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Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Utilizing conservation genetics as a strategy for recovering the endangered Candy Darter (Etheostoma osburni) in West Virginia, Brin E. Kessinger

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Avian and salamander response to young forest management in West Virginia, Eric L. Margenau

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Spawning Characteristics of Yellow Perch during Periods of Water Level Fluctuations in a Hydropower Reservoir, Kyle J. Matt

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Habitat Stability in Appalachian Headwater Systems and Potential Impacts on Brook Trout Populations, Zac F.W Zacavish

Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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ANALYSIS OF UNCONVENTIONAL OIL AND GAS IMPACTS ON DOWNSTREAM FISH ASSEMBLAGES AND PHYSIOLOGICAL STRESS, Joshua Noah Ankeny

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STREAM SALAMANDER AND BENTHIC MACROINVERTEBRATE COMMUNITY RESPONSES TO IMIDACLOPRID EXPOSURE, Sara M. Crayton

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Avian Occupancy Dynamics and Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis) Environmental Correlates on a Central Appalachian Elevation Gradient in West Virginia, Gordon W. Dimmig

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Thermal Performance of Growth at Consumption Maximum (C-Max) and Routine Metabolic Rate (RMR) in Brook Trout Salvelinus fontinalis from four Populations in Central Appalachia, Cory Michael Hartman

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Influence of climate change and prescribed fire on habitat suitability and abundance of the high-elevation endemic Cow Knob Salamander (Plethodon punctatus), Carl David Jacobsen

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Ecological Benefits of Watershed-scale Restoration in Two Intensively Mined Cold- and Warm-water Ecosystems, Rebecca Anne Long

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Population Health of Spotted Salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum) in Created Vernal Pools: an Integrative Approach, Alice R. Millikin

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Distribution and Habitat Use of Benthic Fishes in the lower Kanawha River, West Virginia, Nathaniel V. Owens

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Lead exposure of North American raptors, Vincent A. Slabe

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Factors Influencing Survival, Productivity, and Population Growth of Eastern Wild Turkeys in Northeastern South Dakota, Reina M. Tyl

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Comparing the effects of swimming exercise and dissolved oxygen on important performance parameters of early-rearing Atlantic salmon Salmo salar and Rainbow Trout Oncorhynchus mykiss., Thomas B. Waldrop

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Examination and Characterization of Brook Trout Ecology Before and After a Broad Scale Disturbance Event in Headwater Streams of West Virginia, USA, Ross Gilbert Andrew

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An Examination of Cyanotoxins and Environmental Estrogens in the Middle and Upper Potomac River Watershed, USA, Ryan Patrick Braham

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Estimating Bald Eagle Occupancy and Density in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, Bethany Drahota

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Behavior of Stiff-Tailed Diving Ducks and West Indian Whistling Ducks in Laguna Cartagena National Wildlife Refuge, Puerto Rico, Nick S. Goodman

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Habitat Suitability of Restored Wetlands and an Investigation of Sampling Bias for Freshwater Turtles in West Virginia, Alissa L. Gulette

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Wetland Characteristics and Wintering Passerellidae Occupancy on Agricultural Conservation Easement Program Wetlands in West Virginia, Katharine Lewis

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Potential Effects of Oil and Natural Gas Development on Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus) Survival and Fawn Rearing Resource Selection, Brett P. Skelly

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An Interspecies Investigation of Thyroid Plasma Hormone Concentrations, Histology, and Gene Expression, Emily A. Underwood

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Wintering American Black Duck Ecology of Central Appalachia, Sara E. Yannuzzi

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Assessment of Melanistic Lesions in Smallmouth Bass ( Micropterus dolomieu) of the Chesapeake Bay, USA, Kelsey T. Young

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Bobcat Population Ecology in West Virginia, Stephanie Michelle Landry

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Space Use and Habitat Associations of Long-Distance Migratory First-Year Golden Eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) from Interior Alaska in a Changing Landscape, Mark D. Paulson

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Development of Techniques for Assessment of Population Characteristics of the Federally Endangered Diamond Darter, Austin A. Rizzo

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If a Rail Keks and No One is Around, Does It Make a Sound?: Investigating the Use of Autonomous Recording Units to Monitor King and Clapper Rails, Lydia Lenora Stiffler

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Salmonid Response to Habitat Restoration in a High-Elevation West Virginia Watershed, Cory T. Trego

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Survival, Movement and Growth of Juvenile Chinook ( Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) Salmon Over-wintering in Twitter Creek, South-central, Alaska, James Keith Boersma

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Spatial and Temporal Distribution of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae), Jakob Goldner

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Development and Application of Quantitative Gene Expression Assays in Wild-Caught, Non-Model Fish Species, Cassidy Megan Hahn

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The Influence of Dams on Downstream Larval and Juvenile Fish and Benthic Macroinvertebrate Community Structure and Associated Physicochemical Variables, R. Daniel Hanks

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Distribution and habitat use of the western sand darter (Ammocrypta clara) and the eastern sand darter (Ammocrypta pellucida) in the Elk River, West Virginia, Patricia A. Thompson

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Migratory Genomics of Lake Sturgeon, Justine Whitaker

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Diel periodicity and chronology of upstream migration in yellowphase American Eels (Anguilla rostrata), Joni L. Aldinger

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Fish communities as indicators of ecological health in West Virginia rivers, Alison M. Anderson

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Evaluation of Age, Growth and Diet of Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) in Cheat Lake, West Virginia, Corbin D. Hilling

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Vulture flight behavior driven by uplift availability at local and continental scales, Julie Mallon

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Amphibian Metamorphosis in Created and Natural Wetlands, Lauren A. McPherson

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Cumulative effects modeling in the mountaintop removal mining region of the central Appalachians, Eric Richard Merriam

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Calcium Enhanced Protein Recovery from Underutilized Aquatic Resources and Optimizing Protein Gelation Strategies Using Functional Ingredients, Ilgin Paker

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Impacts of forest management and habitat change on declining avian species in West Virginia, Christina Slover

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Impacts of non-renewable resource extraction on shrubland songbird nest success and abundance, Ryan Douglas Davis

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Modeling Migration and Citizen-Science Data to Estimate Golden Eagle Abundance in Eastern North America, Andrew J. Dennhardt

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Timing and Survival of American Eels Migrating Past Hydroelectric Dams on the Shenandoah River, Sheila M. Eyler

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Local and regional controls of brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) metapopulation dynamics within a complex Appalachian riverscape, Brock Miles Huntsman

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Aquaponic Production of Lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.) Using Effluent from a Cold Water Flow-Through Aquaculture System, Gaylynn Elise Johnson

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Identification and Genetic Diversity of Lake Sturgeon Larvae on Artificial Reefs in the Huron-Erie Corridor, Jamie Marie Marranca

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An Ecological Assessment of Restoration Efforts Developed to Recover an Intensively Mined Appalachian Watershed, Andrew S. Watson

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Effects of Culverts on Brook Trout Genetic Diversity, Darren M. Wood

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Red-headed Woodpecker Habitat Selection and Breeding Ecology on Fort Drum Military Installation, New York, Jacob L. Berl

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Relationships between Recreational User Perceptions and the Biological Condition of West Virginia Watersheds, Jennie M. Franks

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Northern Myotis Roosting Ecology and Use of Prescribed Fire and Herbicide Treatment to Enhance Roost Availability in Hardwood Forests, Milu Karp

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Captive propagation, reproductive biology, and early life history of Crystallaria cincotta (Diamond Darter), Etheostoma wapiti (Boulder Darter), E. vulneratum (Wounded Darter), and E. maculatum (Spotted Darter), Crystal Ruble

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Assessment of Age, Diet, and Growth of Yellow Perch ( Perca flavescens) in Cheat Lake, West Virginia, Nate Taylor

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Modeling Water Temperatures and Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) Growth Potential Within a Complex Appalachian Riverscape, Michael Tincher

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Temporal, Spatial, and Environmental Influences on the Demographics and Harvest Vulnerability of American Black Bears (Ursus americanus ) in Urban Habitats in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, Andrew Tri

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Geographic variation of song within and between subspecies of the Mangrove Warbler (Setophaga petechia castaneiceps and S. p. rhizophorae), Taryn Tuncer

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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Coyote diets in West Virginia, Geriann Albers

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Natural Barrier Assessment and Modeling for Fish Communities in Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Ross G. Andrew

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Selection of benthic habitat by yellow-phase American eels (Anguilla rostrata), Melissa A. Braham

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An Evaluation of the Occurrence of Micronuclei and other Nuclear Abnormalities in Fishes from the Great Lakes Basin, United States, Ryan Patrick Braham

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Habitat Selection of Male Eastern Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris) in West Virginia, Jesse L. De La Cruz

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DNA-based Population Estimation, Harvest Vulnerability, and Home Range Dynamics of Black Bears in Western Maryland, Michael D. Jones

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Molecular characterization of rainbow trout Zar1 and Zar1-like genes: their potential roles in egg quality, Chieh-Hung Lin

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Riparian Ecological Community Assessment with an Emphasis on Wood Turtles (Glyptemys insculpta) in the Cacapon River Watershed, West Virginia, Kathryn R. P. McCoard

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Estimation of striped bass (Morone saxatilis) diets using fatty acid signature analysis, Edward J. McGinley

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An Assessment of Stream Fishing Venues in West Virginia: A Comparison of Anglers along a Spectrum of Access, Radley E. Miller

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Assessing the Thermal Tolerance and Growth Potential at Elevated Temperatures of Three Different Strains of Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss), Michael A. Porto

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Genetic Basis for Thermal Tolerance in Two Different Strains of Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss): Case Western and Kamloops, Paola Reale

Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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Influence of Selenium on Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus ) in Upper Mud River Watershed, Alison M. Anderson

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A Legislative Review of U.S. Aquaculture: A State Analysis Relating to West Virginia, Ryan M. Benninger

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A Landscape Analysis of Surface Coal Mine Permits in the Coal River Watershed of West Virginia, Lafe Joseph Kunkel

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Factors and processes influencing streambank erosion along Horseshoe Run in Tucker County, West Virginia, Abigail L. McQueen

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Ecological Benefits of Mitigation on a Large River Mainstem in an Intensively Mined Appalachian Watershed, Eric Mitchell Miller

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Avian assemblages and Red-eyed Vireo nest survival within mineland forest, Jeremy Mizel

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Evaluating the Effects of Morrow's Honeysuckle Control on Vertebrate and Vegetation Assemblages, and Small Mammal Foraging Ecology at Fort Necessity National Battlefield, Charnee Lee Rose

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Fish and Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Communities in the Cacapon River, West Virginia, Stephen Selego

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Exploration of Stream Habitat Spatial Modeling; Using Geographically Weighted Regression, Ordinary Least Squares Regression, and Natural Neighbor Interpolation to Model Depth, Flow, and Benthic Substrate in Streams, Kenneth R. Sheehan

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Relationships among fish assemblages, hydroperiods, drought, and American alligators within palustrine wetlands of the Blackjack Peninsula, Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Texas, Darrin M. Welchert

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An angler and creel survey of the walleye (Sander vitreus ) fishery at Summersville Reservoir, West Virginia, Dustin Shane Wichterman

Theses/Dissertations from 2010

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Playback surveys and breeding habitat characteristics of golden-winged warblers (Vermivora chrysoptera) on high-elevation pasturelands on the Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia, Kyle Ray Aldinger

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Comparing the use of qPCR on isolated smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu) and rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) hepatocytes for estrogen screening, Emily Breana Chambers

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Plant litter decomposition in mitigated and reference wetlands, Richard Tristan Gingerich

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Stream fish metacommunity and metapopulation ecology in a mined Appalachian watershed, Roy Worth Martin

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Bat use of created and natural wetlands, Marcia L. Maslonek

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Effect of nutritional deficiency on ruffed grouse condition and reproductive success, Aaron B. Proctor

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Effects of Acid Mine Drainage and Acid Precipitation on Leaf Litter Breakdown Rates in Appalachian Headwater Streams, Mary Fiona Stewart

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Evaluating the Effects of the Blennerhassett Island Bridge Crossing (Ohio River) on Soil, Vegetation, and Wildlife, Joshua Allen Vance

Theses/Dissertations from 2009

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The effects of aquaculture production noise on the growth, hearing, disease resistance, and survival of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) and methods for minimizing noise in fiberglass aquaculture tanks, John W. Davidson III

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Quantifying changes in ecological function of headwater catchments following large-scale surface mining in southern West Virginia, Gretchen Anne Gingerich

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Cerulean Warbler population and habitat changes along Breeding Bird Survey routes in the Central Appalachians, Patrick Michael McElhone

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Mining and residential development interact to produce highly impaired stream conditions in an intensively mined Appalachian watershed, Eric Richard Merriam

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Organic matter processing and opportunities for stream mitigation in an intensively mined West Virginia watershed, Megan Stephanie Minter

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Home range characteristics of the male eastern wild turkey in West Virginia, Steven E. Rauch

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Population ecology, residents' attitudes, hunter success, economic impact, modeling management options and retention time of Telazol of West Virginia black bears, Christopher W. Ryan

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Predictive modeling techniques with application to the Cerulean Warbler (Dendroica cerulea) in the Appalachian Mountains Bird Conservation Region, Matthew Buhrl Shumar

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Habitat selection and predation risk in larval lampreys, Dustin M. Smith