Zoology Thesis

Thesis in Zoology (Zool 4970) provides students with the opportunity to formalize their research experience into a larger project. Typically, students conduct their research during a one- to two-year period and register for "thesis" during the time they write up the study. Students are required to present the work as a departmental seminar, and many theses have been published and/or presented at national, state and local meetings.

 

    Examples of Student theses

     

    Truong, A. 2012. Comparative genetics of the Wolbachia endosymbiont associated with Great Salt Lake brine flies. Senior Thesis, Department of Zoology, Weber State University.

    Minear, K.J. 2010. Using DNA barcoding to study the diversity of shore flies from Great Salt Lake. Senior Thesis, Department of Zoology, Weber State University.

    Holmes, N.V. 2010. Ecomorphology and niche segregation of Rocky Mountain Cottus. Senior Thesis, Department of Zoology, Weber State University.

    Oney, B. 2007. The utility of the ITS-1 region in assessing genetic variability in the brine fly, Ephydra gracilis. Senior Thesis, Department of Zoology, Weber State University.

    Myers, R.P. 2004:Taking the plunge: pouch morphology and function in Brown Pelicans. Senior Thesis, Department of Zoology, Weber State University.

    McKinley, K. 2003. Seasonal variation of offspring sex ratio in European Starlings. Senior Thesis, Department of Zoology, Weber State University.

    Hill, H. 2003. Adjustments to parental care by the European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris): the effect of female condition.  Senior Thesis, Department of Zoology, Weber State University.

    Rayl, J. 2002. A study of the pollination system of steershead (Dicentra uniflora). Senior Thesis, Department of Zoology, Weber State University.

    Bentley, M.J. 2002. Molecular phylogeny of the Het-A transposable element in the melanogaster species subgroup of Drosophila. Senior Thesis, Department of Zoology, Weber State University.

    Stakebake, E. 2001. A biomechanical and immunohistochemical study of gliding flight in albatrosses. Senior Thesis, Department of Zoology, Weber State University.

    Spears, L. 2001. The effects of avian pox on plumage coloration in male house finches (Carpodacus mexicanus). Senior Thesis, Department of Zoology, Weber State University.

    Ostler, C. 2000. Identification of a HeT-A transposable element in Drosophila teissieri. Senior Thesis, Department of Zoology, Weber State University.

    Morin, M.R. 1999. Abundance, distribution, and dispersal of the Ogden Rocky Mountain land snail, Oreohelix perpherica wasatchensis. Senior Thesis, Department of Zoology, Weber State University.

    Naylor, D.A. 1997. Thyroid morphology and life history in Utah tiger salamanders. Senior Thesis, Department of Zoology, Weber State University.

    Mathias, E. 1996. Muscle histochemistry and gliding posture in California Gulls (Larus californicus). Senior Thesis, Department of Zoology, Weber State University.

    Walters, L. 1995. Effects of social contact and group sexual composition on periodicity, timing, and duration of ultradian activity in montane voles (Microtus montanus). Senior Thesis, Department of Zoology, Weber State University.

    Bauer, S.T. 1995. Development of a DNA fingerprinting technique for pronghorn, Antilocapra americana. Senior Thesis, Department of Zoology, Weber State University.

    Greathouse, S. 1994. The relatedness of physical traits and dominance rank of pronghorn bucks in winter herds. Senior Thesis, Department of Zoology, Weber State University.

    Chadwick, M.J. 1994. Winter habitat use by reintroduced pronghorn on Antelope Island, Great Salt Lake. Senior Thesis, Department of Zoology, Weber State University.

    Johnson, B. 1991. A comparison of male and female parental care in Barn Swallows (Hirundo rustica). Senior Thesis, Department of Zoology, Weber State University.

    Wagstaff, J.D. 1990. Cardiovascular effects of intravenous cocaine hydrochloride on an anesthetized dog, Canis familiaris. Senior Thesis, Department of Zoology, Weber State University.

    Corniea, R.E., Jr. 1989. Comparative ontogeny of the pineal complex in Eleutherodactylus coqui and Xenopus laevis. Senior Thesis, Department of Zoology, Weber State University.

    Biddulph, G.F. 1989. Early ontogeny of the pituitary complex in Gallus domesticus. Senior Thesis, Department of Zoology, Weber State University.

    Baxter, R. 1988. Behavioral compensation in 6-hydroxydopamine lesioned Parkinson rat models using adrenal-medullary tissue autografts. Senior Thesis, Department of Zoology, Weber State University.