2015

Briana Brady, 2015, MS
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Juli Wade
Thesis Title: Characterization of coexpression of scamp 1, BDNf and ER? in the juvenile zebra finch telencephalic vocal motor pathway

Tyler Buchinger, 2015, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor: Weiming Li
Dissertation Title: Evolution of sea lamprey mating pheromones

Jessica Caton, 2015, MS
MSU Department: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor: Jen Owen
Thesis Title: Migratory behavior of captive blue-winged teals (Anas discors)

Kari Dammerman, 2015, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Kim L. Scribner
Dissertation Title: Extrinsic and intrinsic factors affecting adult reproductive biology and early life stage development of lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens)

Angela De Palma-Dow, 2015, MS
MSU Department: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor: Kendra S. Cheruvelil
Thesis Title: The relative roles of dispersal and establishment for shaping aquatic macrophyte diversity and community structure among the inland lakes of Isle Royale National Park, Michigan, USA

Maria Delgado Aquije, 2015, MS
MSU Department: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor: Kim L. Scribner
Thesis Title: Impact of pathogenic Escherichia coli and Salmonella on the intestinal microbiota of white-tailed deer and cattle sharing an agroecosystem

Hope Draheim, 2015, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Kim L. Scribner
Dissertation Title: Landscape genetics of black bears (Ursus americanus) in the northern lower peninsula of Michigan, USA

Danielle Fegan, 2015, MS
MSU Department: Department of Plant Biology
Advisor: Lars A. Brudvig
Thesis Title: Plan B

David Green, 2015, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Kay E. Holekamp
Dissertation Title: Anthropogenic disturbance, ecological change, and wildlife conservation at the edge of the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem

Joshua Haslun, 2015, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Nathaniel Ostrom
Dissertation Title: Identification of local adaptation in porites astereoides inhabiting the Florida reef tract: biotic; stress, a disregarded force of change affecting coral reefs

Kane Keller, 2015, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Plant Biology
Advisor: Jennifer A. Lau
Dissertation Title: Context-dependent effects of mutualisms on communities

Melissa Kjelvik, 2015, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Gary G. Mittelbach
Dissertation Title: The ecological consequences of foraging boldness in juvenile bluegill sunfish (Lepomis macrochirus)

Isis Kuczaj, 2015, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor: Jean I. Tsao
Dissertation Title: Variation in blacklegged tick Ixodes scapularis questing behavior has implications for human Lyme disease risk in the eastern United States

Raffica LaRosa, 2015, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Plant Biology
Advisor: Jeffrey K. Conner
Dissertation Title: Floral evolution in milkweeds: evidence for selection past and present

Emily May, 2015, MS
MSU Department: Department of Entomology
Advisor: Rufus Isaacs
Thesis Title: Wild bee community responses to farm management practices, wildflower restorations, and landscape composition

Masoud Mirmomeni, 2015, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Advisor: Christoph C. Adami
Dissertation Title: Evolution of cooperation in the light of information theory

Claire Moore, 2015, MS
MSU Department: Department of Plant Biology
Advisor: Andrew M. Jarosz
Thesis: Plan B

Randal Olson, 2015, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Advisor: Christoph C. Adami
Dissertation Title: Elucidating the evolutionary origins of collective animal behavior

Anuragg Pakanati, 2015, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Advisor:
Dissertation Title: Structure and evolutionary dynamics in fitness landscapes

Benjamin Roller, 2015, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Advisor:
Dissertation Title: Life histories of bacteria: genomic foundations and ecological implications

Briana Salas (Hauff), 2015, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Peggy H. Ostrom
Dissertation Title: The response of symbiotic zooxanthellae (Symbiodinium spp.) diversity and gene expression to stress in geographically distinct reefs

Elizabeth Schultheis, 2015, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Plant Biology
Advisor: Jennifer A. Lau
Dissertation Title: The role of biotic interactions in biological invasions

Christine Sprunger, 2015, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
Advisor: Sieglinde S. Snapp
Dissertation Title: Root production and soil carbon accumulation in annual, perennial, and diverse cropping systems

Lisa Stelzner, 2015, MS
MSU Department: Department of Plant Biology
Advisor: Carolyn M. Malmström
Thesis: Plan B

Caroline Turner, 2015, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Richard E. Lenski
Dissertation Title: Experimental evolution and ecological consequences: New niches and changing stoichiometry

Erin Walaszczyk, 2015, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor: Weiming Li
Dissertation Title: Pheromone modulation of locomotor rhythmicity in adult femalesea lamprey

Emily Weigel, 2015, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Janette Boughman
Dissertation Title: The effects of social experience on sexual selection in Threespine Sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus)

Jeff White, 2015, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor: Orlando Sarnelle
Dissertation Title: Trait and environmental variation mediate the interaction between a harmful phytoplanker and an invasive grazer

Michael Wiser, 2015, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Richard E. Lenski
Dissertation Title: An analysis of fitness in long-term asexual evolution experiments