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 2013

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Understanding effects of changes in land use, environmental parameters, habitat characteristics on the Great Basin aquatic invertebrates using ecological stoichiometric theory, Knut Mehler

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The Effect of Temperature Extremes on Cardiorespiratory Function in the Grass Shrimp Palaemonetes pugio: Oxygen Limited Thermal Tolerance, Teresa Mika

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Estimation of Travel Time Based on Vehicle-Tracking Models, Anuj Nayyar

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Forensic Signatures of Chemical Process History in Uranium Oxides, Jonathan Plaue

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The Effects of Starvation Selection on Drosophila Melanogaster Life History and Development, Lauren A. Reynolds

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Pennsylvanian to Cretaceous folds and thrusts in south-central Nevada: evidence from the Timpahute Range, Angela Giovanna Russo

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A More General Diffusion Model For Lightning Radiative Transfer, Elliott Paul Saint-Pierre

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The Role of OsWRKY71 and Its Interacting Proteins in Seed Germination and Early Growth of Cereal Grains, Margaret Ja Shin

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Soil Moisture Recognition and the Spatial Distribution of Storm Activity in the Mojave Desert Using High-Resolution ASTER and MODIS Imagery for Thermophysical Mapping, Russell J. Skuse

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Dispersal Ecology of Desert Mosses Along Gradients of Elevation, Wildfire Disturbance and Local Niche, Robert Joseph Smith

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Ichnology and paleoecology of the Jurassic Aztec Sandstone, Heather Marie Stoller

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The Evaluation of Water Storage in Death Valley using GRACE Satellite Data, Maile Sweigart

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Understanding Basin Specific Life History Characteristics of Lake Mead Quagga Mussels (Dreissena bugensis) and a Potential Treatment Using UV Radiation in Laboratory Studies, Melissa Thaw

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Dissolution Rates of Amorphous Al- and Fe-Phosphates and their Relevance to Phosphate Mobility on Mars, Valerie Tu

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Estimation of the Tax Rates Based on Vehicle Miles Traveled Using Stochastic Models, Pratik Verma

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Discontinuous Galerkin Finite Element Methods for Maxwell's Equations in Dispersive and Metamaterials Media, Jiajia Waters

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Fate and Transport of Fourteen Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in an Irrigated Soil Profile, Lena Wright

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Time-Dependent Random Effect Poisson Random Field Model for Polymorphism within and Between Two Related Species, Shilei Zhou

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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Natural and constructed wetlands for ecosystem and engineering services in the arid and semi-arid regions, Achyut Raj Adhikari

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Burial and Exhumation History of Mississippian Strata in East-Central Nevada, Yuki Yunika Agulia

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Deciphering the Evolution of Ore Fluids at The Batu Hijau Copper-~Gold Porphyry Deposit, Sumbawa, Indonesia, Jordan Thomas Armstrong

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Evaluating Recharge and Dynamics of Flow in the Lower Virgin River Basin, USA: Interpretation of Hydrochemical and Stable Isotopic Data, Joseph Asante

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Synthesis and High-Pressure Structural Studies of AuX2 (X= Al, Ga, In) Compounds, Jason Lee Baker

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Chemical Weathering of the Mafic Minerals Serpentine and Olivine in Natural Environments, Julie Lynn Baumeister

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From the Foreland to the Hinterland: Taphonomy across the Cretaceous to Paleogene Sevier Retroarc Region of Nevada, Joshua William Bonde

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Changing Demands from Riparian Evapotranspiration and Free-water Evaporation in the Lower Colorado River Basin Under Different Climate Scenarios, Daniel Bunk

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Paleoseismic Study of the Stewart Valley and Northern Pahrump Segments of the Stateline Fault System, Nevada, Jonathan Carter

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Numerical and Experimental Investigation of the Stability Region for a Cylindrical Ion Trap, Bradley Steven Clarke

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Ore and Gangue Mineral Paragenesis of the Cortez Hills Carlin-Type Gold Deposit, Nevada: Evidence for Coincident High-Grade Gold Deposition and Collapse Brecciation, Lindsey R. Clark

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A Gauge Theoretic Treatment of Rovibrational Motion in Diatoms, Gregory Colarch

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Natural and Lignocellulose-Enriched Microbial Communities in Great Boiling Spring, NV, Jessica Cole

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Elemental Contributions from Minor and Major Constituents of Bone on the Separation of Radiostrontium, Ashlee Rae Dailey

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The Effects of Salt Diapirs on the Thermal Maturity of Surrounding Sediments in the Western Pyrenees, Spain, Nicholas Martin Downs

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Determining the Motion and Location of the Frenchman Mountain Fault, Las Vegas, Nevada: A Paired Basin Analysis and Structural Analysis, Laura Margaret Eaton

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Nitrite oxidation in geothermal springs: evidence of an upper temperature limit for thermophilic nitrite-oxidizing bacteria of 60 - 65 °C, Tara Edwards

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Petrogenesis of the East Fork Member Rhyolites, Valles Caldera, New Mexico, USA, Carla Eichler

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Volcanic Evolution Of The Southern Quinn Canyon Range: Implications For Regional Correlation Of Volcanic Units, Christina Emery

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Characterization of Beryllium as a Novel Agent to Study Cell Cycle Arrest and Cellular Senescence, Priyatham Gorjala

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Scorpion Phylogeography in the North American Aridlands, Matthew Ryan Graham

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Petrogenesis of the Linked River Mountains Volcanic Section and Wilson Ridge Pluton, Denise Kelly Honn

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Anti-Germinants as a New Strategy to Prevent Clostridium Difficile Infections, Amber Janece Howerton

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Valuation of Financial Derivatives Subject to Liquidity Risk, Yanan Jiang

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Synthesis and characterizations of pyridinium salts including poly(pyridinium salt)s and their applications, Tae Soo Jo

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Molecular Processes in Astrophysics: Calculations of H + H2 Excitation, De-Excitation, and Cooling, Matthew Kelley

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An Estimate of Groundwater Recharge in the Nabogo River Basin, Ghana Using Water Table Fluctuation Method and Chloride Mass Balance, Melanie Lynn Krautstrunk

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Measured Rates of D2 Abstraction in H2O+ , D2 Substitution in H2DO+ and Charge Transfer of He2+ with Noble and Other Gases at <1eV, Chrysanthos Kyriakides

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Exercise-induced neuroprotection in a hemiparkinsonian 6-hydroxydopamine rat model, Merrill Russen Landers

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The Zeta Function of Generalized Markoff Equations over Finite Fields, Juan Mariscal

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Muddy Creek Formation: A Record of Late Neogene Tectonics and Sedimentation in Southern Nevada, Thomas William Muntean

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The impact of creosote bush (Larrea tridentata) and biological soil crust on Ca distribution in arid soils of the Mojave Desert, Brittany Myers

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A Forensic Identification Utility to Create Facial Approximations using Cone-Beam Computed Tomography of 100 Hispanic Females: A Pilot Study, Behzad Nejat

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Recycling and Reuse of Radioactive Materials, Thomas Joseph O'dou

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A Genetic, Transgenic, and Transcriptomic Analysis of Larval Salivary Gland Physiology in Drosophila melanogaster, Elana A. Paladino

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Periodic Solutions and Positive Solutions of First and Second Order Logistic Type ODEs with Harvesting, Cody Alan Palmer

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2000 Year Moisture Source Record from a Central Nevada Speleothem, Paul Pribyl

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Molecular Forensic Science Analysis of Nuclear Materials, Dallas Reilly

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Spawning, Veliger Growth and Desiccation of Dreissena bugensis, Lynn Schwaebe

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The behavior of zircon during partial melting in anatectic migmatites: Insights to metamorphism, deformation and tectonism in the central Santa Fe Range, northern New Mexico, Michelle Renee Stropky

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The Fluvial Muddy Creek Formation Near Overton, Nevada, Carl Taylor Swenberg

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Detrital Carbonates in a Sequence Stratigraphic Framework: An example from the Furongian Slope Environment in the Hot Creek Range of Central Nevada, Leon Taufani

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Topics in Galaxy Formation: Pairwise Velocities of Dark Matter Halos and Molecular Hydrogen Regulated Star Formation in Cosmological Simulations, Robert Jo Thompson

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Parker Winds Revisited: An Extension to Disk Winds, Timothy Waters

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Evaluation of possible source rocks in northern Nye County, Nevada: implications for hydrocarbon exploration, Inessa Yurchenko

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Analysis of Bank Failure and Size of Assets, Guancun Zhong

Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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Molecular organic geochemistry of the oil and source rocks in Railroad Valley, eastern Great Basin, Nevada, United States, LaOde Ahdyar

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An Ecological study of peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus) at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, 2006-2010, Joseph Graham Barnes

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Extraction chromatographic studies of rutherfordium and dubnium homologs, Megan E. Bennett

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Mesozoic burial, Mesozoic and Cenozoic exhumation of the Funeral Mountains core complex, Death Valley, Southeastern California, Mengesha Assefa Beyene

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Microbial impacts on endocrine disrupting contaminants: Las Vegas Wash and Lake Mead, Nevada, Susanna May Blunt

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Bryoecology in the American southwest: Patterns of biodiversity and responses to global change, John Carroll Brinda

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Historical diversification of montane herpetofauna within and between the sierras of Mexico, Robert William Bryson Jr.

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ARIMA models for bank failures: Prediction and comparison, Fangjin Cui

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Microstructural characterization of kinked germanate olivine grains, Alex Gregory Drue

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Mathematical modeling of metamaterials, Valjean Elizabeth Elander

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Spectroscopic studies of melamine at high pressure, Martin Donald Galley

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Intragroup separation of trivalent lanthanides and actinides for neutron capture experiments in stockpile stewardship sciences, Narek Gharibyan

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Pleistocene climate in Alaska from stable isotopes in an ice wedge, Corinne Y. Griffing

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A comparison of spatio-temporal prediction methods of cancer incidence in the U.S, Michelle Hamlyn

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Zero-sum magic graphs and their null sets, Samuel M. Hansen

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Paired positive carbonate carbon isotope, organic carbon isotope, and oxygen isotope composition study across the Lower Mississippian positive carbon isotope excursion, southeastern Nevada, USA, Robert Alan Henry

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Phylogeography of a vanishing North American songbird: The painted bunting (Passerina ciris), Connie Ann Herr

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Raman Spectroscopic Study of Solid Solution Spinel Oxides, Brian D. Hosterman

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Self-assembling organic semiconductors with tunable electronic properties based on novel asymmetric phenazine and bisphenazine, Kyoungmi Jang

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Synthesis of a chemical probe for identification of Ger receptor proteins of Bacillus anthracis, Hyelee Lee

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Numerical Simulations of Accretion Disks and Extrasolar Planets, Stefan Luketic

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Statistical Analysis of Fatalities Due to Vehicle Accidents in Las Vegas, NV, Annabelle Marie Mathis

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Modeling gamma-ray bursts, Amanda Maxham

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Vertebrate taxonomic composition, species diversity, and paleoecology of two pliocene mid-latitude, inland-basin fossil assemblages: Panaca local fauna (Lincoln County, Nevada) and Hagerman local fauna (Twin Falls County, Idaho), Vicki Lynn Meyers

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Phylogeography of three heteromyid taxa: Insight on the evolution of a North American arid grassland rodent guild, Sean A. Neiswenter

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Global and specific controls of protein synthesis in hibernators, Peipei Pan

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Synthesis, extraction, dissolution, and voltammetry of f-species in a room temperature ionic liquid solvent, Wendy Jacqueline Pemberton

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Statistical inference of a measure for two binomial variates, Serena Petersen

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Characterization and regulation of the icsP and ospZ locus in Shigella flexneri, Krystle Lashell Pew

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Modeling Mortality Rates for Leukemia Between Men and Women in the United States, Blessed Quansah

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Electrochemistry of PANI/metal composites in basic solutions, Tamthinhan Quy

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Magma chamber processes at Mutnovsky Volcano, Russia, Kelly L. Robertson

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Equilibrium speciation of select lanthanides in the presence of acidic ligands in homo- and heterogeneous solutions, Troy Robinson

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Embryonic Development of the Grass Shrimp, Palaemonetes pugio, and the Influence of Salinity on Cardiac Physiology, Amie Lynn Romney

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Boundary Element Method (BEM) and Method of Fundamental Solutions (MFS) for the boundary value problems of the 2-D Laplace's equation, Ermes Anthony Salgado-Ibarra

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Electrochemistry of technetium analogues rhenium and molybdenum in room temperature ionic liquid, Pauline Nancy Serrano