The Biology Masters Theses Collection contains manuscripts written by Fort Hays Biology graduate students dating from 1930 through the present. Theses submitted after 2009 are Open Access. Works prior to 2010 may be limited to on-campus access due to copyright restrictions. Please contact ScholarsRepository@fhsu.edu for questions regarding access to individual works

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Theses from 2017

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Surveys For Rare and Endangered Mussel Species In Kansas: Traditional Methods and Environmental DNA Analysis, Kaden R. Buer

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Phylogenetic Distribution Of An Endogenous Strain Of Dahlia Mosaic Virus In Members Of Asteraceae, Keri L. Caudle

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Post-Drought Survey Of Freshwater Mussels In The Saline And Smoky Hill Rivers With Emphasis On The Status Of The Cylindrical Papershell (Anodontoides Ferussacianus) And Effects Of Lowhead Dams On Growth Of The Pimpleback (Quadrula Pustulosa) In The Neosho River, Kansas, Andrew T. Karlin

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Organismal Composition and Photosynthetic Traits of Biological Soil Crusts In Prairie Ecosystems of the Great Plains, Brendon C. McCampbell

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Using Maximum Entropy Species Distribution Modeling For Longterm Conservation Planning Of Three Federally Listed Bats In North America, Mitchell L. Meyer

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Soxhlet Extraction Of Avocado Endocarp and Trituration Of Avocado Mesocarp For Biodiesel Production., Ifeoma Oraemesi

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Polymorphism In The PrPC Prion Protein Gene In Pigs, Anuja Paudyal

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The Effects Of Environmental Variability And Latitude On Breeding Behaviors and Life History Traits Of Aves In North America, Elizabeth E. Tharman

Theses from 2016

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Gender Differences In Space-Use Patterns And Microhabitat Characteristics Of Southern Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys Volans) In Northeastern Iowa, Elizabeth G. Bainbridge

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Evaluating The Effect Of Water Supplementation On Ring-Necked Pheasant And Mesocarnivore Occupancy In Western Kansas, Brandon L. Calderon

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A Comparison Of Small Mammal Communities Among Three Habitats In Western North Dakota, Samantha R. Pounds

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Determination Of Evolutionary History Of Big Bluestem Populations Through Chloroplast Dna Analysis, Tej Man Tamang

Theses from 2015

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Effects Of Environmental And Anthropogenic Factors On The Range Contraction Of Bird And Mammal Species, Patrice M. Betz

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Occupancy Modeling Of Herpetofauna And Grassland Nesting Birds At Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, Kasandra A. Brown

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Population Structure And Habitat Association Of Aquatic Testudines In Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, Jeffrey T. Seim

Theses from 2014

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The Human Dimensions of Waterfowl Hunters at Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area, Barton County, Kansas, Jason K. Black

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Timing and Intensity of Steer Use on Old World Blustem (Bothriochloa Ischaemum) and Blue Grama (Bouteloua Gracilis) in Southern Mixed-Grass Prairie, Jessica Casey

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Description of an Unusual Cervical Vertebral Column of a Pleisosaur from the Kiowa Shale, Ian N. Cost

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Nest Survival of Grassland Breeding Birds in a Southern Mixed-Grass Prairie Wetland, Clinton Helms

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Antimicrobial Resistance of Channel Catfish Intestinal Microflora in the Arkansas and Ninnescah Rivers in Kansas, Jordan R. Hofmeier

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Possible Effects of Black-Tailed Prairie Dogs (Cynomys Ludovicianus) on Abundance and Diversity of Raptors and Small Mammals in Mixed and Shortgrass Prairie of Western Kansas, Nina M. Luna

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Effect of Grain, Region, and Human Influence on Higher Taxonomic Surrogacy, Frances Owen

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Distance Sampling as a Technique to Monitor Pronghorn in Kansas, Jared H. Oyster

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Dispersal of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria near Central Great Plains Feedlots, Jennifer R. Pfannenstiel-Klaus

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Inferring Herpetofaunal Distributions and Habitat Preferences for Conservation Planning, Lisa M. Prowant

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Habitat Associations of Grassland Birds along a Gradient of Eastern Redcedar Succession in Central Kansas, Scott W. Schmidt

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Age, Growth, and Simulation Modeling to Characterize Fish Populations at Two Reservoirs in South-Central Kansas, Brian Serpan

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Life History of a Dune-Dwelling Phaphidophorid, Utabaenetes Tinkham, in the San Rafael Desert of Utah, Ryan M. Shofner

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Comparison of Small Mammal Communities in Ephemeral Wetlands and Wet Meadows during Drought, Brian M. Zinke

Theses from 2013

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Stable Isotope Analysis Of Two Mephitidae Species Reflects Population Trends And Landscape Structure, Amanda E. Cheeseman

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Antimicrobial Producing Bacteria Isolated From Petroleum-Laced Hypersaline Soil, Joanna L. Fay

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Effects Of Long-Term Exposure To Kanamycin Andor Ampicillin On Resistance Genes On An E. Coli Plasmid, Justin W.R. Kerby II

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Influence Of Wind Turbines On Mammalian Occupancy Patterns, Brian P. Tanis

Theses from 2012

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Influence of Habitat Heterogeneity on Small Mammals in the Central Platte River Valley, Nebraska, Justin D. Anderson

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The Face of Extinction: Are Charismatic Species More Vulnerable To Endangerment?, Andrée M. Brisson

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The Effect Of Climate Change On The Distributions Of Invasive Plants And Their Associated Biological Control Agents In North America, Caroline A. Curtis

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Assessment Of Aging Structures And Recruitment Of Walleye Sander Vitreus In Cedar Bluff Reservoir, Weston L. Fleming

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Burrowing Owl (Athene Cunicularia) Nesting Ecology In Western Kansas, Carol D. Grover-Mariner

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Continual Passage Of Staphylococcus Epidermidis In Subinhibitory Levels Of The Biocide Triclosan Results In A Marked Increase In The Minimum Inhibitory Concentration, Antibiotic Resistance, And Ethidium Bromide Resistance, William T. Moore

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Gas Exchange And Leaf Anatomy Of Andropogon Gerardii Ecotypes Over A Climatic Gradient Of The Great Plains, Jacob T. Olsen

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Distributional Survey And Habitat Associations Of Crayfishes In Three River Basins In Kansas, Ryan Lee Pinkall

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Spatial Conservation Prioritization Of Kansas For Terrestrial Vertebrates, Megan R. Rohweder

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Survey Of The Freshwater Gastropods Of Southeastern Kansas With Emphasis On The Distribution And Habitat Use Of The Delta Hydrobe (Probythinella Emarginata), Bryan Sowards

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Sexual Selection Dynamics In A Smoky Hills Population Of Crotaphytus Collaris, Katherine Talbott

Theses from 2011

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Effects Of Prescribed Burning On Grassland Nesting Birds On Conservation Reserve Program Areas In Gove County, Kansas, Justin Vern Hamilton

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Breeding Habitat Structure And Use By Kansas-Occurring Black Rail, Stephanie A. Kane

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Alarm-Calling And Response Behaviors Of The Black-Tailed Prairie Dog In Kansas, Lloyd W. Towers III

Theses from 2010

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Nested subsets, scale, and the distribution of abundance: A macroecological approach, Elita Baldridge

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Effects of sediment removal techniques on avian communities and vegetational attributes in restored prairie pothole wetlands, Alexander Galt

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Herpetofaunal response to prescribed burning on Matagorda Island, Texas: with emphasis on Texas horned lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum), Ashley Inslee

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Genetic Analysis of vancomycin-resistant gram-positive cocci isolated from wild songbirds, Shingo Ishihara

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Climate change: implications for montane mammals of the Great Basin, Georgina Yvette Jacquez

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Variation in the southern short-tailed shrew, Blarina Carolensis, Jennifer O'Neill

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Effects of flooding on photosythesis and root respiration in Saltcedar (tamarix ramosissima), an invasive riparian shrub, Kristen Polacik

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Spatial and temporal patterns of Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) winter habitat use along the Upper Mississippi River corridor, Ryan T. Schmitz

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Distribution and genetic structure of pocket gophers (Genus Geomys) in Kansas, Zachary J. Schwenke

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Flooding tolerance of native and nonnative grasses: Variation in photosynthesis, transpiration, respiration, and carbon isotype discrimination, Elizabeth Waring

Theses from 1933

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An Analysis of The Habitat Distribution of The Fauna of A Stream- Bank Association In Western Kansas, Olive Falls

Theses from 1931

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The Botany Laboratory, S.J. Neher