This collection includes theses, dissertations, and professional papers from the University of Montana Division of Biological Sciences. Theses, dissertations, and professional papers from all University of Montana departments and programs may be searched here.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2022

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Looking to the Future of Wildlife Conservation: Durable Wildlife Policy for the 21st Century, Charlie R. Booher

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THE COMBINATION OF TLR7/8 AND TLR4 ADJUVANTS IN AN INFLUENZA VACCINE PRODUCE UNIQUE ANTIGEN-SPECIFIC ADAPTIVE IMMUNITY AND PROTECT AGAINST LETHAL HETEROLOGOUS INFLUENZA CHALLENGE, Shelby Lynn Cole

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THE CONTRASTING PHYSIOLOGICAL MECHANISMS OF TWO DISTINCT MIGRATORY STRATEGIES, Joely Gabriel DeSimone

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A novel pathway for the production of poly-N-acetylglucosamine by Borreliaceae, Adam Matthew Drobish

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COMBINED EFFECTS OF TEMPERATURE AND HEAVY METALS ON THE PERFORMANCE OF THE GIANT SALMONFLY., James Frakes, Amanda Andreas, Benjamin P. Colman, and Aurthur Woods

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COMBINATORIAL ADMINISTRATION OF SYNTHETIC TLR4 AGONIST INI-2002 AND NOVEL MINCLE AGONIST UM-1098 DELIVERED VIA A-SNPS RESULTS IN SYNERGISTIC IL-1β PRODUCTION IN HUMAN PRIMARY CELLS AND ENHANCES TH1 AND TH17 RESPONSES IN VIVO, Grace D. Jones, Asia Marie Stephanie Riel, Alexander Riffey, and Cassandra Buhl

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SPERMATOGENESIS MOLECULAR EVOLUTION IN MURINE RODENTS, Emily Emiko Konishi Kopania

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ALTERNATIVE SPLICING REGULATES THE INNATE IMMUNE RESPONSE TO VIRAL INFECTION, Luke A. White

Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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LINKS BETWEEN INTERSPECIFIC COMPETITION AND INFECTIOUS DISEASE: A MECHANISTIC INVESTIGATION WITH A DIRECTLY-TRANSMITTED ZOONOTIC SYSTEM, Andreas Elefttheriou

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A REINTRODUCTION RETROSPECTIVE: COMPARATIVE FISHER (PEKANIA PENNANTI) SURVIVAL AND PREY HABITAT USE IN THE CASCADE MOUNTAINS OF WASHINGTON STATE, Tanner S.T. Humphries

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AQUATIC LOCOMOTION IN BIRDS – BIOMECHANICS, MORPHOMETRICS, AND EVOLUTION, Anthony Barrett Lapansky

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CALCIUM SIGNALING AND ALG-2 IN THE REGULATION OF CONSTITUTIVE SECRETION, John Robert Sargeant

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FUN CTIONAL IMPLICATIONS OF DUAL TRANSMITTING NEURONS ON AGGRESSION, Lewis Michael Sherer II

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TROPICAL PLANT-ANIMAL INTERACTIONS: LINKING DEFAUNATION WITH SEED PREDATION, AND RESOURCE-DEPENDENT CO-OCCURRENCE, Peter Jeffrey Williams

Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Characterizing the requirements for the matricellular protein, dCCN, in nervous system function, Elizabeth L. Catudio Garrett

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Heat for the Masses: Thermal Ecology of the Western Tent Caterpillar, Victoria Dahlhoff

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Dynein Light Chain 1 Functions as a Cofactor for Post-Transcriptional mRNA Regulation and RNA Granule Assembly, Nicholas Day

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ADAPTIVE HARVEST MANAGEMENT OF WOLVES: THE ROLE OF RECRUITMENT AND HIERARCHICAL DEMOGRAPHY IN POPULATION DYNAMICS OF A SOCIAL CARNIVORE, Allison Christine Keever

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Selection of Forage and Avoidance of Predation Risk by Partially Migratory Mule Deer, Collin Jeffrey Peterson

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THE PHENOTYPIC FLEXIBILITY OF THERMOGENIC CAPACITY: FROM PHYSIOLOGICAL MECHANISM TO EVOLUTIONARY IMPLICATIONS, Maria Stager

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IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS: AN EXPLORATION OF SMALL RNAS AND SELFISH GENETIC ELEMENTS OF THE HUMAN BACTERIAL PATHOGENS COXIELLA BURNETII AND BARTONELLA BACILLIFORMIS, Shaun Gregory Wachter

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Investigating the coordinate regulation of stem cell proliferation and differentiation by FBF proteins, Xiaobo Wang

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IMPACTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL VARIABLES ON DEER MOUSE SURVIVAL IN THE SOUTHWESTERN UNITED STATES, Emily C. Weidner

Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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CAUSES OF VARIATION IN DISPERSAL DISTANCE IN THE STREAM SALAMANDER GYRINOPHILUS PORPHYRITICUS, Brett Rebekah Addis

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ENVIRONMENTAL VARIATION AND SEXUAL SELECTION IN THE MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD (SIALIA CURRUCOIDES), Sara A. Berk

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QUANTIFYING COAT COLOR PHENOLOGY OF SYMPATRIC SNOWSHOE HARES AND WEASELS, Brandon Murray Davis

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SHAPING THE TOOLS OF BATTLE : SEXUAL SELECTION, CONTEST DYNAMICS, AND WEAPON DIVERGENCE IN THE ASIAN RHINOCEROS BEETLE TRYPOXYLUS DICHOTOMUS, Jillian F. del Sol

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CELL SIGNALING PATHWAYS IN CONTROL OF NEUROBLASTOMA AND HUMAN NEURAL CREST DEVELOPMENT, Lauren Elizabeth Foltz

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ANALYSIS OF RIFT VALLEY FEVER VIRUS HOST-PATHOGEN DYNAMICS, Katherine Elizabeth Havranek

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THE GENETIC BASIS OF LOCAL ADAPTATION AND THE EVOLUTIONARY CONSEQUENCES OF HYBRIDIZATION IN SNOWSHOE HARES (LEPUS AMERICANUS), Matthew R. Jones

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Adaptation to a geothermal soil mosaic shapes genome-wide patterns of diversity and differentiation in Yellowstone monkeyflowers (M. guttatus), Kory M. Kolis

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The effects of forest gaps on animal communication networks, Cedar Arran Mathers-Winn

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DEVELOPMENTAL, ECOLOGICAL, AND LIFE HISTORY INFLUENCES ON PREDATOR-INDUCED PLASTICITY IN SONGBIRDS, James Christopher Mouton

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WHY THE WEIRD WINGS? Investigating the morphology, function, and evolution of unusual feathers in pigeons and doves (Columbidae), Robert Lawrence Niese

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ECOLOGICAL STOICHIOMETRY IN WATERSHEDS: FROM LAND TO WATER IN THE QINGHAI LAKE BASIN, Ze Ren

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THE GENETIC MECHANISMS UNDERLYING PIGMENTATION AND THEIR EVOLUTIONARY IMPORTANCE IN BIRDS, Nicholas David Sly

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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COLONIZATION OF AND ADAPTATION TO TIDAL MARSHES IN THE SAVANNAH SPARROW (PASSERCULUS SANDWICHENSIS), Phred M. Benham

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BREAKING DOWN A GENOME: DEGENERATIVE GENOME EVOLUTION IN THE CICADA ENDOSYMBIONT HODGKINIA, Matthew A. Campbell

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LIFE ON THE EDGE: RISK OF PREDATION DRIVES SELECTION OF HABITAT AND SURVIVAL OF NEONATES IN ENDANGERED SIERRA NEVADA BIGHORN SHEEP, Shannon Forshee

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CONSEQUENCES OF ARYL HYDROCARBON RECEPTOR ACTIVATION: THYMIC ATROPHY AND THERAPEUTIC LIPOSOMAL NANOPARTICLES, Joanna Michelle Kreitinger

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POLAR GIGANTISM AND SEA SPIDERS: A STUDY OF RESPIRATORY SCALING, Steven Joseph Lane

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On the Evolution of "Extreme" Morphology: Patterns of Cost and Benefit in Sexually Selected Weapons, Devin Mackenzie O'Brien

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Conflicting Hydraulic Effects of Xylem Pit Structure Relate to the Growth-Longevity Tradeoff in a Conifer Species, Beth Roskilly

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WHY DOES DROUGHT KILL TREES? INTERACTIONS BETWEEN WATER, CARBON, AND FUNGAL SYMBIONTS, Gerard Sapes de Moreta

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BIOTIC PULSES, BRYOTIC PULSES AND THE EFFECTS OF MOSSES ON COMMUNITIES AND ECOSYSTEMS, Mandy Lynn Slate

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EVOLUTION AND REPRODUCTION IN AMBROSIA BEETLE FUNGAL SYMBIONTS, Daniel Douglas Vanderpool

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An Interdisciplinary Approach To The Target Elucidation of Novel Antibiotic 31G12, Larissa A. Walker

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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DISENTANGLING THE DRIVERS OF DISTRIBUTIONAL LIMITS: BIOTIC AND ABIOTIC CONTRIBUTORS TO DEMOGRAPHIC PERFORMANCE ACROSS AND BEYOND THE LATITUDINAL RANGE OF ASTRAGALUS UTAHENSIS (FABACEAE), Kathryn Carey Baer

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THE ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION OF AVIAN ALARM CALL SIGNALING SYSTEMS, Alexis Chandon Billings

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Evolution of Molt Phenology in Dwarf Hamsters, Zachary Clare-Salzler

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CONTRIBUTIONS OF GENE COPY NUMBER VARIATION TO GENOME EVOLUTION AND LOCAL ADAPTATION OF THE CYANOBACTERIUM ACARYOCHLORIS, Amy L. Gallagher

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Soil Properties and Plant Community Productivity Mediate the Population Level Consequences of Rodent Seed Predation, Ryan James Hegstad

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A BIOGEOGRAPHIC PERSPECTIVE ON THE IMPACTS AND IMPORTANCE OF RODENT GRANIVORY ON NATIVE VS. INVASIVE PLANTS, Jacob Elias Lucero

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AERODYNAMICS AND ECOMORPHOLOGY OF FLEXIBLE FEATHERS AND MORPHING BIRD WINGS, Brett Klassen Van Oorschot

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¬MULTILOCUS PHYLOGENY OF THE LICHEN FAMILY MEGASPORACEAE, Tim B. Wheeler

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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EXTREME HYBRID GROWTH, GENOMIC IMPRINTING, THE LARGE X EFFECT, AND THE DRIVERS OF SPECIATION IN MAMMALS, Thomas David Brekke

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RESIN DUCT DEFENSES IN PONDEROSA PINE DURING A MOUNTAIN PINE BEETLE OUTBREAK: GENETIC EFFECTS, MORTALITY, AND RELATIONSHIPS WITH GROWTH, Sean Pinnell

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Analysis of Envelope Glycoprotein Complex of Arenaviruses, SUNDARESH SHANKAR

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ECOLOGICAL AND PHYSIOLOGICAL INFLUENCES ON ALTRICIAL BIRD GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT, Riccardo Ton

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CHARACTERIZATION OF THE ASSEMBLY OF HUMAN CYTOMEGALOVIRUS gH/gL/gO and gH/gL/UL128-131 COMPLEXES AND STUDIES ON THEIR FUNCTIONS DURING VIRUS ENTRY AND TROPISM, Momei Zhou

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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THE ROLE OF DKSA IN THE STRINGENT RESPONSE IN THE LYME DISEASE SPIROCHETE BORRELIA BURGDORFERI, Britney Cheff

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Aerodynamics, kinematics, and ecology of slow flight in birds, Kristen Elizabeth Crandell

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POPULATION DIFFERENTIATION AND HABITAT SELECTION OF A MONTANE RED FOX POPULATION IN THE GREATER YELLOWSTONE ECOSYSTEM, Patrick Cross

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Use of Airborne Digital Imagery to Examine Floodplain Complexity at Varying Discharges, Katelyn P. Driscoll

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Microbial responses and contributions to climate change in Greenland, Frances Rose Gilman

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THE SENSITIVITY OF SOIL RESPIRATION TO SOIL TEMPERATURE, MOISTURE, AND CARBON SUPPLY AT THE GLOBAL SCALE, Andrew Hursh

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SATELLITE MICROWAVE MEASUREMENT OF LAND SURFACE PHENOLOGY: CLARIFYING VEGETATION PHENOLOGY RESPONSE TO CLIMATIC DRIVERS AND EXTREME EVENTS, Matthew Oushana Jones

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It's a Small World: Biogeography and Invasion in the Mouse Intestine, Ellen Lark

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Chromosomal rearrangements directly cause underdominant F1 pollen sterility in Mimulus lewisii-M. cardinalis hybrids, Angela M. Stathos

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The evolution of nutritional co-endosymbionts in cicadas, James Theodore Van Leuven

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Factors Affecting Plant Responses to Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi and Soil Fungal Communities, Lauren Priestman Waller

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Non-coding RNAs of the Q fever agent, Coxiella burnetii, Indu Ramesh Warrier

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Patterns in static: noisy infochemical cues and their use by insect receivers, Jerome Keaton Wilson

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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CHARACTERIZATION OF NIPAH VIRUS PATHOGENICITY IN VITRO AND IN VIVO AND PROTECTION FROM DISEASE USING A SINGLE DOSE RECOMBINANT VACCINE, Blair Lynn DeBuysscher

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THE EFFECTS OF ESTROGEN IN ATRAZINE-MEDIATED FOXP3 INDUCTION AND INHIBITION OF CD4+ T EFFECTOR CELLS, Tiffany Emmons

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Consequences of color vision variation on performance and fitness in capuchin monkeys, Andrea Theresa Green

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THE IMPACTS OF REMOVING WILDFIRE ON PINUS PONDEROSA RESISTANCE AGAINST DENDROCTONUS PONDEROSAE, Sharon Metzger Hood

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IDENTIFICATION OF MASTIGOCLADUS LAMINOSUS GENES ASSOCIATED WITH ENHANCED NITROGEN FIXATION PERFORMANCE, Patrick R. Hutchins

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Assessing ecological condition of large landscapes with limited human impacts, William James Kleindl

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Cougar foraging ecology: new insights from intensive field monitoring and GPS collars, Blake Lowrey

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Elaboration and diversification of rhinoceros beetle horns, Erin Louisa McCullough

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Biological invasions: Insights into ecology and evolution, Jennifer Naomi Smith

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Developmental stress in birds: phenotypic and fitness, Ondi L. Crino

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Effects of local and landscape processes on animal distribution and abundance, Aaron David Flesch

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Locomotor Ontogeny and the Evolution of Avian Flight, Ashley Margaret Heers

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The genetic basis of fitness: detecting inbreeding depression and selective sweeps in bighorn sheep, Martin Dennis Kardos

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Biological effects of trogocytosis on CD4+ T lymphocytes, Douglas Grant Osborne

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The influence of exotic plant invasion on native bee abundance and demography, and the pollination and abundance of native plants, Jennifer Palladini

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Causes and consequences of dominance and diversity in grasslands, Sarah Pinto

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Costs and benefits of an extended phenotype: Chambers made by Manduca sexta larvae, Jonathan Cooley Sprague

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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Genetic structure and disease prevalence of boreal toads (Bufo boreas) in Glacier National Park, Brett Rebekah Addis

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Interplay between competition and evolution in invaded and native plant communities, Daniel Atwater

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Ecological Causes of Life History Variation Tested by Meta-analysis, Comparison, and Experimental Approaches, Daniel Croft Barton

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Spatial Drivers of Ecosystem Structure and Function in a Floodplain Riverscape: Springbrook Nutrient Dynamics, Samantha Kate Caldwell

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History, Ecology and Restoration Potential of Salmonid Fishes in the Umpqua River, Oregon, Kelly Crispen Coates

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THE ECOLOGY OF TICK-BORNE RELAPSING FEVER IN WESTERN NORTH AMERICA, Tammi Lynne Johnson

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Effects of host stored resources on bark beetle-fungal-conifer interactions, Eleanor Carol Lahr

Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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Indirect interactions and plant community structure, Erik Aschehoug

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Staphylococcus aureus Panton-Valentine leukocidin (PVL) alters human neutrophil viability and function, Shawna Graves

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The genetics of parallel evolution: a case study using thermal and non-thermal ecotypes of Mimulus guttatus from Yellowstone National Park, Margaret Frisbie Hendrick