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Genetic diversity and selection in North American red squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus): A Hamiltonian perspective into the processes and mechanisms of evolutionDownload
The theory of natural selection has advanced our understanding in every aspect of biological sciences, yet despite this seeming ubiquity, there remain some components that are not fully resolved. Natural selection predicts the “selfish” advancement of genes that are optimally suited for their...
I investigated the paired sternum V glands in thirty-eight trichopteran families and all lepidopteran families possessing the gland or associated structures. Using my morphological data and literature data on sternum V gland secretions, I examined phylogenetic trends in morphology and gland...
Three species of Cretaceous marine squamates are described or redescribed. The first, Pontosaurus ribaguster is described from a relatively complete specimen discovered on Hvar Island, Croatia. Preservation of identifiable nektonic teleosts within the gastric cavity (the first identifiable...
Ethical reasoning in normative and practical ethics is typically conducted by working back and forth between intuitions about both general moral principles (e.g., suffering is bad) and particular cases (e.g., that I must prevent a specific person from suffering). These two types of...
Masters thesis. Suggests elevation of five taxa of Oxytropis campestris to species status, based on chromosome studies.
The ER mitochondria-associated membrane (MAM) is a hub for many calcium-mediated processes required for cell survival, including apoptosis, autophagy, and ATP production. In this thesis, we identified and characterized the interaction between MAM-enriched Rab32 and its effector Drp1, a master...
A comprehensive assessment of peroxisome biology: ER-dependent peroxisome proliferation control, evolution of organelle inheritance in yeast and a Drosophila model system of Zellweger syndromeDownload
The modern eukaryotic cell is a meshwork of encapsulating membranes that compartmentalize many distinct biochemical processes. It is complex. This complexity facilitates the many unique and diverse processes that aid the eukaryote in its growth, division and adaptation to its environment. A...
Forkhead (Fox) proteins are transcription factors that function in many processes including development, metabolism and cell cycle regulation. This gene family is divided into subfamilies that appear to originate from a common ancestor. I have identified the evolutionary selection pressures...
One of the features that distinguishes eukaryotes from prokaryotes is the membrane trafficking system. This system underpins much of the functionality of the eukaryotic cell, and is necessary for feeding, motility and communication. Analyses aimed at addressing the evolution of this system have...
A basic tenet of comparative studies of the brain is that the larger size of any neural structure is related to the need for progressing more complex or larger quantities of information, the so call Jerison's “principle of proper mass”. Base on this principle, variation of the absolute and...