Master's Theses in Biology at IUP

  • Graduate biology students

    (Thesis advisor name in parentheses)


    Hawsawi, Ohuod 
    The Role of Reactive Oxygen Species in the Regulation of an Ultradian Rhythm in Paramecium Teteraurelia (Robert Hinrichsen)

    Kelly, Paul
    Generation of a Transgenic Zebrafish Line for Fate Mapping Kidney Stem Cells (Cuong Diep)

    Mibroda, Julie 
    Understanding Factors that Influence the Distribution of the Endemic Shorthead Garter Snake in Northwestern Pennsylvania (Jeffery Larkin)

    Moon, Stephanie
    Caterpillar Abundance and Nutritional Quality among Native and Non-Native Shrub Species. (Jeffrey Larkin)

    Myers-Claypoole, Michele
    Seasonal Activity and Abundance of the Blacklegged Tick (lxodes scapularis) in Mid-Western Pennsylvania (Thomas Simmons)

    Whitlinger, Steven 
    The Role of Retinoic Acid in Planarian Regeneration (Robert Major)


    Frantz, Mack
    Is Spot Mapping Missing Important Aspects of Golden-Winged Warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera) Breeding Habitat? (Jeffrey Larkin)

    Kozen, Erica
    The Scent of Eastern Skunk Cabbage, Symplocarpus  foetidus (Araceae): Qualification of Floral Volatiles and Sex Differences in Floral Scent Composition(Sandra Newell)

    Rosemeier, Rebecca
    The Effect of Adenylyl Cyclase Activity on the Regulation of the Ultradian Rhythm of Paramecium tetraurelia (Robert Hinrichsen)

    Ukah, Tobechukwu
    Generation of a Transgenic Zebrafish Line to Characterize Kidney Injury and Regeneration. (Cuong Diep)


    Assenat, Mary M.
    Cervical Cancer Rates in Allegheny County Communities. (Amadu Ayebo)

    Bellush, Emily
    Foraging Ecology of the Golden-winged Warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera): Does Plant Species Composition Matter? (Jeffrey Larkin)

    Chin, Shan Min
    Conventional and Real-Time PCR Analysis of Purified Double-Stranded RNA from Rhizoctonia Solani Isolates. (Seema Bharathan)

    D'Acunto, Laura
    Potential Influence of White-Nose Syndrome on Summer Bat Distribution in Pennsylvania. (Joe Duchamp)

    Evans, Andrea M.
    A Comparison of Cerulean Warbler Nest-patch Vegetation Characteristics Between Core and Peripheral Breeding Populations. (Jeffrey Larkin)

    Keating, Rebekah
    Distributions of Phytophagous Larvae in Mid-Successional Allegheny Hardwoods: Impacts of Bird Exclusion. (Tim Nuttle)

    Richards, Jessica M.
    The Influence of Paramecium tetraurelia on Bacteriophages in Aquatic Ecosystems: Ingestion without Inactivation. (Robert Hinrichsen)

    Siew, Chin Hong
    Strategic Approaches to cDNA Synthesis and Comparative Proteomics of Double-Stranded (ds) RNA Infecting Selected Rhizoctonia Solani Isolates. (Seema Bharathan)


    McGee, Kayla Jo
    The Role of Calmodulin-Dependent Protein Kinase II in the Regulation of Biological Rhythms in Paramecium tetraurelia. (Robert Hinrichsen)

    Tost, Benjamin
    Kin Recognition at the Spiderling Level in the Common House Spider, Parasteatoda Tepidariorum (Araneae, Theridiidae) (Robert Gendron)

    Hoffman, Jennifer
    (Neotoma magister) Populations on the Chestnut Ridge in Southwestern Pennsylvania (Jeffrey Larkin)

    Mialki, Rachel
    The Role of Glycogen Synthase Kinase-3B in the Regulation of Biological Rhythms in Paramecium tetraurelia  (Robert Hinrichsen)

    Rininger, Heather
    The Effect of Guanylate Cyclase (GC) Silencing and a GC Antagonist on the Biological Rhythms of Paramecium tetraurelia (Robert Hinrichsen)

    Schneider, Dylan
    Salamander Communities Inhabiting Ephemeral Streams in a Mixed Mesophytic Forest of Southern Appalachia  (Jeffrey Larkin)

    Wheatall, Laura
    Caterpillar-Host Relationships on Trees of Allegheny Hardwood Forests: Implications of Overabundant Deer Populations. (Timothy Nuttle)


    Biemiller, Richard
    Seasonal Macroinvertebrate Inhabitants of Natural Leaf Packs in Two Western Pennsylvania Headwater Streams (William Brenneman)

    Ellington, Edward Hanson
    Developing Habitat Models to Predict Fisher Occupancy in Pennsylvania. (Jeffrey Larkin)

    Gess, Sean William
    Characteristics of Fisher (Martes pennanti) Rest Sites in South-Central Pennsylvania. (Jeffrey Larkin)

    Moffe, Mickey Charles
    Influence of Metal Concentrations and Length of Exposure on the Metabolic Rate of Golden Shiners Notemigonus Crysoleacas. (David Pistole)


    DeVivo, Melia Tyne
    Elk Calf Survival, Movements, and Neonatal Habitat Use in Northcentral Pennsylvania. (Jeffrey Larkin)

    Gangadharan, Ramya
    The Cloning of the Period (per) Gene From Paramecium Tetraurelia. (Robert Hinrichsen)

    Heffernan, Lindsey Marie
    Effects of Age, Sex, and Landscape Composition on Seasonal Diets of Elk in Pennsylvania. (Jeffrey Larkin)

    Kibe, Nikki
    Characterization of Salicylic Acid (SA) Treated Mutants for Double-Stranded RNA in the Plant Pathogenic Fungus Rhizoctonia Solani. (N. Bharathan)

    Kougher, Jason David
    Multi-Scale Resource Selection of Elk (Cervus elaphus) in Northcentral Pennsylvania. (Jeffrey Larkin)

    Wester, Jennifer Christine Dickey
    Assessing Diet and Disease in a Reintroduced Fisher Population in Pennsylvania. (Jeffrey Larkin)


    Cao, Yan Lu
    Purification of Tomato Mosaic Virus (ToMV) Isolate from North America And Characterization of Its Coat Protein Gene  (N. Bharathan)

    Frary, Vincent J.
    Estimating Abundance and Distribution of the Black Bear (Ursus americanus) in Kentucky.  (Jeffrey Larkin)

    White, Matthew Baxter
    Avian Communities Response to Silvicul Tural Treatments in Eastern Kentucky: With an Emphasis on Cerulean Warbler Ecology. (Jeffrey Larkin)


    Anthony, Kristy
    Molecular Analysis of Extra-Chromosomal Nucleic Acid Molecules in the Plant Pathogenic Fungus Rhizoctonia solani.  (N. Bharathan)

    Kirkhoff, Christopher                                                                                                           Parasitism of Adult Pennsylvania Mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) by Larval Water Mites (Acari: Hydrachnida) (Thomas Simmons)

    Scully, Erin
    In Vitro Assays to Genetically Cure Rhizoctonia solani of Mycoviral Double-Stranded RNA. (N. Bharathan)


    Adams-Sivrich, Frances L.
    The Functional Characterization of the Truncated Hemoglobin Found in Paramecium caudatum. (Robert Hinrichsen)

    Hooper, Megan
    The Isolation and Characterization of Mutant Paramecium tetraurelia that Exhibit an Altered Photophobic Response and the Analysis of the Effect of a Mutated Photophobic Response Photoreceptor on the Circadian Rhythm.  (Robert Hinrichsen)

    Shomo, Brian Scott
    Does Disturbance by Beaver (Castor canadensis) Change the Composition of a Mixed Deciduous Riparian Edge Tree Community? (N. Bharathan)

    Whited, Kevin
    Molecular Characterization of Novel Double-Stranded (Ds) RNA from the Plant Pathogenic Fungus Rhizoctonia solani. (N. Bharathan)


    Chambers, David
    Isolation and Distribution of Salmonella serotypes in Reptiles and Amphibians of Indiana County, Pennsylvania. (Arthur Hulse)

    Chirima, Johannes
    Effects of Vegetation Cover and Vertical Structural Complexity on the Recruitment of White-Footed Mice (Peromyscus leucopus) in Disburbed Habitats. (Michael Kesner)

    Costello, Aron
    The Effect of Kin Recognition and Familiarity on the Aggregration of the German Cockroach (Blattella germanica). (Robert Gendron)

    Dudek, Magdalena
    The Production of Pseudomonas quinolone Signal by Environmental Isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. (Carl Luciano)

    Eagles, Ross
    Characterization of Osmotic Activity in the Stout Razor Clam (Fagelus plebeius). (David Pistole)

    Madill, Jonathan
    A Search for Epizootic Hemmorhagic Disease Virus in White-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in Selected Southwestern Counties of Pennsylvania. (William Brenneman)

    Magill, Brandi
    Teacher Analysis Matrix (STAM): A Revision Based on Likert-Scale Scoring. (Thomas Lord)

    Noce, Stacy
    Prevalence and Intensity of Baylisacaris procyonis (Raccoon Roundworm) in Indiana County, Pennsylvania. (Amadu Ayebo)


    Colt, Tammy
    Temporal changes in herpetofauna of Powdermill Nature Reserve, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. (Arthur C. Hulse)

    Graff, Steven
    The Initial Egg-Laying Date of Eastern Bluebirds (Sialia sialis) Correlated With Elevation in Western Pennsylvania. (Ray Winstead)

    King, Lori
    Determining the influence of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi on interactions between Lythrum salicaria and Polygonum pensylvanicum within northwestern Pennsylvania wetlands. (Thomas R. Lord)

    Tran, Joseph
    Circadian rhythms of toxicity to cadmium in Paramecium tetraurelia. (Robert Hinrichson)


    Gudipati, Lalitha
    Genetic comparison of double-strand (DS) RNA from virulent and hypovirulent isolates of Rhizoctonia solani. (N. Bharathan)

    Mucker, Eric
    Seroprevalence of antibodies to Toxoplasma gondii in the Pennsylvania bobcat (Lynx rufus). (Jan G. Humphreys)

    Travis, Holly
    The effect of eastern tent caterpillar (Malacosoma americanum) infestation on fall webworm (Hyphantria cunea) selection of black cherry (Prunus serotina) as a host tree. (Thomas R. Lord)


    Alexander, Corinne
    The prevalence of Cryptosporidium parvum in hunter-killed (Griffiths) Odocoileus virginianus in western Pennsylvania. (Jan G. Humphreys)

    Doverspike, Aaron
    Olfactory search images in white mice (Mus musculus) (Robert P. Gendron)

    Grant, B. Seth
    A comparative analysis of mitochondria DNA from three populations of hellbenders, Cryptobranchus alleganiensis, in Pennsylvania. (Carl S. Luciano)

    Lefko, Tricia
    Regulation of body fluid in the Atlantic ribbed mussel, Geukensia demissa, under varying environmental conditions. (David H. Pistole)

    Lockhart, Owen
    The nests and nesting behavior of the mudpuppy, Necturus maculosus (Rafinesque, 1818). (Arthur C. Hulse)

    Peters, Christian
    The light response of Paramecium tetraurelia: A behavioral and genetic analysis. (Robert Hinrichson)

    Ross, Danielle
    Osmotic regulation of the mole crab, Emerita talpoida (Say), in its natural environment. (David H. Pistole)

    Ruffner, Christine
    Creating a constructivist learning environment in science classrooms: Impacts on labeled learners. (Thomas R. Lord)

    Saso, Hitomi
    Distribution analysis of double-stranded (ds) RNA from different isolates of Rhizoctonia solani belonging to anastomosis groups (AG's) 6-13 and AG BI. (N. Bharathan)

    Wilson, David
    A genetic comparison of hantaviruses from Elk, Monroe and Indiana Counties with other known hantaviruses. (N.  Bharathan)


    Englehart, Michael
    Body fluid regulation in the soft-shell clam, Mya arenaria, under varying environmental conditions. (David H. Pistole)

    Kuhar, Daniel
    Pennsylvania woodchucks (Marmota monax) as a potential reservoir for ehrlichiosis (Jan G. Humphreys)

    Rountree, Rebecca
    Impact of ash fallout from a circulating-fluidized-bed combustion coal-fired power plant on tree growth in a population of Prunus serotina. (Thomas R. Lord)

    Smolak, Christy
    The effects of brush piles on the population structure and habitat utilization of the white-footed mouse, Peromyscus leucopus. (Alicia V. Linzey)


    Sen, Purba
    Effect of green tea (Camellia sinensis) and its polyphenolic components as partial agonist antiestrogens as measured by their ability to stimulate doming of the MCF-7 breast cancer cell line. (W. Barkley Butler)


    Horton, Claudine
    A comparison of habitat enrichment for captive black lion tamarins, Leontopithecus chrysopygus, and golden-headed lion tamarins, Leontopithecus chrysomelos. (Anthony J. Nastase)

    Leis, Eric
    Borrelia burgdorferi infection and Ixodes scapularis infestation of the eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus) in Elk, Indiana and Greene Counties, Pennsylvania. (Jan G. Humphreys)

    Madden, Kevin
    Effect of Ichthyophthirius multifilis infection on mate choice in the guppy, Poecilia reticulata (Pisces: Poeciliidae). (Robert P. Gendron)

    Schultz, Sharon
    A serosurvey of prevalence of human granulocytic ehrlichiosis (HGE) antibodies in black bears, Ursus americanus, from Pennsylvania (1997). (Jan G. Humphreys)

    Shellito, Shawn
    The effects of the infaunal predator Glycera dibranchiata on soft-sediment community structure. (Robert P. Gendron)

    Thom, Michael
    The effects of calcium and water hardness on the growth and bud production of the freshwater hydrozoan, Craspedacusta sowerbii. (Terry L. Peard)

    Yi, Hongqing
    Doming as a potential indicator of the influence of monohydrotamoxifen on MCF-7 breast cancer cells under different conditions. (W. Barkley Butler)


    Schroeck, Kathleen
    Microhabitat Use and Foraging Activity on White-Footed Mice (Peromyscus leucopus) from Optimal and Suboptimal Habitats  (Michael Kenser)


    Genito, Dennis
    The Feeding Ecology of the Predatory Stonefly Acroneuria abnormis in Little Yellow Creek, Indiana County, Pennsylvania (Billie Kerans)