2003

Zhanna Abramovsky, 2003, MS
MSU Department: Department of Forestry
Advisor: David E. Rothstein
Thesis Title: Recovery of ecosystem processes after wildfire in Michigan jack pine forests

Meredith Bartron, 2003, Ph.D.
MSU Department:  Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor:  Kim Scribner
Dissertation title:  Assessment of historical and contemporary genetic diversity of steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) in the Lake Michigan basin

Julie Blanchong, 2003, Ph.D.
MSU Department:  Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor: Kim Scribner
Dissertation title:  Genealogical relationships influence the probability of infection with bovine tuberculosis and microgeographic genetic structure in free-ranging white-tail deer

Katherine Coady, 2003, Ph.D.
MSU Department:  Department of Zoology
Advisor:  John Giesy
Dissertation title:  An investigation into the mechanism of action of atrazine and its effects on developing Rana clamitans and Xenopus leavis

Patrick DeHaan, 2003, MS
MSU Department:  Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor:  Kim Scribner
Thesis title:  Demographic and life history characteristics of remnant lake sturgeon populations in the upper Great Lakes basin: Inferences based on genetic analyses

Norine Dobiesz, 2003, Ph.D.
MSU Department:  Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor:  James Bence
Dissertation title:  An evaluation of the role of top piscivores in the fish community of the main basin of Lake Huron

Nathan Dorn, 2003, Ph.D.
MSU Department:  Department of Zoology
Advisor:  Gary Mittelbach
Dissertation title:  Effects of omnivorous crayfish on fish populations and the structure of littoral communities

Khara Greiger, 2003, MS
MSU Department:  Department of Botany
Advisor:  Peter Murphy
Thesis title:  Spatial and temporal patterns of Pinus nigra spread in four Lake Michigan sand dune habitats

Joseph Harsh, 2003, MS
MSU Department:  Department of Plant Biology
Advisor:  Peter Murphy
Thesis title:  Plan B, no title

Robert Hollister, 2003, Ph.D.
MSU Department:  Department of Plant Biology
Advisor:  Pat Webber
Dissertation title: Response of tundra vegetation to temperature: Implications for forecasting vegetation change

Kristine Kern, 2003, MS
MSU Department:  Department of Plant Biology
Advisor:  Frank Ewers
Thesis title:  The effect of mechanical perturbation on the conductivity, mechanical strength, and above ground biomass of seven hybrid poplars

Laura Lazarus, 2003, MS
MSU Department:  Department of Entomology
Advisor:  Deborah McCullough
Thesis title:  Suitability of four conifer species for female oviposition and larval development of the white-spotted pine sawyer, Monochamus scutellatus (Say) (Coleoptera: Ceryambycidae)

Megan Mahoney, 2003, Ph.D.
MSU Department:  Department of Zoology
Advisor:  Laura Smale
Dissertation title:  Sex, surges, and circadian rhythms: The timing of reproductive events in a diurnal rodent

Erica McConnell, 2003, MS
MSU Department: Department of Botany
Advisor:  Peter Murphy
Thesis title:  Plan B, no title

Charles McKeown, 2003, MS
MSU Department:  Department of Entomology
Advisor:  Stuart Gage
Thesis title:  Quantifying the roles of competition and niche separation in native and exotic coccinellids, and their response to an exotic prey species

Anna Monfils, 2003, Ph.D.
MSU Department:  Department of Plant Biology
Advisor:  Alan Prather
Dissertation title:  Phenotypes and floral variation: A phylogenetic approach

Sharon Schapel, 2003, Ph.D.
MSU Department:  Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor:  Tom Coon
Dissertation title:  Relationships between coastal wetland habitat and young of the year fish community characteristics, distribution, and growth

Michaet Siefkes, 2003, PH.D.
MSU Department:  Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor:  Weiming Li
Dissertation title:  Characterization of a male sea lamprey sex pheromone

Craig Stricker, 2003, Ph.D.
MSU Department:  Department of Zoology
Advisor:  Tom Burton
Dissertation title:  Natural lake level declines in a Great Lakes coastal marsh: Effects on hydrochemistry, resource availability, and invertebrates 

Emily Szalai, 2003, Ph.D.
MSU Department:  Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor:  James Bence
Dissertation title:  Uncertainty in alewife (Alosa psuedoharengus) and bloater (coregonus hoyi) population dynamics and its effects on salmonine stocking strategies in Lake Michigan

Stacy Umstatter, 2003, Ph.D.
MSU Department:  Department of Crop and Soil Sciences
Advisor:  James Tiedje
Dissertation title:  Accelerated microbial degradation of carbofuran in soils

Russell Van Horn, 2003, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Kay E. Holekamp
Dissertation title: Behavioral and genetic consequences of dispersal in the spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta)

Corine Vriesendorp, 2003, Ph.D.
MSU Department:  Department of Forestry
Advisor:  Richard Kobe
Dissertation title:  Maintenance of diversity in a neotropical seedling community

Yi-Kuang Wang, 2003, Ph.D.
MSU Department:  Department of Zoology
Advisor:  R. Jan Stevenson
Dissertation title:  Ecological assessment of human disturbance on stream ecosystems with algae

Stefanie Whitmire, 2003, Ph.D.
MSU Department:  Department of Zoology
Advisor:  Steve Hamilton
Dissertation title:  Biogeochemical functions of wetlands in southwestern Michigan

Lei Zheng, 2003, Ph.D.
MSU Department:  Department of Zoology
Advisor:  R. Jan Stevenson
Dissertation title:  Assessing wetlands and their restoration using algae