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Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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The evolution of stress response and complex life history traits in natural populations of garter snakes, Tonia Sue Schwartz

Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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Ecological processes regulating geographic distributions of Plethodon salamanders in the Southern Appalachian Mountains, James O'connor Church

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Population characteristics and habitat selection of muskrats (Ondatra zibethicus) in response to water level management at the Summerberry Marsh Complex, The Pas, Manitoba, Canada, Michael David Ervin

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Individual and population-level responses of the Alabama beach mouse (Peromyscus polionotus ammobates) to environmental variation in space and time, Matthew Richard Falcy

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Multiple paternity, male reproductive success, hormonal regulation of fertility, and the evolution of life-histories, Megan Brianne Manes

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Patterns and processes of spatial genetic structure in a mobile and continuously distributed species, the bobcat (Lynx rufus), Dawn Marie Reding

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Biogeography of denitrifying bacteria in a prairie and agro-ecosystem, Alescia Ann Roberto

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Grassland bird response to enhanced vegetation diversity in restoration plantings in the Spring Run Complex of northwestern Iowa, Jennifer Amy Vogel

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An improvement on the management of biomass removal from vegetated channels and the methods used in runoff research, Henry Michael Wilson

Theses/Dissertations from 2010

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Phenotypic plasticity, sexual dimorphism and Rensch's rule in turtles, Claudia Patricia Ceballos Fonseca

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Microevolution of sex determination mechanisms: Case studies in Caenorhabditis elegans, Christopher Holden Chandler

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Mitochondrial genome evolution in the Metazoa: Insights from Class Hexactinellida (Phylum Porifera) and Phylum Cnidaria, Karri Michelle Haen

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Processes that influence biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, and stability in grasslands, Forest Isaac Isbell

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Predicting favorable habitat for bobcats (Lynx rufus) in Iowa, Stephanie Ann Linde

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Extensive and evolutionary persistent mitochondrial tRNA editing in velvet worms (Phylum Onychophora), Romulo Segovia

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The evolution of mitochondrial genome and proteome in animals, Xiujuan Wang

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Effects of fine-scale plant arrangement on grassland establishment, Kathryn Anne Yurkonis

Theses/Dissertations from 2009

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Gene Expression Evolution Following Hybridization and Genome Duplication in Cotton (genus Gossypium), Lex Flagel

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Mutualism effects of within and among-tree flowering in a desert fig Ficus petiolaris, Daniel James Gates

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Micro-evolutionary potential of temperature dependent sex determination in a wild population of painted turtles, Chrysemys picta, Suzanne Mcgaugh

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An examination of songbird avian diversity, abundance trends, and community composition in two endangered temperate ecosystems: riparian willow habitat of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and a restored tallgrass prairie ecosystem, Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, Brian Frederick Olechnowski

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Effects of age on immune function in free-living animals: Ontogeny, senescence, and their implications, Maria Gabriela Palacios

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Effects of brood size on and the ontogeny of the stress response in nestling Tree Swallows (Tachycineta bicolor), Rebecca Parsons

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Genome-wide transcriptional changes associated with allopolyploidy and fiber domestication in cotton (Gossypium spp. L.), Ryan Adam Rapp

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The evolution of life histories in garter snakes: Reproduction, aging, and the physiology of trade-offs, Amanda M. Sparkman

Theses/Dissertations from 2008

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Butterfly community temporal trends and responses to resource availability along a hydrologic gradient of montane meadows, Jennet C. Caruthers

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Ecological processes responsible for species co-occurrence patterns in two species of Plethodon salamanders, Jennifer Deitloff

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Post-orbital color pattern variation and the evolution of a radiation of turtles (Graptemys), Erin M. Myers

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Terrestrial arthropod community and indicators of biotic integrity for Iowa tallgrass prairie, Jessica Marie Orlofske

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Depredation of Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta) nests: influence of biotic, abiotic, Jeramie Troy Strickland

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Systematics of the neotropical woody bamboo genus Rhipidocladum (Poaceae: Bambusoideae), Christopher Dean Tyrrell

Theses/Dissertations from 2007

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Experimental tests of community assembly rules in a tallgrass prairie restoration, Andrea Margaret Blong

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Litter accumulation in emergent marshes: investigating the effects of litter on wetland invertebrates and the processes controlling litter distribution and accumulation, Jay Richard Christensen

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The role of adaptive evolution of phenotypic plasticity and historical population genetic processes in purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria L.) invasion in North America, Young Jin Chun

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Taxonomic review, phylogeny, and geographical population structure of the sawfishes (Chondrichthyes, Pristiformes), Vicente Vieira Faria

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Plumbing agricultural landscapes for water quality improvement: coexistence of intensive agriculture and good water quality, Zsolt Gemesi

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An evaluation of anuran monitoring by Iowa Department of Natural Resource volunteers and the spatial scale of habitat use in northwestern Iowa, Anne M. Johnson

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Small and large-scale landscape approaches for conservation of the imperiled Blanding's turtle, Emys blandingii, Lindsay Marie Carroll Kasuga

Theses/Dissertations from 2006

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Atmospheric deposition: testing methods of measurement and measuring rates in Iowa, U.S.A, Timothy William Blake

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Hatching synchrony and survival in early life in the painted turtle, Chrysemys picta, Paul Lawrence Colbert

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The patch and landscape characteristics related to the occupancy of host-plant patches by the phlox moth, Schinia indiana (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), Danielle Marie DeBruyne

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Lowland savanna of southeastern Iowa: historical and modern vegetation patterns and implications for management, Connie Lou Dettman

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The effect of age structure on movement rate, group cohesion, and leadership in female bison (Bos bison), Laura Girleen Erickson

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Habitat selection and demography of bobcats (Lynx rufus) in Iowa, Stephanie Ann Koehler

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Patterns and processes of plant community invasibility, David Losure

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Reconstructing Quaternary landscapes and hydrology from soil survey maps, Bradley A. Miller

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Behaviorally-induced periodic cooling of avian embryos , Christopher Robin Olson

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The importance of host fish in long range transport of unionids in large rivers , Daelyn Adele Woolnough

Theses/Dissertations from 2005

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Community structure and distributions of two terrestrial salamanders: a pluralistic approach, Saad Arif

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Oxygen isotope composition of Lampsilis cardium from Boone River and Buffalo Creek in Iowa: implications for seasonal growth, Ann Elizabeth Goewert

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Bird and bat behavior and mortality at a northern Iowa windfarm, Aaftab Ashok Jain

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Assessing grassland restoration success: relative roles of seed additions and native ungulate grazing, Leanne Michelle Martin

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Butterfly community composition in fragmented habitats: effects of patch shape and spatial scale, Jessica Diane Davis Skibbe

Theses/Dissertations from 2004

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Spatial and temporal patterns in precipitation and dryfall deposition of nutrients in Iowa, U.S.A., Kelsy Ann Anderson

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A challenge to the paradigm of cospeciation in highly coevolved systems: the Sonoran Desert rock fig and its wasp parasites, Kristen Kubik Bernhard

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The influence of local and landscape factors on wildlife use of grassed waterways in Southeast Iowa, Tricia Gorby Knoot

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DNA oxidative damage in birds: measuring, analyzing and comparing, Wei Liu

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Corridors and some ecological and evolutionary consequences of connectivity , John Lee Orrock II

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Factors affecting butterfly use of filter strips in Southwest Minnesota, Kathleen Fullin Reeder

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Bird and butterfly community structure and songbird next success in montane meadows of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, Ron Edward VanNimwegen

Theses/Dissertations from 2003

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Predicting Cyanobacteria dominance in nutrient-rich lakes, Christine Therese Cherrier

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Mortality in the Patagonian guanaco (Lama guanicoe): can skulls provide accurate estimates of juvenile mortality in the absence of other data?, Jennifer Lynn Donnelly

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Geometric morphometric analysis of shark teeth of the genus Rhizoprionodon: the modern, the ancient, and the hypothetical : modern tooth shape analysis and test of ancestor prediction methods by comparison to fossil shapes, Aspen Garry

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Molecular phylogenetics and evolution in sharks and fishes , Juan Andrés López

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Phylogenetics of Alooideae (Asphodelaceae), Jeffrey D. Noll

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Biogeographic origin, taxonomic status, and conservation biology of Asplenium monanthes L. in the southeastern United States, Allison Elizabeth Shaw

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Butterfly communities in remnant and reconstructed prairies in Central Iowa, U.S.A, Stephanie Elizabeth Shepherd

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Assessing small mammal abundance and diversity in North Dakota grasslands, Andrew Stephen Wiewel

Theses/Dissertations from 2002

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The application of genetic markers to investigate two issues concerning the conservation of Boltonia decurrens (Asteraceae): the genetic structure of a metapopulation and the potential for interspecific hybridization, Jennifer Ann DeWoody

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Temperature and clutch effects on embryos and hatchlings of the smooth softshell turtle (Apalone mutica), Michael Andrew Mullins

Theses/Dissertations from 2001

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Relationship between foxtail (Setaria spp.) primary dormancy at seed abscission and subsequent seedling emergence, Bradley Glenn Atchison

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Demographics, movement, and resource use of the American Apollo butterfly Parnassius clodius (Papilionidae) in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA, Julia Nell Auckland

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Turtles through time: exploring historical relationships among turtle families using DNA sequence data from a nuclear gene, James Gerald Krenz

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Small-scale spatial patterns of vegetation on remnant tallgrass prairies in southern lowa., Katie Lenore Monsen

Theses/Dissertations from 2000

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Feeding ecology of larval net-winged midges (Diptera: Blephariceridae: Blepharicera Macquart) from the southern Appalachian Mountains, Andrew James Alverson

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Small mammals in their environment: habitat selection in the context of landscape physiognomy and composition, Jessemine Lee-Saa Fung