Below are theses and dissertations completed by graduates of the University of Nevada Las Vegas College of Sciences.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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Numerical Studies of Regularized Navier-Stokes Equations and an Application of a Run-to-Run Control model for Membrane Filtration at a Large Urban Water Treatment Facility, Jeffrey Belding

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Elucidating the Role of Tubby in Retinal Degeneration and Obesity, Adrienne Marrie S. Bugayong

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Orbital Dynamics and Stability of Circumbinary Planetary Systems and Small Bodies in The Solar System, Cheng Chen

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The Role of Nutrition and Hormone Signaling in Extended Larval Development and Obesity in Starvation-Selected Drosophila melanogaster, Jennifer M. Clark

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Petrogenesis of Hawaiian Lavas: Investigations Using Radiogenic and Non-Traditional Stable Isotopes, Christopher Defelice

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A 155-year tree-ring based record of warm and dry snow droughts for the Cascade Range, USA, Laura A. Dye

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Hyperpolarizability Dispersion Measured for Carbon Disulfide Vapor, Rodrigo N. Fernandez

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Extreme Event Reconstructions for the Upper Fraser River Basin, British Columbia, Canada, Inga K. Homfeld

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Climate and Soil Moisture Dynamics Inform Potential Climate Change Impacts on Available Moisture and Juvenile Tree Survival in Semiarid Forests, Carolyn R. Koehn

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Functional π-Organogelators: From Nanoribbons to Organic Phosphors, Sae Hui Lee

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Exploring the Choiceless Cardinal Hierarchy, David Linkletter

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Bone Morphogenetic Protein Signaling Requirement in Centripetal Migration in Drosophila melanogaster Oogenesis, Sheila Mosallaei

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Chronicling Magma Transit Beneath Hawaiian Volcanoes: Every Isotope a Word, Every Crystal a Story, Jonathan Pinko

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Juvenile Conifer Growth and Regeneration Across Diverse Climatic and Environmental Conditions in the Southwestern United States, Nikki L. Pirtel

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Tail-Measurable Functions and Their Corresponding Induced Classes, and Some Determinacy Conditions Involving 3-Player Games, Joshua K. Reagan

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Development of a Novel Alzheimer’s Therapy, Lorena P. Samentar

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Linking Extreme High Air Temperature Events to Wildfire and Environmental Variation to Water Balance Partitioning in the Western US, Neil Savage

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Differential Gene Expression in Starvation Selected Drosophila Melanogaster, Katherine Schultz

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Analysis of 316 Omnitrophota (OP3) Genomes Reveals a Diverse and Ubiquitous Candidate Phylum of Putative Syntrophs, Predators, and Free-Living Nanobacteria Encoding Giant Open-Reading Frames., Cale O. Seymour

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Accretion and Debris Disc Dynamics Around Single and Higher-Order Star Systems, Jeremy L. Smallwood

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Implications of the Evolutionary Past on the Activities of VirB: A Key Transcriptional Regulator of Virulence Genes in Shigella flexneri, Jillian Nicole Socea

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Genomic Analysis of Paenibacillus Larvae Bacteriophages, Casey Stamereilers

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On-Chip Terahertz Time-Domain Spectroscopy, Randy Sterbentz

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Prograde Metamorphism and Upper-Crustal Cooling in the Northern Panamint Range, California: New Insights into the Jurassic and Mid-Cretaceous Evolution of the Southern Sevier Fold-Thrust Belt, Elijah A. Turner

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Distributions and Habitat Associations of Blue Point Pyrgulopsis and Blue Point Tryonia, Chenoa Janine Wilcox

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Ab-Initio and Empirical Simulations of Aluminum and Copper Metal, William Wolfs

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What Do General and Organic Chemistry Students Consider When Making Decisions About Acids and Bases? A Phenomenographic Study, Sarah Wood

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Degradation of Antibiotics in Aqueous Phase Using PMS Catalytic Decomposition with Zero-Valent Iron Nanoparticles Immobilized in SBA-15, Ahdee Bluma Zeidman

Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Using Novel Mouse Knockout Models to Study the Roles of ASM (Acid Sphingomyelinase) in the Regulation of Multiple Stem Cell Compartments in Vivo, Amro Abdalla

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Rapid Detection of Toxin-Producing Cyanobacteria, Timothy Alba

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Tectonic Evolution of the Tucki Mountain Metamorphic Core Complex, Southeastern California: Evidence for Late Cretaceous Extension within the Sevier-Laramide Orogen, William Killey Barba

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Chemical and Electronic Surface Structure of Chalcopyrite-Based Thin Films for Solar Water Splitting, James C. Carter

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Development of CO2 Laser-Heating for the Study of Wide Band Gap Oxide Materials, Christian Matthew Childs

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Can Desert Mosses Hide from Climate Change? The Ecophysiological Importance of Habitat Buffering & Water Relations to a Keystone Biocrust Moss in the Mojave Desert, Theresa Ann Clark

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Light Conditions during Desiccation and Rehydration Impact the Recovery of Cultured Timmiella Crassinervis, Sotodeh Ebrahimi

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Vibration Overtone Hyperpolarizability Measured for H2 Using Electric Field Induced Second Harmonic Generation, Rachel Ellis

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The Influence of G4 DNA Structures on Stationary Phase Mutagenesis in Bacillus subtilis, Tatiana Ermi

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Uncertainty Quantification for Maxwell's Equations, Zhiwei Fang

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Partitioning the Mechanical Cost of Human Walking: Unveiling Cost Asymmetries for Bionic Technologies, Michael Richard Isaacs

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Three-Dimensional (3D) Characterization of the Middle Ordoovician (Darriwilian) Strata in the Southern Great Basin, Western United States, Uday Mohamed Baheej Kara Ali

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Experimental Polycrystal Stress Mapping Using Raman Spectroscopy, Genevieve C. Kidman

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Advanced Arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian Finite Element Methods for Unsteady Multiphysics Problems Involving Moving Interfaces/Boundaries, Rihui Lan

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Synthesis and Characterization of Synthetic Urban Melt Glass, Rebecca Kristien Lowe

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The Significance of MFD and Oxidative Damage in Stationary-Phase Mutagenesis in Bacillus subtilis, Holly Anne Martin

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Rapid Evolution of Starvation Resistance in Drosophila: Physiological and Molecular Mechanisms, Austin Joseph McKenna

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Transcriptional Control of Virulence Genes in the Bacterial Pathogen Shigella Flexneri, Joy Asami Mckenna

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Synthesis, X-Ray Absorption, and X-Ray Diffraction Spectroscopy Studies of Uranium Based Heavy Fermion Systems, Vahe Mkrtchyan

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Tissue-Specific Responses from a Global Developmental Signal: A Detailed Subcellular Analysis of the 20E and Rab Signaling Pathways Controlling Exocrine Secretion During Drosophila Development, Nichalas Nelson

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A Nevanlinna-Type Counting Function and Pullback Measure, John Nguyen

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Paleoecology of Columbian and Pygmy Mammoths in Southern Nevada and California: How Terminal Pleistocene Ecosystems Shaped Mammoths at the Individual, Population, and Community Level, Lauren Elizabeth Parry

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Constraining Viscous Protoplanetary Disk Models Using ALMA Kinematic Observations, Ian Rabago

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Characterization of Beryllium Ion Complexation in the Presence of Biological Buffers Using Isothermal Titration Calorimetry, Guillermo Alexander Ramirez

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Bayesian Variable Selection Methods for Genome-Wide Association Studies with Categorical Phenotypes, Benazir Rowe

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Effects of Wildfire on Plant and Insect Pollinator Communities in the Mojave Desert, Nha Trang Vivian Sam

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Transposable Element Expression in Human Embryo Single-Cell RNA-Seq Data, Corinne Sexton

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Infiltration into Water-Repellent Sand: The Role of Sorptivity, Rose Marie Shillito

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Investigations of Technetium Metal and the Synthesis of Binary Technetium Nitrides under Extreme Conditions, Emily Siska

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Microbe-Mineral Interactions During Exceptional Fossil Preservation, Stromatolite Formation, and Desert Varnish Growth, Michael Strange

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Initial Measurements on the Effect of Stress on P- and S-wave Velocities in Olivine, Taryn Traylor

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Investigating the Mechanisms Responsible for Cephalosporin Resistance in Clostridioides difficile Strain 630, Lara Anna Turello

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High Pressure Synchrotron XRD, NFS, and NRIXS studies of FeSb2, Melanie Alden White

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Developments of Machine Learning Potentials for Atomistic Simulations, Howard Yanxon

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Equivalences of Determinacy Between Levels of the Borel Hierarchy and Long Games, and Some Generalizations, Katherine Aimee Yost

Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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Petrogenesis of Unusual Occurrence of Amphibole Asbestos in Mohave County, Arizona and Clark County, Nevada, Tomoyo Austin

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Mojave Desert Ecosystem Recovery: Potency of Biotic and Abiotic Restoration Methods in Low Elevation Plant Communities, Mary Amanda Balogh

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Application of Semi-Hydrophobic Layers to Decrease Bare Soil Evaporation, Jesse Lee Barnes

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Trade-Offs Between Survival and Reproduction in Starvation-Selected Drosophila Melanogaster, Tammara Beeghly

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Zirconium Tetrachloride, Fundamental Chemistry and Nuclear Fuel Cycle, Rosendo Borjas Nevarez

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On Improving Performance of the Binary Logistic Regression Classifier, Michael Chang

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Contributions to MCMC Methods in Constrained Domains with Applications to Neuroimaging, Sharang Chaudhry

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Arbitrary High Order Finite Difference Methods with Applications to Wave Propagation Modeled by Maxwell's Equations, Min Chen

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Early Contractional History of the Funeral Mountains and its Influence on the Formation of the Funeral Mountains Metamorphic Core Complex, Death Valley, CA, Taylor Douglas Craig

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Landscape Scale: Inter- and Intraspecific Variation in Plant Interactions along a Stress Gradient in the Sheep Range of Nevada, Jordan Dowell

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Characterizing Compact Game Trees, Andrew Dubose

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Applied Symmetry for Crystal Structure Prediction, Scott William Fredericks

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Super Rapid Crystal Growth and Quench of Monoclinic Bi-II* During Dynamic Compression, Zachary Allen Fussell

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The Retrospective Analysis of Radionuclides in Banded Coral from the Bikini Atoll, Athena Marie Gallardo

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Mojave Desert Plant Community Long-Term Response to Disturbance, Dominic M. Gentilcore

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Equation of State of H2O Ice Using Melt-Recrystallization, Zachary Michael Grande

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Uncovering New Mechanisms of Cdc34 and Cullin-Ring Activity, Spencer Hill

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Numerical Analysis and Fluid Flow Modeling of Incompressible Navier-Stokes Equations, Tahj Hill

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High-Pressure High-Temperature Exploration of Phase Boundaries Using Raman Spectroscopy, Jasmine Kashmir Hinton

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Weighted Composition Operators on a Bergman-type Reproducing Kernel Hilbert Space, Ming Huo

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Effects of Ecological Restoration Techniques in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Simone Ka-Voka Jackson

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K-Tuple Sampling From Partially Rank-Ordered Sets, Marvin Javier

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An Introduction to the Exposition on Soundness, Completeness, and Decidability in Quantum Logic and Quantum Computation, Pushkin Kachroo

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A Monolithic Arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian Finite Element Method for an Unsteady Stokes/Parabolic Interface Problem, Ian Kesler

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Petrogenesis of the El Rechuelos Rhyolite, Jemez Mountains Volcanic Field, New Mexico, USA, Kelsy Jo Konkright

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Generalized and Higher Dimensional Apollonian Packings, Daniel Lautzenheiser

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Specific Heat, Magnetic Susceptibility, and the Effect of Pressure on Structural Properties and Valence Of EuMn2Si2, EuCo2Si2, and Eu5In2Sb6, Brian Edward Light

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Moisture Dynamics of a Near-Surface Desert Soil, Yuan Luo

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Potential Fossil Yield Classification (PFYC) Survey of Nevada Surficial Geology, and a Multi-Sensor, Remote Sensing, Change-Detection Study of Land-Use/Land-Cover Urbanization Impacting the Las Vegas Formation Located in Northwestern Las Vegas Valley, John Jayson Medema

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Utility of Bench Scale Sand Tank Experiments at Assessing Permeable Reactive Barrier Design, Brandon Meier

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The Effect of Pleistocene Glacial - Interglacial Cycles on Patterns of Genetic Diversity and Differentiation of Populations of Leptodactylus Albilabris (White-Lipped Frog) in the Puerto Rican Bank, Andre Nguyen

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Delineation of Events in Centripetal Migration During Drosophila Oogenesis, Travis Tait Parsons

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Long-Term Monitoring of Rare Gypsum Communities in the Eastern Mojave Desert: A Study in Science and Art, Tiffany Jane-Marie Pereira

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Assessing Minimal-Input Restoration Strategies for Desert Soil and Vegetation Restoration, Audrey Jean Rader

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Numerical Study in the Conservative Arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian (ALE) Method for an Unsteady Stokes/Parabolic Interface Problem with Jump Coefficients and a Moving Interface, Michael Joseph Ramirez

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Examination of Maskelynite through Static Recompression and Dynamic Compression, Justin James Reppart

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An Application of Conformal Mapping to the Boundary Element Method for Unconfined Steady Seepage with a Phreatic Surface, Jorge Eduardo Reyes