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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
Rachael Eaton, 2016, PhD.
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Catherine Lindell
Dissertation Title: Avian use of cultimated orchards: Influences of diet, scale and sociality on foraging
Carol Fergus, 2016, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor: Patricia Soranno
Dissertation Title: Using a landscape limnology framework to examine spatial patterns and processes that influence lake nutrients and productivity at macroscales
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)
E-mail: kriegca1 (at) gmail (dot) com
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
E-mail: elizabeth (dot) t (dot) miller (at) gmail (dot) com
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
Jorge Alejandro Rojas Flechas, 2016, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
Advisor: Martin Chilvers
Dissertation Title: Diversity of 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, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Ian M. Dworkin
Dissertation Title: The development and molecular-genetic mechanisms of sexual size and shape dimorpsihism in Drosophila Melanogaster
E-mail: testanick (at) gmail (dot) com
Jie Wang, 2016, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
Advisor: Martin Chilvers
Dissertation Title: Molecular diagnostics, epidemiology, and population genetics of the soybean sudden death syndrome pathogen, Fusarium Virguliforme
E-mail: wjidea (at) gmail (dot) com
Briana Brady, 2015, MS
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Juli Wade
Thesis Title: Characterization of coexpression of scamp 1, BDNf and ERɻ 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 theFlorida 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 La Rosa, 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
E-mail: mirmomen (at) umich (dot) edu
Claire Moore, 2015, MS
MSU Department: Department of Plant Biology
Advisor: Andrew M. Jarosz
E-mail: claire (dot) t (dot) moore (at) gmail (dot) com
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
E-mail: rhiever (at) gmail (dot) com
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
E-mail: sprunger22 (at) gmail (dot) com
Lisa Stelzner, 2015, MS
MSU Department: Department of Plant Biology
Advisor: Carolyn M. Malmström
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
E-mail: walaszcz (at) gmail (dot) com
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)
E-mail: emilygweigel (at) gmail (dot) com
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
Nick Ballew, 2014, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Gary G. Mittelbach
Dissertation Title: Fitness tradeoffs can contribute to the maintenance of variation in personality traits in largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides)
Andrea Bowling, 2014, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor: William F. Porter
Dissertation Title: Landscape-level effects of weather and land cover on wild turkey abundance, productivity, and regional harvest potential
Sudarshan Chari, 2014, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Ian M. Dworkin
Dissertation Title: Understanding the role of standing genetic variation in functional genetics and compensatory evolution
Michael DeNieu, 2014, Ph,D.
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Ian M. Dworkin
Thesis Title: Using experimental evolution in Drosophila melanogaster to test predictions about the adaptation of prey to a novel predator
Austin Dreyer, 2014, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor:
Dissertation Title: The causes and effects of genital hypoallometry in drosophila
Paige Howell, 2014, MS
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Kim L. Scribner
Thesis Title: Genetic and phenotypic variation in the American marten (Martes americana) in the upper peninsula of Michigan
Marta Jarzyna, 2014, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor: William F. Porter
Dissertation Title: Macroecology of breeding birds of New York state. Influences of climate change, landscape matrix, and spatial scale
Colin Kremer, 2014, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Plant Biology
Advisor: Christopher Klausmeier
Dissertation Title: Coexistence in temporally variable environments: eco-evolutionary perspectives
David Minor, 2014, MS
MSU Department: Department of Plant Biology
Advisor: Richard K. Kobe
Thesis Title: The effects of tree size, nutrient availability, competition, and masting synchrony on fruit production in tropical and temperate forests
Rob Morrison, 2014, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Entomology
Advisor: Zsofia Szendrei
Dissertation Title: Investigation of the tritrophic interactions of the asparagus miner (Ophiomyia simplex Loew; Diptera: Agromyzidae) and the influence of temperature on its population dynamics
Kristen Nolting, 2014, MS
MSU Department: Department of Plant Biology
Advisor:
Thesis Title: The role of phylogeny and niche differentiation in structuring species co-occurrence in the New Zealand Pittosporum (Pittospraceae)
Samuel Rossman, 2014, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Peggy H. Ostrom
Dissertation Title: The foraging ecology of bottlenose dolphins: insights into temporal, demographic, and individual variation
Anne Royer, 2014, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Plant Biology
Advisor: Jeffrey K. Conner
Dissertation Title: Mating system and the evolution of stamen morphology in the Brassicaceae
Nathan Snow, 2014, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor: William F. Porter
Dissertation Title: Hotspots, underreporting, and dynamic space-time influences of wildlife-vehicle collisions
John Willis, 2014, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Forestry
Advisor: Michael B. Walters
Dissertation Title: Substrate effects on seedling dynamics in managed northern hardwood forests
Luis Zaman, 2014, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Advisor: Charles A. Ofria
Co-Advisor(s): Richard E. Lenski
Dissertation Title: Host-symbiont coevolution in digital and microbial systems
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
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
E-mail: briandconnelly (at) gmail (dot) com
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
E-mail: bendantzer (at) gmail (dot) com
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
E-mail: jason (dot) marti993 (at) gmail (dot) com
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
Anne Axel, 2011, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor: Brian A. Maurer
Dissertation Title: Lemur-environment relationships in altered and unaltered tropical dry forests in southern Madagascar
Benedicte Bachelot, 2011, MS
MSU Department: Department of Forestry
Advisor: Richard K. Kobe
Thesis Title: Tropical seedling rarity versus commonness: advantage & disadvantage depends on effects of aboveground natural enemies & cospecific neighbors
Tom Baribault, 2011, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Forestry
Advisor: Richard K. Kobe
Dissertation Title: Revisiting soil resource limitation: resource predictors of tree growth and productivity change across ecological gradients
Sarah Benson-Amram, 2011, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Kay E. Holekamp
Dissertation Title: Experimental investigations of cognitive abilities in a socially complex mammal, the spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta)
E-mail: ndovus (at) gmail (dot) com
Aaron Berger, 2011, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor: Michael L. Jones
Dissertation Title: Models to aid in the selection of procedures used to manage Lake Erie walleye (Sander vitreus)
E-mail: berger_aaron (at) hotmail (dot) com
Grace Chen, 2011, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Plant Biology
Advisor: Douglas W. Schemske
Dissertation Title: Experimental studies of adaptation and speciation in two neotropical costus species
Megan Fritz, 2011, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Entomology
Advisor: James R. Miller
Dissertation Title: Investigations of the African malaria mosquito (Anopheles gambiae s.l., diptera:Culicidae): ovipositional behavior and toxicity of avermectins
Heather Goldsby, 2011, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Advisor: Charles A. Ofria
Dissertation Title: The evolution of division of labor in digital organisms
Emily Grman, 2011, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Plant Biology
Advisor: Katherine L. Gross
Dissertation Title: Plant-mycorrhizal interactions and the relative abundance of limiting resources
Emily Johnston, 2011, MS
MSU Department: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor: Jen Owen
Thesis Title: Anaplasma phagocytophilum infection in two species of passerine birds, American robins and gray catbirds: an assessment of reservoir competence and disease
Sheridan Kelley, 2011, MS
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Barbara L. Lundrigan
Thesis Title: Ecomorphological associations of feeding habits of hypercarnivores
David Knoester, 2011, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Advisor: Philip K. McKinley
Dissertation Title: Evolution of distributed behavior
Justin Lawrence, 2011, MS
MSU Department: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Co-Advisor(s): Kelly F. Millenbah
Thesis Title: The diversity, distribution, and conservation of a polymorphic frog (Oophaga pumilio) in Western Panama
Dan Linden, 2011, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor: Gary J. Roloff
Dissertation Title: All that you can leave behind: Impacts of structure retention on avian ecology in managed forests of the Pacific Northwest
Jeanette McGuire, 2011, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Kim L. Scribner
Dissertation Title: Comparative analysis of factors influencing male reproductive success in sympatric freshwater turtles
E-mail: mcguire (dot) jeanette (at) gmail (dot) com
Emily Morrison, 2011, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Catherine Lindell
Dissertation Title: Avian ecology and behavior in tropical forest restoration sites
Rosa Moscarella, 2011, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Barbara L. Lundrigan
Dissertation Title: Dissecting the geographical expansion of Peromyscus leucopus in the northern Great Lakes: insights from genetics, morphometrics and ecology
Todd Robinson, 2011, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Plant Biology
Advisor: Carolyn M. Malmström
Dissertation Title: Impacts of precipitation variability on plant communities
Matthew Rupp, 2011, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Advisor: Charles A. Ofria
Dissertation Title: Evolvability & Evolution
E-mail: ruppmatt (at) gmail (dot) com
Abbie Schrotenboer, 2011, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Plant Biology
Advisor: Carolyn M. Malmström
Dissertation Title: Prairie grasses for biofuels and ecological restoration: modifications to native species and their place in human-altered landscapes
Adria Van Loan, 2011, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor: Kelly F. Millenbah
Dissertation Title: The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) and grassland conservation in Michigan
Lorna Watt, 2011, MS
MSU Department: Department of Plant Biology
Advisor: Douglas W. Schemske
Anne Wiley, 2011, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Peggy H. Ostrom
Dissertation Title: Biogeochemical functions of wetlands in southwestern Michigan
Heidi Ziegenmeyer, 2011, MS
MSU Department: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor: Mary T. Bremigan
Thesis Title: Effects of spring angling, habitat features, and guarding male attributes on largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) nest survival, and implication for fall young-of-year abundance
E-mail: heidizie (at) gmail (dot) com
Matthew Aardema, 2010, MS
MSU Department: Department of Entomology
Advisor: J. Mark Scriber
Thesis Title: The influence of female wing color variation on male mate choice in tiger swallowtail butterflies (Papilio Spp.)
Orlando Alvarez-Fuentes, 2010, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Plant Biology
Advisor: L. Alan Prather
Dissertation Title: The systematic of genus amauropelta (pteridophyta: thelypterdaceae) in the Caribbean Islands
Joshua Booker, 2010, MS
MSU Department: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor: Kendra S. Cheruvelil
Thesis Title: The spatial distribution of daphnia resources in shallow lakes: is food quanitity or quality for zooplankton determined by macrophytes?
Alexandra Castillo-Ruiz, 2010, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Psychology
Advisor: Antonio A. Nunez
Dissertation Title: Circadian and environmental modulation of arousal and reward systems of a diurnal brain
Arthur Covert, 2010, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Advisor: Charles A. Ofria
Dissertation Title: The beneficial effects of deleterious mutations
Yen Duong, 2010, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor: Kim L. Scribner
Dissertation Title: Effects of spawning behavior and environmental factors on adult reproductive ecology and larval dispersal of lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens)
Anna Fiedler, 2010, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Entomology
Advisor: Douglas A. Landis
Dissertation Title: Restoration of prairie fen plants, insects, and abiotic processes
Patrick Forsythe, 2010, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Kim L. Scribner
Dissertation Title: Exogenous correlates of migration , spawning, egg deposition and egg mortality in lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens)
Sherri Goings, 2010, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Advisor: Charles A. Ofria
Dissertation Title: Natural niching: applying ecological principles to evolutionary computation
Sarah Hamer (Yaremych), 2010, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor: Jean I. Tsao
Co-Advisor(s):
Dissertation Title: Interactions among invading ticks, wildllife, and zoonotic pathogens
Chenin Limback, 2010, MS
MSU Department: Department of Entomology
Advisor: Deborah G. McCullough
Thesis Title: Tree vigor and its relation to emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire) adult host preference and larval development on green and white ash trees
Sherry Martin, 2010, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor: Daniel Hayes
Dissertation Title: Land-use legacy effect: combining spatial and temporal drivers in statistical and mechanistic models of lake water chemistry
Jarad Mellard, 2010, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Plant Biology
Advisor: Christopher Klausmeier
Dissertation Title: The vertical distribution of phytoplankton: observations, theory, experiments
Ryan Morgan, 2010, MS
MSU Department: Department of Geological Sciences
Advisor:
Thesis Title: Paleobiogeographic associations among Mississippian Bryozoansy
Aaron Smith, 2010, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Entomology
Advisor: Anthony Cognato
Dissertation Title: Phylogenetic revision of the North American Asidini (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae)
Jennifer Smith, 2010, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Kay E. Holekamp
Dissertation Title: Evolutionary and ecological forces shaping patterns of cooperation among spotted hyenas
James Sobel, 2010, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Plant Biology
Advisor: Douglas W. Schemske
Dissertation Title: Speciation in the western North American wildflower genus Mimulus
Lauri Torgerson (Das), 2010, MS
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Barbara L. Lundrigan
Thesis Title: Personality in Michigan's Peromyscus
John Townsend-Mehler, 2010, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Fred C. Dyer
Dissertation Title: Decision-making following shifts in reward distribution: a look at the foraging behavior of honeybees and bumblebees as they respond to shifts in resource availability
Jennifer White, 2010, MS
MSU Department: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor: Kim L. Scribner
Thesis Title: Monitoring elusive carnivores using noninvasive genetic techniques; case study of bobcats (Lynx rufus) in the northern lower peninsula, Michigan
Brook Wilke, 2010, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
Advisor: Sieglinde S. Snapp
Dissertation Title: Challenges of developing sustainable nitrogen sources in agriculture: cover crops, nitrogen fixation and ecological principles
Kevin Wyatt, 2010, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: R. Jan Stevenson
Dissertation Title: Environmental controls on algal community structure and function in boreal wetlands
Sara Wyse (Kelzer), 2010, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Plant Biology
Advisor: Diane Ebert-May
Dissertation Title: Breaking the mold: preparing graduate teaching assistants to teach as they are taught to teach
Alicia Bray, 2009, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Entomology
Advisor: James J. Smith
Dissertation Title: AFLP, mtDNA, and microsatellite analysis of emerald ash borer population structure from Asia and North America
Stephanie Bussema, 2009, MS
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Fred C. Dyer
Jonathan Deroba, 2009, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor: James R. Bence
Dissertation Title: How many are there and how many can we kill? Improving catch per effort indices of abundance and evaluating harvest control rules for lake whitefish in the Great Lakes
Jeff Evans, 2009, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Entomology
Advisor: Douglas A. Landis
Dissertation Title: Developing demographic models to inform selection of Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard) biological control agents
Stephen LeDuc, 2009, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Forestry
Advisor: David E. Rothstein
Dissertation Title: Soil nitrogen cycling and ectomycorrhizal community composition following disturbance in Michigan jack pine forests
Megan Matonis, 2009, MS
MSU Department: Department of Forestry
Advisor: Michael B. Walters
Thesis Title: Multiple gap-stand and landscape-scale factors affect northen hardwood regeneration
Terri McElhinny, 2009, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Barbara L. Lundrigan
Dissertation Title: Morphological variation in a durophagous carnivore, the spotted hyena, Crocuta crocuta
Mercedes Ramirez, 2009, MS
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Fred C. Dyer
Thesis Title: Vision as a sensory modality in the honey bee dance language
Lance Roberts, 2009, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor: Brian A. Maurer
Dissertation Title: Improving wildlife habitat model performance: sensitivity to scale and detail of vegetation measurements
Jessica Schrader (St. John), 2009, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Laura Smale
Dissertation Title: Plasticity in the circadian system: changing rhythms in reproducing female rodents
Amy Schueller, 2009, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor: Daniel Hayes
Dissertation Title: Interactions between demographic stochasticity and genetic integrity of lake sturgeon populations
Sara Syswerda (Parr), 2009, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
Advisor: G. Philip Robertson
Dissertation Title: Ecosystem services across a management intensity gradient in southwest Michigan
Andrew Tluczek, 2009, MS
MSU Department: Department of Entomology
Advisor: Deborah G. McCullough
Thesis Title: Influences of host vigor on larval distribution, development, and mortality of Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire (Coleoptere: Buprestidae) in North America
Gabe Hamer, 2008, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor: Edward D. Walker
Dissertation Title: West Nile virus transmission ecology: vector-host interactions
Eva Lewandowski, 2008, MS
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Thomas Getty
Thesis Title: The effects of pokeweed display characteristics on frugivore identity and fruit removal
Kevin Pangle, 2008, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor: Scott Peacor
Dissertation Title: The role of non-consumptive effects in the net effect of an invasive predator in the Laurentian Great Lakes
Wiline (Trouilloud) Pangle, 2008, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Kay E. Holekamp
Dissertation Title: Threat-sensitive behaviors and its ontogenetic development in top mammalian carnivores
Susan Spaulding, 2008, MS
MSU Department: Department of Forestry
Advisor: David E. Rothstein
Thesis Title: Does clearcut harvesting emulate the effects of natural disturbance on the development of stand structure in Pinus banksiana forests of northern lower Michigan
Kevin Theis, 2008, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Kay E. Holekamp
Dissertation Title: Scent marking in a highly social mammalian species, the spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta)
Lindsey Walters, 2008, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Thomas Getty
Dissertation Title: Mate quality and parental investment in the house wren
Rachel Williams, 2008, MS
MSU Department: Department of Plant Biology
Advisor: L. Alan Prather
Jason Kilgore, 2007, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Plant Biology
Advisor: Frank W. Telewski
Dissertation Title: Distribution and ecophysiology of the Ponderosae in the Santa Catalina Mountains of southern Arizona
E-mail: jkilgore (at) washjeff (dot) edu
Joseph Kolowski, 2007, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Kay E. Holekamp
Dissertation Title: Anthropogenic influences on the behavior of large carnivores in the northern Serengeti ecosystem
Jaime Tanner, 2007, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Kay E. Holekamp
Dissertation Title: Behavioral and morphological development in a female-dominated species, the spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta)
Heather Watts, 2007, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Kay E. Holekamp
Dissertation Title: Social and ecological influences on survival and reproduction in the spotted hyena, Crocuta crocuta
Kalina Manoylov, 2005, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: R. Jan Stevenson
Dissertation Title: Ecological and evolutionary strategies used by benthic diatoms to compete for nutrients
E-mail: kalina (dot) manoylov (at) gcsu (dot) edu
Eva Maria Muecke, 2005, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Kay E. Holekamp
Dissertation Title: Determinants of age at dispersal & settlement patterns in the Belding's ground squirrel, Spermophilus beldingi
Joshua Nixon, 2005, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Laura Smale
Dissertation Title: Anatomy and function of orexin-containing neurons in day- and night-active animals
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
Zhanna Abramovsky, 2003, MS
MSU Department: Department of Forestry
Advisor: David E. Rothstein
Thesis Title: Recovery of ecosystem processes after wildfire in Michigan jack pine forests
E-mail: yermakov (at) anl (dot) gov
Russell Van Horn, 2003, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Kay E. Holekamp
Dissertation Title: Behavioral and genetic consequences of dispersal in the spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta)
E-mail: rvanhorn (at) sandiegozoo (dot) org
Erin Boydston, 2001, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Kay E. Holekamp
Dissertation Title: Socio-ecological determinants of space utilization patterns in the spotted hyena
Micaela Szykman, 2001, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Kay E. Holekamp
Dissertation Title: Sexual behavior and male mate choice in the spotted hyena, Crocuta crocuta
E-mail: ms147 (at) humboldt (dot) edu
Elizabeth Capaldi Evans, 1996, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Fred C. Dyer
Dissertation Title: Acquisition of visual spatial memory on orientation and reorientation flights in the honey bee
E-mail: ecapaldi (at) bucknell (dot) edu