Recent Thesis Titles

A list of Master's and Ph.D. thesis titles completed in last five years.

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Master of Science Thesis Titles

Student Advisor(s) Thesis Title
Lechelt, Joseph Daniel Bajer, Przemyslaw Effects of bluegill predation, lake productivity, and juvenile dispersal on common carp recruitment dynamics in lake-marsh systems in Minnesota
Banet, Nathan Sorensen, Peter Partial migration, homing, diel activity, and distribution of adult common carp across a large, model watershed in the North American Midwest
Hamilton, Derek Christopher Cuthbert, Francie Monitoring American White Pelicans and Double-crested Cormorants in Minnesota: Assessing Status of Populations and Exploring New Survey Methodologies
Rutter, Jordan E Cuthbert, Francie Bird Friendly Beaches: Evaluating dog and human interactions with Great Lakes piping plovers (Charadrius melodus) and other shorebirds
Terwilliger, Lauren Amanda Moen, Ron Using GPS Radiotelemetry Locations to Interpret Road and Trail Use by Canada Lynx (Lynx canadensis) in Minnesota
Mosey, Britney Jo Hatch, Jay Light Levels, Long Box Culverts Box, and the Movements of  Prairie Stream Fishes, including the Endangered Topika Shiner
Schroeder, Leslie Venturelli, Paul Die another day; Growth model reveals high natural survival rates in loggerhead sea turtles
Dunne, Melaney Anne Newman, Ray The Response of Aquatic Macrophytes to Lake Management Practices and the Role of Light in the Germination of Macrophyte Propagules
Swanson, Reid Gabriel Sorensen, Peter Evaluating the ability of microsatellite DNA markers and otolith microchemistry to distinguish spatially separated populations and identify recruitment sites of common carp (Cyprinus carpio) in interconnected lake systems of the North American Midwest
Yohannes, Brittney Jaye Arnold, Todd Nesting Ecology of Red-Headed Woodpeckers (Melanerpes Erythrocephalus) in Central Minnesota
Tomamichel, Megan Venturelli, Paul; Phelps, Nicholas Predicting the Impacts of Heterosporis sutherlandae on the Yield of a Yellow Perch Population: An Integrated Modeling Approach
Poole, Joshua Roger Bajer, Przemyslaw Control of the common carp through species-specific toxin delivery systems and biocontrol by bluegill sunfish
Froberg, Todd Douglas Cuthbert, Francie Seasonal Dynamics of Avian Influenza Viruses in Ring-billed Gulls (Larus delawarensis) in Minnesota
Keogh, Sean Michael Simons, Andrew Molecules & morphology reveal ‘new’ divergent, widespread Lampsiline species (Bivalvia: Unionidae)
Woods, Phillip Scott Calcote, Randy Lake Sensitivity to Late-Holocene Climate Change in the Western Great Lakes Region based on Diatom-Depth Reconstruction
Anderson, Abigail Woods Blair, Robert Modeling Bird-Window Collisions in Core Urban Environments
Doll, Adam Easson McCartney, Michael Occurrence and Survival of Zebra Mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) Veliger Larvae in Residual Water Transported by Recreational Watercraft
Schaeffer, Erin Venturelli, Paul; Miller, Loren Muskellunge (Esox masquinongy) movement patterns and habitat use in the St. Louis River Estuary and southwestern Lake Superior
Pruszenski, Jordan Marie Bump, Joseph An Assessment of Recreational Harvest Impacts on Wolves (Canis Lupus) in the Western Great Lakes, USA: Do hunters selectively harvest wolves and how might wolf movement be affected by deer hunting?
Smith, Bradley David Del Giudice, Glenn Establishing the Feasibility of Making Fine-scale Measurements of Habitat Use by White-tailed Deer in Northern Minnesota
Feely, Jane Rose Sorensen, Peter The ability of a cyclic sound on its own, and when coupled with an air curtain, to block ten species of fish including carp in a laboratory flume
Smith, Ashley Renee Simons, Andrew Population genetic structure of the freshwater mussel Potamilus alatus in the state of Minnesota
Chien, Eric Michael Galatowitsch, Susan A Resilience-Based Site Assessment Tool for Oak Savanna Restoration Practice
Li, Yudi Hellmann, Jessica Assessment of the Karner Blue Butterfly’s Response and Managed Relocation under Climate Change
Williams, Keiffer L Simons, Andrew The morphology and evolution of tooth replacement in the combtooth blennies (Ovalentaria: Blenniidae)
Liu, Yunjia Anderson, Neil Genetic structure and phenotypic differences among and within extant populations of Chrysanthemum arcticum L. and C. a. subsp. arcticum
Ratcliffe, Hugh Scott Dee, Laura Climate Change and Tallgrass Prairies: Exploring the Interaction of Extreme Weather and Invasion in Managed Prairie Systems
Wagner, Carli Kathleen Larkin, Daniel Plant community impacts and environmental associations of the invasive macroalga Nitellopsis obtusa (starry stonewort)

Doctor of Philosophy Thesis Titles

Student Advisor(s) Thesis Title
Saunders, Sarah P Cuthbert, Francie  The Causes and Consequences of Individual Variation on Survival and Fecundity in Great Lakes Piping Plovers.
Markle, Tricia Marie Kozak, Kenneth  Ecology and Evolution of Climatic Niche and Geographic Range Size Variation in North American Plethodontid Salamanders: Perspectives from Thermal Physiology.
Flint, Shelby A Shaw, Ruth; Jordan, Nicholas  Translocating Panicum virgatum L.: Performance, Community Impact and Competitive Outcome.
Biederman, Jennifer Lynn Cochran Vondracek, Bruce  Seasonal patterns in growth, diet, and prey availability of Brown Trout Salmo Trutta in groundwater-dominated streams in the Driftless Ecoregion of southeastern Minnesota.
Lewandowski, Eva Oberhauser, Karen Using Butterfly Citizen Science to Increase Participation in Conservation
Wyman, Katherine E Cuthbert, Francie Dynamic populations, dynamic landscapes: conservation science case studies of colonial waterbirds in the North American Great Lakes
Hundt, Peter J Simons, Andrew Evolution of diet, trophic morphologies and habitat transitions in the diverse combtooth blennies (Ovalentaria: Blenniidae)
Meissen, Justin C Cornett, Meredith; Galatowitsch, Susan Harvesting native seed to supply landscape-scale restoration: evaluating risks and sustainable practices
Nail, Kelly R Oberhauser, Karen Monarch (Danaus plexippus) Growth and Survival in a Changing World
Berg, Sergey Sereyevich Forester, James Modeling and Conservation of Wildlife Populations in Managed Landscapes: A Trade-Off Between Effort and Results
Klinsawat, Worata Smith, James Phylogeography and landscape genetics of tigers (Panthera tigris) and elephants (Elephas maximus) in Thailand
Claassen, Andrea H Cuthbert, Francie Breeding Ecology and Conservation of Ground-Nesting Waterbirds in North America and Southeast Asia
Jornburom, Pornkamol Smith, James The Distribution of Elephants, Tigers and Tiger Prey in Thailand’s Western Forest Complex
Loppnow, Grace L Venturelli, Paul Induced nest failure as a mechanism for controlling invasive smallmouth (Micropterus dolomieu) and largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides)
Gracz, Michael B Glaser, Paul Wetlands of Cook Inlet Basin, Alaska: Classification and Contributions to Stream Flow
Scotson, Lorraine Cuthbert, Francie; Fieberg, John Distribution, range connectivity, and trends of bear populations in Southeast Asia
Specht, Hannah M Arnold, Todd Habitat use and reproductive success of waterbirds in the human-dominated landscape of North America’s prairies: Using sparse data to inform management
Nichols, Kathryn Samantha Blair, Robert Birds & Buildings: Bird-Window Collisions in the Urban Landscape
Leao, Tarciso C Reich, Peter The geographic range size and extinction risk of plants in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest
Knuth, Katherine A Polasky, Stephen How Collectives Drive Deliberate Transformation to Make Progress Toward Sustainability
Berini III, John Lawrence Forester, James Evaluating how spatial heterogeneity in forage chemistry and abundance Evaluating how spatial heterogeneity in forage chemistry and abundance influences diet and demographics in a declining moose (Alces alces) population in influences diet and demographics in a declining moose (Alces alces) population in northeast Minnesota. northeast Minnesota.
Elliott, Lisa Harn Johnson, Douglas; Niemi, Gerald Habitat associations and conservation of wetland-obligate birds
Egan, Joshua P Simons, Andrew Evolutionary and ontogenetic patterns of diet and support for tropical niche conservatism in the origins of the latitudinal diversity gradient in clupeiforms (anchovies, herrings, and relatives)
Dennis III, Clark Sorensen, Peter Evaluating the ability of sound, an air curtain, and high-intensity light, both alone and together, to deter bighead and common carps
Thompson, Ami Lee Oberhauser, Karen; Blair, Robert The life history of Anax junius (Drury) in Minnesota: Determining instars, growth development pathways, emergence phenology, and the effect of temperature on development (Odonata: Aeshnidae)
Iannarilli, Fabiola Fieberg, John Addressing challenges in camera-trap studies: Survey designs for multiple species, serial dependence, and site-to-site variability when estimating activity patterns
Gable,Thomas D Bump, Joseph Wolf-Beaver Dynamics in a Southern Boreal Ecosystem