Senior Thesis Projects in Biology

Each academic experience builds toward your senior thesis project. It’s required for graduation, and our students tell us that while it’s demanding, it’s also one of the most rewarding experiences of their lives. Here are some thesis projects in Biology:

“Investigating the Potential Existence of Endophytic Bacteria in Early Stage Maize Kernels” by Matthew Anderson

“The Coelomocytes And Inflammation In The Sea Urchin Lytechinus Vareigatus (Lamarck, 1816)” by Katrina Bang

“Growth Rate of an Invasive Apple Snail, Pomacea insularum (d'Orbigny), and its Potential Impact on Native Florida Ecosystems” by Allegra Buyer

“Diel Activity of the Poison Frog Oophaga Pumilio in Response to Weather Conditions in Bocas Del Toro, Panama” by Raluca Cruceanu

“Evidence For Brassinosteroid Signaling and Changes in Cuticle Permeability During Carpel Fusion in Catharanthus roseus L” by Kaija Jo Goodman

“Methylation-Dependent Rolling-Circle Amplification: A Novel Method for Detecting Dna Methylation” by Christopher Bernard Mulholland

“Using Oligonucleotide Probes for in Situ Hybridization in Developing Cml322 Maize Endosperm” by Alyssa Sonchaiwanich

“A Transcript Analysis of Il-17 Signaling Related Genes in Response to Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection in Experimental Elastase/Lps Injured Murine Lungs” by Christopher E. Mangels

“The Distribution of Cyphoma Gibbosum (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Cypraeoidea: Ovulidae) (The Flamingo Tongue Gastropod) in Relation to the Presence of the Fungal Disease  Aspergillosis on Gorgonia Spp. (Anthozoa: Cnidaria: Octocorallia: Gorgoniidae)” by Julie Christina Krzykwa

“Interaction of Time and Environment and Environment on Sheepshead Minnow” by Morgan Molina-Marin

“Vegetarian Shrimp: the Effects of Attractants in Alternative Plant-Based Diets on Growth Rates of Juvenile Pacific White Shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) (Boone, 1931)” by Megan White-Domain

“Learning Under Stress: Separating the Effects of Allopregnanolone and Fluoxetine in Carassius Auratus” by Jeremy David Evans

“Similarity between the Morphological Chromatophore Systems Present in the Autonomic Vertical Banding Display of the Bluegill (Lepomis Macrochirus) and Selected Cichlids” by Avery Thomson

“A Functional and Structural Analysis of Cells in Mice Visual Cortex” by Jasmine Zeki

“Cyanobacteria as a biological indicator for the celery fields storm water mitigation area in Sarasota” by Anamica Bedi de Silva

“Feeding behavior of wild vervet monkeys in Loskop Dam Nature Preserve” by Katherine Dean

“Phenotypic Descriptions of Caenorhabditis elegans Mutants and Double Mutants” by Karen Muschler

“Predation by Octopus vulgaris at Cayos Cochinos, Honduras: An Analysis of Prey Selection Using the Framework of Optimal Foraging Theory” by Caitlin Petro

“Dancing Under the Moonlight: A Mathematecal Modeling Approach to Foraging Octracod” by John Correa

“Olfactory Communication and indivdual recognition in Eulemur Mongoz, the Mongoose Lemur” by Katherine Smith

“Mycorrhizal Fungi and Rhizobial Bacteria: Evolutionarily Divergent Organisms Utilizing Convergent Signaling Mechanisms” by Ryan Tisdale

“Temporal patterns of burrow use by gopher tortoises (Gophexus Polyphemus) at the Ordway-Swisher Biological Station” by Forest Hayes

“Population Connectivity of the Acropra Palmata on Cayos Cochinos, Honduras” by Alberto Fenix

“Sponge and Faunal Association of the Brittle Star Ophiothrix suensonii (Echinodermata) at Cayos Cochinos, Honduras and the Feeding Postures and General Behavior of Mariametrid Feather Stars (Echinodermata) (In Vivo)” by Stephanie Sherman

“Just Keeping Swimming: A Review of the Biological and Social Components of Teleost Fish Shoaling” by Stuart Strock

“Even More Fish on Prozac: Influence of the 5-HT6 Receptor and Stress on Learning and Memory Behavoir in Goldfish (Carassis auratus)” by Kevin Law

“A Possible Rejuvenation of Neurons Using Human Umbilical Cord Blood Through the Akt Pathway” by Vijay Mehta

“Plasticity of Fish Muscle Phenotype in Response to a Thermally Variable Environment: An Ecophysiological Study of Fundulus grandis Eurythermal Performance from a Protein Perspective” by David Dayan

“The Current State of Hormonal and Nonhormonal Male Contraception” by Catherine Buchanan-McGrath

“Behavioral Effects of Serotonin Transporter Overexpression in Drosophila melanogaster” by Cristina Camayd

“Generation of DNA Constructs and Cell Lines Over-Expressing the Subunits of the Gamma Secretase Complex in Alzheimer's Disease” by Jeremy Frieling

“The Return of Fish on Prozac: Further Studies into Serotonergic Manipulation and Avoidance Learning in Goldfish (Carassius Auratus).” by Alexander Thomas Hibberd

“Lichens of Myakka River State Park: Water tolerance, vertical stratification and canopy diversity” by Barry Kaminsky

“Photorespiration: A Wasteful Relic, or a Potentially Useful Metabolic Tool?” by Lisa Keenan

“This is Your Mouse on Celastrol: The Behavioral Effects of Celastrol on a Transgenic Mouse Model of Alzheimer's Disease” by Amelia March

“The Effects of Acute Bleaching on Attachment of the Soft Coral Sarcophyton Elegans” by Amy McDavid

“Canine Scent Detection of Human Cancers: A Biological, Cell Signaling, Behavioral, and Experimental Approach” by Emily Moser

“Development of Procedures To Detect Pathogens in Rhizophora mangle L.” by Alycia Shatters

“Agricultural Modeling: Predicting the effects of genetic coefficients on maize yield in waterlimiting environments” by Anne Amelia Farrell

“Evidence for Single Subunit Surface Expression of Drosophila Integrins and a Possible, Unconventional Method of Transport” by Samantha Jeschonek

“Behavioral Lateralization and Anatomical Asymmetry in Pleuronectiform Fishes” by Ned Poulos-Boggis

“Chromatophore Mapping of the Jewel Cichlid (Hemichromis biamaculatus) and the Effects of Morphological and Physiological Controls During Development” by Diana Ward

“Spatial Analysis of Octopus Dens and Predation” by Elizabeth Alene Hamman

“Systems Biology: The Search for Microrna Regulation of Human Ciliary Lung Cells” by Naomi Louise Paula Ardjomand-Kermani

“A Review: Incorporating Entomopathogenic Fungi into Integrated Vector Management Programs to Diminish Tropical Disease” by Carli Janelle Cooper

“The Ecological role of Cattle Grazing in Montane Meadows of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, California” by Jenna M. Ervin

“Distribution and Abundance of Ciliates in a Green Roof Demonstration” by Mustafa Fakhri

“Loss of P2RX7 Receptor Activity in MRL lpr/lpr T Lymphocytes Correlates with the Expression of B220” by Anne-Laure Grignon

“Guide to the Neurobiology of Dental Analgesics” by Amanda Lebofsky

“Characterization and Phylogenetic Relationships of XENORHABDUS BOVIENII Strains (ENTERORBACTERIACEAE, GAMMAPROTEOBACTERIA) Based on Sequence Data of Two Protein Coding Genes” by Rachel Russell

“BCL-2 Mediated Apoptosis: The Role of Noxa in the Removal of Mucous Cells from the Metaplastic Human Airway Epithelium” by Andrew Cory Sokolow

“Triclosan: Reviews of its Environmental and Health Effects and a Detection and Quantification Analytical Method” by Michael Valentine

“Reading the Signs: Techniques of Conservation Genetics Applied to Bobcats (LYNX RUFUS) and Pumas (PUMA CONCOLOR)” by Eldridge Wisely

“Determination of Functional B Cell Defects in HIV-1 Infection, Common Variable Immunodeficiency and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus through the Flow Cytometric Analysis of Na├»ve and Memory Subsets” by Stephanie Hudey

“Cold Tolerance of the Mayan Cichlid (CICHLASOMA 'NANDOPSIS' UROPHTHALMUS) and the Effects of Temperature on Teleost Physiology” by Peter Repenning

“Synesthesia: An Exploration of the Behavior, Biology, and Individuality of Cross-Modal Experiences” by Blaine Farmer

“Coral Disease and Immunity” by David A. Anderson, III

“An Evidence-Based Analysis of Dietary Antioxidants” by Stacey Anderson

“Use of Vitellogenin as a Biomarker for Ecoestrogen Exposure in Hogchockers (Trinectes maculatus) from the Caloosahatchee and Myakka Rivers” by Mariah Arnold

“A Review of Detoxification Enzymes with Suggested Phase I and II Assays for Testing the Small Hive Beetle, Aethina tumida (Murray)” by Alex Bishop

“Territoriality and Reproduction of Serranus subligarius in a Captive Environment” by Suwanna Rain Blakey

“MSX1 in Cleft Lip and Palate: A Genetic Family Study” by Christina Bullock

“Uptake and Degradation of Trichloroethylene (TCE) Using Sesbania Exaltata: An Analysis of a Wetland Plant and Its Potential Role in Constructed Wetlands” by Jonah Butler

“Antibacterial Effects of Green Tea Extract and Perilla Seed Oil on Oral Bacteria” by Cynthia Laird

“The Aggregate Induced Differentiation of Dopaminergic Neurons in NT2 Cells: Mediation by Transcription Factors Pax-2, Pitx3 and Otx2” by Christa McGrew

“Effects and Environmental Behaviors of Nonylphenol Ethoxylates” by Laura McLaughlin

“The Effects of Light and Sedimentation on Wound Healing in the Scleractinian Coral Acropora Secale” by Claire Murphy

“It's a Girl?: An Examination of Intersex Management” by Madison Foncean Josefina Rosas

“Toxicological Effects of Brevetoxin-2 (PbTx-2) on the Fall Armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda (J.E. Smith)” by Marc Andrew Charles Silpa

“A New Garden of Eden: The Ethnobotany of Invasive Plant Species In Everglades National Park” by Lisa Van Tieghem

“Quantitation of Small RNAs in Caenorhabditis elegans Using Real-Time RT-PCR” by Matthew H. Felsen

“The Secret Life of Science” by Max Berman Ferretti

“A Review of the Effect of Stress, Cortisol, and Toxin Induced Stress Responses on Homeostasis in Humans and Experimental Animals” by Jeffrey B. Boissoneault

“Observational Learning in the Domestic Dog (Canis familiaris)” by Ian James Brooks

“An Integrated Nutrient-Film Hydroponics and Crayfish Aquaculture System: Preliminary Investigation and Comparison to Greenhouse Soil Farming” by Erin Marie Clarke

“Kinetics of IRP1 Gene Expression in Gravistimulated Maize Pulvini” by Sarah M. Doore

“The Distribution of Expired Medicines in Impoverished Communities” by Megan Jourdan

“Avian Proventricular Dilation Disease: An Investigation of PDD Research and Etiology” by Bebhinn Laura Nagle

“A Review of the Small Hive Beetle, Aethina tunida (Murray)” by William Ryan Sanders, IV

“Epibionts on the Carapaces of Sick and Injured Sea Turtles in Southwest Florida during a Time of Frequent Red Tide” by Molly Thompson

“Exploring the Esoteric Lives of Two- and Three-Toed Sloths” by James Bryson Voirin

“Seed Dispersal by Birds and Bats in an Anthropogenic Ecosystem of Tamil Nadu, India” by Trevor Caughlin

“Human Assisted Reproduction” by Aida Bajramovic

“Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?: Planning a Future for the Wolves of Scandinavia.” by Simone Harbas

“War in Sex: Parental Conflict and the Evolution of Mating Systems” by Angela Hung

“An Investigation of the Potential Role of Brassinosteroids in Carpel Fusion in Madagascar Periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus L.)” by Barbara Kahn

“The Body Clock in Cells: A Molecular Phylogeny of Circadian Systems” by Keri Kalmbach

“The Actinaria of Sarasota Bay” by Aaron Kandur

“The Effect of Beach Renourishment upon the Nest Fertility of Loggerhead Sea Turtles” by Robert Albury

“Spacial Mapping in a Jumping Fish: The Frillfin Goby Bathygobius soporator” by Geoffrey H. Smith, Jr.

“Trophic Dynamics of Zooplankton and Myctophid Fish in the Central Pacific Ocean” by Erin Rodgers

“The Coral and Zooxanthellae Symbiosis: Conventional Kinesin's Role in the Expulsion of Zooxanthellae during Induced Bleaching” by Leah Jane Smith

“Localization of IRP-1 mRNA and an Analysis of Hydrogen Peroxide in Gravistimulated Maize Pulvini” by Stella M. N. Tinnirello

“Coral Banding as an Environmental Indicator in Bocas del Toro” by Dania Trespalacios Segovia

“The Ecological Relationship Between Hymenachne amplexicaulis (Rudge) Nees and Ischnodemus variegatus (Signoret) in Wetlands Along the Myakka River in Myakka River State Park” by Sarah E. Zell

“Gender Bias in Physiological Stress Research” by Jennifer Potter

“Investigating the Mind's Attention Mechanisms: A Formal Inquiry of Conciousness through Meditation” by Elizabeth Marie Jammal

“Bioremediation of the Petroleum Hydrocarbons, BTEX, and the Gasoline Additive, MTBE” by Vallerye Anderson

“Off the Beaten Pathogen: Glucocorticoids and the Evolution of the Immune System” by Alfredo Azpiazu

“Characterization of Epidermal Cell Dedifferentiation during Carpel Fusion in Madagascar Periwinkle” by Amanda R. Durbak

“A Series of Interactions between Coral Reef and Mangrove Ecosystems in Bocas del Toro, Panama” by Joshua J. Gange

“Habitat Usage and Foraging Behavior of Two Species of Semi-Free Ranging Lemur Groups: Lemur catta and Varecia variegata rubra” by Sara Mapes

“A Comparison of Mycorrhizal Use in Organic and Conventional Farming and Effects on Tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.) Seedling Growth” by Jessica Palenchar

“Environmental Enrichment for a Captive Asian Black Leopard, Panthera pardus” by Jessica Jade Rich-Zeisler

“The Localization of RNA Helicase A in the Caenorhabditis Elegans Hermaphrodite Using Immunocytochemisty” by Katherine Cory Gallo

“Reverse-Engineering Gene Regulatory Networks from Microarray Data” by Tyrone R. Ryba

“Designing Captive Habitats for Delphinidae” by Marion Griffin

“Behavior of the Siamese Fighting Fish (Betta Splendens) in a Radical Arm Maze” by Sandra Bohn

“The Developmental Effects of Perinatal Stress and Their Role as Adaptive Modifications: Changes in Cognitive, Physiological, and Behavioral Function” by Nicholas Breier Boissoneault

“The Anticarcinogenic Effects of Four Common Dietary Compounds” by Chantelle Boudreaux

“An Atlas of Development of the Sea Urchin Echinometra Lucunter Utilizing Differential Interference Contrast, Light, and Scanning Electron Microscopy” by Lauren Marcus

“The Effects of Depth, pH, Depth of Light Penetration, and Area on Backswimmer (Hemiptera: Notonectidae) Distribution in Seasonal Ponds of the Florida Scrub” by Elena M. Rhodes

“Does Peripheral Administration of Serotonin Influence Agnostic Behavior in Juvenile Pinfish, Lagodon Rhomboides?” by Ben Sherman

“Historical Development and Philosophical Perspectives of Scientific Illustration” by Heather Trew

“Site-Directed Mutagenesis of a Single-Nucleotide Mutation in Familial Atrial Fibrillation” by Hanyi Zhuang

“Six Species of Florida Wildflowers and Their Uses in the Restoration and Beutification of Florida Habitats” by Gabriela Yates

“Understanding the Umwelt: From the Page to the Stage” by April Wagner

“Shelter Choice in the Gulf Toadfish, Opsanus Beta” by June Gwalthney

“Spatial Orientation and Modeling in the Arboreal Mangrove Crab, Aratus pisonii (Crustacea, Grapsidae) H. Milne Edwards 1837” by Sarah Elizabeth Rhodes

“Olfaction, Memory and Emotion: An Anatomical, Physiological, and Psychological Review of the Effects of Odors on the Human Brain” by Kristen Katherine Johannessen

“Phytoremediation of Selected Toxic Metal Contaminants” by Rhonda Cooke

“The effects of Fire and Fire Influenced Canopy on the Inflorescence Production of Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens (Bartr.) Small) and On the Distribution of the Cabbage Palm Caterpillar (Litoprosopus futilis (Grt. & Rob.))” by Margaret S. Davis

“Theoretical Model for an HIV Entry Inhibition Cocktail: A New Treatment for HIV Infection” by Jessica Frasure

“Cloning and Sequencing Rpg1, A Soybean Resistance Gene” by Meredith C. Henderson

“Responses of Lake Michigan Phytoplankton to Iron and Other Nutrient Additions” by Katherine Hubbard

“Toward Understanding RNA Helicase A: A Phenotypic Examination of RNA Helicase A (RHA-1) and Its Potential Interactions with Developmentally Relevant Protiens in a Caenorhabditis elegans Model” by Byram Hirsch Ozer

“Coexistence in a Cryptic Community: Ecology and Distribution of Brittle Stars (Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea) on a Shallow Back Reef off Roatan, Honduras” by Bronwen Rice

“The Flora of Bailey's Cay, Roatan, Honduras” by Gregg R. Sandford

“Hypothyroidism in Pregnancy and Its Effects on the Fetus” by Andrea Thomas

“Recognition of Individuals by Vocalizations Ring-tailed Lemurs, Lemur catta: A Peliminary Playback Experiment” by Monica Hoffine

“The Effects of Cortisol and RU-486 on Shuttle Box Performance in Lagadon Rhomboides” by Jennifer Holsworth

“Phenotypic Description of a Caenorhabditis elegans RNA Helicase A Deletion Mutant” by Jens-Christian Paul

“The Effects of Endosulfan, an Estrogenic Insecticide, on the Reproductive Behavior of Cyprinodon Variegatus Lacepede (Sheepshead Minnow)” by Maria Carolina Pilonieta

“The Effects of Scopolamine on Learning and Memory in Anolis sagrei, the Cuban Anole” by Kathryn S. Pritchett

“The Characterization of Plasmids from Marine Actinomycetes” by Lindsay Stevenson

“An Assessment of Manatee Behaviors, Biology, and Implications for Conservation” by Nicole L. Morgan

“The Paths of Memory: A Neuroanatomical Model for Semantic Memory Retrieval” by Simon W. Davis

“Kill the Lights: Variables that Influence Sea Turtle Nesting Behavior in Sarasota County, Florida” by Kelly A. Cabezas

“Poriferan Pharmacology” by Elizabeth Marye Epstein

“Minilivestock: A Study in Insect Rearing and the Determination of the Protein Contents of Two Insects” by Kimberly Franklin

“The Estrogen Epidemic: Endocrine Disruption by Estrogenic Pesticides” by Sarah E. Friend

“The Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus) A United States Invasive Species” by Stacy Goldberg

“The Effects of the Serotonin Precursor, 5-Hydroxtryptophan on Learning: Lagodon rhomboides in the Shuttle Box” by Laetitia Graves

“He's a Dancing Machine: Male Display Behaviors of the Golden-Collared Manakins (Manacus vitellinus) of Bocas del Toro” by Kimberly Gropper

“Cactoblastis cactorum (Berg) and Associated Insect Assemblage on the Cactus Opuntia spp” by Jesse Hardin

“The Cytoarchitecture of the Telencephalon of a Cichlid Fish: Cichlasoma cyanoguttatum” by Peter J. Mahoney

“Florida Endangered Epiphytic Tank Bromeliads and Their Inhabitant Arthropod Macrofaunas” by Michael Olson

“Heterospecific Attachment Patterns of Porifera in Caribbean Reef and Intertidal Environments” by Julia L. Skapik

“Stat 3 and its Effect on Murine Tumor Cell Immunogenicity” by Melissa Hancock

“Canavan Disease: A Clinical, Biochemical and Genetic Perspective” by Deborah Marsha Herbstman

“Searching for Proteins Which Interact With C. Elegans RNA Helicase A: A Yeast Two-Hybrid Approach” by Angus M. Jameson

“The Phylogeny and Biogeography of Hydrothemal Vent Archaea in the Genera Thermococcus and Pyrococcus” by Adam R. Rivers

“Preparation of a Viral Vector to Deliver the Preproenkephalin Gene to the Brain” by Vijay Sivaraman

“Cleaning Sybiosis in Fishes: A Comprehensive Literary Review” by Laura M. Funk

“A Comparative Electrophysiological Analysis of Visual Pathways through the Teleost Forebrain” by Luis Cabezas

“Preliminary Electrophysiology of tecto-telencephalo-tectal pathway in Lagadon rhomboides” by Joshua Lyskowski Morgan

“Localization of Relaxin in the Reproductive System of the Male Bonnethead Shark, Sphyrna tiburo” by Cristal Ange

“Polymorphism and Ecology of the Coquina Clam, Donax variabilis Say 1822, in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, Florida” by Bradley Bryan

“Integrating Multiple Resources into a 7th Grade Biology Curriculum for Home-Schooled Students” by Kari Debbink

“Seasonal Population Changes and Behavioral Studies of the Horseshoe Crab, Limulus polyphemus (L) in Sarasota Bay Florida” by Kimberly Heiman

“The Release of Captive Sloth Junior (Bradypus variegatus)” by Margaret Hoppe

“Type 2 Diabetes and Native Americans: Genetic and Environmental Factors Influencing a High Prevalence Among Tribes” by Carrie Martell

“Does Sorosi Cure Malaria? An Interdisciplinary Look at a Nicaraguan Medicinal Plant” by Elissa Mendenhall

“The Effects of Stress on Physiology and Cognition” by Christine Mirabal

“The Effects of Chronic ph Shifts on the Growth Rate of the Crayfish Procumbarus fallar: A Pilot Study” by Daniel O'Brien

“An Analysis of the Co-habitation of Octopus vulgaris Cuvier and Octopus briareus Robson at Bailey's Cay, Roatan, Honduras” by Tracy Rosebrock

“Meta-Analysis in Wildlife Rehabilitation: A Case Study of Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary, Sarasota, Florida” by Chandra M. Spaulding

“Subcloning Purification and Partial Characterization of Malate Dehydrogenase from C. elegans” by Ira Do

“Overexpression of the RG-Rich Binding Domain of C. elegans RNA Helicase A and RNA Binding Measurements of C. elegans and E.Coli RNA Binding Proteins” by Yuliya Kislyak

“An Overview of Acid Mine Drainage with an Emphasis on the Biological and Economic Factors Involved” by Ian Hallett


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