Biology ETDs

Biology ETDs

 
We have strong programs in ecology and evolution that embrace diverse programs in ecosystems ecology, plant population biology, behavioral ecology, metabolic ecology and collections-based studies in the Museum of Southwestern Biology. Lying in intermediate positions are integrative programs in parasitology and comparative immunology that cut across traditional disciplines, and at the cell/molecular end of the spectrum are programs in genomics, fungal biology and Drosophila development that also build on evolutionary themes. We have deliberately fostered the concept of a single, large, interactive department covering the spectrum of modern biology, one that blurs traditional boundaries and favors collaborative and multidisciplinary approaches.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Prevalence of Artemisinin Resistance Associated Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms in Kenyan Isolates, Elizabeth M. Glenn

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USING d13C, d15N, and d2H TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE ECOLOGY OF GREEN SEA TURTLES, Laura Pagès Barceló

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Seasonal Shifts in C3 and C4 Resource Use by a Small Mammal Community Under Changing Precipitation Regimes, Alaina D. Pershall

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Novel Approaches to Exploring Silk Use Evolution in Spiders, Rachael Alfaro

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Where the Wild Things Are: Investigating Body Size as a Mechanism for Persistence, Meghan A. Balk

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Evaluating the Relationship of Temperature and Growth of a Larval Colorado River Catostomid, C. latipinnis, Through Otolith Aging and Stable Isotopes (δ18O), Adam Lawrence Barkalow

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Diet specialization does not explain occupancy or abundance in a test of the resource breadth hypothesis in a small mammal community, Deborah R. Boro

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Natural history and evolution of an elevational generalist, the Cinereous Conebill (Conirostrum cinereum), Andrea N. Chavez, Chandresekhar Natarajan, Jay F. Storz, Angela Fago, and Christopher C. Witt

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Plant-microbial interactions are strong determinants of plant population and community dynamics, Y. Anny Chung 9485698

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Genetic Approaches to Population Ecology and Conservation of the Sacramento Mountain Salamander, Samantha Jo Nicole Cordova

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Bacterial Siderophore Production in Lechuguilla and Spider Caves, Carlsbad National Park (CCNP) Carlsbad, New Mexico, Tammi R. Duncan

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The Impact of Climate and Elevation on the Growth and Mortality of Piñon Pine, Alice M. Fretz

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The effects of atmospheric pressure on inter-specific competition and the morphological and hematological characteristics of elevational distributions of hummingbirds, Ariel M. Gaffney

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Immunology of the gray short-tailed opossum during pregnancy and prenatal development, Victoria L. Hansen

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Dynamics of community composition and ecological processes in Mesic and Semiarid Grasslands, Sydney K. Jones

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Phylogeography and population dynamics of North American wolverines (Gulo gulo luscus) in Alaska and western Canada, Dianna Krejsa

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Precipitation Patterns and Fungal Community Succession in a Seasonally Dry Secondary Tropical Savanna, Sara R. Lopez

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Pattern and Process in the Radiation of Ground-dwelling Squirrels, Bryan S. McLean

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Forage selection and habitat architecture as drivers of small mammal community dynamics in an arid, nutrient limited, highly stochastic ecosystem, Jennifer Darby Noble

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NOVEL INDICES TO QUANTIFY FREEZE TOLERANCE IN AMPHIBIANS, Jolene R. Rearick

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THE ECOLOGY OF ACEQUIAS IN THE MORA VALLEY: PATTERNS, PROCESSES AND PLACE-BASED KNOWLEDGE, Shannon M. Rupert

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Dengue vaccination modulates the dengue-Zika viral system via immunogenic cross-talk, Noah J. B. Silva

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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BIOGEOGRAPHY, INTERSPECIFIC INTROGRESSION, AND THE EVOLUTION OF HEMOGLOBIN GENES IN THE HIGH ANDES: THE EVOLUTIONARY HISTORY OF THE SOUTH AMERICAN SISKINS (Spinus), Elizabeth Jane Beckman

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Shifts in the relative importance of competition and mutualism for communities and ecosystems, Lukas P. Bell-Dereske

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Coevolving histories inside and out: phylogenetics, comparative parasitology, and host affinities of chipmunk sucking lice and pinworms, Kayce Bell

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Plant-biocrust interactions mediated by the fungal loop, Eva Dettweiler-Robinson

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Energetics Across Ecological Scales, John M. Grady

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Phylogenetics and diversification of whirligig beetles (Coleoptera, Gyrinidae), Grey T. Gustafson

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Impacts of long-term precipitation manipulation on hydraulic architecture, xylem function, and canopy status in a piñon-juniper woodland, Patrick J. Hudson

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The molecular systematics and phylogeography of the widespread North American meadow vole (Microtus pennsylvanicus), Donavan J. Jackson

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Mammals of the Greater Gila Region, Amanda K. Jones

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Altitudinal gradients do not predict plant-symbiont responses to experimental warming, Melanie R. Kazenel

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MITIGATING THE IMPACTS OF HUMAN LAND-USE CHANGE ON BIODIVERSITY: WITH A FOCUS ON LARGE MIGRATORY HERBIVORES, Kina Rebekah Murphy

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Experimental drought and soil depth interactively influence fungal community composition in piñon-juniper woodland, Eric Olivas

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A MULTIDIMENSIONAL INVESTIGATION OF THE NICHE: GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTIONS, BODY SIZE, AND INTERSPECIFIC INTERACTIONS OF LATE QUATERNARY NORTH AMERICAN CANIDAE, Melissa Pardi

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Retrospective Food Web Analysis of Gila River Fishes Reveals Hydrologic parameters Influence non-native Species Effects, Rosalee Anne Reese

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MONTANE VALLEY GRASSLAND PLANT COMMUNITIES ARE HIGHLY RESISTANT TO WILDFIRE, Martina M. Suazo

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Assessing the Climate Change Vulnerability of Ecosystem Types of the Southwestern U.S., Francis J. Triepke, Esteban H. Muldavin, Maximillian M. Wahlberg, Timothy K. Lowrey, Donald A. Falk, Megan M. Friggens, and Karen E. Bagne

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Patterns in richness and community structure: From bacteria to apex predators, Ara Winter

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Paratransgenic control of Pierce's disease, Arinder Arora

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The indirect effects of climate variability on the reproductive dynamics and productivity of an avian predator in the arid southwest, Corrie C. Borgman

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Transcriptional regulation of muscle development in Drosophila melanogaster, Tonya Brunetti

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COMPARATIVE STUDY OF GENOMIC FEATURES OF EVOLUTIONARILY YOUNG GENE DUPLICATES, Lijing Bu

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Macroecology and Sociobiology of Humans and other Mammals, Joseph Robert Burger

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Flight Muscle Progenitor Populations in Drosophila melanogaster, Elizabeth Clarke

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Foliar respiration and carbon dynamics of mature piñon and juniper trees in response to experimental drought and heat, Adam Collins

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Diversity of understudied archaeal and bacterial populations of Yellowstone National Park: from genes to genomes, Daniel Colman

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Negative effects of rapid warming and drought on reproductive dynamics and population size of an avian predator in the arid southwest, Kirsten Cruz-McDonnell

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The gene blistered selectively controls muscle type differentiation in Drosophila melanogaster, Ashley A. DeAguero

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ROOT ASSOCIATED MICROBES: THE MEDIATORS BETWEEN PLANTS AND SOIL, Sarah Dean

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SCHISTOSOMES OF NEPAL, Ramesh Devkota

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A life history of the Roundnose Minnow, Dionda episcopa, in the middle Pecos River Valley, New Mexico., Michael A. Farrington

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Gene duplications during experimental evolution of Caenorhabditis elegans : duplication rates and evolutionary responses, James Charles Farslow

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Drying Events in the Rio Grande: Effects on Hydrology, Riparian Vegetation, and Arthropod Communities, Kimberly Fike

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How ants turn information into food, Tatiana Flanagan

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Constraints on distributions and diversity of birds and mammals over variable environments, Trevor S. Fristoe

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The impact of temperature, pH and environmental heterogeneity on prokaryotic diversity in Yellowstone National Park thermal springs, Xiaoben Jiang

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Multi-scale models of ovarian cancer, Kimberly Rene Kanigel Winner

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UNRAVELING THE MYSTERIES OF PLANT MATING SYSTEMS IN RAPHANUS SATIVUS, Lindsey C. Kaufman

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A Novel Family of Major Histocompatibility Complex Class I Genes in Marsupials and Monotremes, Katina Krasnec

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QUANTIFYING TEMPERATURE SENSITIVITY OF SOIL RESPIRATION ACROSS A RANGE OF SEMI-ARID BIOMES, Michelle Nuanez

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Evolution of Young Gene Duplicates in the Caenorhabditis briggsae Genome, Lucille Packard

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Conservation Genetics at the Interface of Theory and Application, Tyler J. Pilger

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TOO WET FOR FROGS, TOO DRY FOR LIZARDS: ROLE OF CHANGING PRECIPITATION ON TROPICAL FROGS AND ARID LIZARDS, Mason J. Ryan

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PRE-INDUSTRIAL MELANISM: THE ORIGIN, MAINTENANCE, AND GENETIC BASIS OF AN URBAN MELANIC MORPH OF THE VERMILION FLYCATCHER., Carl Jonathan Schmitt

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Effects of stream edges on algal biomass in the middle Rio Grande, Steven Daniel Scholle

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Disturbance events in arid ecosystems : comparisons of enzyme activity profiles across multiple soil microbial communities, Daniel Warnock

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INTO THE TROPICS: A QUANTITATIVE STUDY OF MAMMALS IN THE GREAT AMERICAN BIOTIC INTERCHANGE, Winifred Whiteman-Jennings

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The effects of ecology and evolution on avian flight morphology, Natalie Wright

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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EVALUATING THE UTILITY OF NATURAL HISTORY COLLECTIONS IN RESEARCH AND FOR THE PUBLIC, Bethany Abrahamson

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BACTERIOPHAGE HOST-RANGE EXPANSION TO INCLUDE TWO STRAINS OF CLOSTRIDIUM SPOROGENES, Kevin Crown

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DIVERSIFICATION AND ADAPTATION IN THE ANDES: INSIGHTS FROM PHYLOGEOGRAPHY, MALARIA, AND HEMOGLOBIN OF THE HOUSE WREN (TROGLODYTES AEDON), Spencer Galen

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Population and Metapopulation Ecology of Childhood Diseases, Christian E. Gunning

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PHYLOGENETIC REVISION OF THE GENUS ARENIVAGA (REHN) (BLATTODEA: CORYDIIDAE), WITH DESCRIPTIONS OF NEW SPECIES, A KEY TO THE MALES, AND AN INVESTIGATION OF ITS ECOLOGICAL NICHE, Heidi Hopkins

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Bridging structure and function in semi-arid ecosystems by integrating remote sensing and ground based measurements, Dan Krofcheck

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Abiotic drivers of Chihuahuan Desert plant communities, Laura Marie Ladwig

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DEFINING THE COMPLEXITIES OF MEF2 FUNCTION AND REGULATION IN DROSOPHILA, TyAnna L. Lovato

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The microbiome of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss), Liam T. Lowrey

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A morphological phylogenetic analysis and taxonomic revision of the millipede family Atopetholidae (Chamberlin) (Diplopoda: Spirobolida) with descriptions of new species and the conservation status of Comanchelus chihuanus (Chamberlin 1947) (Diplopoda: Spirobolida: Atopetholidae), a species of concern., Michael Medrano

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Aret: a novel regulator of alternative splicing in the flight muscle transcripts in Drosophila melanogaster, Sandy T. Oas

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Community ecology, climate change and ecohydrology in desert grassland and shrubland, Matthew Petrie

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THE EFFECTS OF INTESTINAL SULFATE-REDUCING BACTERIA ON COGNITIVE BEHAVIOR AND INTESTINAL TRANSIT IN MICE, Nathaniel Ritz

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LIVING ON THE EDGE: A COMPARATIVE PHYLOGEOGRAPHIC STUDY OF REFUGIAL AND INSULAR FRAGMENTATION, Yadeeh Sawyer

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Establishment of Larrea tridentata at the northern edge of the modern Mojave Desert: Insights from Neotoma paleomiddens, Clare Steinberg

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ANALYSIS OF GENES REQUIRED FOR QUIESCENT CELL FORMATION IN STATIONARY PHASE CULTURES OF SACCHAROMYCES CEREVISIAE, Melissa R. Wilson

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Scaling of crop diversity and optimal allocation of foodshed infrastructure, Michael Chang

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The effects of precipitation manipulation on carbohydrate dynamics and mortality in a piñon-juniper woodland, L. Turin Dickman

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Disentangling Historical Biogeography and Anthropogenic Introductions: A Case Study of Red Shiner (Cyprinella lutrensis), Tracy Diver

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THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON STREAM INVERTEBRATES IN THEIR ROLE AS BIOLOGICAL INDICATORS AND RESPONDERS TO DISTURBANCE, Anna Hamilton

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LIFE HISTORY AND MORPHOMETRIC VARIATION OF GAMBUSIA NOBILIS AT BITTER LAKE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, Alyssa Hopkins

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MHC and Mate Choice in Anolis sagrei, Angela Hung

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A Holarctic perspective on mammalian evolution: The evolutionary and biogeographic history of red-backed voles and their close relatives (Rodentia: Arvicolinae), Brooks Kohli

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MOLECULAR CONTROL OF MUSCLE PATTERNING, DEVELOPMENT AND STABILITY IN DROSOPHILA, Elisa LaBeau DiMenna

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Systematics within the Zopheridae Complex (Coleoptera: Tenebrionoidea)., Nathan Lord

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EXPLORING SIGNALS OF HISTORICAL DEMOGRAPHY IN BOREAL MAMMALS THROUGH INTEGRATION OF STATISTICAL CONSERVATION PHYLOGENETICS, TAXONOMY, AND COMPARATIVE PHYLOGEOGRAPHY, Jason Malaney

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Mitochondrial Genome Evolution in Pupillid Land Snails, Jason D. Marquardt

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Habitat Preference of Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnakes (Crotalus atrox) at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico: An Analysis at Multiple Scales, Theresa Lorraine McInnes

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Systematics of Longhorned Beetles (Insecta: Coleoptera: Cerambycidae), Eugenio Hernán Nearns

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Molecular characterization of the freshwater snail Physella acuta., Journey R. Nolan

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Regulation of hydraulic function and consequences for drought-related mortality in mature woody plants, Jennifer Plaut