This collection includes Carroll College undergraduate student theses from 1917-Present. Use the following links to view theses in Life and Environmental Sciences:

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Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Modeling Culex tarsalis Habitat Suitability in the Great Plains of Montana, Teal Bullick

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Analysis of Antimicrobial Peptide Efficacy Against Chytridiomycosis from Skin Secretions of Columbia Spotted Frogs (Lithobates luteiventris), Emma Esposito

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Genetic Diversity of Dermacentor andersoni in Western Montana via Inter-simple Sequence Repeats, Nicholas Hensley

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The Effects of UV Radiation on Metarhizium anisopliae, Victoria Hill

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Assessment of Bridges in Eastern Montana to Identify Active Season Bat Roosts, Rachel Hopkins

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Influence of Avian Distributions on West Nile Virus Infection Rates, Kaitlin McHugh

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Land Cover Association of Culex tarsalis in Western Montana, H. Keenan McNally

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Investigating the Role of DNC-2 and DLI-1 on AMPA Receptor Mediated Behaviors in Caenorhabditis elegans, Natalie Oberding

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Genetic Identification of Culex tarsalis Host Plants from Extracted Gut Contents, Bob Pearhill

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Natural Vertical Transmission of WNV in Montana, Inderbir Bains

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Exploring the Role of Dync1li1 in the Trafficking of GLUA2 Containing AMPA Receptors, Leah Esposito

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Reconstructing Holocene Fire and Landscape History Using Charcoal and Lake Sediments in Big Belt Mountains, Montana, Katherine Gildner

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Climatic Factors Limiting the Distribution of Dermacentor andersoni in Montana’s Rocky Mountain Region, Kyle Griffith

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Topographical and Climatic Factors Influencing the Distribtion of D. andersoni Across Western Montana, Tanner Gustavsen

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Amphibian Risk Assessment in Montana: An Evaluation of Chytridiomycosis in Columbia spotted frogs (Lithobates luteiventris), Alex Kurtz

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Genetic Differentiation Among Culex tarsalis Populations in Montana, Dan Lockman

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Ecological Effects On The Distribution of Culex Tarsalis Mosquitos, Paige Plancich

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Exploring GluR2-Interacting Proteins in Caenorhabditis elegans, John Brothers

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Comparison of Capture Methods and Infection Rates for the Tick, Dermacentor andersoni, in Montana, Hanna Dotson

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Using Glycosylated Hemoglobin and Heat Shock Protein 70 as Thermal Biomarkers in North American Pikas (Ochotona princeps), Steven Edmonds

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An Evaluation of Population Differentiation in Culex tarsalis in Montana Using COI Sequences, Jake Fiocchi

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Genetic Diversity in Dermacentor andersoni Populations in Western Montana, Ezekial Koslosky

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Isolation and Characterization of a Bacteriophage The Flathead Lake Monster, Ian Lorang

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Is HIF-1α Required for V-ATPase-Dependent Regulation of Glycolytic Enzymes?, Tyler Northrup

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Does Drainage Affect Diversity within the Simulium arcticum complex in the Clark Fork River?, Chance Stewart

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Exploring the Role of Dctn2 in the Trafficking of GluR2- containing AMPA Receptors, Mark Barnett

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Investigating the Role of Olfm1 in the Trafficking of GluR2-containing AMPA receptors, Caroline Cardenas

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The Associations Between Large Mammal Abundance, Elevation, and Tick Capture Rate in the Big Belt Mountains, Sean Condon

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Investigating the Role of PrP and Amyloid Beta Proteins in AD and Other Protein-Misfolding Diseases, Steven Cornish

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Population Genetics of the Tick, Dermacentor andersoni, in Montana, based on the Mitochondrial 16S Gene, Seth Dotson

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Comparison of West Nile Virus infection rates in Culex tarsalis and exposure rate of horses in Montana using RT-PCR and ELISA, Sarah Fitzpatrick

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The Carrier Rate of Colorado Tick Fever in the Rocky Mountain Wood Tick, Dermacentor andersoni, Blake Jordan

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Characterization of a Novel Mycobacteriophage via Sequence Analysis, Sarah LaPierre

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Isolation and Analysis of the Novel Mycobacteriophage, CCP1, Kevin McNamee

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Fire History And Tree Growth Responses In The Tenmile South Watershed, Helena, MT, Kathleen Schut

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Detection of Inducible HSP70 as a Measure of Heat Stress in Mammalian Tissue, Stuart Allyn

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Testing the Cytotype Concept in Black Flies (Diptera: Simuliidae), Jessica Brisson

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Relative Utility of Different Lengths of the Mitochondrial 16S rDNA Gene in Population Genetics of the Tick Species, Dermacentor andersoni., Kaya Garringer

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The Maintenance of Tumor HLA-A2 Expression In Differing Culture Environments, Jillian Harmon

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Topographical Variables Influencing Dermacentor andersoni Distribution in Montana, Tyler Jacobsen

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Exploring the Role of Olfm1 in the Trafficking of GluR2- containing AMPA Receptors, Shelby Kramer

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Biochemical Markers for Thermal Stress in North American Pikas (Ochotona princeps), Austin Nearpass

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Comparison of West Nile Virus exposure in horses and infection rates in the mosquito Culex tarsalis in Montana., Caitlin Newton

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Yan polymerization contributes to active repression and thus contributes to precise gene expression, Marielle O’Hara-Hulett

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Assessing Vegetational and Climatic Influences on the Distribution of Dermacentor andersoni in Western Montana, Carlo Pierini

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Stem Cells: Scientific Progress and its Ethical Implications, Robert Scanlon

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Kidney Stones and the Zip10 Transporter: An Analysis of Calcium Oxalate Stone Formation Using Frog and Fruit Fly Models, Paige Williams

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Blood-Feeding Behavior of Culex tarsalis at Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Montana, Maxwell Bernt

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Microsatellite Analysis of Gene Flow between Culex tarsalis Populations Connected by Irrigation in Yellowstone County, Montana, Mattie Casey

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RT-PCR Survey of Mosquitos in Montana, North Dakota, & South Dakota for the Presence of Cache Valley Virus, Paige Esposito

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The Effects of Chytridiomycosis on Myocardial Oxygenation in Columbian Spotted Frogs (Rana luteiventris), Kaitlyn Holyfield

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The Effect of Chytridiomycosis and Bioaugmentation on the Metabolic Rate of Redbacked Salamanders, Plethodon cinereus, Jonathan Lenz

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Infection Rate of West Nile virus in Culex tarsalis at Medicine Lake Wildlife Refuge and Ninepipe Wildlife Refuge in 2012, Graham Unis

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Spatial Risk Mapping of West Nile Virus in Correlation to Vegetation in Montana, Amanda Wreggelsworth

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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Effects of Variable Oligosaccharide Lengths on the Infectious Nature of Chronic Wasting Disease Prion Proteins, Matthew Breeggemann

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Birds as Reservoir Hosts for West Nile Virus in Montana, Victoria Dettman

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Clinical Outcomes of Gamma Knife Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Neurological Disease, Ameer Elaimy

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Use of miRNA inhibitors to investigate probiotic regulation of E-cadherin expression, Ashtin Jeney

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The Development of an Efficient Immuno-Slotblotting Technique to Quantify the Effects of Protein Disulfide Isomerase on Prion Protein Misfolding, Spencer Johnson

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Investigation of West Nile Virus Infection Rates in Cx. tarsalis at Medicine Lake Wildlife Refuge and Ninepipe Wildlife Refuge 2011, Joseph Maricelli

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The Effect of Reactive Oxygen Species on Tiopronin-mediated Collateral Sensitivity in Multidrug Resistant Cancer Cells, Travis Marshall

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Mapping the abundance of Culex tarsalis to environmental variables in Montana, Benjamin McIsaac

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Species Identification of Ovine-Feeding Mosquitoes in Southwestern Montana, Whitney Miller

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Spatial Risk Assessment of West Nile Virus in Montana Based Upon Temperature Effects on Cx. tarsalis, Brian Murphy

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Microsatellite Analysis Comparing the Genetic Variation of Culex tarsalis Populations across Montana, Kellie O'Rourke

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Isosorbide and Chytridiomycosis in Panamanian Golden Frogs, Olivia Rolando

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Defining the Cytotype and Persistence Concepts in Black Flies (Diptera: Simuliidae), Jeanna Van Hoey

Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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Incidence Modeling and Protocol for the Detection of Dirofilaria immitis in Montana, Ryne Dougherty

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Using Population Models to Compare Strategies for Slowing Population Growth in Countries with High Fertility, Shannon Flynn

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Cytogenetic, molecular, and array-based analysis of a complex translocation found in a patient diagnosed with CLL, Shane Gallogly

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Understanding the Threat of Disaster from Mining Wastewater Entering the Water Table and how it will affect the Ecosystem of Butte, Montana, Brian Geer

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Incidence of Salmincola californiensis in Westslope Cutthroat Trout in Relation to Brook Trout Density in the Lolo Creek Drainage, Bradley Grammens

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West Nile Virus Presence and Blood-Feeding Behavior of Culex tarsalis in Wildlife Refuges and Management Areas in Montana, Kellie Kalbfleisch

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Distribution of bird reservoir hosts for West Nile Virus in Montana, Billy McElroy

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Preliminary Analysis of Population Differentiation of Culex tarsalis in Montana Using Microsatellites, Meghan McKeown

Theses/Dissertations from 2010

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Using Microsatellite Loci to Analyze Genetic Variation of Culex tarsalis Within Montana, Jeffery Bank

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The Effects of Glycosylation on Prion Protein Conversion, Christopher Casebeer

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Risk mapping of bluetongue virus in Montana using habitat suitability for Culicoides vectors, Pete Edminster

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A Third-Year Study of Continuity of Taxa and Reproductive Status of Cytoforms of the Simulium arcticum Complex at the Clearwater River, Montana, Amber Hartman

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Effect of Membrane Cholesterol Levels and Allelic Variation on Prion Conversion, Ross Hartman

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The Design and Implementation of a Campus Community Garden, Robin Juskowiak

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Characterization and Normalization of Rat Salivary Cholinesterase, Elise Klohe

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Speciation in the Simulium arcticum Species Complex in the Pacific Northwest, Michael Kratochvil

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Development of a Statewide Model of Culex tarsalis Habitat Suitability Using GIS, Jason Larsen

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Detection of West Nile Virus in Mosquitoes of Montana through RT-PCR and TaqMan Assays and Correlation to Reservoir Competent Avian Populations, Katie Semmens

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The Development of a Quantitative Assay to Measure the Effects of Protein Disulfide Isomerase on Prion Protein Misfolding, Lauren Vogl

Theses/Dissertations from 2009

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Cloning of a Rare Chronic Wasting Disease Prion Allele from Mule Deer, Martha Bankhead

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Plasmid-Mediated Transference of Multiple-Antibiotic Resistance between Escherichia coli Isolates in the Western Montana Region, Karyn Beiber

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The Internal Hoof Morphology of the Pl, P2, and P3 bones in equine, Heather Caldwell

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The Simulium arcticum Complex: A Cytogenetic Description of Taxa at Wise River and Reproductive Status and Continuity of Taxa at the Clearwater River (2007-2008), Brooke Christiaens

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Seed Collection Protocol and Field Manual for Native Plant Relocation of Festuca campestris, Festuca idahoensis, and Pseudoroegneria spicata, Whitney Cummins

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Increased Transfer Efficiency of Plasmids pSH3 and pSH5 Improves Plasmid Stability, Nicholas Hardin

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The Effect of Culture Medium Composition on the Localization of Peroxisomal Membrane Proteins in Yeast, Maria Miller

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The Effect of Protein Disulfide Isomerase (PDI) on In Vitro Conversion of Mule Deer Prion Proteins, Alexander Nixon

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Reproductive Status of Two Types of Black Flies in the Simulium arcticum Complex at the Clearwater River, Montana, Michelle Norton

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Developing a Method for In Vitro Conversion of Recombinant Mule Deer Prion Protein, Andrew Peterson

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Analysis of the genetic diversity within and between populations of Festuca campestris in the Helena and Lewis and Clark National Forests, David Roach

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Prevalent Multiple Antibiotic Resistance Phenotypes in Commensal Escherichia coli Isolated from Bovine Feces of the Rocky Mountain Region of Montana, Jacqueline Schmidt

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The Effect of Prenatal and Postnatal Exposure of Bisphenol A on Body Weight and Percent Body Fat in Rattus Norvegicus, Robert Simons

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Molecular Genetic Affinities of the Melanistic Western Terrestrial Garter Snake, Thamnophis elegans, Kevyn Stroebe