Listing of MS Theses

2023 Theses

Caroline Danforth (Advisor: Dr. Amrita Puri) The Effects of Congruity on Processing of Individual Digits and Digit Sets

Seth Dixon (Advisor: Dr. Arijit Mukherjee) Investigating the Gene Expression Changes in Shoots of Salt-Stressed Rice Plants Upon Inoculation With Azospirillum Brasilense

Chance Garrett (Advisors: Dr. Ginny Adams and Dr. Reid Adams) Variation of Fish Communities of Four Adventitious Streams with Differing Flow Regimes in the Kings River Watershed, Arkansas

Sam Little (Advisor: Dr. Erin Wiley) The Physiological Response of Sweetgum (Liquidambar Styraciflua) to Fire Restoration Management Efforts in Central Arkansas

Anthony Pignatelli (Advisor: Dr. Hal Halvorson) The Ecological Stoichiometry of Food Webs in Urban Streams of Central Arkansas

Tanner Senti (Advisor: Dr. Matt Gifford) Prey and Macronutrient Availabilities Influence Diet of a Common Insectivorous Predator, Sceloporus Consobrinus

Grant Williams (Advisor: Dr. Brent Hill) An Analysis of Resveratrol Supplementation on the Biophysical Properties of the Tibia and Femur from Hindlimb Unloaded Female Mice

Molly Wozniak (Advisor: Dr. Hal Halvorson) Macroinvertebrate Assemblage Responses to Land Use, Water Chemistry, and Habitat in Low-Gradient Arkansas Streams

Past Theses

2021 Theses

John Cook (Advisor: Dr. Arijit Mukherjee) Characterization of Molecular Responses During Associations Between Rice and Different Plant Growth-Promoting Bacteria

Stephany Crabtrey (Advisor: Dr. Kari Naylor) Honey’s Influence on the Antibiotic Susceptibility and Virulence Factory Activity of Seven Pathogenic Bacteria Species

Taylor Dague (Advisor: Dr. Amrita Puri) Semantic and Perceptual Processing in Visual Search and Ensembles

Tori Hebert (Advisor: Dr. Hal Halvorson) Land Use Effects on Nutrient Limitation, Priming Effects, and Detritivore Feeding in a Central Arkansas Watershed

Joshua Hines (Advisor: Dr. Tammy Haselkorn) Optimizing Molecular Methods for Determining Aquatic Hyphomycete Community Membership in a Salinity Gradient: A Microcosm Study

Billy Huggins (Advisor: Dr. Mindy Farris) Vitamin D3 Promotes Longevity in Caenorhabditis Elegans

Kristyn Killian (Advisor: Dr. Kari Naylor) Identifying Binding Proteins of FszA and FszB in Dictyostelium Discoideum

Sarah Martin (Advisor: Dr. Vickie McDonald) Determination of Bat Species’ Use of Artificial Bark Enhanced Habitat at Select Sites in North and Central Arkansas

Danny Morrill (Advisors: Dr. Ginny Adams and Dr. Reid Adams) Temporal Trends in Fish Assemblage Structure in the Current River Drainage, Missouri over Eighty Years

Justin Mosbey (Advisor: Dr. Matt Gifford) A Reproductive Life History of the Arkansas Prairie Lizard (Sceloporus Consobrinus)

Lucus Ratz (Advisor: Dr. Jeff Padberg) Thalamocortical Connections of Electrophysiologically-Defined Auditory Cortex in the Nine-Banded Armadillo (Dasypus Novemcinctus)

Joseph Redinger (Advisor: Dr. Matt Gifford) Effect of a Top Predator (Crotaphytus Collaris) on Prey Populations, Community Structures, and Ecosystem Function in Ozark Glades

Calvin Rezac (Advisors: Dr. Ginny Adams and Dr. Reid Adams) Spatiotemporal Response of Fish Communities in the Spring River Basin, Arkansas to Chronic Pasture Land-Use

2019 Theses

Danielle Braund (Advisors: Dr. Sally Entrekin and Dr. Katherine Larson) Agricultural Type and Amount: Resources and Habitat Interact to Affect Nutrient Concentrations and Macroinvertebrates in Headwater Streams

Andrew Feltmann (Advisor: Dr. Matt Gifford) The Effect of Selection and Drift on Phenotypic Diversification in the Eastern Collared Lizard

Landon Gatrell (Advisor: Dr. Mindy Farris) Glucose Availability Impacts Proteotoxic Stress in Caenorhabditis Elegans

Samantha Hewett (Advisor: Dr. Kari Naylor) Both Manuka and Non-Manuka Honey Types Inhibit Antibiotic Resistant Wound-Infecting Bacteria

Jennifer Main (Advisors: Dr. Ginny Adams and Dr. Reid Adams) Fish Assemblage Dynamics in The Strawberry River, Arkansas, in Relation to Land-Use Changes and Farm Pond Proximity Within The Watershed

Anastasia Mogilevski (Advisors: Dr. Sally Entrekin and Dr. Katherine Larson) Changes to Microbial and Shredder Activity Are Ion-Specific with Unclear Consequences to Overall Stream Detrital Processing

Mason Rostollan (Advisor: Dr. Leah Horton) Characterization of Environmental Health Risks in Kanembwe, Rwanda

Heather Saco (Advisors: Dr. Ginny Adams and Dr. Reid Adams) Changes in Land Use and Fish Community Composition in Four Ozark Highland Streams over Four Decades

Brooke Skinner (Advisor: Dr. Jeff Padberg) Retinal Projections in the Nine-banded Armadillo (Dasypus Novemcinctus)

Brianna Trejo (Advisor: Dr. David Dussourd) Impact of Girdling on Time and Energy Allocation in Notodontid Caterpillars

2015 Theses

Aeden Custer (Advisor: Dr. Mark Bland) Pre-service Teachers Knowledge and Acceptance of Evolution Across Teaching Disciplines

Brittany Furtado (Advisor: Dr. Ginny Adams) Fish Assemblage Composition Along a Gradient of Unconventional Natural Gas Development in North-Central Arkansas Streams

Garrett Grimes (Advisor: Dr. Reid Adams) Investigating a Marine Fish in Freshwater: Population Dynamics of Striped Mullet Mugil Cephalus in the Arkansas River, USA

Holli Hall (Advisor: Dr. Mark Bland) Acceptance of Evolution Among American College Students at Two Arkansas Regional Universities

Ryan Hiltenbrand (Advisor: Dr. Arijit Mukherjee) Formation of Nodule-Like Structures in Rice and Underlying Transcriptomic Responses to Auxin

Brad Moffit (Advisor: Dr. Jeff Padberg) The Effective Frequency Range and Auditory Sensitivity of Dasypus Novemcinctus

Chris Naus (Advisor: Dr. Reid Adams) Fish Nursery Habitat Function of the Main Channel, Tributaries, and Oxbow Lakes of a River-Floodplain System

Duy Nguyen (Advisor: Dr. Ben Rowley) Characterization of Gym Microbes

Harold Owiti (Advisor: Dr. John Choinski) Fatty Acid Desaturase Gene Expression During Gossypium Hirsutum and G. Barbadense Leaf Expansion

Luke Pearson (Advisor: Dr. Ben Cash) Seasonal Corticosterone and Gonadal Steroid Concentrations of the Ouachita Map Turtle (Graptemys Ouachitensis) in the Arkansas River

Samantha Pike (Advisor: Dr. Matt Gifford) Prey Preference and Feeding Performance in Two Populations of Diamondback Water Snakes, Nerodia Rhombifer

Steven Polaskey (Advisor: Dr. Sally Entrekin) Controls on Litter Decomposition in Arkansas Valley Streams

Johnathan Rylee (Advisor: Dr. Jeff Padberg) Comparative Neuroanatomy and Topography of Sensory Cortex in the Nine-Banded Armadillo (Dasypus Novemcinctus)

Laken Woods (Advisor: Dr. Kari Naylor) The Role of the Cytoskeleton in Mitochondrial Dynamics