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Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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Biodiversity, biological integrity, and population ecology in disturbed aquatic environments, Anna M. Belyaeva

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Temporal and spatial dynamics of submersed macrophytes and water temperatures in shallow flow-through wetlands, Jacob Scott Eeling

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An integrated approach to restoring grassland function to working landscapes, Nicholas J. Lyon

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Strategies to improve native bee (Hymenoptera: Apoidea) habitat in agroecosystems, Morgan Mackert

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Evaluation of temporal and spatial indicators of regime shifts in shallow lakes, David Adrian Ortiz

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Past, present and future: Geographic and temporal variation in a fig–fig wasp mutualism, Finn Piatscheck

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Thermo-imaging bipedalism on the savanna: Chimpanzee locomotion at Fongoli, Senegal and implications for the evolution of hominin bipedalism, Nicole Wackerly

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Germination, survivorship and growth of an invasive desert grass, Schismus arabicus, under varied shade, moisture and soil-nitrogen regimes, Sarah Elizabeth Emeterio

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Infiltrating the hive mind: Immune and viral effects on behavior of the honey bee (Apis mellifera), Amy C. Geffre

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Novel and native community assembly, maintenance and legacy in perennial grasslands, Kaitlin Marissa Goodale

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Evaluating native bee community responses to tallgrass prairie habitat restorations, Hilary Haley

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Genome size evolution and domestication in Gossypium, Emma Ruth Miller

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Monarch butterfly preference and use of nine Midwestern milkweed species, Victoria Marie Pocius

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The telomere hypothesis of stress and aging, Michael Todd Shultz

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Lichen diversity and conservation of northeast Iowa: White Pine Hollow State Preserve and the lichen Lobaria pulmonaria, Kathleen M. Thompson

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A worm's tale: An evaluation of the natural history and infectious dynamics of Parasitodiplogaster nematodes, Justin Michael Van Goor

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Individuality in the hive: Behavioral variation and its proximate causes in insect societies, Alexander Walton

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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The detection and quantification of aquatic reptilian environmental DNA, Clare Isabel Ming-Ch'eng Adams

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Geographic variation in nesting behavior and thermally-induced offspring phenotypes in a widespread reptile, Brooke Lee Bodensteiner

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A comparative survey and investigation into the functional role of root anatomy in the Poaceae, Monica Cox

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Evolution of duplicated pathways and networks in polyploid cotton, Joseph Patrick Gallagher

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Greenhouse gas emissions from Iowa Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program wetlands, Hannah Leigh Hoglund

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Studies on the molecular underpinnings of sex determination mechanism evolution and molecular sexing tools in turtles, Robert Alan Literman

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Morphologic characterization of upland depressional wetlands on the Des Moines Lobe of Iowa, Samuel Marcus McDeid

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Herbivore effects on plant coexistence and diversity, Brent Mortensen

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Behavioral and physiological responses of a freshwater turtle to anthropogenic activity, Rebecca Leigh Polich

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Evaluating Pollinator Responses to Grassland Management Techniques, David Stein

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Scaling approach to microbial interactions in soil across three bioenergy cropping systems, Racheal Nichole Upton(Erb)

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Impacts of the amount of hybrid cattail (Typha x glauca) litter on abiotic and biotic conditions in prairie pothole wetlands, Andrew J. Albertsen

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Sedge meadow response to various experimental treatments, Mitchell Austin Baalman

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Ecology and evolution of physiological phenotypes in garter snakes (Thamnophis spp.), Eric Joseph Gangloff

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Environmental factors affecting the residence time distribution dynamics of constructed agricultural wetlands, David Immanuel Green

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The effect of seed mix additions on emergent community composition with implications for Iowa CREP wetland restorations, KristiLee Elizabeth Halpin

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An examination of the complex ecological role of tall fescue in grassland restoration, Karin Joanne Jokela

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Evaluation of CRP contour buffer and filter strips as habitat for native bees and predatory ground beetles, Amy Lynn Moorhouse

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The phenology of cyanobacteria blooms and carbon cycling in eutrophic lake ecosystems, Ana Melinda Morales-Williams

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Molecular evolution of opsins, a gene responsible for sensing light, in scallops (Bivalvia: Pectinidae), Anita J. Porath-Krause

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Biological diversity in the biology classroom: teachers' approaches, attitudes, and knowledge, Krystal Rachelle Wikstrom

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Phylogenetics, systematics and evolution of the temperate woody bamboos with an emphasis on the Kuruna clade, Lakshmi Ruwani Attigala

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Sociogenomics of social organization: mechanistic and evolutionary underpinnings of caste development and facial recognition in paper wasps, Ali Berens

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Phenotypic innovation and repeatability in turtles, Gerardo Antonio Cordero

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Flammable deserts: understanding the impacts of fire on southwestern desert ecosystems of USA, Andres Hernan Fuentes Ramirez

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Microbial community diversity in freshwater sponges from Lake Baikal/Protein size in three domains of life and examples of unusually large proteins in Porifera: A review, Katrina Agno Lutap

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Differential demographic responses of two sympatric turtle species to anthropogenic disturbance, Sarah M. Mitchell

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Southeast Iowa lichen diversity and elemental analysis, Amy Lynn Podaril

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Studies on the causes and consequences of sex determination in turtles, Srihari Radhakrishnan

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Direct benefits of ejaculate-derived compounds on female reproduction and immunity in the field cricket, Gryllus texensis, Amy Marie Worthington

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Convergent evolution of life habit and shell shape in scallops (Bivalvia: Pectinidae) with a description of a new genus, Alvin Alejandrino

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Soil aggregate distribution and turnover affects soil microbial ecology and ecosystem processes in three bioenergy systems, Elizabeth Marie Bach

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Phylogenetics and Evolution of the Paleotropical Woody Bamboos (Poaceae: Bambusoideae: Bambuseae), Hathairat Chokthaweepanich

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Utilizing novel grasslands for the conservation and restoration of butterflies and other pollinators in agricultural ecosystems, John Thomas Delaney

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Native mice in a novel ecosystem: Morphology, behavior, and sociology predict the role of prairie deer mice in agriculture, John Watson Doudna

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Cytonuclear and small RNA evolution in diploid and polyploid plant species, Lei Gong

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Soil microbial communities in bioenergy cropping systems: unearthing relationships across a heterogeneous agroecosystem, Sarah Kate Hargreaves

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Multifunctional agriculture: Root and nitrogen dynamics in two alternative systems, Alison King

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The evolution of salamander mimicry: Predators, prey, and perception, Andrew C. Kraemer

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Growth and allocation in seedlings of three shade intolerant species: the role of biotic and abiotic factors, Nilsen Leonardo Lasso-Rivas

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The mitochondrial ratchet: Examples from non-bilaterian animals, Walker Pett

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Top-down and bottom-up effects on plant reproduction and dispersal in grassland systems, Lauren Lavins Sullivan

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Assessing population status and identifying key habitat requirements for Parnassius butterflies in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, Kimberly Elizabeth Szcodronski

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The effect of changing juvenile nutritional conditions and compensatory growth on life history traits in a field cricket, Gryllus texensis, Brittany Tawes

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How male attractiveness mediates the effect of an immune challenge on reproductive traits and sickness behavior in the Texas Field Cricket (Gryllus texensis), Melissa Shari Corona Telemeco

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Here be dragons: Functional analyses of thermal adaptation and biogeography of reptiles in a changing world, Rory S. Telemeco

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Integrating scale and uncertainty to understand microbially derived agroecosystem processes, Ryan James Williams

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Understanding biodiversity: The importance of sexual dimorphism in the micro- and macroevolution of hummingbirds, Chelsea Marie Berns

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Species interactions in ephemeral patch systems: spatial, temporal, and spatio-temporal influences, Alexander Bradley Duthie

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Foraging by mice in spatially and temporally variable agricultural fields: Implications for volunteer corn, invertebrate and weed pest control, Tatyana Jennifer Flick

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Anthropogenic eutrophication and ecosystem functioning in freshwater lakes, Adam John Heathcote

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Evolutionary proteomics of cotton, Guanjing Hu

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Mechanisms altering exotic-native proportions in plant communities, and impacts on biodiversity and ecosystems, Leanne M. Martin

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Phenotypic consequences of maternal effects during early life stages of the painted turtle, Chrysemys picta, Timothy Staub Mitchell

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Molecular evolution of the p53 network in reptiles, Shikha Parsai

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On inferring and interpreting genetic population structure - applications to conservation, and the estimation of pairwise genetic relatedness, Arun Sethuraman

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Experimentally simulating environmental change in a montane meadow system via reduced snowpack and passive warming: soil and plant responses, Jill Sherwood

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Predicting the spatial distribution of an invasive plant species and modeling tolerance to herbivory using Lythrum salicaria L. as a model system, Shyam Thomas

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Decoding heterogeneous big data in an integrative way, XIA ZHANG

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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Carbon flux and eutrophication in agricultural inland waters, Michelle Bea Balmer

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Factors affecting mycorrhizal colonization in Schizachyrium scoparium, Paul N. Frater

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The evolution of the mitochondrial genomes of calcareous sponges and cnidarians, Ehsan Kayal

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Variation in plant defense traits and population genetics within a Sonoran Desert cotton endemic, Gossypium davidsonii and boll weevil, Anthonomus grandis, Adam Kuester

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Effects of climate change on reptiles with temperature-dependent sex determination and potential adaptation via maternal nest-site choice, Jeanine M. Refsnider

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Understanding and acceptance of biological evolution and the nature of science: Studies on university faculty, Justin William Rice

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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