2012

Jameel Al-Haddad, 2012, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Plant Biology
Advisor: Frank W. Telewski
Dissertation Title: Influence of syringyl to guaiacyl ratio and gravity on growth responses and physical properties in genetically altered poplars (Populus tremula x P. alba)

Kali Bird, 2012, MS
MSU Department: Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Advisor:
Thesis Title: Generalist and specialist strategies of phosphorus acquisition by aquatic bacteria

David Bryson, 2012, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Advisor: Charles A. Ofria
Dissertation Title: The evolutionary potential of populations on complex fitness landscapes

Stephen Burr, 2012, MS
MSU Department: Department of Entomology
Advisor: Deborah G. McCullough
Thesis Title: Evaluating emerald ash borer populations and the ash resources at three stages of infestation

Brian Connelly, 2012, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Advisor: Philip K. McKinley
Dissertation Title: Ecological effects on the evolution of cooperative behaviors

Leslie Curren, 2012, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Kay E. Holekamp
Dissertation Title: Competition and cooperation among males in a sex role-reversed mammal, the spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta)

Benjamin Dantzer, 2012, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Andrew McAdam
Co-Advisor(s): Kay E. Holekamp
Dissertation Title: Adaptive endocrine and behavioral responses of free-living red squirrels to environmental variation

Andrew Flies, 2012, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Kay E. Holekamp
Dissertation Title: Ecology and immune function in the spotted hyena, Crocuta crocuta

Masanori Fujimoto, 2012, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Advisor: Terence L. Marsh
Dissertation Title: Microbial succession on the lake sturgeon egg surface: Mechanisms shaping the microbial community assembly during succession and the effect of microbial successional processes on host life history traits

Chris Hamm, 2012, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Entomology
Advisor: Douglas A. Landis
Dissertation Title: Natural hostory and conservation genetics of the federally endangered Mitchell's Satyr butterfly, Neonympha mitchellii mitchellii

Lauren Kinsman-Costello, 2012, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Stephen K. Hamilton
Dissertation Title: Effects of water level fluctuations on phosphorus, iron, sulfur, and nitrogen cycling in shallow freshwater ecosystems

Amanda Lorenz, 2012, MS
MSU Department: Department of Entomology
Advisor:
Thesis Title: The role of algae in the invasion ecology of the mosquito species Aedes japonicus japonicus (Diptera: Culicidae)

Jason Martina, 2012, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Plant Biology
Advisor: Stephen K. Hamilton
Dissertation Title: Invasive plant species impacts on carbon and nitrogen cycling in inland Michigan wetlands

Justin Meyer, 2012, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Richard E. Lenski
Dissertation Title: Coevolution of bacterial-phage interactions

Andrea Miehls (Jaeger), 2012, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Co-Advisor(s): Andrew McAdam, Scott Peacor
Dissertation Title: Preventing predation: Evolution and adaptive plasticity in morphological defense of an invasive species

Jeffrey Pierce, 2012, MS
MSU Department: Department of Plant Biology
Advisor: Frank W. Telewski
Thesis Title: The effects of increased syringyl to guaiacyl lignin monomer ratios on xylem hydraulic properties in hybrid Poplar (Populus tremula x P. alba)

Laura Planck, 2012, MS
MSU Department: Department of Plant Biology
Advisor: Carolyn M. Malmström
Thesis Title: Romote sensing to moniter monotypic weed patches in semi-arid grasslands

Allison Rober, 2012, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: R. Jan Stevenson
Dissertation Title: Regulation of algal structure and function in northern boreal wetlands

Emily Scott, 2012, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Forestry
Advisor: David E. Rothstein
Dissertation Title: Dissolved organic nitrogen (DON) cycling in northern hardwood forests of Michigan, USA

Kathryn Shaw, 2012, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Kay E. Holekamp
Dissertation Title: Variation among spotted hyenas in three personality traits

Katherine Steensma, 2012, MS
MSU Department:
Advisor:
Thesis Title: Foraging behavior of dairy cattle in a pasture-based system with automated milking

Ryan Taylor, 2012, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Kay E. Holekamp
Dissertation Title: Quantitative genetics, selection, mate choice and red squirrel behavior in a fluctuating environment

Bess Walker, 2012, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Advisor: Charles A. Ofria
Dissertation Title: The evolution of digital communities under limited resources

Zhonglei Wang, 2012, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Forestry
Advisor: David W. MacFarlane
Dissertation Title: An integrative theory of bio-energetic growth, mortality and evolutionary optimization

Liu Yang, 2012, MS
MSU Department: Department of Entomology
Advisor: Anthony Cognato
Thesis Title: Genetic structure of pinyon pine beetle (Isp confurus) during an outbreak