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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Dissertations

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

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Paratransgenic control of Pierce's disease, Arinder Arora

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

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Historical and topographic drivers of tropical insular diversity: comparative phylogeography of Eleutherodactylus antillensis and E. portoricensis, two ecologically distinctive frogs of the Puerto Rican Bank, Brittany Barker

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The effect of plant source location on restoration success: a reciprocal transplant experiment with winterfat (Krascheninnikovia lanata), Melanie Barnes

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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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Environmental regulation of carbon isotope discrimination and internal CO2 conductance in C3 leaves, Christopher Bickford

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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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Pattern and process in metabolic ecology : from biotic interactions to cultural diversity gradients, William Burnside

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

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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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The role of spatial and genetic modeling to biogeography., Dolly Crawford

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High-throughput genomic/proteomic studies : finding structure and meaning by similarity, George Sidney Davidson

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

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

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SCHISTOSOMES OF NEPAL, Ramesh Devkota

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Energy development and conservation of sympatric wildlife : new approaches to meet growing challenges, William Dunn

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Dispersal, facilitation, and burrow architecture in banner-tailed kangaroo rats, Andrew Edelman

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Pollination ecology of Agave palmeri in New Mexico, and landscape use of Leptonycteris nivalis in relation to Agaves, Angela E. England

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Infectious disease and the worldwide distribution of IQ, Christopher Eppig

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Always read the introduction : integrating regulatory and coding sequence evolution in yeast, Annette Evangelisti

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

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How ants turn information into food, Tatiana Flanagan

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Female perception of testeronized male facial images : evidence of a co-evolutionary tradeoff responsive to conditions for both competition and cooperation, Melissa Franklin

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

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The spatial ecology of Galapagos tortoises and New Mexico's reptiles, Jacek Tomasz Giermakowski

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Energetics Across Ecological Scales, John M. Grady

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Lateralization of the developing rat hippocampal formation, Amanda Gross

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

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

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

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Mammalian diversification across the Holarctic: spatiotemporal evolution in response to environmental change, Andrew G. Hope

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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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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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MHC and Mate Choice in Anolis sagrei, Angela Hung

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Substratum interfacial energetic effects on the attachment of marine bacteria, Linnea Ista

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

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

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The effects of stream discharge and channelization on the macroinvertebrate community in a semi-arid landscape, Thomas Kennedy

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Effects of global change on savanna grassland ecosystems, Sally Koerner

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Reproductive phenology of fishes of the Rio Grande, New Mexico : a genes-to-community approach, Trevor James Krabbenhoft

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

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

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Abiotic drivers of Chihuahuan Desert plant communities, Laura Marie Ladwig

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Variation and organization in social behavior : infectious disease and human intergroup conflict and warfare; and the organization of foraging behavior in harvester ants, Kenneth Letendre

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

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

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

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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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Genome architecture in the fungal kingdom, Antonio Diego Martinez

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Habitat variables, mammal interactions, and recovery approaches important to a rare, New Mexican butterfly, Euphydryas anicia cloudcrofti (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae), Julie McIntyre

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

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The physiological ecology and evolution of freezing tolerance in diploid Larrea sp., Juliana Medeiros

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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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Statistical methods in microarrays and high-throughput flow cytometry, Osorio Meirelles

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Controls on microbial community structure in thermal environments : exploring bacterial diversity and the relative influence of geochemistry and geography, Kendra Renee Mitchell

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Identification of the wings apart transcriptional unit in Drosophila melanogaster, Ginny Morriss

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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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Linking environment to ecology in arid land consumers : two case studies, Ian W. Murray

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

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Allometric scaling and metabolic ecology of microorganisms and major evolutionary transitions, Jordan G. Okie

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

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Biogeography of alien vertebrates in the Galapagos Islands : patterns, processes, and conservation implications, Reese Brand Phillips

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

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

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

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Genetic diversity, local differentiation, and adaptive evolution in introduced populations of the invasive plant Isatis tinctoria L. (Brassicaceae), Heather L. Simpson

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Divergence in the ecology of two species of Gambusia in secondary contact, Daniella M. Swenton

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The effects of precipitation variability on C4 photosynthesis, net primary production and soil respiration in a Chihuahuan Desert grassland, Michell Thomey

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Spectral densities and coherence of NM hydrology; NM decomposition analysis; Quantifying science education, Jennifer L. Tichy

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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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Nutrient cycling in impacted stream ecosystems: from microbes to watersheds, David van Horn

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Lymphocyte evolution and ontogeny in non-eutherian mammals, Xinxin Wang

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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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From growth to extinction : explored by life history and metabolic theory, Zuo Wenyun

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Sympatric speciation is reinforced by predation, parasite load, reproductive character displacement, and sexual selection in two species flocks of pupfish (Cyprinodon spp), Rhiannon West

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

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

Theses

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

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Potential Influences of Biotic and Abiotic Factors on Patterns of Activity in Galapagos Snakes: Locomotory Performance or Prey Abundance?, Marco A. Altamirano

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The In Vitro Determination of Human Blood Oxygen Saturation in the Presence of High Concentrations of Carbon Dioxide, Elizabeth D. Armstrong

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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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Tracing Deuterium through the food web and into Birds and Mammals along an elevational gradient in the Southern Rocky Mountains, Matthew Baumann

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Serum Protein Electrophoresis Study of Citellus Species, Rondal E. Bell

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Metabolic Rate and Body Weight Measurements of Dipodomys Ordi and D. Merriami Under Various Stresses of Dehydration, Nancy Rose Benally

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The role of geological history, topography, and environmental heterogeneity in the diversification of an endemic Andean radiation : the Metallura hummingbirds, Phred Benham

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A Preliminary Investigation of the Species of Water Mites of the United States Rocky Mountain Region and Vicinity of Albuquerque, New Mexico, David W. Bergstrom

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Notes on the Life Habits of the Silky Pocket Mouse (Perognathus Flavus Baird), Garth Blakely

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A Study of the Pseudoscorpions of the Mississippi River Drainage Basins, Joan Elizabeth Bolsterli

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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