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Senior Theses from 2017

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The Role of the Dosage Compensation Complex as a Pathway for Spiroplasma to Induce Male Lethality in Drosophila melanogaster, Becky Cheng

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The Future of Marine Travel: The Fully-Electric, High-Performance Motor Boat, Riley P. Hall

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Prevention of Ovarian and Endometrial Cancer by Combined Oral Contraceptives: A Demographics Study, Joanna S. Heywood

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Manipulating Lipid Spreading Domain Formation with Compositional Gradients and Plasmonic Nanoparticles, Chen-min Hung

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Exploring the physicochemical properties of Gram-negative bacteria and how they affect cell membrane permeability and antibiotic uptake, Kristen Munoz

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Maximum Mass Restraint of Neutron Stars: Quarks, Pion, Kaons, and Hyperons, Garrett Ryan

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Molecular Modeling of Novel Tryptamine Analogs with Antibiotic Potential Through Their Inhibition of Tryptophan Synthase, Jared Schattenkerk

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Matrix Model Analysis of a Coastal Northern California Subpopulation of the Western Snowy Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus nivosus), Jaclyn Grace Stewart

Senior Theses from 2016

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Analyzing Option B+ Model For Preventing Mother To Child Transmission of HIV in Resource Limited Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Elizabeth Ach

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Using Linear Mixed Models to Analyze Native and Non-Native Species Abundances in Coastal Sage Scrub, kaylee anderson

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Intersections of Vulnerabilities: Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Health, and the Immigrant Woman's Experience, Hannah E. Atlas

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Analyzing the Safety and Efficacy of Fecal Microbiota Transplantations for Inflammatory Bowel Disease using Clostridium difficile Infection as a Reference, Cassie Chan

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Evaluation of an Augmentative and Alternative Communication Intervention for Individuals with Aphasia., Michelle Lam

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Cognitive Contributions to Academic Procrastination: Investigating Individual Differences of Personality and Delayed Discounting of Rewards, Alyssa J C Lew

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Using Cleaved Amplified Polymorphic Sequence (CAPS) Genetic Markers to Determine the Extent of Hybridization between Castilleja affinis and Castilleja mollis as a Mechanism for Adapting to Climate Change on Santa Rosa Island, Elizabeth Medford

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Antibiotic Efficacy and Interaction in Escherichia coli during Varying Nutrient Conditions, Kristina K. Millar

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CRISPR-Cas9 Mediated Restoration of Dystrophin Expression and Inhibition of Myostatin: A Novel Gene Therapy for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Apoorva Rangan

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Development of a Dengue Fever Vaccine from Recombinant DENV2 Protein and Tobacco Mosaic Virus, Tianna Sheih

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Are Coloring Books Really Just for Kids? Investigating Possible Effects of Specific Pattern Coloring on Conceptual, Physiological and Behavioral Aspects of Anxiety, Hannah Taylor

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HPLC and MS/MS Method for the Separation and Identification of Inositol Phosphates in C. Reinhardtii, Travis Y. Tu

Senior Theses from 2015

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'Makin' it Out': The Cost of Dropping out of High School on the Health Status of Afro-American Women in Urban Slums, Sesa E. Bakenra-Tikande

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Investigating the Influence of CHD1 on Gene Expression in Drosophila Melanogaster Using Position Effect Variegation, Phuongngan Thi Bui

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Simulation Modeling of a Tropical Cave Ecosystem, Hannah B. Cotter

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Role of Alpha Oscillations in Reweighting Multiple Attributes During Choice, Samuel I. Dunham

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Progressive Drug Policies and the Impacts of Supply-Side Control, Michael C. Elhardt

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The Relationship Between Vagal Tone, A Marker of Parasympathetic Activity, and Pro-Social Behavior, Emily A. Goodlin

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Addressing Socio-Structural Barriers to the Application of Nutrition by Primary Care Providers in the United States and Switzerland, Sarah Han

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Exploration of Materials Used in 3-Dimensional Printing for the Dental Industry, Holly Chang Hayden

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African Elephant (Loxodonta Africana) Conservation in Tanzania, Zoe M. Jacobs

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Individual Differences in Dissociation and EEG Responses to Emotional Pictures, Shruti Kannan

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Investigating the Influence of CHD1 on Newly Deposited Histones in Drosophila Melanogaster, Catherine S. Kim

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Variables in VBAC Success: A Retrospective Review of Trial of Labor After Cesarean (TOLAC) and Labor Support, Jenna A. Koblentz

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Implications of Heavy Metal Pollution on Wildlife in the Rio Parrita Watershed, Costa Rica, Martha M. Kresz Bierut

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An Analysis of Heavy Metals in Sediment and Water of Southwestern Costa Rican Watersheds Using ICP-MS, Moriah I. Lerner

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Time Frequency Analysis of Neural Oscillations in Multi-Attribute Decision-Making, Iris Lieuw

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Inorganic Heavy Metals as Environmental Pollution Indicators in Rio Baru, Costa Rica, Lia Kimiko Metzger

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Developing a Gene Editing System to Study Haplodiploidy in the Jewel Wasp, Nasonia Vitripennis, Emily A. Muller

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Synthesis of a Novel Organoplatinum (II) Compound, Elizabeth Nesbitt

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Effect of the Acute Stress Response on Foraging Behavior in Mountain White-Crowned Sparrows, Zonotrichia Leucophrys, Sarah C. Osborne

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Variations in Stable Isotopic Composition of Gorgonian Corals in Southeastern Alaska, Devyn Parks

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Ecological Risk Assessment of Heavy Metal Content in the Hatillo River, Costa Rica, Vivian G. Pham

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Estimating the Population Size of Wrinkle-Lipped Free-Tailed Bats, Tadarida Plicata in Borneo Using Image Counting Techniques, Annemieke V. Ruina

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Regulation of Histone H3 Proteolysis by Acetylation in Tetrahymena thermophila, Robyn Sherman

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Global Health Challenges at the Point of Care: A Review of Tuberculosis Needs Assessment, Inna Tounkel

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Foot Strike in Runners: The Relationship Between Heel Length, Foot Strike, and Calf Muscle Thickness, Laura Wessbecher

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Comparing Bulk Aerosol Profiles in the Mixed Layer in Coastal Los Angeles and the Inland Empire, Taia Sean Wu

Senior Theses from 2014

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Investigating the Function of Selfish Satellite Sequences through Expression Profiling in the Jewel Wasp testis, Hanna F. Brody

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Remotely Administered Immunocontraception as an Effective and Humane Management Tool for Feral Horses (Equus caballus) in Overpopulated Rangelands, Hilary A. Bruegl

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A Volumetric Study of Aqueous Butanol Solutions, Priyanka P. Chary

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Oxygen Tension Modulates Growth Of Ovine Newborn Pulmonary Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells, Belen A. Cruz

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Shoulder Impingement in Water Polo Players, Kelly A. Davis

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Using Radio Relics to Constrain the Dynamics of 1 RXS J0603.3+4214, Emily Q. Finney

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The Foraging Areas of Attine Ants at the Firestone Reserve, Costa Rica, Elana A. Goldstein

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The Great Galactic Oversight - Characterizing the Most Numerous Stars in the Galaxy, Alexandria Gonzales

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The Impact of Sea Surface Temperature on Outbreaks of Acanthaster planci on the Great Barrier Reef, Laura A. Grossman

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Effects of Variable and Constant Acclimation Regimes on the Upper Thermal Tolerance of Intertidal Barnacle, Balanus Glandula, Lian W. Guo

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Vitamin D and Retinal Nerve Fiber Layer Thickness in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis, Celina Hayashi

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Effects of Phylogeny on Structural Correlations of Vertebrate Eyes, Amanda YL Jacobs

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Effects of Delivery Mode on Initial Infant Gut Colonization And Subsequent Immune System Development, Christina Kang

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Trait Evolution in Anseriformes: Is Evolution of Body Mass, Diet, Locomotory Behavior, and Diel Activity Pattern Correlated?, Zoe M. Kao

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The Efficacy of Long-Term Kinesio Tape on Grip Strength in a Healthy Population, Neel Kotrappa

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Factors of Achievement and Persistence of Minorities in Physics, Pejing Lee

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Early Life Epigenetic Programming and Later Psychological Ramifications: Programming Positivity, Sarah E. K. Loebner

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The Effects of Music Therapy on Stress Induced Muscle Pain, Jamie Lowe

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The Effects of CpG Methylation on BI-BII Equilibrium in DNA, Georgia A. Macy

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Heart Rate Variability and Oxytocin: Measures of Parasympathetic Control, Amelia Mainardi

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Response of Flowering Time Genes, CONSTANS and FKF1, to Cold Temperature in Arabidopsis thaliana, Paloma Medina

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Characterizing Interactions between Habitual Caffeine Consumption and Stress Response Physiology in Female Students, Hannah E. Moore

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Effects of Computer Usage on Ocular Health, Alexa J. Moy

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Examining the Intersection of the Cognitive Advantages and Disadvantages of the Bilingual Brain, Irina Rabkina

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Sceletium tortuosum and Mesembrine: A Potential Alternative Treatment for Depression, Rebecca Schell

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Monotony and Deprivation: The Effects of Long-Term Imprisonment on the Neurocognitive Functioning of the Older Prison Inmate Population, Alexandra Sheridan

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Relative Importance of Male Song on Female Mate Selection in the Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia Guttata), Casey Sprague

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A Study of Post-Fire Recovery in Invaded Coastal Sage Scrub at the Bernard Field Station, Dana Marie Von Schaumburg

Differences in Basal Metabolic Rates, Heart Masses, and Hematocrits of Bats, Terrestrial Mammals, and Birds, Brett Kaoru Watanabe

Senior Theses from 2013

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GIS Analysis of Forest Fragmentation in the Vicinity of the Firestone Reserve, Costa Rica, Kristen Bair

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Foraging Ontogeny in an Urban Population of Black Phoebes (Sayornis Nigricans), Jessica N. Baker

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Brain Basis of the Placebo Effect: A Proposed Integrative Model Implicating the Rostral Anterior Cingulate, Annie Belanger

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Effect of Hinge Region Phosphorylation on the Localization of tHP1 in Tetrahymena thermophila, Emily Bulley and Emily Wiley

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Family Matters: An Analysis of Genetic Relatedness of Tetraclita rubescens (The Pink Volcano Barnacle) Over Several Spatial Scales at Monterey and Bodega Bay, California, Kelly N. Chang

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Estimating Mammalian Densities Using Automated Videography at the Firestone Reserve, Costa Rica, Emily Grace Cole

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Identification and Analysis of Contextual Factors Impacting Polytobacco Use Among Young Adult South Asians, Poonam Daryani

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Solid-State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Analysis of Cytosine-Methylated DNA Dodecamer, Caitlin A. Edmunds

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Dehydration in Southern Toads (Anaxyrus terrestris): Metabolic Costs and Effects of Temperature Selection, Claire E. Forster

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Thermal selection in Sceloporus occidentalis during exercise recovery, Morgan A. Halley

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A DNA Computer for Glioblastoma Multiforme Diagnosis and Drug Delivery, Sumaiya F. Hashmi

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Changes in Cell Morphology and the Cellular Localization of Protein Kinase Dsk1 in Schizosaccharomyces pombe in Response to Butylated Hydroxyanisole, Jacqueline T. Humphries

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The Terrestrial Biogeochemical Cycle of barium: A proposed study to examine barium flux in Mojave Desert dust, Mehar Kaur

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Fundamental Limits of Detection in the Near and Mid Infrared, Nathan Lenssen

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Inhibition of the Ubiquitin Proteasome System Enhances Long-Term Depression in Rat Hippocampal Slices, LeeAnn N. Louie

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A Male-killing Bacterium Targets the Neural Tissue in D. melanogaster, Jennifer Martin

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Facilitative Interactions Among Native Perennial Shrubs and Native and Exotic Annuals in Recovering Coastal Sage Scrub, Courtney Elizabeth Miranda

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Evidence for the Bypass of the Response-Selection Bottleneck in Tasks with Reflexive Responses in Younger and Older Adults, Brandi S. Seaman

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Do BHA and BHT Induce Morphological Changes and DNA Double-Strand Breaks in Schizosaccharomyces pombe?, Amy V. Tran

Possible T Cell Immune Response to AAV Treatment in non-Human Primates with Spinal Cord Injury, Laura Wyatt and Ephron Rosenzweig

Senior Theses from 2012

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Factors Influencing Web Tenure in a Tropical Spider and Comparison between Forest and Non-forest Habitats, Daniella R. Barraza

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A Proposal to Test the Effects of Factor ECAT1 on Pluripotency, from Reprogramming to Differentiation of Human Somatic Cells, Vritti R. Goel

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The Energetic Demand of Low Tide Stress on Balanus glandula Under Varying Thermal Conditions, Alicia M. Hendrix

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Where Is the Best Place to Sit on a Roller Coaster? Forces, Physics, and Fun at Disneyland, Kelsey Lubetich

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The Effects of Moderate High Fructose Corn Syrup Consumption on Predisposition to Developing Type II Diabetes, Julia A. Nishioka