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 2010

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Using fluid inclusions to trace formative fluid evolution at the Verde and Pancho porphyry Au deposits of the Refugio District, Chile, Brian Joshua Aillaud

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Carbon isotopic fractionation across a late Cambrian carbonate platform: A regional response to the SPICE event as recorded in the Great Basin, Jonathan Lloyd Baker

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An Experimental investigation of chemical mass transfer processes in crystallizing, hydrous silicate magmas: The genesis of ore deposits and metasomatic fluids, Aaron S. Bell

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Temporal and spatial assessment of evaporation, transpiration, and soil moisture redistribution, Brian M. Bird

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The Role of ecdysone signaling in fat-body tissue remodeling and pupal metabolism, Nichole Dinell Bond

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Presenilin is necessary for the function of CBP in the adult Drosophila CNS, Randy S. Boyles

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Poisson Process Monitoring, Test and Comparison, Qing Chen

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The Larval salivary gland of Drosophila melangogaster: A model system for temporal and spatial steroid hormone regulation, Benjamin Constantino

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Identification of geochemical facies through major ion data and additional parameters from shallow groundwater utilizing a comparison of geomathematics and traditional methods in Las Vegas Valley, Nevada, Eric Dano

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The Effects of contact metamorphism on the host rocks for Carlin-type mineralization at the Getchell Development, Nevada, USA, Nathan C. Eck

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ARIMA model for forecasting Poisson data: Application to long-term earthquake predictions, Wangdong Fu

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Space use and mating activities in the speckled rattlesnake, Xavier Glaudas

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Development of novel biomarkers in cancer: Detection of circulating miR-141 as a potential prognostic marker for prostate cancer, Jason Cadaoas Gonzales

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Characterization of plutonium particles originating from the BOMARC accident -1960, Richard Charles Gostic

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Transcriptional regulation of the Shigella flexneri icsp Promoter: Silencing and anti-silencing by H-NS and VirB, Dustin Harrison

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Phylogeography of two closely related anurans, the Relict Leopard Frog (Rana onca) and Lowland Leopard Frog (Rana yavapaiensis), Viktoria Hemmings

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Transcriptional regulation of Shigella virulence plasmid-encoded genes by VirB and CRP, Christopher Thomas Hensley

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A Front-fixing finite element method for the valuation of American options, Anthony D. Holmes

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Finite strain studies of single crystal Fe3P under high pressures, John William Howard

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Sequence and Chemostratigraphy of the Middle Cambrian Succession in Nevada and Utah, Robyn A. Howley

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Measurement system for high pressure characterizations of materials, Matthew K. Jacobsen

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Characterization of unsaturated flow in dual-porosity granular media, Jeevan A. Jayakodilage

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Reconstructing species responses to past climatic changes using niche modeling and genetic data, Tereza Jezkova

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Removal of arsenic and strontium from aqueous solution using ironoxide coated zeolitized tuff, Nataliya V. Kasimtseva

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Preparation and characterization of extraction chromatography resins using N-donor extractants for trivalent actinide and lanthanide separations, Christopher L. Klug

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General coupon collecting models and multinomial games, James Y. Lee

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DLA-LBG cross-correlation and basic properties of infrared galaxies in cosmological simulations, Tae Song Lee

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Filtration and growth rate of Lake Mead quagga mussels (Dreissena bugensis) in laboratory studies and analyses of bioaccumulation, Carolyn Louise Link

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Detention basins for phosphorus and sediment control in Clark County, Nevada, Amina Rashid Lodhi

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Bacillus cereus and Bacillus anthracis germination kinetics: A Michaelis-Menten approach, Helen Luu

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From the valleys to the mountains: The biographic history of antelope squirrels, bats, and chipmunks in Western North America, Stacy James Mantooth

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The Role of transcription in stationary phase mutagenesis in Bacillus subtilis, Holly Anne Martin

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Phylogeography and landscape genetics of the Flammulated Owl: Evolutionary history reconstruction and metapopulation dynamics, Markus Mika

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Synthesis and characterization of photoactive amorphous molecular and polymeric pyridinium materials, Alexi Kamenov Nedeltchev

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Antimicrobial activity of d-lenolate®, Andy Phui

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Chemical and Electronic Structure of Surfaces and Interfaces in Compound Semiconductors, Sujitra Pookpanratana

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The Interaction of rock and water during shock decompression: A hybrid model for fluidized ejecta formation, Audrey Hughes Rager

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Phyllosilicate mineralogy, 40Ar/39Ar geochronology, and genesis of petrocalcic soils in the Southwest U.S.A., Colin R. Robins

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Vibrational spectroscopic study of the 1,3,5,7-cyclooctatetraene at high static pressures, Edward Romano

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Structures on a K3 surface, Nathan P. Rowe

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Genes involved in mushroom body development and behavior in Drosophila, Christine Nicole Serway

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Late Paleozoic deformation in the Osgood Mountains and Dry Hills, northern Nevada, Samuel A. Siebenaler

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Speciation and spectroscopy of the uranyl and tetravalent plutonium nitrate systems: Fundamental studies and applications to used fuel reprocessing, Nicholas A. Smith

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Theoretical and computational study of time dependent scattering on a 2D surface, Michael Sohn

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Partial phonon density of states of 57-iron and 161-dysprosium in DyFe3 by nuclear resonant inelastic X-ray scattering under high pressure, Elizabeth Anne Tanis

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Photon density of states of 47-iron and 161-dysprosium in DyFe3 by nuclear resonant inelastic x-ray scattering under high pressure, Elizabeth Anne Tanis

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Velocity distribution of dark Matter halos: A critical test for the Λ cold dark matter model, Robert Jo Thompson

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Petrogenesis of the Greenwater Range: Comparison to the Crater Flat volcanic field and implications for hazard assessment, Ashley Kaye Tibbetts

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Physiological implications of natural versus induced arousal from torpor, Jenifer C. Utz

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Production, purification and crystallization of membrane integrated multimeric Bax, Adelbert Mark Villoso

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Environmental Influence on Brain, Behavior, and Gene Expression in Drosophila, Xia Wang

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Age and petrogenesis of the Roaring Mountain rhyolites, Yellowstone Volcanic Field, Wyoming, Kathleen Marie Wooton

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Rare earth element transport in the Yucca Mountain region, Liqiong Zhang

Theses/Dissertations from 2009

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The role of larval fat cells in starvation resistance and reproduction in adult Drosophila melanogaster, Jerell Roland Aguila

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Protection of macrophages J774A.1 by purine nucleoside analogues from Bacillus anthracis mediated necrosis, Zadkiel R. Alvarez

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AC susceptibility and heat capacity studies of the geometrically frustrated pyrochlores terbium titanium tin oxides and holmium titanates, Daniel Antonio

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Manganese oxide mineral phases produced at room temperature under acidic conditions investigated with XRD, TEM, SEM, EDS, and BET, Nancy R. Birkner

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Substituent effect on the electronic and assembling properties of asymmetric phenazine derivatives, Bin Cao

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Investigation of plant water use in the Great Basin, NV, Benjamin Conrad

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Integrated responses of crustaceans inhabiting estuaries to the challenges of feeding and digestion in low salinity, Daniel Luke Curtis

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The Sheep Pass Formation, a record of late Cretaceous and paleogene extension within the Sevier hinterland, East-Central Nevada, Peter Alexander Druschke

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Distribution and site selection of Le Conte's and Crissal thrashers in the Mojave Desert: A multi-model approach, Dawn Marie Fletcher

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Provenance of the Miocene-Pliocene Muddy Creek Formation near Mesquite, Nevada, Steven Wayne Forrester

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Characterization of iron oxide thin films for photoelectrochemical hydrogen production, Kyle Eustace Nelson George

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Bending of woody riparian vegetation as a function of hydraulic flow conditions, John O. Goreham

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Evaluation of extraction chromatography resins for rapid actinide analysis, Julie Marisa Gostic

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X-ray diffraction study of dysprosium single crystal samples in a Diamond Anvil Cell (DAC), Ognjen Grubor-Urosevic

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Statistical inferences for functions of parameters of several pareto and exponential populations with application in data traffic, Sumith Gunasekera

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Identifying biomarkers for resistance to novel cisplatin analogues in human lung, breast and prostate cancers, Becky Michelle Hess

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Spectroscopic investigation of palladium-copper bimetallic systems for PEM fuel cell catalysts, Timo Hofmann

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Zirconia-magnesia inert matrix fuel and waste form: Synthesis, characterization and chemical performance in an advanced fuel cycle, Kiel Steven Holliday

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Study of corrosion of materials in the sulfur-iodine hydrogen production cycle, Thao Trung Ho

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Molecular systematics and phylogeography of the genus Richardsonius, Derek Dee Houston

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Mineralogy and micromorphology of an Atacama Desert soil, Chile: A model for hyperarid pedogenesis, Michael S. Howell

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The synthesis and systematic evaluation of modified polymeric foams and electrically conductive polyimide/carbon/metal films, John Macharia Kinyanjui

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Sequence and chemostratigraphic study across the basal Eureka Quartzite unconformity in the Great Basin, Nevada: Implications for the origin of the Late Ordovician carbon isotope excursion, Apostolos Paul Kosmidis

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Geoelectrical response of surfactant solutions in a quartzitic sand analog aquifer, Meghan Therese Magill

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In situ element quantification in the hydrothermal diamond anvil cell using synchrotron x-ray fluorescence with applications toward subduction zone processes, Steven Joseph Maglio

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High pressure phase transistions in the lanthanide sesquioxides, Jason Patrick McClure

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Water quality changes in a constructed wetland at the Springs Preserve in Las Vegas, Nevada, Aaron Mathis Miller

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Characterization of aerobic respiration in Great Basin Hot Springs, Caitlin N. Murphy

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Effects of plant uptake and micro-topography on chloride transport in arid soils, Wenming Nie

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Uncertainty, sensitivity and geostatistical studies of flow and contaminant transport in heterogeneous unsaturated zone, Feng Pan

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Identification of arid soil inducible genes in Pseudomonas fluorescens strain Pf0-1, Katila Pipitone

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Controlled functionalization of crystalline polyolefins and their application in soluble polymer support, Jihoon Shin

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Evaluation of low-temperature fluoride routes to synthesize actinide nitrides and oxide solid solutions, Gunanda Waduge Chinthaka Silva

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Analytical method development for determination of volatile organic compounds in calcareous desert soil, Mary F. Turner

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Experimental and natural variation in hovering flight capacity in bees, Hymenoptera: Apidae, Jason Thomas Vance

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Static high pressure FT-IR spectroscopic studies of TATB, Brian F. Yulga