Biology Master's Theses
 
The Biology Master's Theses Collection contains manuscripts written by Fort Hays graduate students. Due to copyright restrictions some works are limited to on-campus access only. 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 Long-term 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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"Survey Of Anuran Chytrid (Batrachochytrium Dendrobatidis) In Kansas And The Influence Of Anuran Life History In Occurrence", Ariel Snyder

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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

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Diet And Activity Patterns of Five Bat Species in North-Central Kansas, Holly G. Wilson

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 Bluestem (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 Plesiosaur 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 Red cedar 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 Rhaphidophorid, 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 and/or 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 photosynthesis and root respiration in Salt cedar (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 isotope discrimination, Elizabeth Waring

Theses from 1957

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Variations in Yield and Carbohydrate Content of Two Seeded Native Grasses, Jimmie D. Dodd

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The Effects of Clipping On Yield, Basal Cover, and Growth of Three Pasture Types in West-Central Kansas., Ross E. Johnson

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The Germination and Early Development of Salt Cedar (Tamarix Gallica L.)., Daniel L. Merkel

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A Survey of Some Relict Areas of The Great Plains, Willard P. Phillips

Theses from 1956

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Winter Cover of Ring-Necked Pheasant, Phasianus Colochicus, in Ellis County, Kansas, Frank R. Henderson

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Malaria, Theodore Jury

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The Effects of Grazing On Relative Animal Populations in Wintertime, Guido E. Smith

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A Study of Shoot, Root, and Rhizome Development of Western Wheatgrass (Agropyron Smithii), Ernest Snook

Theses from 1955

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The Effects of Grazing and Trampling Upon Certain Soil Properties, George W. Knoll

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The Pheasant and Hungarian Partridge As Exotic Game Birds, Fred Nimz

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Top and Root Development of Crested Wheatgrass (Agropyron Cristatum) and Intermediate Wheatgrass (A. Intermedium) During The First Season, Marion P. Wheeler

Theses from 1954

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Comparative Yields of Seven Native Grasses Growing in An Ungrazed Mixed Prairie, James W. Franks

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Vegetation On A Mixed Prairie of West-Central Kansas, LeRay Stinemetze

Theses from 1953

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Variations In Yield, Cover and Composition of Vegetation On A Mixed Prairie In West-Central Kansas, Harland Dietz

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A Preliminary Study of The Morphological Changes In Cells Due To Cancer, Paul Dlabal

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Forage Yield and Carbohydrate Content of Underground Parts of Grasses As Affected By Clipping, Floyd E. Kinsinger

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An Investigation For Viable Seeds In The Surface Soils of Various Sites In A Mixed Prairie Near The Cedar Bluff Reservoir, Everett Schwartzkopf

Theses from 1952

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Root and Top Development of Five Native Kansas Legumes From Seed To End of The First Season, Robert P. Gibbens

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An Investigation For Varietal Differences of Scaphytopius (Cloanthanus) Acutus (Say) (Homoptera, Cicadellidae), Charles Rassaert

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A Study of Dental Fluorosis In The Vicinity of La Crosse, Kansas, Harold Keith Ritter

Theses from 1950

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Rodent Populations and Activities On A Moderately Grazed Mixed Prairie Near Hays, Kansas, John L. Paulk

Theses from 1949

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Stem Anatomy of Twelve Forbs of The Family Compositae Growing Near Hays, Kansas, Cheng Lin

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Adequacy of The High School Science Vocabulary in Biology in Filling The Needs For Normal Reading of Popular Magazines, Clarence H. Stinemetze

Theses from 1948

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The Ecology of A Pasture in The Dakota Sandstone Formation in Ellsworth County, Kansas, Byron O. Blair

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The Construction Procedure of The Saline River Habitat Group in The Fort Hays Kansas State College Museum., William Raymond Eastman

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Studies of Increment, Height-Weight, and Moisture Content of Important Western Kansas Grasses., John Launchbaugh

Theses from 1947

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Effects On Different Intensities of Utilization Upon The Underground Parts of Short Grasses In West Central Kansas, Farrel Branson

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Study of Viable Seeds In Surface Soil From Various Habitats In Ellis County, Kansas., Robert D. Lippert

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A Descriptive Analysis of The Musculature And Osseous Systems of The Kangaroo Rat, Dipodomys Ordii, Virgil Mathis

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An Ecological Study of The Pocket Gopher In An Sandy Loam Area of Ellis County, Kansas., Benjamin Mosier

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An Analytic Comparative Study of Certain Biology Textbooks Used At Secondary School Level, Joseph E. Rankin

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Pastures of Western Kansas In Relation To Intensity of Utilization In Past Years, Gerald W. Tomanek

Theses from 1945

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Bio-Ecology On A Mixed Prairie Near Hays, Kansas, H. Leo Brown

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A Comparative Study Of Directed Laboratory And Lecture Demonstration As Methods Of Instruction In Teaching Botany To High School Students, M. Lucida Vorndran

Theses from 1944

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The Utilization of Grasses and Forbs in Relation to The intensity of Grazing in The Mixed Prairie Near Hays, Kansas, Noel Runyon

Theses from 1943

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Some Physical and Chemical Properties of Wheat Starch In Relationship To The Maturity of The Wheat, Claude W. Bice

Theses from 1942

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A Study of The Relationship Existing Between Certain Insects and Some Native Western Kansas Forbs and Weedy Plants, Carl Theodore Brandhorst

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A Study of Fluctuations In Coyote Numbers and Possible Causes, Sherwin B. Griswold

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The Effect of Climate and Different Grazing and Dusting Intensities Upon The Yield of The Short Grass Prairies In West Central Kansas., Marvin L. Lacey

Theses from 1941

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The Life History of Side-Oats Grama Grass and Variations In Its Growth At Hays, Kansas, When Grown From Seed Produced In Different Parts of The Great Plains Region, Harold Hopkins

Theses from 1940

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An Analysis of Seed Production of Native Kansas Grasses During The Drought of 1939, Lester R. Branson