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Honors Theses from 2017

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Characterization of the Role of the Small Ubiquitin-like Modifier (SUMO) on Nuclear Localization and Proteolysis of the Thyroid Hormone Receptor (TR), Amanda M. Back

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Receptor Gone Rogue: Investigating Localization of a Cancerous Thyroid Hormone Receptor, Michelle Barbeau

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Are You What You Eat? Selective Sequestration of Toxic Milkweed Cardenolides in the Monarch Butterfly, Jacob Brammer

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Beyond "self-eating": The Role of the Pseudophosphatase MK-STYX in Regulating Autophagy, Patrick Christian

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Regulation of Neurite Outgrowths by the Pseudophosphatase MK-STYX in PC12 cells and Primary Neurons, Arya Dahal

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The Fitness Effects of Biofilm Formation and Toxin Production in Natural Yeast Isolates, Bernadette M. Deschaine

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Variations in flanking residues of thyroid hormone receptor alpha1 isoform, Christine W. Gao

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A Novel Method for Quantifying Spatial Patterns in Plants, Logan H. George

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Cytological and Bioinformatical Analysis of SPE-26, a C. elegans Kelch-like Protein that Functions during the Karyosome Stage of Spermatogenesis, Stephen A. Gurley

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F. psychrophilum resistant and susceptible rainbow trout show differences in abundance of IgT+ and IgM+ B cells, Erin Hennessey

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An Analysis of Outer Inflammatory Protein A in cag Pathogenicity Island Negative and Positive Strains of Helicobacter pylori, Danielle N. Horridge

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A study of a novel self-fertility mechanism in the hermaphroditic nematode Rhabditis sp. SB347, Xiaoxue Lin

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Modulating Intra-Nuclear LC3 with Small Molecules Rescues Cells from an Aneuploidogen-Induced Phenotype, Daniel P. Rosenberg

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Hemichordates as a model system for investigating intertidal zonation in soft sediments, Kharis R. Schrage

Honors Theses from 2016

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Mechanisms of Helicobacter pylori Adhesion Regulation and Impacts on Host Immune Response, Catherine Rose Acio

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Acetylation Controls the Subcellular Localization of Thyroid Hormone Receptor α1, Cyril S. Anyetei-Anum

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Investigating Dispersal of Red Oak (Quercus rubra) Acorns by the Eastern Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis), Aaron Samuel Bland

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Physical modeling of vortical cross-step filtration in the oral cavity of American paddlefish (Polyodon spathula), Hannah Brooks

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Plasticity in egg placement in response to predator cues in the mud snail, Ilyanassa obsoleta, Emily A. Harmon

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Keeping birds away from food using sonic technology: a potential for protecting crops, Waverly Gabrielle McClusky

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Characterizing Importin Binding to Thyroid Hormone Receptor α1, Emma Lynn McGregor

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The Pseudophosphatase MK-STYX Colocalizes to Aggresomes, Veronica L. Nagle

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Modeling the Fluid Dynamics of Filtering Structures in Suspension-Feeding Fish, Erin Michele Roberts

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Quantifying Variation in the Seed Scatter-hoarder Relationship, Gina M. Sawaya

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The Effect of Climate on Population Dynamics of Butterfly Species across Southeastern Virginia, Morgan Nicole Thompson

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Effects of Changes in Egg Size and Larval Food Supply on the Development of Two Species of Seastars, Stacy Nicole Trackenberg

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Implications of Mycorrhizae and Seedling Competition for American Chestnut Restoration, Olivia Ryan Trani

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Characterization of Novel Export Sequences in the Thyroid Hormone Receptor, Cheyenne Williams

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Connecting Herbivore Effects to Population Dynamics of Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) Using an Integral Projection Model, Sivan Yair

Honors Theses from 2015

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Developmental responses to fluctuations in environmental conditions in echinoid echinoderms, Salma Abdel-Raheem

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Anterior-Posterior Neural Axis Plasticity in the developing central nervous system of Xenopus laevis, Vollter Anastas

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Characterization of Pseudophosphatase MK-STYX-Induced Neuronal Differentiation in PC12 Cells, Dallas A. Banks

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A Test for Heritable Variation in Reproductive Response to Bisphenol A in a Population of White-footed Mice (Peromyscus leucopus), Lauren N. Canestrini

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Determining Space Use of Breeding Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) Pairs in Southeastern Virginia, Akshay Deverakonda

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Ingestion of Low Density Food Particles by Suspension-Feeding Goldfish, Kristin Edwards

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To Grow or Defend? Effects of Competition and Herbivory on Common Milkweed, Asclepias syriaca, Melissa H. Hey

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Chinmo Function During Cyst Stem Cell Establishment in the Drosophila Testis, Tyler A. Jones

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Novel pathways to dinitrogen via iron-mediated anaerobic ammonium oxidation, Julie Lauren Krask

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Spread of Adaptation and Migration Load in a Spatially Structured Population, Scott W. Nordstrom

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Genetic and Cytological Analysis of SPE-6, a C. elegans Tau Tubulin Kinase, Jackson J. Peterson

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The impacts of fire on the home range and social connectivity of a tropical passerine, Payton M. Phillips

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Measuring Cannibalism Rates in the Zooplankton Copepod Species, Acartia tonsa, Katherine Shipman

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The Impact of the Ubiquitin-Proteasome Pathway and CRM1-Independent Exportins on Thyroid Hormone Receptor Localization and the Expression of T3-Responsive Genes, Mary Elizabeth R. Stern

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Modeling Tick-Borne Diseases in the Virginia and Middle Peninsula, Molly S. Teague

Honors Theses from 2014

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Population Matrix Model for American Chestnut (Castanea dentata) and the Implications for Re-introduction, Elise C. Elwood

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BMP Regulation of Stem Cell Development During Drosophila Testis Formation, Ashley P. Fidler

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Population Modeling of Diamondback Terrapins, Sarah C. Gilliand

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Combinatorial Contributions of Kisspeptin Neurons and GnRH Neurons to Male Infertility, Hwa In Han

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Functional role of an epifaunal grazer (Ampithoe valida) in eelgrass communities: A comparative study between native and invasive ranges, Kathrynlynn W. Jenkins

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The Role of MK-STYX in the eIF2alpha Stress Response Pathway, Alex McFarland

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The effect of sub-lethal methylmercury exposure on corticosterone hormone and the glucocorticoid receptor in the Australian zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata), Christina S. Moore

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An environment up in smoke?: Evaluating the effects of fire management practices on red-backed fairy-wren habitat usage, Kelly O'Toole

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Modeling Drosophila Stem Cell Development through Ex Vivo Live-Cell Imaging Studies, Mohima Sanyal

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Evolutionary Conservation of a Modified Spermatogenesis Program in Rhabditis Nematodes with Skewed Sex Ratios, Ethan S. Winter

Honors Theses from 2013

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Maternal effects on cloning frequency, larval development, and juvenile size in the seastar Asterias forbesi, Holly N. Blackburn

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Allometry of reproduction, weapon size, and colony size in social shrimp: A comparative analysis of four eusocial species in genus Synalpheus, Sarah Bornbusch

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Organochlorine Pesticides in the Pantanal: A Qualitative and Semi-Quantitative Water Analysis, Aidan De Sena

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The Pseudophosphatase MK-STYX Induces Neuronal Differentiation in PC12 Cells, Brittany M. Flowers

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Analyzing Ancient Mitochondrial DNA from Fontabelle Emergency Excavation Site Remains, Katherine Hoptay

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Heritable Variation in Responsiveness to Photoperiod, Reproduction, and Immune Function in a Population of Peromyscus leucopus, Katherine E. Kaugars

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Characterization of Thyroid Hormone Receptor Export Pathways, Hallie N. Nelson

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Ultrastructure of the Gill Rakers in American Shad, Alosa sapidissima (Clupeidae), Katherine Ericson Nolan

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How neural cells acquire an identity: the role of calcium activity and voltage-gated calcium channels in neurotransmitter phenotype specification in Xenopus laevis, Lindsay Schleifer

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A Tale of Two Proteins: The Budding Yeast STUbL Subunit Slx5 Functionally Interacts with the SUMO Ligase Siz1, Eva P. Szymanski

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A comparison of single-day versus multiple-day sampling designs using occupancy modeling, Kelly Watson

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Modeling nymph lone star ticks in the changing landscape of the Virginian Peninsula: a tool for urban planning in the context of human health, Joanna Kathleen Weeks

Honors Theses from 2012

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The Role of MK-STYX in Stress Granule Assembly/Disassembly, Justin Barr

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Life History Trade-offs Between Growth and Reproduction in Wild Yeast, Simone M. Giovanetti

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Transcriptional Regulation of the Acetone Carboxylase Operon via Two-Component Signal Transduction in Helicobacter pylori, Samuel Emerson Harvey

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Impacts of Phage Predation on Microbial Dynamics in Temperate Ecosystems, Kaitlin R. Helsley

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Can sexual selection drive extinction and speciation? A case study in yeast., Luke Philip Reding

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A Comparative Study of Feminine Reproduction in a Rhabditis Clade, Kathryn Rehain

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Maternal effects on reproduction and development in the mud snail, Ilyanassa obsoleta, Daniel Bryan Schwab

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Variation in the Number of Kisspeptin Neurons in a Population of Wild Mice (Peromyscus leucopus), Kathryn M. Swanson

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Development of a Habitat Suitability Index for the Eastern Oyster (Crassostrea virginica) in Great Wicomico River, Virginia, Seth Joseph Theuerkauf

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A Tale of Two Species -- Species distribution models for two cryptic Cricket Frog (Acris) species in syntopy, Aniko Toth

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Species Distribution Model for the Invasive Plant Japanese Stiltgrass, Christopher Walter Tyson

Honors Theses from 2011

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The Effects of Temperature and Salinity Fluctuation on the Early Life History Stages of Echinoid Echinoderms, Anne Frances Armstrong

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Cyst Stem Cell Development During Drosophila Testis Morphogenesis, Matthew Badgett

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Quantitative Analysis of the Alternative Splicing of Pax5 in Teleost Fish During Spawning, Amber Bruce

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INSIDE THE TRAP OF A YELLOW LADY'S SLIPPER ORCHID (CYPRIPEDIUM PARVIFLORUM VAR. PUBESCENS): THE EFFECTS OF 'LIGHT WINDOWS' AND FLOWER ORIENTATION ON THE BEHAVIOR OF A NATIVE BEE (ANDRENA MACRA), Nicole Jacqueline Forrester

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TRPM4/5's Role in Inspiratory Calcium-Activated Nonspecific Cation Current, Adam Mitchell Goodreau

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The deletion of a sperm-specific transcription factor causes cell cycle and sperm differentiation defects in Caenorhabditis elegans, Katie Guevel

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The Temporal Dynamics of the Bacterial Communities in Lake Matoaka, an Eutrophic, Freshwater Lake, Dana Michelle Hardbower

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Crosstalk between SUMO and Ubiquitin Systems: The STUbL Subunit Slx5 Interacts with the SUMO E3 Ligase Siz1, Brooke Campbell Matson

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Aggravated Aggregates: The Role of a Retroviral Oncoprotein and Pseudophosphatase in Cellular Responses, Michelle R. Munyikwa

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Foraging and Reproductive Ecology of Intertidal Gastropods, Connor White

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Endocrine Variation in a Population of Peromyscus leucopus with Divergent Life-History Strategies, Jordan White

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Corbicula fluminea production in three major habitats, including one dominated by the non-native aquatic plant, Hydrilla verticillata, in the tidal freshwater Mattaponi River Estuary, Courtney Wickel

Honors Theses from 2010

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A Population Model for the Diamondback Terrapin: Implications for Conservation Management, Carolyn Ayers

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Habitat Preferences and Predation of the Softshell Clam, Mya arenaria, in the Lower Chesapeake Bay, Caitlin Mary Bovery

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Mapping a Mutation: Characterization of the ax941 Mutant, Stephen Chi

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Lost and Found: Localization of the Ubiquitin Ligase Slx5 to the Yeast Bud Neck, Cecilia Natalia A. Esteban

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Studying the Nuclear Import of Thyroid Hormone Receptor Alpha using a Mammalian Two-Hybrid System, John Patrick Giddens

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A Physiological and Evolutionary Study of the Plant Hormone Ethylene, Christopher Stephen Givens

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The Optimization of Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis for Use with Profiling the Freshwater Viral Community, Dustin Robert Glasner

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Time series of vertical flux of zooplankton fecal pellets on the continental shelf of the Western Antarctic Peninsula, Miram Rayzel Gleiber

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The Role of Lysogeny in the Microbial Ecology of Lake Matoaka, Erica Leigh Hart

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Whole Transcriptomic Expression Differences in EBV Immortalized versus Primary B-Cells, Dolores Huberts

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A Test of By-catch Reduction Devices on Commercial Crab Pots in a Tidal Marsh Creek in Virginia, Andrew Scott Morris