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

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Bottom-Up and Top-Down Controls on Food Webs in Headwater Streams, Miriam O. Bayer

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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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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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DOPED APATITE NANOPARTICLES: CHARACTERIZATION AND BIOMEDICAL RELEVANCE, Jessica Marie Gregory

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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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Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Ungulate Browsing on Willow (Salix spp.) Communities Within the Northern Range of Yellowstone, Donald L. Belile Jr.

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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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FORAGING BEHAVIOR OF BROWN BEARS ON KODIAK ISLAND, ALASKA, William Welling Deacy

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ECOLOGY OF THE ALLUVIAL AQUIFER OF THE NYACK FLOODPLAIN ON THE MIDDLE FORK OF THE FLATHEAD RIVER, MONTANA, Amanda Gay DelVecchia

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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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Estimation of historic salmon populations and its application to contemporary salmon conservation, Nick Joseph Gayeski

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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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Ecology of juvenile salmon in large floodplain rivers: the influence of habitat modification by beavers (Castor canadensis) on salmon growth and production, Rachel Lanelle Malison

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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

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Corticosterone as a mediator of the tradeoff between survival and reproduction, Stephen Harold Patterson

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THE ROLE OF MICROBIAL ENDOSYMBIONTS IN SORGHUM HALEPENSE INVASIONS: EVIDENCE OF A NEW INVASION STRATEGY, MICROBIALLY ENHANCED COMPETITIVE ABILITY (MECA), Marnie Erin Rout

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Immune Suppression By The Herbicide Atrazine Involves Inhibition Of CD4+ T Cells And Expansion Of Foxp3+ Regulatory T cells, Lindsay Elizabeth Thueson

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MICROBIAL COMMUNITY ASSEMBLY AND DIVERSIFICATION OF THE GENUS CHLOROFLEXUS ALONG AN ALKALINE HOT SPRING GRADIENT, Michael Louis Weltzer

Theses/Dissertations from 2010

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VIRUS-HOST INTERACTIONS ACROSS GEOGRAPHICALLY-DISTINCT SULFOLOBUS SPINDLE-SHAPED VIRUS SYSTEMS, Ruben Michael Ceballos

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FEMALE COMPETITION AND THE ROLE OF TESTOSTERONE IN A POLYGYNOUS SYSTEM, Lars Stefan Ekernas

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Causes and consequences of prolonged dormancy: Why stay belowground?, Jennifer R. Gremer

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Habitat influences on avian diversity and reproductive success in western aspen forests, Amy B. Johnson

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Using patchy plant invasions to understand how diffuse interactions modify facilitation and competition, Kerry Lee Metlen

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Lead exposure in large carnivores in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, Thomas Alan Rogers

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The Importance of Multiple Study Areas in Landscape Genetics: The American Black Bear in the Rocky Mountains, Ruth Short Bull

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Elemental Stoichiometry of Freshwater Hyporheic Microorganisms, Alejandra Valenzuela

Theses/Dissertations from 2009

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Biogenesis, Assembly and Intracellular Trafficking of Junin Arenavirus Envelope Glycoprotein Complex, Sudhakar Srinivasarao Agnihothram

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The role of small mammals in the population dynamics of two native grassland forbs: Lupinus sericeus and Lithospermum ruderale, Mary Carolyn Bricker

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The allometry of bird flight performance, Brandon Edward Jackson

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Wildfire responses and tree longevity in old-growth ponderosa pine/Douglas-fir forests, Eric G. Keeling

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Adaptive Variation in Microbes: Insights from Wild and Experimental Populations of Escherichia coli, Margaret Ann Kinnersley

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Scale dependent genetic structure of Idaho Giant salamanders (Dicamptodon aterrimus) in stream networks, Lindy Beth Mullen

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Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi: Factors Affecting Soil Organic Matter Storage, Carl Lee Rosier