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Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Capstone: Overview of Environmental Stressors, Avian Diseases, and Contaminants in South American Seabirds, Hunter Boykin

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Thesis: Effects of Surfactants on the Generation of Sea Spray During Tropical Cyclones, Breanna L. Vanderplow

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Capstone: Assessing the Potential for Range Expansion of the Red Tide Algae Karenia brevis, Edward W. Young

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Thesis: Prioritizing the largest, oldest corals for disease intervention in a coral disease-ravaged area: Southeast Florida Coral Reef Ecosystem Conservation Area., Alysha Brunelle

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Thesis: Pilot Project for Future Fast and Accurate Detection of the Human Fecal Marker HF183 for Presence of Human Pollution in the New River, Angie Louis

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Capstone: Algal Coverage Detection and Classification using ENVI: Correlation with Dissolved Oxygen Levels in Elkhorn Slough, CA, Jason Dawson

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Thesis: Linking Crude Oil and Dispersant Effects to Gene Expression of Marine Sponge Cinachyrella, Yvain Desplat

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Capstone: A Shark Conservationists Toolbox: Current DNA Methods and Techniques Aiding in the Conservation of Sharks, Arianna N. Nixon

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Thesis: To Feed or Not to Feed: Examining the Effects of Provisioning Tourism on Nurse Sharks in Caye Caulker, Belize, Carlee Jackson

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Thesis: Metagenomes of the Dominant Microbial Symbionts of Sponge Genus Cinachyrella Display Common Sulfur Metabolic and Quorum Sensing Functions., Elizaveta Shmakova

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Thesis: Age and Growth of Predatory Mesopelagic Fishes in a Low-Latitude Oceanic Ecosystem, Natalie Slayden

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Capstone: Trophic Ecology of Northern Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris) in Southcentral and Southwest Alaska Utilizing Stable Isotope Ratios, D. Alex Mandi

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Capstone: Connection between Contaminants and Marine Mammals in the Southern Ocean, Sean W. Tupper

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Thesis: Disruption of pyoverdine synthesis in Pseudomonas aeruginosa through periodic disturbance of biofilm structure., Rebecca J. Quinn

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Thesis: Interactivity, Ethical Behaviors, and Transmediation in Esports: An Analysis of Pokémon Through Uses and Gratifications Theory, Kaitlin S. Armstrong

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Thesis: Literacy Sponsorship and Official Paratexts: Promoting Character Literacy through the For the Strength of Youth Booklets (1965-2011), Daniel S. Malinconico

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Thesis: The Role of Bacterial Symbionts and Bioluminescence in the Pyrosome, Pyrosoma atlanticum, Alexis Berger

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Capstone: Symbiosis and Bioinvasive Dynamics of Durusdinium trenchii and its Acroporid Coral Hosts, David Craig Lawson

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Thesis: The Microscopic Threat with a Macroscopic Impact: Microplastics Along the Southeast Florida Reef Tract, Emma Wightman

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Thesis: Fish Assemblages Associated with a Newly Deployed Eco-Engineered Artificial Seawall in the Intercoastal Waters of Port Everglades, Olmo Cinti

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Thesis: Examination of Parasite Assemblages in Killifish of the Genus Fundulus Across the Atlantic Coast of the United States and Canada, Derek Garvey

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Dissertation: Understanding the Toxicity of Single Hydrocarbons, Oil, and Dispersed Oil: A Species Sensitivity Assessment for Five Atlantic Coral Species, Nicholas R. Turner

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Thesis: A Temporal Analysis of the Euphausiid Assemblage in the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, with Notes on Seasonal Reproduction, Nathan A. La Spina

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Thesis: Atlantic Spotted Dolphin (Stenella frontalis) and Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) Nearshore Distribution, Bimini, The Bahamas, Skylar L. Muller

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Thesis: Predation Efficiency and Prey Choice of Estuarine Organisms Under Varying Anthropogenic Light Types and Intensities, Carmen Montalvo

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Capstone: A Survey of the Order Tetraodontiformes on Coral Reef Habitats in Southeast Florida, Anne C. Sevon

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Thesis: Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Analysis of Mangrove Ecosystems Using GIS, Kayla Caldwell

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Thesis: Comparative Study of the Effects of Light on Photophore Ultrastructure from Two Families of Deep-Sea Decapod Crustaceans: Oplophoridae and Sergestidae, Jamie E. Sickles

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Thesis: An Investigation into the Factors Influencing Growth and Survival of Caribbean Acroporid Corals in a Floating Nursery, Cassie M. VanWynen

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Thesis: Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Essential and Non-Essential Elements Recorded in Western Arctic Bowhead Whales (Balaena mysticetus), Samantha L. Shore

Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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Thesis: Spatial and Temporal Trends of Southeastern Florida's Octocoral Comunity, Alexandra Hiley

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Capstone: Arctic Thaw: Environmental Exploitation for Economic Profit, Stephen F. Moulton

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Capstone: A Risk Analysis of Microplastic Consumption in Filter Feeders, Sheri Rahman

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Capstone: Barrier Layer Impact on Rapid Intensification of Hurricanes (2000-2018) in the Atlantic Ocean, J. Gaston Hayworth

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Thesis: Sargassum Infauna Community Structure in the Florida Straits and Gulf Stream, Dayna S. Hunn

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Thesis: Characterization of Bacterial Communities in Biscayne Bay Through Genomic Analysis, Eric Fortman

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Thesis: Multilingual Tutors' Experiences and Practices in Online Sessions, Petra Jurova

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Thesis: Inferred Function and Dynamics of Microbial Communities from the Northern Gulf of Mexico, Deepesh Tourani

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Capstone: An Analysis of the Potential Toxicological Effects of Marine Plastics and Associated Organic and Inorganic Toxic Compounds on Six Commercially Significant Fishery Species, Nicole Marie Jackson

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Thesis: Reconstruction of Northeastern Pacific Ocean Holocene Production Using Marine Mammal Archaeofauna, Andrea M. Traffichini

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Thesis: A characterization of a Southeast Florida stony coral assemblage after a disease event, Nicole K. Hayes

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Thesis: Spatial and temporal trends in the Xestospongia muta (giant barrel sponge) population on the Southeast Florida Reef Tract, Alanna D. Waldman

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Thesis: Shallow- water hardbottom communities support the separation of biogeographic provinces on the west- central Florida Gulf Coast, Shelby Eagan

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Thesis: Desperate Coral Larvae? Behavioral Responses to Settlement Cues in Aging Agaricia agaricites Larvae, Helena Sasha Fulmore

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Thesis: Timing and Potential Drivers of Symbiont Selection in the Early Life Stages of the Massive Starlet Coral Siderastrea siderea, Sarah G. Koerner

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Thesis: Optimizing lighting regimes for rearing Orbicella faveolata and Acropora cervicornis recruits, Paul D. Kreh

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Thesis: Microbial Analysis of Surfactant-Associated Bacteria in the Sea Surface Microlayer and Remote Sensing of Associated Slicks, Georgia Parks

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Capstone: A Review of the Global Commercial Cephalopod Fishery, with a Focus on Apparent Expansion, Changing Environments, and Management, Corey Clark

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Thesis: Outplanted Acropora cervicornis enhances the fish assemblages of Southeast Florida, Ellen Dignon Goldenberg

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Thesis: Nutrient Concentrations and Effects on Mill Run from Residential, Urban, and Industrial Stormwater Contamination, Melissa Carver

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Thesis: Analysis of "Observer Effect" in Logbook Reporting Accuracy for U.S. Pelagic Longline Fishing Vessels in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, Thomas J. Morrell

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Thesis: Determining how risk effects predator-prey interactions of marine communities in the nearshore environment of South Bimini, The Bahamas, Kendall Brancart

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Thesis: The Sedimentology of Cay Sal Bank - an Incipiently Drowned Carbonate Platform, Luis Ramirez

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Thesis: Assessment of Heavy Metals in Subsistence-Harvested Alaskan Marine Mammal Body Tissues and Vibrissae, Pilar M. Ferdinando

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Thesis: Optimizing restoration site selection along the Florida Reef Tract for the coral species Acropora cervicornis and Acropora palmata, Samantha King

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Thesis: Effects of deposited sediment and turbidity on survival and growth of Orbicella faveolata recruits, Morgan Stephenson

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Thesis: A Comparison of Circle and J Hook Performance within the Grenadian Pelagic Longline Fishery, Anthony G. Burns

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Thesis: The Association between Stomach Fullness and Vertical Migration Behavior in Deep-Pelagic Crustaceans and Fishes in the Gulf of Mexico, with Notes on Microplastic Ingestion, Ryan P. Bos

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Capstone: Factors Contributing to the Success of Restored Oyster Reefs in the Choptank River of the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia, Tara L. Bardar

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Thesis: Comparisons of Five DNA Repair Pathways Between Elasmobranch Fishes and Humans, Lucia Llorente

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Thesis: Disrupting” the Broadcast: Female Showrunners as 21st Century “Fangirl” Feminist Rhetors, Veronica Diaz

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Thesis: The Dynamic of Unity Writing, Virginia Gilroy

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Thesis: Peruvian Pinnipeds as Archivists of ENSO Effects, Mickie Rae Edwards

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Thesis: Species Richness, Diversity, and Abundance of Sponge Communities in Broward County, Florida, 2000-2015, Jessica Price

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Thesis: Ecophysiology of lionfish metabolic and visual systems: Are there physiological limits to inshore invasion?, Aaron Hasenei

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Thesis: The relationship of endoparasite diversity and feeding ecology in the seabird complex of South Florida, Michael Nakama

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Thesis: Indirect Effects of Ocean Warming and Acidification on the Realized Recruitment of Agaricia agaricites, Allan Anderson

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Dissertation: Turbulent and Electromagnetic Signature of Small- and Fine-scale Biological and Oceanographic Processes, Cayla Whitney Dean

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Thesis: Empirical Validation and Comparison of the Hybrid Coordinate Ocean Model (HYCOM) Between the Gulf of Mexico and the Tongue of the Ocean, Cynthia A. Cleveland

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Capstone: Attributing Accelerated Increases in Salinity in the Mediterranean Coastal Zone to Climate Change and Seawater Desalination Brine and the Resultant Unsustainability of Modern Desalination Technology, Brandon W. Harper

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Thesis: Optimization of Light Irradiance During the Early Life of Sexually-Produced Porites astreoides and Agaricia agaricites Recruits, Nicholas J. McMahon

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Thesis: Uncovering the Role of Propagule Pressure in Determining Establishment Success Using a Synthetic Biology Approach, Michael D. Dressler

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Capstone: Effects of Age, Mass, and Terrestrial Duration on Oxygen Store Development in Phocids and Otariids, Rachael M. Stevenson

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Thesis: Microbiome Diversity of Coastal Tidal Floodwater in Southeastern Florida, Marissa Wickes

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Capstone: Blue Marlin (Makaira nigricans) Horizontal Movements in the Western South Atlantic, Eduardo W. Wanick

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Thesis: Population Dynamics and Genotypic Richness of the Threatened Acropora spp. and their Hybrid in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Hannah F. Nylander-Asplin

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Thesis: Early Life History Response of Reef Building Coral, Orbicella faveolata, to Ocean Acidification and Warming, Kelly A. Pitts

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Thesis: The Assemblage Structure and Trophic Ecology of a Deep-Pelagic Fish Family (Platytroctidae) in the Gulf of Mexico, Michael Novotny

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Dissertation: Environmental Controls on Depositional Patterns of Isolated Carbonate Platforms, Jeremy M. Kerr

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Thesis: Genomic Analysis of Acropora cervicornis Mucus and Sediments in the Florida Keys Tavernier Nursery, Rachel Zimmerman

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Thesis: A Comparison of Benthic Habitats and Faunas Between the Miami Terrace (Proposed Calypso Pipeline Site) and the Pourtales Terrace (Coral Habitat of Particular Concern), Laura Dell

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Capstone: Next Generation Sequencing Methods for Coastal Zone Water Quality Monitoring, Catherine Iskrenko

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Capstone: Meta-Analytic Summary of Parasites and Diseases of Elasmobranchs Found in Florida Waters, Alexis S. Modzelesky

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Thesis: Microbial Ecology of South Florida Surface Waters: Examining the Potential for Anthropogenic Influences, Chase P. Donnelly

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Thesis: Parasitic Indicators of Foraging Strategies in Wading Birds, Sarah Gumbleton

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Thesis: Spatiotemporal Change in the Benthic Community of Southeast Florida, Nicholas P. Jones

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Thesis: Effects of ocean warming, sedimentation, and parental genotype on the post-settlement survival and growth of Acropora cervicornis recruits, Jena Robbins

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Thesis: Characterization of the Bioluminescent Symbionts from Ceratioids Collected in the Gulf of Mexico, Lindsay L. Freed

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Thesis: Heavy Metal Accumulation in Seagrasses in Southeastern Florida, Erin Smith

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Thesis: A Temporal Analysis of a Deep-Pelagic Crustacean Assemblage (Decapoda: Caridea: Oplophoridae and Pandalidae) in the Gulf of Mexico After the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Devan Nichols

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Thesis: Ecological Correlates of Community Structure in Seagrass-Associated Fishes in North Biscayne Bay and Port of Miami, Florida, Elizabeth F. Colhoun

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Thesis: Assessment of Metals in Tissues of Marine-Associated Birds in South Florida, Caitlyn A. Nay

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Thesis: Evaluating the Efficacy of Using Geomorphology as a Surrogate to Benthic Habitat on the Miami Terrace, Kim D. Smith

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Thesis: Genetic Population and Evolutionary Dynamics of the Angel Sharks, Squatina spp., Cristin Keelin Fitzpatrick

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Dissertation: Population dynamics of the threatened staghorn coral, Acropora cervicornis, and the development of a species-specific monitoring protocol, Elizabeth Goergen

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Thesis: Patterns in Caribbean Coral Spawning, Anna C. Jordan

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Capstone: Biological and Abiotic Factors Influencing Cetacean Mass Strandings in the Northeastern United States, Octavia Williams

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Thesis: Identification and spatiotemporal dynamics of tuna (Family: Scombridae; Tribe: Thunnini) early life stages in the oceanic Gulf of Mexico, Nina Pruzinsky

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Thesis: Trophic Ecology and Parasitism of a Mesopelagic Fish Assemblage, Matthew Woodstock

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Thesis: Pathogen Transmission Techniques and Genotypic Resistance to Disease in the Threatened Coral, Acropora cervicornis, Megan Bock