2004

Cindy Adkins, 2004, MS
MSU Department:  Department of Anthropology
Advisor:  Jodie O'Gorman
Thesis title:  Introduction of Zea Mays into southwestern Michigan: A microenvironmental study of plant/human relationships 

Mara Bryan, 2004, Ph.D.
MSU Department:  Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor:  Weiming Li
Dissertation title:  Unusual sex steroids in lampreys

Kendra Cheruvelil, 2004, Ph.D.
MSU Department:  Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor:  Orlando Soranno
Dissertation title:  Examining lakes at multiple spatial scales: predicting fish growth, macrophyte cover and lake physio-chemical variables

Jessica Cook, 2004, MS
MSU Department:  Department of Plant Biology
Advisor:  Andy Jarosz
Thesis title:  Effects of pollen limitation, resource limitation, and disease on the reproductive biology and growing season of Arisaema triphllum

Tara Darcy-Hall, 2004, Ph.D.
MSU Department:  Department of Zoology
Advisor:  Gary Mittelbach
Dissertation title: Linking gradients of predators and productivity to the composition and limitation of benthic algal communities

Leslie Dethlefsen, 2004, Ph.D.
MSU Department:  Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Advisor:  Thomas Schmidt
Dissertation title:  Translational power differs between bacteria pursuing different ecological strategies

Stephanie Dloniak, 2004, Ph.D.
MSU Department:  Department of Zoology
Advisor:  Kay Holekamp
Dissertation title:  Socioendocrinology of spotted hyenas: patterns of androgen and glucocorticoid excretion in a unique social system

Stephanie Dloniak, 2004, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Kay E. Holekamp
Dissertation Title: Socioendocrinology of spotted hyenas: patterns of androgen and glucocorticoid excretion in a unique social system

Natalie Dubois, 2004, Ph.D.
MSU Department:  Department of Zoology
Advisor:  Tom Getty
Dissertation title:  Opportunities for polygymy and reproductive investment decisions in house wrens

Erik Foster, 2004, MS
MSU Department:  Department of Entomology
Advisor:  Edward Walker
Thesis title:  Ixodes scapularis and Borrelia burgdorferi in Southwest Michigan: population ecology and verification of a geographic risk model

Kristen Genet, 2004, Ph.D.
MSU Department:  Department of Zoology
Advisor:  Tom Burton
Dissertation title:  Status and distribution of frogs and toads in southern Michigan: population trends and the influence of habitat and landscape characteristics

Gregory Houseman, 2004, Ph.D.
MSU Department:  Department of Plant Biology
Advisor:  Kay Gross
Dissertation title:  Local and regional effects on plant diversity: the influence of species pools, colonizer traits and productivity

Sara Kaiser, 2004, MS
MSU Department:  Department of Zoology
Advisor:  Catherine Lindell
Thesis title:  Effect of proximity to forest edges on nestling growth and nest survival of wood thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) in Southwestern Michigan

Kathleen Kay, 2004, Ph.D.
MSU Department:  Department of Plant Biology
Advisor:  Dug Schemske
Dissertation title:  The evolution of floral characters and reproductive isolation in neotropical Costus (Costaceae)

Jessie Keith, 2004, MS
MSU Department:  Department of Plant Biology
Advisor:  Alan Prather
Thesis title:  Monarda section Cheilyctis: patterns of speciation, endemism and implications on conservation 

Lesley Knoll, 2004, MS
MSU Department:  Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor:  Orlando Sarnelle
Thesis title:  Understanding zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) impacts on autotrophic and heterotrophic plankton in inland lake ecosystems

Ann Krause, 2004, Ph.D.
MSU Department:  Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor:  William Taylor
Dissertation title:  The role of compartments in food-web structure and changes following biological invasions in southeast Lake Michigan

Ian Ramjohn, 2004, Ph.D.
MSU Department:  Department of Plant Biology
Advisor:  Peter Murphy
Dissertation title:  The role of disturbed Caribbean dry forest fragments in the survival of native plant diversity

Nathan Siegert, 2004, Ph.D.
MSU Department:  Department of Entomology
Advisor:  Deborah McCullough
Dissertation title:  Meteorological factors affecting the success of the gypsy moth fungal pathogen Entomophaga maimaiga (Zygomycetes: Entomophthorales) in Michigan

Michelle Smith, 2004, MS
MSU Department:  Department of Zoology
Advisor:  Catherine Lindell
Thesis title:  Edge effects on avian and mammalian nest predator relative abundance and species richness

Eric Thobaben, 2004, Ph.D.
MSU Department:  Department of Zoology
Advisor:  Steve Hamilton
Dissertation title:  Linking plant communities and environmental variables in southwest Michigan wetlands

Skip Van Bloem, 2004, Ph.D.
MSU Department:  Department of Plant Biology
Advisor:  Peter Murphy
Dissertation title:  Multiple scale patterns in growth and structure of subtropical dry forests: soils, trees, and hurricanes

Sofia Wahaj, 2004, Ph.D.
MSU Department:  Department of Zoology
Advisor:  Kay Holekamp
Dissertation title:  Multiple scale patterns in growth and structure of subtropical dry forests: soils, trees, and hurricanes

Cynthia Wei, 2004, Ph.D.
MSU Department:  Department of Zoology
Advisor:  Fred Dyer
Dissertation title:  Investing in learning: studies of learning flights in honeybees, Apil mellifera

Jeremy Wojdak, 2004, Ph.D.
MSU Department:  Department of Zoology
Advisor:  Gary Mittelbach
Dissertation title:  Species interactions and the functioning of pond ecosystems