Theophylline and 8-Cyclopentyltheophylline on the Respiratory Response to Carbon Dioxide in Neonatal Rats, Christine E. Albers

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The Effects of 1, 3, & 7 Trisubstituted and 8-Cyclopentyl Alkylxanthines on Respiration in Newborn Rats, Nathan Creel Davidson

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Comparison Of Oak And Sugar Maple Distribution And Regeneration In Central Illinois Upland Oak Forests, Peter J. Frey

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Effects of Dams on Fish and Macroinvertebrate Communities in the Vermilion River, IL, Ryan Patrick Hastings

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Wastewater Influent and Effluent Concentrations of 17 Beta-Estradiol: A Study of the Influence of a University Community and the Risk to Environmental Health, Kyle Heffron

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Assessment Of Range, Habitat Use, And Diel Movement Of Flathead Catfish (Pylodictis Olivaris) In The Wabash River Using Ultrasonic Telemetry, Sarah Mary Huck

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Do Artificial Riffles Enhance Nutrient Retention in Restored Streams?, Adam Thomas Hughes

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The Role of Landmarks in Territory Maintenance by the Black Saddlebags Dragonfly, Tramea lacerata, Jeffrey Lojewski

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Morphological and Ecological Investigations of Species of Bulrush (Scirpus) in Illinois, Julian G. Moore

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Demographics and Seasonal Diet Composition of Shovelnose Sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus platorynchus Rafinesque) in Wabash River, Vaskar Nepal

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Effects of Instream Habitat Restoration on Macroinvertebrate and Fish Communities in a Small Midwestern Stream, Manisha Pant

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Examining the Nutritional Requirements of Acidophilic Archaea "Ferroplasma acidarmanus" strain fer1, Yudong Qu

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Habitat Associations of Larval and Juvenile Fishes in a Large Unimpounded River, Sharon V. Rayford

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Aspects of the Trophic Ecology of an Invertivorous Snake Community, Meagan Amanda Thomas

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Using Field Studies To Meet The Next Generation Science Standards, Amy Brown

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Morphometric Study Of Variation In The Genus Galeopsis (Lamiaceae), Michael T. Hughes

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Dietary Ecology Of An Actively-Foraging Snake Species, Coluber Constrictor Foxii, Corissa Pauline Lennon

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Cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the interaction of apoE and estrogen in olfactory neuronal growth-potential relevance to Alzheimer's disease, Minh Luong

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Demographics of a commercially exploited population of flathead catfish (Pylodictis olivaris) in the Wabash River, Cassi Jo Moody-Carpenter

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Resolving The Nutritional Requirements Of The Bile Acid-Dehydroxylating Gut Bacterium Clostridium Scindens, Oindrila Paul

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Molecular Mechanisms Involved In Anhydrobiosis Of Insect Cells, Diyagama Arachchi Ralalage Dilini Sewwandi Samarajeewa

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Freeze tolerance conferred by transgenic expression of late embryogenesis abundant protein in insect cells, Alyssa N. Walser

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Survey Of Medicinal Herbs Of Central Illinois Prairie And Woodlands, Debra Ann Welch

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Short-Term Responses Of Fish Assemblages To Habitat Restoration In A Small Midwestern Stream, John Leon West

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Parasites Of Invasive Carp And Native Fish In The Wabash River, Justin Wilcox

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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Desiccation tolerance in insect cells, John Marcus Anderson

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Effects Of Apolipoprotein E, Sex, And Estrogen On The Neuroplasticity Of Olfactory Receptor Neurons In Mice Following Olfactory Bulbectomy, John P. Boyce

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The Toxicity of Acetaminophen, Caffeine and Carbendazim in Earthworms (Eisenia fetida), Matthew M. Bulman

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Bioavailability, bioaccumulation, and trophic transfer of trace metals in the Tims Branch-Steed Pond tributary, Paul Gethyn Edwards

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Effect of reservoir discharge and sanitary effluent on an urban stream, Daniel Hiatt

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Feeding behavior of nestling Eastern Bluebirds (Sialia sialis) in east-central Illinois, Amanda Lamb

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Egg Recognition and Cowbird Egg Ejection Behavior in the American Robin (Turdus migratorius), Allison Karlien Lang

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Linking the colonization rate of vesicular arbuscular mycorrhizae (VAM) to species dynamics in succession, Jie Luo

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Population Demographics Of White Crappie In Three Illinois Reservoirs, Candice Marie Miller

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Demographics and seasonal abundance of sportfish in three thermal habitats of Coffeen Lake, Anthony Paul Porreca

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Whatchu breathin'?: Sick building syndrome and seasonal occurrence of fungi, Jessica Stapleton

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Comparison of silver carp population demographics in an impounded and a free flowing river, Jason G. Stuck

Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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The evolution of leaf anatomy in Badiera (Polygalaceae), Laura Brauer

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Interactions of diet and behavior in a death-feigning snake (Heterodon nasicus), Andrew Michael Durso

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A Functional Genomics Approach To Analyze Two Methionine-[Gamma]-Lyase Orthologs In "Ferroplasma Acidarmanus" Using In Vitro Enzyme Assays, Md. A. Wadud Khan

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Social dimensions of lake ecology: Stakeholder perception surveys used to design effective lake management plans, Laurie Nannini

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Estrogen Promotes Neurite Outgrowth In Olfactory Epithelial Explant Cultures Through The Estrogen Receptor, Apryl E. Pooley

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Analysis of extinction of fibroblast-specific gene expression in somatic hepatic hybrids using cDNA microarray technology, Sushma K. Shrestha

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Is Anthropogenic Habitat Change The Driving Force Of Rapid Evolution Of Southeastern U.S. Coastal Deer Populations?, Nicole L. Storm

Theses/Dissertations from 2010

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A Spatially Explicit Model to Predict Radiocesium Body Burdens in White-Tailed Deer on the Department of Energy's Savannah River Site, Christopher W. Bobryk

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Population Ecotoxicology Of The Common Snapping Turtle In Agriculturally Impacted Lotic Ecosystems, Derrick L. Douros

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The seasonality of parasites in Illinois house sparrows (Passer domesticus): Effect of stress on infection parameters, Tiffany C.M. Gibson

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Prey Preference As A Function Of Feeding Experience And Prey Type In Neonate Gartersnakes (Colubridae: Thamnophis), Kathryn B. Hale

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Soil Variability And Its Influence On Plant Performance, Jeremy R. Klass

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Effects Of Forest Edges On Population Dynamics In A Successional System, Kimberly Anne Lang

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Multiple endpoints of endocrine disruption in gravid watersnakes (Colubridae:Nerodia) as a function of ingestion of a common herbicide, Lorin Anne Neuman-Lee