Department of Environmental Sciences

Dissertations & Theses

MS Theses & PhD Dissertations Completed in the Environmental Sciences Department Since 2000 AD


  • DEHM, DUSTIN (MS Geology, 2019)
    Thesis: "A Small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) Based Method for Monitoring Wetland Inundation & Vegetation" [advisor: Ricky Becker]


  • HEBEBRAND, KRISTEN (MS Biology, 2018)
    Thesis: "Potential Spread of Hydrilla verticillata in the Great Lakes Basin" [advisor: Jon Bossenbroek]
  • GENTNER, TIFFANY (MS Geology, 2018)
    Thesis: "Climate Impacts on Nutrient Loading in Lake Erie" [advisors: Ricky Becker & James Martin-Hayden]
  • LUCZAK, JONATHAN (MS Geology, 2018)
    Thesis: "Chronology and Sedimentology of the Imlay Channel, Lapeer County, Michigan" [advisor: Timothy Fisher]
  • SUSSER, JESSICA (MS Biology, 2018)
    Thesis: "Can We Reduce Runoff Into Lake Erie by Stimulating Soil Biots?" [advisor: Michael Weintraub]


  • BISTA, DEEPESH (PhD Biology, 2017)
    Thesis: "Effect of Climate Change on Nutrient Uptake and Nutrient-Uptake Proteins in Roots" [advisor: Scott Heckathorn]
  • COLEMAN, KRISTEN (PhD Biology, 2017)
    Thesis: "Environmental Detection and Quantification of Airborne Influenza A Virus in an Elementary School, and its Implications for Student and Community Illness" [advisors: Von Sigler]
  • DILWORTH, JOHN (MS Geology, 2017)
    Thesis: "Analysis and Chronology of Glacial Lake Arkona in the Western Lake Erie Basin, USA" [advisor: David Krantz]
  • DZIEKAN, MITCHELL (MS Geology, 2017)
    Thesis: "Origin of Basal Sediment within Kettle Lakes in Southern Michigan and Northern Indiana" [advisor: Timothy Fisher]
  • EMBKE, HOLLY (MS Biology, 2017)
    Thesis: "Assessing the Spawning Potential of Grass Carp in the Sandusky River under Varying Conditions" [advisors: Christine Mayer & Song Qian]
  • GUIHER, SARA (MS Biology, 2017)
    Thesis: "A Regional Management Strategy for Invasive Plants in the Oak Openings" [advisor: Jonathan Bossenbroek]
  • MATHIS, MICHAEL (MS Biology, 2017)
    Thesis: "Assessing Relationships Between Social Context, Knowledge and Student Perspective in a College Course on Environmental Sciance" [advisor: ]
  • MCMILLAN, CAMERON (MS Biology, 2017)
    Thesis: "Do the Availability and Accessibility of Soil Saccharides and Nutrients vary with the Phenology of Acer rubrum and Lonicera maackit?" [advisors: ]

  • SIMONSON, MARTIN (MS Biology, 2017)
    Thesis: "Modeling Nearshore Fish Community Responses to Shoreline Types in Lake Erie"
  • CLINE, MICHAEL (MS, 2016)
    Thesis: "Analysis of Coincident HICO and Airborne Hyperspectral Images Over Lake Erie Western Basin HABs" [advisors: Ricky Becker & Thomas Bridgeman]
  • DUFOUR, MARK (MS Biology, 2016)
    Thesis: "Hydroacoustic Quantification of Lake Erie Walleye (Sander vitreus)" [advisor: Christine Mayer]
  • GROAT, LUCAS  (MS, 2016)
    Thesis: "The Physical Hydrogeology of the Broader Historical Irwin Prairie Wetland System" [advisor: ]
  • FURLONG, BRITTANI (MS Biology, 2016)
    Thesis: "Anuran Response to Woody Plant Management in the Oak Openings Region" [advisors: ]
    Thesis: "Assessing the Effects of Conservation Practices and Fertilizer Application Methods on Nitrogen and Phosphorus Losses from Farm Fields - A Meta Analysis" [advisor:
  • PETERS, JOSHUA (MS Geology, 2016)
    Thesis: "Geology of Sawyer Quarry Nature Preserve, Lime City, Ohio" [advisor: Mark Camp]
  • SCHMIDT, BRIAN (MS , 2016)
    Thesis: "Determining Habitat Limitations of Maumee River Walleye Production to Western Lake Erie Fish Stocks: Unexpected Barrier to Spawning Grounds" [advisor: Christine Mayer]
  • YANOS, CASEY (MS Biology, 2016)
    Thesis: "Effects of Productivity Gradients on Fish Community Structure in Lake Erie" [advisor: Christine Mayer]
  • COLLIER, CHRISTOPHER (MS Biology, 2015)
    Thesis: "What are the Impacts of Anthropogenic Nitrogen Deposition on Biological Soil Crust Communities of the Colorado Plateau and Oak Openings Region?" [advisors: Michael Weintraub, Daryl Moorhead]
  • DARMON, THOMAS (MS Geology, 2015)
    Thesis: "Geophysical Applications to Measure or Monitor the Distribution of Fresh, Brackish, and Saline Groundwater beneath a Barrier Island" [advisor: David Krantz]
  • GIBBONS, KENNETH (MS Biology, 2015)
    Thesis: "Effect of Temperature on Phosporus Release from Anoxic Western Lake Erie Sediments" [advisors: Thomas Bridgeman & Christine Mayer]
  • GOLNICK, PHOENIX (MS Biology, 2015)
    Thesis: "Spatial and Temporal Trends in Thermal Structure and Oxygen Depletion in Western Lake Erie" [advisor: Thomas Bridgeman]
  • HORTON, JENNIFER (MS Geology, 2015)
    Thesis: "The Deglacial Chronology of the Sturgis Moraine in  South-Central Michigan and Northeast Indiana" [advisor: Timothy Fisher]
  • JAYAWARDENA, DILEEPA (MS Biology, 2015)
    Thesis: "Effects of Elevated CO and Chronic Heating on Levels of Nitrogen Uptake and Assimilatory Proteins in Tomato Roots Provided Different Forms of Inorganic N
  • BODAMER-SCARBRO, BETSY (PhD Biology, 2014)
    Thesis: "The Physiological and Behavioral Responses of Yellow Perch to Hypoxia" [advisor: Thomas Bridgeman]
  • BROTHERS, CANDICE (MS Geology, 2014)
    Thesis: "The Efficiency of Orthophosphate Absorption by Five Different Biochars and Biochar-Soil Mixes" [advisors: A. Spongberg & D. Dwyer]
  • CHU, HOUSEN (PhD Biology, 2014)
    Thesis: "Response and Biophysical Regulation of Carbon Fluxes to Climate Variability and Anomaly in Contrasting Ecosystems" [advisors: J. Chen & J. Gottgens]
  • FUGATE, JOSEPH (MS Geology, 2014)
    Thesis: "Measurements of land subsidence rates on the northwestern portion of the Nile Delta using radar interferometry techniques" [advisor: Richard Becker]

  • IFFLAND, JAMIE (MS Biology, 2014)
    Thesis: "Patterns of West Nile Virus in Birds and Mosquitoes in the USA"
  • MAHARJAN, RENU (MS, 2014)
    Thesis: "Phytoremediation of Selected Pharmaceuticals and their Phytotoxicity to the Aquatic plants" [advisor: A. Spongberg]
  • MAIKE, CHRISTOPHER (MS Geology, 2014)
    Thesis: "A Flood-Tidal Delta Complex, the Holocene/Pleistocene Boundary, and Seismic Stratigraphy in the Quaternary Section off the Southern Assateague Island Coast, Virginia, USA" [advisor: David Krantz]
  • MEINHART, KELLY (MS Biology, 2014)
    Thesis: "History, Biodiversity and Agroecology in the Oak Openings Region"
  • PEKALSKA, ANETA (MS Biology, 2014)
    Thesis: "Identifying Escherichia coli sources following enumeration, storm sewer mapping and GIS [advisor: Von Sigler]
  • PRITT, JEREMY PhD, 2014)
    Thesis: "Fish Migration as an Ecosystem Linkage between Lake Erie and its Tributaries" [advisor: Christine Mayer]
  • RINKES, ZACHARY (PhD, 2014)
    Thesis: "Understanding the mechanisms of decay: Interactive effects of litter chemistry, the microbial community, and nitrogen availability [advisor: M. Weintraub]
    Thesis: "Spatial Modeling as a Decision-making Tool for Invasive Species Management in the Great Lakes" [advisor: J. Bossenbroek]
  • SVOBODA, AARON (MS Biology, 2014)
    Thesis: "Effects of Urban River Rehabilitation Structures on the Fish Community of the Ottawa River, Ohio" [advisor: J. Gottgens]
  • THOMAN, HEATHER (MS Biology, 2014)
    Thesis: "A Critical Temperature Threshold for Early Leaf Litter Decomposition and Microbial Enzyme Activity" [advisor: M. Weintraub]
  • UTTER, JEANETTE (MS Biology, 2014)
    Thesis: "Impacts of the West Nile Virus on abundances of American crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos), blue jays (Cyanocitta cristata), and American robins (Turdus migratorius) in Ohio" [advisor: D. Moorhead]
  • BACA, KIRA (MS Geology, 2013)
    Thesis: "Environmental Impacts on the Development and Dune Activity of Oxbow Lake along the Southwest Coast of Lake Michigan at Saugatuck, Michigan USA" [advisor: Timothy Fisher]
  • BLOCKLAND, JOSEPH (MS Geology, 2013)
    Thesis: "The Surficial Geology of Fulton County, Ohio: Insight into the Late Pleistocene-Early Holocene Glaciated Landscape of the Huron-Erie Lake Plain, Fulton County, Ohio, USA" [advisor: Timothy Fisher]
  • BRYAN, NICHOLAS (MS Biology, 2013)
    Thesis:  "Characteristics of the unionid community and habitat in a power plant thermal plume in western Lake Erie" [advisor: Daryl Moorhead]
  • CHAFFIN, JUSTIN (PhD Biology, 2013)
    Thesis: "Effects of Low Bioavailable Nitrogen and Phosphorus on Cyanobacteria Dynamics in Eutrophic Lake Erie" [advisor: Thomas Bridgeman]
  • GIRI, ANJU (MS Biology, 2013)
    Thesis: "Effect of acute heat stress on nutrient uptake by plant roots" [advisor: Scott Heckathorn]
  • HAPONSKI, AMANDA (PhD Biology, 2013)
    Thesis: "Evolutionary, biogeographic, and population genetic patterns of walleye and other Sander. Relationships across continents, corridors, and spawning sites" [adviser: Carol Stepien]
  • JACKWOOD, RYAN (MS Biology), 2013)
    Thesis: "Predicting Fate and Transport of Fecal Bacteria through Soils Using an Advection-Dispersion Model" [advisor: Daryl Dwyer]
  • KELLER, MARCUS (MS Biology, 2013)
    Thesis: "The Fate of Mechicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus in a Synthetic Field Turf System" [advisor: Von Sigler]
  • KUHANECK, RACHEL (MS Biology, 2013)
    Thesis: "Vegetation or riprapped shorelines: implications for invertebrate communities and restoration of nearshore areas" [advisors: T. Bridgeman & C. Mayer] 
  • LIGHTLE, NICOLE (MS Biology, 2013)
    Thesis: "Effects of Air vs. Air+Soil Heating During a Simulated Heat Wave on White Oak" [advisor: Scott Heckathorn]
  • LONG, DANIELLE (MS Biology, 2013)
    Thesis: "The Role of Retention Time and Soil Depth on the Survival and Transport of Escherichia coli and Enterococcus spp. in Biosolid-amended Agricultural Soil" [advisor: Daryl Dwyer]
  • MANNING, NATHAN (PhD Biology, 2013)
    Thesis:  "Modeling the Effects of Turbidity on Age-0 Yellow Perch (Perca Flavescens) in the Western Basin of Lake Erie" [advisors: Jonathan Bossenbroek & Christine Mayer]
  • PIERCE, LINDSEY (PhD Biology 2013)
    Thesis: "The Evolution and Detection of the Fish Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia virus (VHSv)" [adviser: Carol Stepien]
  • ROSS, JASON (MS Biology, 2013)
    Thesis: "A Coastal Monitoring Program for a Large Lake Fish Community: the first step in capturing long-term trends and addressing evolving questions" [advisor: Christine Mayer]
  • SELDEN, JUSTIN (MS Biology, 2013)
    Thesis: "The Effect of Dredging on Fish Communities in Agricultural Streams in Crawford, Sandusky and Seneca Counties of Ohio" [adviser: Johan Gottgens]
  • SIEMER, KYLE (MS Geology, 2013)
    Thesis: "You've got that sinking feeling: Measuring subsidence above abandoned underground mines in Ohio, USA" [adviser: Richard Becker]
  • SIMMERS LEADY, BRENDA (PhD Biology, 2013)
    Thesis: "Historic Patterns of Deposition and Biomagnification of Mercury in Selected Wetland Systems" [adviser: Johan Gottgens]
  • SULLIVAN, TIMOTHY (MS Biology, 2013)
    Thesis: "A Fine-scale Analysis of Spatial and Temporal Population Genetic Patterns in the Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens) [advisor: Carol Stepien]
  • TRAUB, JANET (MS Geology, 2013)
    Thesis: "Patterns in the Variation of CDOM Spectral Slopes in the Western Lake Erie Basis" [advisor: Richard Becker]
  • ZMIJEWSKI, KIRK (MS Geology, 2013)
    Thesis: "Connecting the dots: Using remote sensing to identify Glossy and Common Buckthorn (Frangula alnus and Rhamnus cathartica) in the Oak Openings Region of NW Ohio" [adviser: Richard Becker]


  • CRAIL, TODD (PhD Biology, 2012)
    Thesis: "The Ecological Niche of Darters (Pisces:Percidae) Across Multiple Scales in the Ohio River Basin" [advisors: Jon Bossenbroek & Johan Gottgens]
  • DUFOUR, MARK (MS, 2012)
    Thesis:  Quantification of variability, abundance, and mortality in the Maumee River larval walleye (Sauder vitreus) drift using Bayesian hierarchical models
    Thesis: "Habitat Use and Community Structure of Unionid Mussels in Three Lake Erie Tributaries" [adviser: Johan Gottgens]
  • JACKSON-HARRIS, STACY (MS Biology, 2012)
    Thesis: "Contact and Consumption Advisories on Ten Mile Creek/Ottawa River (Ohio): Rationale, Scientific Justification and Continued Need" [advisor: Johan Gottgens]
  • MAY, BRANDEN (MS Biology, 2012)
    Thesis: "Optimal Wetland Design for the Removal of Pathogens from Discharges into Lake Erie: Literature Synthesis and Evaluation of the Current Proposed Wetland at Maumee Bay State Park" [advisor: Johan Gottgens]
  • MORANID, MARC (MS Ecology, 2012)
    Thesis: "Assessing the influence of different inland lake management strategies on human-mediated invasive species spread" [advisor: Jon Bossenbroek]
  • PANEK, SARAH (MS Biology, 2012)
    Thesis: "The Ecology of the Nuisance Cyanobacterium, Lyngbya wollei,in the Western Basin of Lake Erie" [advisor: Thomas Bridgeman]
  • TESSLER, NATE R. (MS Biology, 2012)
    Thesis: "Agricultural Streams as Spawning and Nursery Habitat for Northern Pike (Esox lucius) in the Northern Branch of the Portage River Drainage of Northwestern Ohio" [adviser: Johan Gottgens]
  • ANDERSON, BRAD (MS Geology, 2011)
    Thesis: "Estimating the duration of ancestral Lake Erie using varve analysis at and above the Warren Stage in Northwest Ohio" [adviser: T.G. Fisher]
  • ARMENIO, PATRICIA (MS Ecology, 2011)
    Thesis: "Nutrient contributions from Dreissena spp. to Lyngbya wollei and Cladophora" [adviser: C.M. Mayer]
  • BANASZAK, JOEL (MS Geology, 2011)
    Thesis: "Hydrostratigraphic framework for the surficial aquifer in the Indian River Bay, Delaware, watershed" [adviser: D. Krantz]
  • CHATTERJEE, KANISTHA (MS Ecology, 2011)
    Thesis: "A novel, periodic sampling method to assess airborne bacteria populations" [adviser: W.V. Sigler]
  • DEVANNA, KRISTEN (PhD, 2011)
    Thesis: Spatial Correlation and Facilitation Between Dreissena and Hexagenia: Possible Food-Web Disruption? [advisor: Christine Mayer]
  • FANG, MIN (MS Geology, 2011)
    Thesis: "Removal of natural synthetic steroid hormones through constructed wetland microcosm" [adviser: A. L. Spongberg]
  • GORR, MATTHEW (MS Ecology, 2011)
    Thesis: "Arsenic remediation using constructed treatment wetlands" [adviser: D.F. Dwyer]
  • LINDELOF, KARA (MS Ecology, 2011)
    Thesis: "Contribution of biosolids-derived bioaerosols to the airborne microbial population" [adviser: W.V. Sigler]
  • SEPULVEDA VILLET, OSVALDO J (Ph.D Biology, 2011)
    Thesis: "Population genetic structure and biogeographic patterns in the yellow perch Perca flavescens: An analysis of mitochondrial and nuclear DNA markers" [advisor: Carol Stepien]
  • SPETZ, ERIN (MS, 2011)
    Thesis: "IMPACT program: Quantitative Analysis of Shore bound L. wollei as a Potential Nutrient Sink in the Western Lake Erie Basin [advisor: Christine Mayer]
  • BARNSWELL, KRISTOPHER (PhD Ecology, 2010)
    Thesis: "Determining preliminary components for a landfill evapotranspiration cover" [adviser: D.F. Dwyer]
  • BOBAK, DEANNA (MS Geology, 2010)
    Thesis: "Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon characterization in Otter Creek, Northwest Ohio" [adviser: A.L. Spongberg]
  • BUCHANAN, CATHERINE (MS Ecology, 2010)
    Thesis: "Method to evaluate plants and soils to optimize conditions for phytoremediation of copper" [adviser: J.F. Gottgens]
  • ELK, MICHAEL (MS Ecology, 2010)
    Thesis: "A survey of plant root extracellular enzyme activity in native and exotic plants of Oak Openings" [adviser: M.Weintraub]
  • FRIEDRICH, RUSSELL (MS Ecology, 2010)
    Thesis: "The short-term impacts of burning and mowing on prairie ant communities of the Oak Openings Region" [adviser: S. Philpott]
  • GONTHIER, DAVID (MS Ecology, 2010)
    Thesis: "Influence of soil quality on coffee plant quality and a complex tropical insect food web" [adviser: S. Philpott]
  • HANES, BARBARA (MS Geology, 2010)
    Thesis: "Paleo-storminess in the Southern Lake Michigan Basin, as recorded by eolian sand downwind of dunes" [adviser: T.G. Fisher]
  • HERMAN, MARIA (MS Ecology, 2010)
    Thesis: "The population and behavioral response of woodpeckers to the emerald ash borer invasion" [adviser: J. Bossenbroek]
  • KUREK, DANIELLE (MS Ecology, 2010)
    Thesis: "Effects of prescribe burning on soil physical, biological, and chemical properties of the Oak Openings Region of Northwest Ohio" [adviser: M. Weintraub]
  • ROFKAR, JORDAN (PhD Ecology, 2010)
    Thesis: "An ecologically engineered system for remediation of arsenic-contaminated water: selecting plant species for Northwest Ohio" [adviser: D.F. Dwyer]
  • STRUFFOLINO, PAMELA (MS Ecology, 2010)
    Thesis: "Identifying sources of Escherichia coli to Maumee Bay, Oregon Ohio" [adviser: D.F. Dwyer]
  • WU, CHENXI (MS Ecology, 2010)
    Thesis: "Indicative bacteria in stored biosolids and wastewater associated pharmaceuticals in the environment" [adviser: A.L. Spongberg]
  • BROWN, JOSHUA (PhD Ecology, 2009)
    Thesis: "Genetic portraits of introduced gobies and mussels: population variation delineates invasion pathways" [adviser: C.A. Stepien]
  • CAMPBELL, MELINDA (MS Geology, 2009)
    Thesis: "The evolution and chronology of the Lake Warren shoreline in the Oak Openings region of Ohio, USA" [adviser: T.G. Fisher]
  • CASTANEDA, MARIO (MS Geology, 2009)
    Thesis: "The origin and dynamics of coastal processes at Sand Point, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan, USA" [adviser: T.G. Fisher]
  • CHAFFIN, JUSTIN (MS Ecology, 2009)
    Thesis: "Physiological ecology of Microcystis blooms in turbid waters of Western Lake Erie" [advisor: T.B. Bridgeman]
  • CROSKEY, AUDRA (MS Ecology, 2009)
    Thesis: "Evaluating the costs of emerald ash borer invasion in Ohio" [adviser: J.M. Bossenbroek]
  • DUNCAN, ALEXANDER (MS Ecology, 2009)
    Thesis: "Evaluation of Azolla caroliniana to phytofiltrate arsenic from contaminated water" [adviser: J.F. Gottgens]
  • ESSEILI, MALAK (PhD Ecology, 2009)
    Thesis: "Characterization of fecal pollution sources associated with urban runoff and land applied biosolids" [adviser: W.V. Sigler]
  • FISHER, JAMES (MS Geology, 2009)
    Thesis: "Evaluating the effectiveness of an evapotranspirative cover using an integrated hydrologic model" [adviser: J.Martin-Hayden]
  • FRIEDHOFF, MICHAEL (MS Geology, 2009)
    Thesis: "Geophysical mapping of karst features at Sheridan Cave, Wyandot County, Ohio" [adviser: D.J. Stierman]
  • HAMMER, ERIN (MS Ecology, 2009)
    Thesis: "Effects of garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) on soil nutrient dynamics and microbial community function and structure" [adviser: D.L. Moorhead]
  • KASSEM, ISSMAT (PhD Ecology, 2009)
    Thesis: "Detection and characterization of staphylococcal pathogens in the environment: a community approach" [adviser: W.V. Sigler]
  • LU, NAN (MS Ecology, 2009)
    Thesis: "Regional climate change and vegetation-water relations in Inner Mongolia lessons learned within the NASA project Effects of land use change on the energy and water balance of the semi-arid region of Inner Mongolia, China"[adviser: J. Chen]
  • NEILSON, MATTHEW (MS Ecology, 2009)
    Thesis: "Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in sediments of marinas, Western Basin Lake Erie, U.S.A." [adviser: A.L. Spongberg]
  • NEILSON, MATTHEW (PhD Ecology, 2009)
    Thesis: "Evolution systematic, and phylogeography of Ponto-Caspian gobies (Benthophilinae: Gobiidae: Teleostei) [adviser: C.A. Stepien]
  • PISARCZYK, ELIZABETH (MS Ecology, 2009)
    Thesis: "The effect of garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) density on soil nutrient availability and microbial enzyme activity in Northwest Ohio: a gradient analysis" [adviser: D.L. Moorhead]
  • SCHAEFER, JESSICA (MS Ecology, 2009)
    Thesis: "The effects of inter-annual climate variability on butterfly communities in a heterogeneous landscape of the Oak Openings Region, Northwest Ohio" [adviser: J. Chen]
  • XU, JIANYE (MS Ecology, 2009)
    Thesis: "Interannual dynamics of soil respiration in managed oak forests in Missouri Ozarks" [adviser: J. Chen]
  • GALLANT, PATRICIA (MS Geology, 2008)
    Thesis: "Geophysical signatures of Quaternary sediments in Lucas County, Ohio" [adviser: D.J. Stierman]
  • NORTON, ABBY (MS Geology, 2008)
    Thesis: "Post-glacial stratigraphy and sand resources in the Western Basin of Lake Erie" [adviser: A.L. Spongberg]
  • OYEWUMI, OLUYINKA (MS Geology, 2008)
    Thesis: "Sorption characteristics of soils for heavy metals uptake within some landfill sites of Northwest Ohio" [adviser: A.L. Spongberg]
  • TRIPATHEE, RAJAN (MS Ecology, 2008)
    Thesis: "Effect of on the response of C and N relations to a heat wave in sunflower corn" [adviser: S.A. Heckathorn]
  • WANG, DAN (PhD Ecology, 2008)
    Thesis: "Effects of and Nitrogen on plant response to heat stress" [adviser: S.A. Heckathorn]
  • WELLINGTON, COLLEEN (MS Ecology, 2008)
    Thesis: "Effects of turbidity and prey density on the foraging success of age-0 yellow perch (Perca flavescens)" [adviser: J.M. Bossenbroek and C.M. Mayer]
  • WITTER, JASON (MS Geology, 2008)
    Thesis: "A two part thesis: Diurnal soil temperature effects within the GLOBE program dataset’ and Pharmaceutical compounds in the wastewater process stream in Northwest Ohio" [adviser: A.L. Spongberg]
  • ABOU ALAIWI, WISSAM (PhD Ecology, 2007)
    Thesis: "Advances in biotechnology for the enhancement of medicinal plants pharmacology" [adviser: S. Goldman]
  • AUSTIN, BRITTANY (MS Geology, 2007)
    Thesis: "Holocene paleoecology and climate change in Silver and Stony Lakes, Oceana County, Michigan, U.S.A." [adviser: T.G. Fisher]
  • BODAMER, BETSY (MS Ecology, 2007)
    Thesis: "The effects of wetland streams on the secondary dispersal of zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) in connected lake-stream systems" [adviser: J.M. Bossenbroek]
  • BRANDEBERRY, JESSICA (MS Geology, 2007)
    Thesis: "A passive seismic investigation of the crustal structure under Ohio" [adviser: D.J. Stierman]
  • CRAIL, TODD (MS Ecology, 2007)
    Thesis: "Testing the impact of plant colonization on fish communities in agricultural ditches of the Ottawa River, Northwest Ohio" [adviser: J.F. Gottgens]
    Thesis:  Role of Dreissena as ecosystem engineers: Effects to native bioturbators and benthic community structure and function
  • HAPONSKI, AMANDA (MS Ecology 2007)
    Thesis: "Molecular, morphological, and biogeographic resolution of cryptic taxa in the Greenside Darter Etheostoma blennioides complex" [adviser: C.A. Stepien]
  • HENDERSON, RACHEL (MS Ecology, 2007)
    Thesis: "Partitioning soil efflux through vertical profiles of manipulated forests in MOFEP" [adviser: J. Chen]
  • MAINALI, KUMAR (MS Ecology, 2007)
    Thesis: "Impact of heat wave on plant-soil links in tall-grass prairie" [adviser: S.A. Heckathorn]
  • STEARNS, ANNE (MS Ecology, 2007)
    Thesis: "The management status of southwestern coastal Lake Erie marshes: challenges and opportunities to maximize natural wetland functions" [adviser: J.A. Gottgens]
  • ARGO, DAVID (MS Ecology, 2006)
    Thesis: "Habitat use by two native turtle species in the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge" [adviser: D.L. Moorhead]
  • BENEDICT, MICHAEL (PhD Ecology, 2006)
    Thesis: "Riparian Forests in Northwest Ohio Watersheds: Relations among Landscape Structure, Land Use/Land Cover, and Water Quality in Streams" [advisor: H. Gottgens]
  • CHEN, MEI (MS Ecology, 2006)
    Thesis: "Protein profile changes of Arabidopsis leaves in response to boron stress" [adviser: S.A. Heckathorn]
  • ELKINGTON, BRIAN (MS Ecology, 2006)
    Thesis: "The effects of turbidity quality and quantity on zooplankton consumption by young of year yellow perch (Perca flavescens)" [adviser: C.M. Mayer]
  • KOLINSKI, CAINE (MS Ecology, 2006)
    Thesis: "Integrating wetlands ecology in secondary science education" [advisor: H. Gottgens]
  • LACROIX, JACOB (PhD Ecology, 2006)
    Thesis: "Interactions between fire and landscape structure: applications of the FARSITE model" [adviser: J. Chen]
  • LAWHORN, NICOLE (MS Ecology, 2006)
    Thesis: "Impact of Coleoptran-active Bt corn on extracellular enzyme activities and decomposition processes of non-target microbial communities in soil and litter" [adviser: D. Neher]
  • LI, QINGLIN (PhD Ecology, 2006)
    Thesis: "Carbon storage and fluxes in a managed oak forest landscape" [adviser: J. Chen]
  • LOOPE, HENRY (MS Geology, 2006)
    Thesis: "Deglacial chronology and glacial stratigraphy of the western Thunder Bay lowland, northwest Ontario, Canada" [adviser: T.G. Fisher]
  • MCKENNA, KERRY (PhD Ecology, 2006)
    Thesis: "Comparing carbon dynamics of pelagic food webs in two Antarctic lakes: a practical application of ecological network analysis to an ecological network" [adviser: D.L. Moorhead]
  • MEINHART, JAMES (MS Geology, 2006)
    Thesis: "Building stones of Toledo, Ohio: a survey of dimension stone use in significant structures including history and walking tours of the downtown area and the Old West End" [adviser: M.J. Camp]
  • MIERZWIAK, SARA (MS Geology, 2006)
    Thesis: "Enhanced in situ bioremediation of a trichloroethylene groundwater plume using a dilute vegetable oil emulsion" [adviser: A.L. Spongberg]
  • MURBI, HARRISON (MS Ecology, 2006)
    Thesis: "Use of geospatial technology to map Great Lakes invasive species" [adviser: D.F. Dwyer]
  • SCARBRO, JONA (MS Ecology, 2006)
    Thesis: "Microbial transport through the vadose zone of a biosolid amended cropland: implications for land application of Class B biosolids and surface water quality" [adviser: D.F. Dwyer]
  • ARCEO, AMANDA (MS Ecology, 2005)
    Thesis: "The impact of a small dam on fish community composition and structure in the Ottawa River, Ohio" [adviser: J.F. Gottgens]
  • BARNSWELL, KRIS (MS Ecology, 2005)
    Thesis: "Survey of naturally developing vegetation on an inactive landfill in northwest Ohio" [adviser: D.F. Dwyer]
  • CONCILIO, AMY (MS Ecology, 2005)
    Thesis: "Interannual variability in soil respiration and response to experimental burning and thinning in an old growth mixed-conifer forest" [adviser: J. Chen]
  • HERMAN, JOHN (MS Ecology, 2005)
    Thesis: "Herpetofaunal communities in agro-ecosystems: the effect of farm management style" [adviser: E.J. Tramer]
  • LAHNERS, AMBER (MS Geology, 2005)
    Thesis: "Constraining the Nipissing transgression in the Central Lake Michigan Basin" [adviser: T.G. Fisher]
  • MITCHELL, BRIAN (MS Geology, 2005)
    Thesis: "Identification and mapping of Greenland Gap (Upper Devonian) units on the eastern limb of Sideling Hill syncline, Hampshire, Hardy and Morgan Counties, West Virginia" [co-advisers: S.L. Dean and M.J. Camp]
  • ROFKAR, JORDAN (MS Ecology, 2005)
    Thesis: "Arsenic accumulation by plant species selected for growth in northwest Ohio" [adviser: D.F. Dwyer]
  • RYU, SOUNG-RYOUL (PhD Ecology, 2005)
    Dissertation: "Effect of disturbances on fuel loading, fire-mosaic, and interactions in managed forest lanscape" [adviser: J. Chen]
  • SOKOLOSKI, PETER (MS Geology, 2005)
    Thesis: "Sedimentology and ichnology of Late Cambrian to Early Ordovician Skolithos Sandstone in the Deadwood Formation, northern Black Hills, South Dakota, and southeastern Bear Lodge Mountains, Wyoming" [co-advisers: J.A. Harrell and V.M. Brown]
  • WEYER, KELLY (MS Geology, 2005)
    Thesis: "Eolian sand in lacustrine sediment: a proxy for water levels in the Lake Michigan Basin" [adviser: T.G. Fisher]
  • BRESEE, MARY (MS Ecology, 2004)
    Thesis: "Photosynthesis characteristics of two climatically different landscapes" [adviser: J. Chen]
  • DARBY, BRIAN (MS Ecology, 2004)
    Thesis: "Effects of biological soil crusts on nematode and protozoan communities in Colorado Plateau and Chihuahuan Desert soils" [adviser: D. Neher]
  • HARTLEY, LINDY (MS Geology, 2004)
    Thesis: "Characterization of a heavy metal contaminated soil in Ohio for a phytoremediation project" [adviser: A.L. Spongberg]
  • LEMOINE, JAMES (MS Ecology, 2004)
    Thesis: "Soil respiration of three chronosequences in Chequamegon National Forest" [adviser: J. Chen]
  • MCLAUGHLIN, MELANIE (MS Ecology, 2004)
    Thesis: "Effects of the Toledo Ohio Metroparks on stream quality and fish community structure" [adviser: E.J. Tramer]
  • MULLER, BARRY (PhD Ecology, 2004)
    Dissertation: "The effect of long-term nonpoint-source agricultural runoff on assimilative capacity of freshwater marshes – a paleoecological approach" [adviser: J. Gottgens]
  • MYSOREKAR, KAUSHIK (MS Ecology, 2004)
    Thesis: "Lidar remote sensing as a tool for ecosystem management of the Oak Opening region, Ohio" [adviser: J. Gottgens]
  • RADEMACHER, JOHN (MS Ecology, 2004)
    Thesis: " Forest structure and carbon allocation within and between two northern-mixed hardwood edges" [co-advisers: J. Chen and K. Brosofske]
  • SPERA, SHELLEY (MS Geology, 2004)
    Thesis: "Metal and pesticide preservation in the Winous Point Marshes, Sandusky, Ohio" [adviser: A.L. Spongberg]
  • TRAN, SUSAN (MS Ecology, 2004)
    Thesis: "Habitat selection by two native turtle species in a Lake Erie wetland" [adviser: D.L. Moorhead]
  • WALTERS, TIMOTHY (PhD Ecology, 2004)
    Dissertation: "The effects of controlled burning and mowing on vegetation in an Oak Openings sand prairie" [adviser: E. Tramer]
  • COMES, MANDY (MS Ecology, 2003)
    Thesis: "Changing avian diversity in the Maumee Watershed" [adviser: D.L. Moorhead]
  • MA, SIYAN (PhD Ecology, 2003)
    Dissertation: "Interactions between microclimate, soil respiration, and disturbances in a forest ecosystem: Lessons from the Teakettle Experimental Forest" [adviser: J. Chen]
  • VAGEN, JENNIFER (MS Geology, 2003)
    Thesis: "The influences of groundwater on bluff erosion at Bill Stanton Community Park, Lake County, OH" [adviser: A.L. Spongberg]
  • AMONETTE, RACHEL (MS Ecology, 2002)
    Thesis: "Diversity, redundancy, and efficiency in microbial decompostion of Typha litter" [adviser: R.L. Sinsabaugh]
  • CONRAD, FRANK (MS Geology, 2002)
    Thesis: "Crinoid deformation and regional structural geology in northeastern West Virginia, northwestern Virginia, western Maryland, and south central Rennsylvania" [adviser: S. L. Dean]
  • FERGUSON, MARK (MS Geology, 2002)
    Thesis: "A paleo-stratigraphic correlation of the Greenland Gap Group (Upper Devonian) in Town Hill Syncline, Whip Cove Syncline, and Whip Cove Anticline, Hampshire and Hardy counties, northeastern West Virginia" [co-advisers: M.J. Camp and S.L. Dean]
  • GALLO, MARCY (MS Ecology, 2002)
    Thesis: "Short-term effects of N amendment on oxidative enzyme activity and microbial community compositon in three northern hardwood forest," [adviser: R.L. Sinsabaugh]
  • OROS, DAN (MS Geology, 2002)
    Thesis: "The occurrence and impact of fractures within glacial deposits near a hazardous waste landfill, Oregon, Ohio" [adviser: A.L. Spongberg]
  • VELUCI, ROBERTA (MS Ecology, 2002)
    Thesis: "Microbiotic crusts: ecological roles in an Oak Savanna of northwest Ohio" [adviser: D.A. Neher]
  • BUHOVECKEY, GREG (MS Geology, 2001)
    Thesis: "A wellhead protection plan for the Village of Montpelier, OH" [adviser: J.M. Martin-Hayden]
  • ELLIOT, JEFFREY (MS Geology, 2001)
    Thesis: "Filtering and analysis of the gravity signature of the Kentland dome structure, Indiana" [adviser: Dr. D.J. Stierman]
  • IANEV, ROMAN (MS Geology, 2001)
    Thesis: "Origin of Opal Cement in the Pennsylvania minnelusa sandstone, northern Blackhills, South Dakota" [co-advisers: J.A. Harrell and V.M. Brown)
  • LAUBER, CHRISTIAN (MS Ecology, 2001)
    Thesis: "Characterization of diffuse sources of fecal pollution and pathogenic constituents of Escherichia coli populations in Maumee Bay State Park" [adviser: R.L. Sinsabaugh]
  • SAIYA-CORK, KELLYANNE (MS Ecology, 2001)
    Thesis: "The effects of long term nitrogen deposition on soil microbial communities in a sugar maple (Acer saccharum) forest in northern Michigan" [adviser: R.L. Sinsabaugh]
  • SCHMELING, JAMIE (MS Ecology, 2001)
    Thesis: "Sensitivity of carbon dynamics to changing light availability of benthic microbial mats in Lake Hoare, Antarctica" [adviser: D.L. Moorhead]
  • TAYLOR, GREGORY (MS Geology, 2001)
    Thesis: "Environmental impacts on soils within two northwest Ohio Cemeteries" [adviser: Dr. A.L. Spongberg]
  • BENEDICT, MICHAEL (MS Ecology, 2000)
    Thesis: "Successional development of cambará (Vochysia divergens)-dominated forest stands in the Northern Pantanal of Brazil." [adviser: J.F. Gottgens]
  • BURNETT, LAURA (MS Ecology, 2000)
    Thesis: "Dynamics of the deep chlorophyll maximum in lakes of the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica" [adviser: D.L. Moorhead]
  • HATFIELD, NANCY (PhD Ecology, 2000)
    Dissertation: "Tracking diverse sources of recreational beach contamination by fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) analysis and monitoring beaches for public safety" [adviser: R.L. Sinsabaugh]
  • HOMSHER, MICHAEL (PhD Ecology, 2000)
    Dissertation: "Time-integrated contaminant monitoring in an aquatic ecosystem using semi-permeable membrane devices and dreissena polymorpha" [co-advisers: J.F. Gottgens and A.L. Spongberg]
  • MCKENNA , KERRY (MS Ecology, 2000)
    Thesis: "Behavior interactions betwen the introduced Red-eared Slider (Trachemys Scripta Elegans) and the Native Midland Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta marginata)" [adviser: E.J. Tramer]
  • MINAROVIC, RAY (MS Geology, 2000)
    Thesis: "The characterization of the hydrogeological functionality of an engineered wetland within the Maumee River watershed of northwest Ohio" [adviser: J.M. Martin-Hayden]

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