2013

Carlos Anderson, 2013, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Barry L. Williams
Dissertation Title: Mechanisms of adaptation and speciation: an experimental study in artificial life

Brett Blaauw, 2013, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Entomology
Advisor: Rufus Isaacs
Dissertation Title: Composition, size, and effectiveness of native plant conservation plantings for supporting beneficial insects

Katy Califf, 2013, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Kay E. Holekamp
Dissertation Title: A genetic approach to understanding the evolutionary ecology of 2 hyena species

Brendan Carson, 2013, MS
MSU Department: Department of Entomology
Advisor: Douglas A. Landis
Thesis Title: The biological control of spotted knapweed and conservation of associated pollinator communities

Michael Grillo, 2013, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Plant Biology
Advisor: Douglas W. Schemske
Dissertation Title: Mechanisms of adaptation in Oryza and Arabidopsis

Geoffrey Horst, 2013, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor: Orlando Sarnelle
Dissertation Title: Eco-physiology of the toxic cyanobacterium Microcystis aeruginosa across nutrient gradients

Nikhil Jaikumar, 2013, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
Advisor: Sieglinde S. Snapp
Dissertation Title: Perennial cereal crops for the cold temperate zone: agronomy, physiology, sink regulation and disease resistance

Anna Kirk, 2013, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Entomology
Advisor: Rufus Isaacs
Dissertation Title: From turtle populations to property values: The effects of lakeshore residential development and the invasive zebra mussel

Mitchell Lettow, 2013, MS
MSU Department: Department of Entomology
Advisor: Douglas A. Landis
Thesis Title: Oak savanna restoration: Effects of variable methods on habitat, flowering forbs and pollinator communities

Matthew Lundquist, 2013, MS
MSU Department
: Department of Entomology
Advisor: Zachary Huang
Thesis Title: The effect of nitrogen on the larval growth of the invasive mosquito Aedes japonicus japonicus (Theobald)

Abigail Lynch, 2013, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor
: William W. Taylor
Dissertation Title: Designing a decision-support tool for harvest management of Great Lakes lake whitefish (Coregonus clupeafornis) in a changing climate

Andrea Maguire, 2013, MS
MSU Department
: Department of Plant Biology
Advisor: Richard K. Kobe
Thesis Title: Depletion of non-structural carbohydrate reserves in temperate tree seedlings under stress

Robert McCann, 2013, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Entomology
Advisor: Edward D. Walker
Dissertation Title
: Determinants of malaria vector habitat use, spatial distribution, and community composition with a focus on environmental factors and insecticide-treated bed nets

Melissa McDonald, 2013, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Psychology
Advisor: Carlos D. Navarrete
Dissertation Title: Motivations for mate choice discrimination in an intergroup dating context

Emily Norton, 2013, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor: Kendra S. Cheruvelil
Dissertation Title: From turtle populations to property values: The effects of lakeshore residential development and the invasive zebra mussel

Alycia Reynolds-Lackey, 2013, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Janette Boughman
Dissertation Title: Speciation in stickleback fish: interactions between sexual selection and ecology can make or break species

Iurii Shcherbak, 2013, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
Advisor: G. Philip Robertson
Dissertation Title: Production and Movement of N2O in the Full Soil Profile

Joshua Springer, 2013, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Plant Biology
Advisor: Andrew M. Jarosz
Dissertation Title: Influence of mycoviruses on the population structure of the chestnut blight pathogen, Cryphonectria parasitica and recovery of American chestnuts, Castanea dentata

Eli Swanson, 2013, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Kay E. Holekamp
Dissertation Title: Evolution and Development of Body Size in the Spotted Hyena

Mridul Thomas, 2013, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Elena Litchman
Dissertation Title: The effects of temperature on the ecology, evolution, and biogeography of phytoplankton

Mark Tran, 2013, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Richard W. Hill
Dissertation Title: The use of olfactory foraging cues by intertidal hermit crabs

Nathaniel Walton, 2013, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Entomology
Advisor: Rufus Isaacs
Dissertation Title: The role of natural enemies in pest management of codling moth (Cydia pomonella [L.]) in organic apple orchards in Michigan

Megan Woltz, 2013, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Entomology
Advisor: Douglas A. Landis
Dissertation Title: Relationships between landscape structure, coccinellid activity density, and soybean aphid suppression in soybean