2016

Eric Bruger, 2016, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Advisor: Christopher M. Waters
Dissertation Title: Quorum sensing and the stabilization of cooperative behavior in Vibrio bacteria

Andrea Dechner, 2016, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor: Brian A. Maurer
Dissertation title:  Ecology of a carnivore community in an agricultural landscape in the Northeast of Brazil

Rachael Eaton, 2016, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Catherine Lindell
Dissertation title:  Avian use of cultivated orchards: influences of diet, scale, and sociality on foraging

Carol Fergus, 2016, Ph.D. 
MSU Department: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor: Patricia Soranno
E-mail: fergusca@msu.edu

Ellen Holste, 2016, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Forestry
Advisor: Richard K. Kobe
Dissertation Title: The role of mycorrhizal fungi and soil nutrients in tropical reforestation

Lindsay Hunt, 2016, MS
MSU Department: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor: Brian A. Maurer
Thesis Title: Effects of Pasture Dairy Farming on Grassland Bird Species in Southwest Michigan

Cara Krieg, 2016, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Thomas Getty
Dissertation Title: The form and function of competitive traits in female house wrens (troglodytes aedon)

Michael Kuczynski, 2016, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Thomas Getty
Dissertation Title: Individual and ecological sources of variation in sexual signals and mate choice

Rohan Maddamsetti, 2016, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Richard E. Lenski
Dissertation Title: Population genomics of Escherichia coli in nature and the laboratory

Lucas Michelotti, 2016, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Forestry
Advisor: Jessica R. Miesel
Dissertation Title: Source material and concentration of wildlife-produced pyrogenis carbon influence post-fire soil nutrient dynamics

Beth Miller, 2016, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Plant Biology
Advisor: Christopher Klausmeier
Dissertation Title: Community composition and coexistance: The effects of temporal variation and environmental forcing on community trait distributions and diversity

Jakob Nalley, 2016, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Elena Litchman
Dissertation Title:  Optimizing the productivity and sustainability of algal biofuel systems: investigating the benefits of algal diversity and utilizing brewery wastewater for cultivation.

Sifa Ephraim Ngasala, 2016, Ph.D.
MSU Department:  Earth and Environmental Sciences
Advisor:  Michael D. Gottfried
Dissertation title:  The biogeography of Lungfishes with a description of new fossil taxa from East Africa

Jorge Alejandro Rojas Flechas, 2016, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Plant Pathology
Advisor: Martin Chilvers
Dissertation title:  "Diversity in oomycetes associated with soybean seedling diseases"

Marissa Schuh, 2016, MS
MSU Department: Department of Entomology
Advisor: Douglas A. Landis
Thesis Title: Influence of switchgrass ecotype, cultivar, & planted stand diversity on herbivores, natural enemy communities, and biological control in bioenergy cropping systems

Tomomi Suwa, 2016, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Plant Biology
Advisor: Jennifer A. Lau
Dissertation Title: The role of resource mutualism in plant response and adaptation to abiotic environments

Nicholas Testa, 2016, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Ian M. Dworkin
Dissertation title:  The developmental and molecular-genetic mechanisms of sexual size and shape dimorphism in Drosophila melanogaster

Jie Wang, 2016, Ph.D.
MSU Department:  Department of Plant Pathology
Advisor:  Martin Chilvers
Dissertation title:  Molecular diagnostics, epidemiology, and population genetics of the soybean sudden death syndrome pathogen, fusarium virguliforme