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Our Current Graduate Students

Biology MS Students and Theses

Our Master of Science students conduct thesis research on a wide variety of biological topics. Below are recent graduate students and their MS  theses.

Granthon, Carolina (2015) Avian malaria and body condition in four species of songbirds

Greenhill, Frank (2015) Insect emergence from temporary and permanent ponds: Response to drying

Hardy, Amy (2015) Do repeated bouts of inflammation lead to sustained elevation of amyloid beta in the brain?

Adams, Kimberly Joan (2014) Do fish contamination advisories for mercury adequately protect the public

Cocke, William Gary, Jr. (2013) Effects of fish and nutrient addition on emergent insect-mediated methyl mercury flux out of experimental ponds

Evans, Christopher Ryan (2013) Investigation of the ClpXP protease’s connection to Bacillus anthracis cell wall characteristics

Franks, Sarah Elizabeth (2013) A novel role for tellurium resistance genes in the pathogenesis of Bacillus anthracis

Jones, Taylor Alaine (2013) Bottom-up nutrient and top-down fish impacts on mercury flux from aquatic ecosystems

Vinson, Ben (2013) The role of exercise in the alleviation of central accumulation of amyloid-beta and prevention of cognitive dysfunction following peripheral inflammation.

Korstian, Jennifer Michelle (2012) High genetic diversity and lack of structure in eastern red bats: Lasiurus borealis

Mitchel, Jeffrey Stewart, Jr. (2012) Age-related changes in heat shock protein expression in the mouse hippocampus

Tallent, Daniel Edward (2012) Genetic variation in the pds gene and its relation to fluridone resistance in Hydrilla verticillata

Tweedy, Brent Norris (2012) Effects of fish on emergent insects and their transport of methyl mercury from ponds

Frankel, Anna Margaret Dalby (2011) Estimating incidence of multiple paternity of Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles on South Padre Island, Texas

Gann, Gretchen Lee (2014) Mercury-contaminated spiders pose a potential health risk to songbirds at Caddo Lake, Texas/Louisiana, USA

Gleaton, Samuel James (2011) Bridging the gap: the role of hepatitis C virus nonstructural protein 5A in the inhibition of intracellular antiviral pathways

Wadlington, Jacob Michael (2011) Mercury concentrations in largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides), white bass (Morone chrysops), and white crappie (Pomoxis annularis) from six Dallas-Fort Worth area reservoirs

Gettel, Shannon Leigh (2010) Neurogeneisis and antidepressant-based behavior modification

Hawkins, Meredith Elise (2010) Genetic analysis of the captive breeding program for the critically endangered painted terrapin, Batagur borneoensis

Quinteros Casaverde, Natalia Leonor (2010) Genetic structure of fragmented Polylepis multijuga plige (Rosaceae) forests

Crenshaw, Molli Jones (2009) Virus versus body: the effect of the Hepatitis C virus NS4A protein on the antiviral response and cancer development

Grajczyk, Amber Marie (2009) Evidence of clonal reproduction and high genetic variation in the exotic weed Hydrilla verticillata

Nguyen, Anh Quynh (2009) The genetics of DEET-resistance in Caenorhabditis elegans

Roberts, Condred (2009) Characterization of three sexually sterile mutants of the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii

Subramanian, Shilpi (2009) Involvement of hepatitis C virus protein NS5A in apoptosis

Upjohn, Rebecca L. (2009) Primary conifer succession in the devasted area in Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

Wallace, Stephanie Anderson (2009) The role of adult-derived neurons in learning and memory

Repasky, Rebecca Elaine (2008) Diversity and phenology of Orchidaceae in an upper montane forest, Department of Cusco, Peru

Sawey, Michael Ray (2008) Habitat-specific differences in mercury concentrations of Mississippi grass shrimp from Caddo Lake, Texas

Waltke, Andrew James (2008) The Sapotaceae of a lowland rainforest

Fallis, Lindsey C. (2007) Identification and distribution of carbohydrates on the surface of gametes in the zebra mussel, Dreissena polymorpha

McAnlis, Kevyn (2007) Surface carbohydrate distribution on the gametes of freshwater and marine bivalves

Bhattarai, Ganesh Prasad (2007) Deciphering the importance of pitcher size in prey capture in the carnivorous plant, Sarracenia alata wood

Brinker, Andrew Michael (2006) An ultraviolet light survey of three species of semi-aquatic snakes at the Old Sabine Bottom Wildlife Management Area, with intraorder comparisons and microhabitat descriptions

Green, Michelle Lynn (2006) The relationship between prey capture and characteristics of the carnivorous pitcher plant, Sarracenia alata wood

Szopinski, Jennifer Jean (2006) Identification of three Chlamydomonas Reinhardtii genes encoding actin-associated proteins