2017

Shairah Abdul Razak, 2017, PhD
MSU Department: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor: Kim L. Scribner
Dissertation title:  Biotic and abiotic factors influence formation and ontogenic dynamics of molecularly defined gastro-intestinal microbial communities in Lake Sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) and Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus)

Tyler Bassett, 2017, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Plant Biology
Advisor: Jennifer A. Lau
Dissertation title:  The role of biodiversity in prairie restoration tests of theory and implications for management

Alita Burmeister, 2017, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Advisor: Richard E. Lenski
Dissertation title:  Coevolutionary implications of envelope-mediated resistance to phage

Rosangela Canino-Koning, 2017, Ph.D.
MSU Department:  Computer Science
Advisor:  Charles Ofria
Dissertation title:  Evolution and Evolvability of Changing Environments

Leslie Cieplechowicz, 2017, MS
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Richard Snider
Thesis title:  Asian wild horse (Equus ferus) care manual

Andrew Crosby, 2017, Ph.D
MSU Department: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor: William F. Porter
Dissertation title:  Conserving Avian Biodiversity on Managed Forest Landscapes

Micaleila Desotelle, 2017, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Stephen K. Hamilton
Dissertation title:  The impacts of algal subsidies from a run-of-river reservoir on downstream food webs and nutrient availability, and the implications of a diluted bitumen spill on the Kalamazoo River

Garret Dettmann, 2017, M.S.
MSU Department: Department of Forestry
Advisor: Dave MacFarlane
Thesis title:  Evaluating inter and intra specific variation in leaf mass and area

Emily Dittmar, 2017, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Plant Biology
Advisor: Douglas W. Schemske
Dissertation title:  Local adaptation and fitness trade-offs

Julia Greenberg, 2017, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Kay E. Holekamp
Dissertation title:  Developmental flexibility in spotted hyenas (Crocuta crocuta): The role of maternal and anthropogenic effects

Patrick Hanly, 2017, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Gary G. Mittelbach
Dissertation title:  "The maintenance and generation of freshwater diversity from the local to the global scale"

Nora Lewin, 2017, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Kay E. Holekamp
Dissertation title:  Mechanisms mediating life history traits in the spotted hyena

Jorden Schossau, 2017, PhD.
MSU Department: Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Advisor: Christoph C. Adami
Dissertation title: Evolution of decision-making systems

Megan Shave, 2017, PhD.
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Catherine Lindell
Dissertation title:  Evaluating the conservation and agricultural applications of orchard nest boxes for a declining raptor

Allison Sussman, 2017, M.S.
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Elise Zipkin
Thesis title:  Assessing waterbird hotspots for conservation and management in the Great Lakes

Tracy Swem, 2017, MS
MSU Department: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor: Gary J. Roloff
Thesis title:  Prescribed fire effects on Eastern Box Turtles in Southwest Michigan

Wendy Vostinar (Johnson), 2017, Ph.D.
MSU Department: Teacher Education
Advisor: Charles (Andy) Anderson
Dissertation title:  Supporting three-dimensional science learning: The role of curiousity-driven classroom discourse

Anya Vostinar, Ph.D., 2017
MSU Department: Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Advisor: Charles A. Ofria
Dissertation title: Suicide, signals, and symbionts:  Evolving cooperation in agent-based systems

Justin Waraniak, 2017, MS
MSU Department: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Advisor: Kim Scribner
Thesis TItle: Barcoding, metabarcoding, and experimental analyses of community dynamics and environmental conditions affecting predation of larval lake sturgeon in the Black River, Michigan

Sarah Wegener, 2017, MS
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Heather L. Eisthen
Thesis title:  Transmissibility and localization of tetrodotoxin in the rough-skinned newt, Taricha granulosa

Kileigh Welshofer (Browning), 2017, MS
MSU Department: Department of Forestry
Advisor: Phoebe Zarnetske
Thesis title: Examining Exotic Plant Success in a Warmer World

Sean Williams, 2017, Ph.D. 
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Catherine Lindell
Dissertation title:  Behavioral ecology of Amazonian mixed-species flocks

Jing Zhou, 2017, PhD.
MSU Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Advisor: Richard Snider
Dissertation title:  Captive welfare design of Red Pandas (Ailurus fulgens)