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Graduate Research Awards

Each year the Dean for Research office calls for the best thesis and dissertation from CALS majors to be selected for UF/IFAS’ best. After a comprehensive review, the Research Award Committees selected the following best thesis and dissertation for recognition at the annual awards ceremony:

2016 Master’s Recipient of the UF/IFAS Graduate Research Award of Excellence

Awardee: Nicholas Homziak, Entomology and Nematology
Advisors: Akito Kawahara and Marc Branham
Title: “Systematics and Phylogenomics of the Erebinae (Lepidoptera: Noctuoidea, Erebidae)”

2016 Doctoral Recipient of the UF/IFAS Graduate Research Award of Excellence

Awardee: Bryan G. Matthias, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Program
Advisor: Rob Ahrens
Title: “The Effects of Environmental Variation, Density, Reproduction and Size-Selective Fishing Mortality of Fish Life History Traits”

List of Best Thesis by CALS Major in 2016

StudentTitleMajor
Jamie Brianne Bird The Reasons To Reason: Identifying Motivation Factors Influencing Youth To Participate In Horse Judging

Agricultural Education and Communication

Jose Rolando

Landuse Change Impacts On Soil Fertility And Carbon Sequestration: A Case Study In The Peruvian Puna Grasslands

 

Agronomy

Jasmine Kannampuzha Francis

Regulation Of Early Embryonic Development By Maternally Derived Embryokines 

Animal Molecular & Cellular Biology

Achilles Vieira Neto

Effects Of Calcitriol Metabolism And Immune Function In Dairy Cows And The Interrelation Between Gestation Length And Performance Of Holstein Cows And Their Offsprings

 

Animal Sciences

Nicholas Homziak

Systematics and Phylogenomics of the Erebinae (Lepidoptera: Noctuoidea, Erebidae)

 

Entomology & Nematology

Nicole DrummondBoyer

Predictors Of Body Dissatisfaction And Weight Control Behaviors Among University Female Students: The Mediating Role Of Instrasexual Competition 

Family Youth and Community Sciences

Emmanuel Domonko

Consumer Risk Perception Of Vitamin A Deficiency And Acceptance Of Biofortified Rice In Tanzania

Food and Resource Economics

Kaipeng Xu 

Assessment Of Saltiness Enhancement By Volatiles In Foods

Food Science and Human Nutrition 

Todd Bertwell

Are Brazil Nut Harvests Sustainable? Perspectives Informed By A Demographic Model Integrating 14 Years Of Bertholletia Excelsa Research

Forest Resources & Conservation

Katsutoshi Mizuta

New Soil Index Development And Integration With Econometric Theory 

Soil & Water Science

List of Best Dissertation by CALS Major in 2016

StudentTitleMajor
Esteban Rios  CLASSICAL, ANALYTICAL AND MOLECULAR BREEDING METHODS APPLIED IN ANNUAL RYEGRASS (Lolium multiflorum Lam.) 

Agronomy

Jessie Weir  EVALUATING THE IMPACT OF AMMONIA EMISSIONS FROM EQUINE OPERATIONS ON THE ENVIRONMENT AND EQUINE WELFARE 

Animal Sciences

Chris Holderman  BIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY OF DOG HEARTWORM VECTORS IN NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA 

Entomology & Nematology

Zhe "Peter" Cao  GENETIC VARIATION IN CALADIUM AND PETUNIA 

Environmental Horticulture

Bryan Glen Matthias  THE EFFECTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL VARIATION, DENSITY, REPRODUCTION AND SIZE-SELECTIVE FISHING MORTALITY ON FISH LIFE HISTORY TRAITS 

Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences

Zhijing Teng FOOD-AWAY-FROM-HOME AND FOOD-AT-HOME CONSUMPTION IN URBAN CHINA: A DOUBLE-HURDLE MODEL ANALYSIS

Food and Resource Economics

Gayathri Balakrishnan

QUINOA PHENOLIC COMPOUNDS: STABILITY DURING COMMERCIAL PROCESSING, IN VITRO GASTROINTESTINAL DIGESTION, AND STORAGE

Food Science and Human Nutrition

Barbara N. DeRatt

HYDROGEN SULFIDE BIOMARKERS AND VITAMIN B-6 STATUS

Food Science and Human Nutrition

Christine Jie Li 

UNDERSTANDING, MEASURING, AND CULTIVATING HOPE ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE AMONG HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS 

Forest Resources & Conservation

Willandia Chaves Didier

WILD MEAT CONSUMPTION IN THE CENTRAL AMAZON, BRAZIL: EVALUATING DRIVERS AND CONSERVATION STRATEGIES

Forest Resources & Conservation

Dr. Xian "Felix" Fu  UBIQUITIN-LIKE PROTEINS OF ARCHAEA: ROLE IN TARGETED PROTEOLYSIS AND PROTEIN MODIFICATION INDUCED BY MILD OXIDATION 

Microbiology & Cell Science

Annette Fahrenkrog  ASSESSMENT OF GENETIC DIVERSITY AND DISSECTION OF THE GENETIC REGULATION OF BIOENERGY TRAITS AND ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE IN POPULUS DELTOIDES 

Plant Molecular & Cellular Biology

Marcos Henrique de Moraes  FUNCTIONAL AND COMPARATIVE GENOMIC ANALYSIS OF Salmonella enterica IN TOMATOES 

Soil & Water Sciences


Graduate Research Awards of Excellence – Best Theses, 1986-2016
Graduate Research Awards of Excellence – Best Dissertations, 1986-2016

Note: Electronic copies of theses and dissertations, if available, can be obtained at: http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/etd.html