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Biology 491 - Past Project Titles


Baas, Jake. Multiplex PCR detection of carbapenemase-producing genes blaKPC-2, blaNDM-1, and blaOXA-48 in sewage from the Greater Nanaimo Pollution Control Center. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mercedes Hernandez)

Bachen, Krystal. Patterns of bivalve mortality at sites occupied by sea otters (Enhydra lutris) in subtidal sea grass beds on the central coast of BC. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tim Goater)

Berg, Mykelti. Using videography to assess changes in subtidal echinoderm abundance after sea otter predation and sea star wasting disease. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sarah Dudas)

Catherall, Erin. Patterns of genetic variability and differentiation of Garry oak (Quercus garryana Dougl. ex Hook) on Vancouver Island, Canada. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jamie Gorrell)

Cifuentes, Luis. Border cell migration as an ex vivo model to study cellular migration and metastasis. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Joslynn Affleck)

Cleveland, Christina. Comparative enzymatic assay of laccase enzymes from Trametes versicolor and Rhus vernicifera. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Caroline Josefsson)

Dietterle, Maggie. Determining the efficacy of depurating microplastics from Pacific oysters (Crassostrea gigas). (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sarah Dudas)

Friesen, Eric. Partial characterization of the natural product profile of maidenhair fern, Adiantum aleuticum, gametophytes and sporophytes by gas chromatography / mass spectrometry. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Caroline Josefsson)

Holt, Christine. The effects of triclosan exposure on gene expression in mammalian ovary cells. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Joslynn Affleck)

Macrae, Robert. Phylogenetic analysis of a newly discovered European perch herpesvirus and the development of a real-time quantitative PCR assay for its detection. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Caroline Josefsson)

Meyer, Kai. Quantifying gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus) vocalizations from passive acoustic detectors to gain insights into the southward migration route. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Susan Sanders)

Olefs, Layla. Comparison of microplastic Intake between feeding mode of Baynes Sound clams, BC. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sarah Dudas)

Pearce, Stew. Abundance, distribution, and movement of Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) in Nanaimo, BC. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Eric Demers)

Reimer, Shelby. Inhibition of bacterial quorum sensing by Ibuprofen in Chromobacterium violaceum CV026. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mercedes Hernandez)

Roscow, Olivia. Effects of Z-FA-FMK drug treatment on aquatic reoviral and rhabdoviral replication. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Rosemarie Ganassin)

Ruiz, Paloma. Investigation of the antimicrobial properties of Rosa canina on Escherichia coli and Micrococcus luteus in partnership with a traditional knowledge keeper. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Suzanne Nilson)

Tomm, Hailey. Multiplex PCR detection of Staphylococcus spp. genes mecA, 16S rRNA, and pvl in sewage from the Greater Nanaimo Pollution Control Center. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mercedes Hernandez)

Vivani, Alana. Does the reproductive status of female sea otters (Enhydra lutris) affect habitat use and prey selection in nearshore areas on the central coast of BC? (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sarah Dudas)

Wetten, Stephanie. The population ecology of Leptorhynchoides thecatus (Acanthocephala) in two invasive fish species, smallmouth bass and yellow perch, from St. Mary Lake, Salt Spring Island, BC. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tim Goater)


Benzie, Graeme. Detection of Carbapenemase-producing blaKPC gene in sewage from the Greater Nanaimo Pollution Control Center. (VIU Faculty Advisors: Drs Mercedes Hernandez and John Amaral)

Biasutti, Wade. Population ecology of the invasive lancet liver fluke, Dicrocoelium dendriticum, in lambs, Ovis sp., on Salt Spring Island, BC. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tim Goater)

Chalmers, Sarah. Determining daily foraging patterns of overwintering Chestnut-backed Chickadees (Poecile rufescens) using radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Eric Demers)

Greiter Loerzer, Raquel. Biodiversity patterns of non-indigenous macroinvertebrate fouling species along the British Columbian coast. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sarah Dudas)

Hudson, Hailey. Effects of triclosan on Drosophila melanogaster female fecundity and gene expression. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Joslynn Affleck)

Hustins, Marnie. The effects of plant phenolics on Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm formation at the air-liquid interface on solid surfaces. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. John Amaral)

Isherwood, Leah. The effects of violacein and LPS on the survivability of immortalized eukaryotic cells (VIU Faculty Advisors: Drs John Amaral and Mercedes Hernandez)

James, Sharlene. Effect of diet on green sea urchin, Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis, growth and gonad development. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sarah Dudas)

Kinsey, Stephen. The effects of triclosan on mammalian ovary cell growth and gene expression. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Joslynn Affleck)

O'Rourke, Daniel. Assessment of seasonal water flow in the Millstone River fish side channel (Nanaimo, BC) with respect to spawning and migration of coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch). (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Erick Groot)

Smith, Caitlin. The immune response of the Mytilus edulis mussel to changing coastal ocean conditions on Quadra Island, British Columbia. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Drs Caroline Josefsson and Helen Gurney-Smith)

Tuson, Stephanie. The effect of a bacterial derived UV-endonuclease on C. elegans nematodes displaying the Xeroderma Pigmentosum phenotype. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Caroline Josefsson)


Balmer, Kayla. Prevalence and extent of sea star wasting disease in Pisaster ochraceus on the East coast of Vancouver Island. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jane Watson)

Burgoyne, Clayton. Gill parasite communities of sympatric species of rockfish (Sebastes spp.) from coastal northwest Vancouver Island. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tim Goater)

Davidson, Katie. A preliminary investigation into microplastic concentrations in manila clams (Venerupis philippinarum) from Baynes Sound, BC. (VIU Biology Faculty Adivsor: Dr. Sarah Dudas)

Dodd, Aaron. Attempts to prolong the in vitro survival of green sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis) coelomocyte cells through use of a purine enriched culture medium. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Rosemarie Ganassin)

Douglas, Tristan. Frequency of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus colonization among nursing students at Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mercedes Hernandez)

Gross, Lynden. Molecular quantification of nitrite-dependent anaerobic methane oxidizing bacteria in compost. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. John Amaral)

Hampshire, Elsie. Intestinal trematode communities of the Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) in Coastal British Columbia. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tim Goater)

Parmar, Dilbir. The isolation of carbapenem-resistant gram-negative bacteria from selected water sources in Nanaimo, BC, Canada. (VIU faculty advisors: Drs John Amaral and Mercedes Hernandez)


Barbour, Luke. PCR Detection of the Nitrite-Dependent, Anaerobic Methane-Oxidizer, Candidatus Methylomirabilis oxyfera, in Compost. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. John Amaral)

Bibby, Amanda. Detection of Anammox bacteria in recirculating aquaculture systems using nested PCR. (VIU faculty advisors: Dr. John Amaral and Dr. Mercedes Hernandez)

Casagrande, Devon. The effects of Haemobaphes diceraus (Copepoda) on selected blood parameters of shiner perch (Cymatogaster aggregata). (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tim Goater)

Clayton, Charles-David. Development of a quantitative PCR assay for detection of a newly discovered threespine stickleback iridovirus. (VIU Faculty Advisors: Dr. Caroline Josefsson. External advisor Dr. Kyle Garver, Pacific Biological Station)

Greive-Price, Tim. Observation of single-strain infections in Atlantic salmon experimentally exposed to multiple VHSV-IVa isolates. (VIU Faculty Advisors: Dr. Caroline Josefsson. External advisor Dr. Kyle Garver, Pacific Biological Station)

Hollenberg, Nathan. Soil carbon dynamics in Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) plantations following biosolid fertilization. (VIU Faculty Advisors: Dr. David Gaumont-Guay and Dr. Suzie Nilson)

Langill, Jenna. The effect of D-amino acids on biofilms of Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus salivarius. (VIU faculty Advisors: Dr. John Amaral and Dr. Mercedes Hernandez)

Morgan, Megan. Analysis of the relationships between Loma salmonae (Microsporidia) in spawning pink salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) and environmental conditions in the Quinsam River, British Columbia, Canada. (VIU Faculty Advisors: Erick Groot. External Advisor: Dr. Simon Jones, Pacific Biological Station)

Muirhead, Ariel U’Chong. The effect of c-myc overexpression on nucleolar characteristics in rodent cells engineered with tetracycline-inducible c-myc genes. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Allan Gibson)

Reid, Patrick. Detection of a foreign strain of the amphibian pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis on American bullfrogs (Lithobates catesbeianus) and Western Toads (Anaxyrus boreas) in Nanaimo, BC. (VIU Faculty Advisors: Dr. Eric Demers and Hitomi Kimura)

Transfield, Emily. Black Oystercatcher (Haematopus bachmani) foraging on varnish clams (Nuttalia obscurata) in Nanaimo, BC. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Eric Demers)

Van Pkystra, Cole. Prevalence of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus spp. on the anterior nares of students from Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, British Columbia. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mercedes Hernandez)

Vekic, Erin. Controlling grazing damage by an alien species: testing the effectiveness of chemical repellents on the European rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus. (VIU Faculty Advisors: Dr. Eric Demers. External advisor Dr. Liz Gillis RMOT)

Wilschut, Alexandria. Mark-recapture study of Rough-Skinned Newts (Taricha granulosa) in Morrell Lake, British Columbia, and determination of the presence and strain of chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis). (VIU Faculty Advisors: Dr. Tim Goater and Hitomi Kimura)


Appleby, Karissa.  The Population Ecology of the lung fluke Haematoloechus longiplexus in Snails, Odonates, and Bullfrogs on Vancouver Island, BC. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Tim Goater)

Beisel, Garrett.  The Effects of Biosolid Fertilization on Soil Carbon Mineralization in a Temperate West Coast Douglas-fir Plantation. (VIU faculty advisor: David Gaumont-Guay)

Fraser, Sarah. Development of a PCR-based protocol to identify Myxobolus arcticus in Sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) using a novel combination of previously described 18S ribosomal DNA primers. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Erick Groot. External Advisor: Dr. Simon Jones, Pacific Biological Station)

Gurr, David. Optimization of cell culture medium with mitogens and neurotransmitters to aid in the establishment of a green sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis) coelomocyte cell line. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Rosemarie Ganassin)

Halsall, Robert. Spatial and Temporal Variation in CO2 Exchange between Central Vancouver Island Green Roofs and the Atmosphere. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Gaumont-Guay)

Linterman, Colten . Prevalence of Panton-Valentine Leukocidin Genes in Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Coagulase-Negative Staphylococci Isolates from Central and South Vancouver Island, British Columbia. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mercedes Hernandez)

Paravicini, Jessica. Occurrence of exotic chewing lice Bovicola tibialis and Damalinia (Cervicola) sp. infecting black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus) located on Vancouver Island. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tim Goater)

Peters, Danielle. Effect of humidity and nutrient content on the survival of Staphylococcus aureus on a glass surface. (VIU Faculty Advisors: Dr. Mercedes Hernandez and Dr. John Amaral)

Ritchie, Aaron.  Seasonal abundance of Canada geese (Branta canadensis) in Parksville, British Columbia. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jane Watson)

Roth, Daniel. Examining the population dynamics and the biological communities associated with the introduced Asian Horn Snail, Batillaria attramentaria. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sarah Dudas)

Schnorr von Carolsfeld, Hans.  Predicting “hotspots” of amphibian road mortalit.y (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jane Watson)

Shook, Travis.Testing for the chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (BD) in the Rough Skinned Newt (Taricha granulosa) using nested PCR. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Jane Watson)

Smith, Jessi.  Prevalence of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) from surfaces at a university campus in Nanaimo, BC. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mercedes Hernandez)

Stefani, Nathan.  Effects of acetaminophen on quorum sensing in Chromobacterium violaceum. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. John Amaral)

Thorpe, Stephanie.  Basking behaviour of Western Painted Turtles (Chrysemys picta) and Red-eared Sliders (Trachemys scripta) at Buttertubs Marsh, Nanaimo, BC. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jane Watson)           

Tupper, Cody.  The urban rabbit: distribution, activity and group dynamics of the European Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) at Vancouver Island University. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jane Watson. External Advisor: Dr. Liz Gillis, RMOT)

van Vliet, Heidi. The potential of Anisakis simplex (Nematoda) as a biological tag of Pacific herring, Clupea pallasii, stocks in British Columbia. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Tim Goater)

Warbrick, Ian. The effect of phytic acid treatment on MYC protein levels in Colo320 human cancer cells. (VIU Faculty Advisor: Dr. Allan Gibson)


Baltus, Sarah. In pursuit of non-invasive methods for determining the sex of White Sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus).

Baxter, Amanda. Using molecular techniques to detect Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Western Toads (Anaxyrus boreas) at Morrell Lake, BC.

Bush, David. Influence of Haemobaphes diceraus (Copepoda) on aspects of the physiology of Shiner Perch (Cymatogaster aggregata).

Chandra, Tessa. Detection of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in marine water from beaches located in Nanaimo, BC.

De Bruyns, Angeline. The effects of myo-inositol and phytic acid on Myc protein levels in HeLa and Colo320 cells.

Dudeck, Blair. Quantifying temporal changes in the spatial variability of soil CO2 efflux in a 23 year old Douglas Fir stand.

Ellison, Annie. Problem solving and learning in Turkey Vultures: trap-tube and string pulling task.

Garcia-Elfring, Alan. Persistence of Batrachochytrium dendrobitidis in American Bullfrogs (Lithobates catesbeianus) from a Nanaimo wetland.

Jenkins, Megan. A population and survival estimate of rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus and Sylvilagus floridanus) on the Vancouver Island University campus.

Rigney, Emily. Natural settlement of the Olympia Oyster (Ostrea lurida Carpenter 1864) on the East Coast of Vancouver Island.

Roden, Kelsey. Investigation of the candidacy of Caenorhabditis elegans as a model organism for ketone body therapy research by the administration of β-hydroxybutyrate to wild type and unc-51 strains.

Ross, Jay. Genetic diversity associated with a viral hemorrhagic septicaemia virus (VHSV) outbreak in Pacific Herring and Atlantic Salmon.

Thorne, Kim. The effect of cranberry juice and oolong tea on biofilm formation by Streptococcus mutans.


Angelstad, Martin. The potential for heavy metal accumulation in lung flukes (Haematoloechus longiplexus) of the introduced bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus).

Bowering, Keri. Comparative physiology of three species of Sedum under well-watered and drought-stressed conditions.

Cope, William. Molecular analysis of four PRC regulated genes in high-and low- compatibility Arabidopsis hybrids.

Matkin, Haley. Survival, movement and habitat use of the Eastern grey squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis, post-rehabilitation.

Moody, Ashleigh. Investigation of the effects of sub-inhibitory concentrations of antibiotics on biofilm production by Pseudomonas aeruginosa and both violacein and biofilm production of Chromobacterium violaceum CV026.

Morrison, Danielle. Effects of weather conditions on the nesting success of the Western purple martin, Progne subis arboricola.

Morrison, Heather. Increased expression of c-myc increase growth inhibition in cells treated with DCA.

Morrison, Phillip. The effect of short-duration seawater exposure and acoustic tag implantation on the swimming performance and physiology of coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) parr.

Nicol, Katie. Prevalence and intensity of the giant liver fluke, Fascioloides magna in Roosevelt elk, Cervus elaphus roosevelti, populations on Vancouver Island, BC.

Oxler, Amie. Small mammal species presence and relative abundance in an established Garry Oak (Quercus garryana) ecosystem and adjacent hayfield in Cowichan, British Columbia

Phillips, Vanessa. Prevalence, intensity, and distribution of Trichinella nativa in black bear, Ursa americanus vancouveri, populations on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.


Abbott, Ryan. The efficacy of repeat applications of formic acid in treating the European honeybee (Apis mellifera) for infection by Nosema spp. (Microsporidia).

Andersen-Everatt, Leah. Estimating the abundance and density of a jaguar (Panthera onca) population in Rio Bravo conservation and management area in Belize using camera-traps and capture-recapture sampling.

Blain, Caitlin. Evaluation of methicillin resistant Stapylococcus aureus for the presence of prophages using mitomycin C and multiplex PCR.

Duncan, Kyle. Microbial production of iodomethane from Vancouver Island soils.

Everatt, Kristoffer. Estimating jaguar (Panthera onca) abundance and density for the Fireburn forest reserve and Balam Jungle estate in northern Belize using photographic capture-recapture sampling.

Glew, Riley. Immunoprecipitation and ESI-MS/MS characterization of a 90 kDa protein recognized by the monoclonal c-myc antibody 070.

Lewis, Danielle. The ectoparasitic copepod (Lepeophtheirus salmonis) as a carrier of Aeromonas salmonicida infecting Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar.

Loewen, Alarise. The efficacy of essential oils in reducing Varroa mite infection within honeybee hives.

Macrae, Naomi. Further studies on the potential mitogens: lipophosphatidic acid, lipopolysaccharide, dopamine, noradrenaline, and serotonin for media optimization in green sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis) coelomocyte cultures.

Manhas, Melissa. Antimicrobial activity of oregano, turmeric, and tea tree oil against S. aureus and E. aerogenes.

Martin, Remylee. Experimental transmission of Aeromonas salmonicida from Atlantic (Salmo salar), pink (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) and chum salmon (Oncorhynchus keta) to sea lice, Lepeophtheirus salmonis.

Mills, Allan. Identification of the gene for an integral membrane protein expressed in pigment cells in embryos of the sea urchin, Strongylocentrotus purpuratus.

Moncz, Orsolyna. The effects of oregano and lemongrass oils against S. aureus and E. coli.

McNulty, Sarah. Population dynamics of the Pacific sand dollar Dendraster excentricus.

Nickel, Derek. The effects of environmental salinity change on swimming performance and osmoregulatory abilities in juvenile coho salmon, Oncorhynchus kisutch.

Polanco, Fernando. The survivability and recoverability of methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus from a community associated inanimate object: glass.

Radford, Jeffrey. Size selective predation by red rock crabs (Cancer productus) (Randall) on sand dollars (Dendraster excentricus) Eschscholtz.

Sandeman-Allen, Marie. Histological detection of bacterial pathogens in sea lice, Lepeophtheirus salmonis.

Spielman, Lindsay. Variation in the Agamous-like 66 and Big-Brother 2 genes of the Allopolyploid Arabidopsis suecica.

Stull, Amanda. Examining the potential role of Lepeophtherius salmonis as a carrier for infectious haematopoietic necrosis virus (IHNv).

Trippell, Leah. Inhibition of bacterial quorum sensing by acetylsalicylic acid and caffeine.


Anderosov, Jenna. The effects of nitrogen fertilization on total, heterotrophic, and rhizospheric soil respiration in Pseudotsuga menziesii.

Atwater, Ben. Understanding the decline and disappearance of Bidens amplissima in Jingle Pot Marsh.

Cairns, Anabel. Hematology and serum chemistry comparisons between captive-bred and wild Vancouver Island marmots.

Kleven, Erin. Prevalence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in North American bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana) in the Nanaimo area.

Kuz, Jen. Are introduced Varnish clams (Nutallia obscurata) an important dietary subsidy for the Raccoon (Procyon lotor)?

Lamarche, Michelle. Conditions for determining the effect of c-myc over-expression on the sensitivity of cells to photodynamic therapy.

Lindsay, Rhianna. Screening of fetal bovine serum and potential mitogens for media optimization in Green Sea Urchin (Strongylocentrotus drobachiensis) coelomocyte cultures.

McCauley, Erin. Thermophilic methanotrophs in composting material.

Nicols, Rosalynne. Effects of probiotics on the growth rate of sturgeon.

Novak, Colin. The ecology of the frog lung fluke Haematoloechus longiplexus (Trematoda) in odonates on Vancouver Island.

Pond, Nicholas. Examination of the relative contribution of green sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus drobachiensis) coelomocyte subpopulations on allogeneic cytotoxicity.

Price, Carly. Freshwater pulmonate snails as indicators of Nematomorph presence on Vancouver Island: symbionts of Physa gyrina.

Saunders, Amanda. Does habitat type affect the movement of the red turban snail Astraea gibberosa?

Simmons, Brandi. Intertidal foraging on Varnish clams (Nutallia obscurata) by the raccoon (Procyon lotor) on Newcastle Island, British Columbia.

Van Pel, Shaun. Feasibility study for the transfer of methicillin resistance among Staphylococcus species by in vitro transformation.


Barker, Dara. The effects of myo-inositol treatment on expression of the MYC oncoprotein in human cancer cell.

Chalmers, Stephanie. Ecological role of lake whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis) in Skaha and Osoyoos Lakes.

Duncan, Chris. Optimization of media to facilitate development of a sea urchin coelomocyte cell line.

Etzkorn, Jake. Helminth parasites of the rhinoceruos auklet, Cerorhinca monocerata, as biological indicators of heavy metal contamination in the marine environment.

Hon, Richard. Methane dynamics in compost.

Kaabar, Fatima. Comparative susceptibility to Triclosan & antibiotics among Staphylococcus isolates from Southern Vancouver Island.

Kaese, Kristin. Helminth parasite infracommunities of American robins (Turdus migratorius) from Southern Vancouver Island.

Kirkpatrick, Stephen. Qualitative analysis of primary contact recreational water supply quality, with regard for microbial content using membrane filtration and disinfectants susceptibility tests.

Miller, Christen. Factors affecting violacein production in Janthinobacterium lividum.

Neang, Den. Microbial respiration and its contribution to whole-animal oxygen consumption rate measurements made using an aquatic micro-respirometer.

O’Donnell, Jennifer. Characterization of the mobile genetic element responsible for methicillin resistance in environmental and clinical staphylococcal isolates by multiplex PCR assay.

Picard, Johanne. The effect of resveratrol on a calcitriol-differentiated human promyelocytic cell line, HL-60.

Powell, Ryan. The effect of varying nitrogen containing fertilizers on growth and berry production of Shuksan, Fort laramie, Tristar and Hood strawberry cultivars.

Randhawa, Jas. Response of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus to long term cultivation at sublethal levels of Triclocarban.

Ryper, Tim. Population dynamics and potential effects of the introduced signal crayfish (Pacifastacus liniusculus) in Enos Lake.

Turo, Anna. Investigation of p110/p115 c-myc antigens.

Williamson, Denise. Preliminary investigation of Flavobacterium columnare populations in two different water tank systems at the Vancouver Island University hatchery.


Ian Anderson. Fractionation of serum to enhance media supplementation for the culture of sea urchin coelomocytes.

Vanessa Bastura. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in horses in Alberta and British Columbia.

Niels Bjornson. Characterization of Microsatellite DNA in American Bullfrogs (Rana catesbeiana) on Vancouver Island.

Laura Braden. Investigation into the uptake of Loma salmonae (Microsporea) spores by RTS11, a rainbow trout macrophage cell line.

Susan Carlson. Prevalence of coliforms, E. coli and Salmonella sp., on organic and conventional produce available in the Nanaimo Area.

Elvira Comas. Isolation of free-living soil nematodes as potential vectors for produce contamination and identification of the possible foodborne pathogenic bacteria in nematodes using Biolog MicroPlate™.

Kristi Congdon. The difference in aerial behaviour between the northern and southern communities of resident killer whales (Orcinus orca).

Jason Devlin. Isolation and characterization of the active component in the herbal anticancer remedy Essiac.

Karina Dubé. Selection of neural stem cells from embryonic mouse cortex by immunomagnetic separation.

Lisa Fletcher. Clutch size and nesting phenology of the black oystercatcher.

Lisa Herman. Effects of excess copper concentrations on the growth of Solanum lycopersicum.

Jennifer Hoare. The Effects of Human Use on Zooplankton Communities in Lakes of the Muskoka Watershed, Ontario.

Nancy Le. Screening for cross-species enhancement of antimicrobial activity in seaweed epibiotic bacteria.

Scott MacKenzie. Ecological interactions of zooplankton and two invertebrate predators (Neomysis mercedis and Chaoborus sp.) in Quadra Island Lakes.

Sumanjit Manhas. The effects of Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius) removal on the vegetation of Drumbeg Provincial Park on Gabriola Island.

Aya Murakami. Evaluating mark-recapture methods on humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in the north-east Pacific.

Sandy Neal. The differential secretion of proteolytic salivary enzymes by the salmon louse, Lepeophtheirus salmonis (Copepoda: Caligidae) in response to the skin mucus of salmonid and non-salmonid hosts.

Mickey Olson. The effect of microbial activity on dissolved organics in a woodwaste leachate.

Laura Parkinson. Helminth parasite infracommunities and dietary analysis of the rough-skinned newt, Taricha granulosa from south-eastern Vancouver Island, BC.

Amber Paulson. The effects clear-cut logging and variable retention on emergent Dipteran biodiversity in headwater streams in the Tsitika Valley on Vancouver Island.

Marusha Taylor. Quantification of microbial cells using fluorescence.

Angela Warnock. Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) in dogs.

Samantha Wilford. Evaluating Methods for Estimating Domestic Dog Population Size.

Arin Yeomans Routledge. What makes a snail slow: Factors affecting movement rates of the red turban snail (Astraea gibberosa).


Jennifer Barrett. Detection of Nocardia crassostreae in Sediment Using an Indirect DNA Extraction Method.

Gillian Bouska. The Effects of UV and Oxidative Treatment on Wastewater Bacteria.

Sarah Creighton. Changes in Protein Levels in the Nematode Caenorhabditis elegans in Response to Lithium.

Nicholas Davey. Size-selective Predation of the Red Turban Snail, Megastraea gibberosa, by the Sea Otter, Enhydra lutris, and Red Rock Crab, Cancer productus.

Antonio Fernandes. Prevalence of Resistance Against Antibiotics and Antibacterial Agents Among Staphylococcus sp. Isolated from Surfaces at Selected Public Places in Two Vancouver Island Communities.

Stefan Iwasawa. Microbial Methyl Iodide Degradation.

Hannah Power. The Effects of Haemobaphes diceraus (Copepoda: Pennellidae) on Hematocrit and Somatic Indices of Shiner Perch (Cymatogaster aggregata).

Owen Stechishin. Optimization of Media and Transfection with SV40 large T Antigen and c-myc for the Establishment of an Immortal Sea Urchin Cell Line.

Derek van Pel. The Effects of Lithium and myo-inositol on Levels and Localization of b-catenin and myc in HeLa Cells.

Jennifer Waller. The Effects of the Filbert Weevil (Curculio occidentis) and the Filbertworm (Cydia latiferreana) on Garry Oak (Quercus garryana) Acorn Germination on Vancouver Island.


Beerens, Amanda. Prevalence of Multiple Antibiotic Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in a Health Care Facility versus the Community of Nanaimo, British Columbia.

Black, Morgan. Monitoring Temperature Changes of Insulated Bat Houses Situated in a Temperate Climate.

Fogarty, Cassandra. Investigation and Isolation of Moulds Commonly Found in Indoor Marijuana Grow-ops in Homes in Nanaimo, BC.

Kovacs, David. The Effects of Biosolid Fertilization and Tree Spacing on Understory Plants in a Coastal Douglas Fir Forest.

Mason, Carmen. Transfection by Electroporation of Purple Sea Urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) Coelomocytes with Plasmids containing SV-40 large T antigen and C-myc Gene Sequences.

Lane, Erik. Prevalence and Identification of the Trematode Parasite causing Swimmers' Itch in the Nanaimo Region.

Lange, Justin. Prevalence of the Pacific Salmon Leech (Piscicola salmositica) and the Haemoflagellate Cryptobia salmositica Infecting Spawning Pacific Salmon (Oncorhynchus sp.) in the Nitinat River.

Mounce, Meaghan. Optimization of Culture Medium for Purple Sea Urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) Coelomocytes.

Rear, Lindsay. Potential Biotic and Abiotic Contributions to the Degradation of Woodwaste Leachate.

Simpson, Nadine. The Helminth Parasite Infracommunities of the Introduced Bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana) on Vancouver Island.

Skotarek, Sara. Prevalence and Quantitative Fecal Analysis of Strongyle Nematodes in Horses from Nanaimo, BC.

St. Jean, Hollie. Evaluating the Potential Antimicrobial Properties of Dampwood Termite (Zootermopsis angusticollis) Fecal Pellets.

Thompson, Sandy. Real Time Measurements of Wound-Induced Volatile Plant Hormone Emissions from Solanum tuberosum (potato) by Membrane Introduction Mass Spectormetry.

Yu, Lianhong. Detection and Isolation of Bdellovibrios from the Environment in the Nanaimo Area.


Anderson, Amanda. The antimicrobial effects of goldenseal extracts on a range of human pathogens.

Basi, Harjeet. The antibacterial activity of Triclosan and Trichlocarban against Staphylococcus aureus isolated from ATM machines in Nanaimo, BC.

Churchill, Jackie. A comparison of the plant and bird communities of Morrell Nature Sanctuary in the summer of 2003 to those of 1975 and 1976.

Diplock, Cole. The enrichment and characterization of iron oxidizing bacteria and the measurement of the rate of biological Fe(II) oxidation, in samples collected from circumneutral environments.

Gillies, Brette. The prevalence of multiple antibiotic resistant Staphylococcus aureus on ATM machines in the Nanaimo District.

Griffel, Conrad. Transfection of the chinook salmon embryo-214 cell line with a plasmid containing SV40 large T antigen using electroporation.

Henderson, Lynne. A study of bat activity on the Sibun River, Belize, using the Anabat Detection System.

Isbister, Derek. Habitat selection and use by rehabilitated subadult male black bears (Ursus americanus) in the Lake Cowichan area.

Koutecky, Jody. Isolation and identification of Nocardia in Crassotrea gigas from Ladysmith Harbour, Vancouver Island.

Minhinnick, Teoni. The effects of monoterpenes on cells that overexpress the c-myc oncogene.

Nelson, Janet. Characterization of novel c-myc-like antigens at 110 and 115 KDa.

Nelson, Larissa. Survey of insects inhabiting thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus) galls formed by the Cynipid wasp Diastrophus kincaidii on Southern Vancouver Island.

Nishimura, Satoko. The evaluation of the prevalence and the ecological importance of canine parvovirus in urban populations of coyotes, Canis latrans, in British Columbia by nested polymerase chain reaction.

Okrainetz, Scott. The effects of UV radiation on the survivability and selected metabolic processes of microbes in pure cultures and environmental samples.

Rockwell, Lydia. The ecology of Anisakis simplex (Nematoda: Ascaridoidea) in Pacific hake, Merluccius productus along Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Servant, Julie. Copper tolerance and uptake by Carex sp. sedges collected from a contaminated mine site on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Switzer, Soleil. Dispersal and movement patterns of rehabilitated black bears (Ursus americanus) in the Cowichan Lake Area.


Bourgoin, Matt. Isolation and identification of enteric pathogens from the feces of captive Vancouver Island Marmots, Marmota vancouverensis, and enumeration of enteric bacteria.

de Bruin, Olle. Characterization and purification of 110 kDa c-Myc-like antigen.

Drown, Ian. Attempts to establish cell cultures from the manila clam, Venerupis philippinarum.

Gummer, Carrie. Molecular comparison of Haemobaphes spp. (Copepoda: Pennellidae) infecting Shiner Perch, Cymatogaster aggregata, and Bay Pipefish, Syngnathus griseolineatus.

Jackson, Jed. Population and feeding ecology of the moon snail, Polinices lewisii, at Protection Island, BC.

Jamieson, Bev. Introduced species and parasite communities: the bullfrog, Rana catesbeiana, on Vancouver Island.

Kimura, Hitomi. The exchange of humpback whales between feeding grounds in northern BC and Glacier Bay, southeastern Alaska.

Kropinak, Sarah. Identification of the ectomycorrhizal fungus Leucangium carthusiana on Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) seedlings.

Lum, Shawn. Effects of lake fertilization on juvenile sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) growth in northern Vancouver Island nursery lakes.

Massey, Louise. Techniques for tissue culture of the purple sea urchin, Strongylocentrotus purpuratus.

Paterson, Jacquelyn. A water quality assessment of the Cat Stream using benthic communities as biotic indicators to determine its health.

Phillips, Branwen. Evaluation of the herbal remedy Essiac for selective killing of cancer cells that over express the c-myc oncogene.

Tidder, Christine. Oxygen dynamics as a tool for the assessment of the biological support system of a major aquarium system.

Woodrow, Emily. Enumeration and identification of Bifidobacteria spp. in commercial probiotic products in Nanaimo, BC.


Bridger, Natasha. Evaluating dairy products in the Nanaimo area for the presence of viable Bifidobacterium.

Burke, Talia. 2-D gel electrophoretic analysis of human Myc proteins.

Castle, Rob. Evaluation of effectiveness of antimicrobial bilge cleaners and identification of microbial masses in BC ferry bilge water.

Helmkay, Andrea.  Change in the level of B-catenin and c-myc protein in human cells exposed to lithium.

Hop Wo, Nolan.  Factors affecting the prevalence of sea lice (Lepeophtheirus salmonis) on Fraser River sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka).

Janzen, Greg.  Diet and lung trematode parasitism of bullfrogs: determination of odonate intermediate host specificity and parasite aggregation.

Lutters, Brandy.  Inoculation of Leucangium carthusiana spores onto several species of tree seedlings to establish a mycorrhizal relationship.

McKinnon, Kelly. Evaluation of the effectiveness of two iodophores used in foot baths under different environmental conditions.

Nelson, Anna. A comparison of meat recovery between savoury clam (Nuttallia obscurata) and Manila clam (Venerupis philippinarum).

Neufeld, Jodie. The effects of LPS on apoptosis in the monocyte/macrophage-like cell line from rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss).

Newall, Julie. A feasibility study of ivermectin for control of leech ectoparasites on rockfish, Sebastes spp. from the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre.

Ross, Cherie. Productivity and distribution of the western purple martin, Progne subis arboricola, in coastal British Columbia.

Stenhouse, Shawn.  Population dynamics of the symbiotic pea crab, Pinnixa sp. Within the introduced varnish clam (Nuttallia obscurata).

Untereiner, Laurie.  Isolation of the macrophage colony-stimulating-factor receptor gene from RTS-11, a macrophage cell line derived from Oncorhynchus mykiss spleen.

Williams, Heather. Disease analysis of spawning chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) and coho salmon (O. kisutch) in selected streams of Knight Inlet, British Columbia.

Young, Catherine.  An immunolocalization study of life stages of Kudoa thyrsites in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar).


Bochek, Jackie. Factors influencing the effectiveness of an iodophor disinfectant commonly used in fish hatcheries.

Butler, Mandy. Isolation and rapid detection of Vibrio parahaemolyticus from sediments collected under fish rearing pens using whole cell PCR.

Derksen, Shannon. Diet analysis and intestinal parasites of the Virginia Opossum (Didelphis virginiana).

Giesbrecht, Tanya. Vigilance behaviour in harbour seals (Phoca vitulina richardsi).

Hutton, Heather. Ecology of symbionts of the California sea cucumber (Parastichopus californcus).

Jonsen, Kim. Isolation of the macrophage colony-stimulating-factor (M-CFS ) receptor in the macrophage-like cell line RTS-11 from the rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss.

Linden, Kim. A conservation assessment of Arbutus menziesii in Arbutus Grove Provincial Park, BC.

Lynch, Donovan. Remediation of iron and humic substances in wood waste leachates by microbial biofilms.

Orrey, Liane. The environmental persistence of Bacillus thuringiensis var. Kurstaki HD-1 sixteen months after spraying Foray 48b in Nanaimo, BC.

Russel, Mike. Analysis of the potential role of myc protein in the regulation of in vitro RNA synthesis.

Toole, Jen. Haul-out behaviour and disturbance of harbour seals in Departure Bay.

Windecker, Lindsay. Analysis of c-myc protein in fibroblasts containing an inducible human myc gene.

Younker, Tina. The seasonal diet of river otters (Lontra canadensis) in the coastal environment.


Boyle, Candace. Population dynamics of the sand dollar, Dendraster excentricus, and spatial competition with the seagrass, Zostera japonica.

Grant, Amelia. Analysis of dmyc in Drosophila melanogaster.

Griffiths, Andrea. Antibiotic resistance in populations of Vibrio parahaemolyticus isolated from Georgia Strait, BC.

Hrabok, Christa. The distribution, abundance and age of the freshwater pearl mussel, Margaritifera falcata, in Chase River, Nanaimo, BC.

Jex, Aaron. ERIC-PCR for strain-typing Vibrio parahaemolyticus isolated from Georgia Strait, BC.

McCann, Tina. Investigation of the properties of the p110/115 cMyc antigens.

Silk, Liam. The affects of limpet removal on succession in the high intertidal zone on Vancouver Island, BC.

Tarr, Katherine. Detection and isolation of Flexibacter sp. at salmon enhancement hatcheries.

Taylor, Kimberley. Correlation of histological changes in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) with infection of a myxozoan parasite Kudoa thrysites.

Tritschler, Wade. Molecular epidemiology study of canine distemper in British Columbia racoons and coyotes.

Williams, Noel. The effects on population growth of pacific oysters (Crassostrea gigas) cultured within a commercial oyster lease.


Bernt, Jennifer. Microsatellite PCR in forensic analysis of individual Thuja plicata (Western redcedar).

Cameron, Andrew. Analysis of high molecular weight cMyc antigen.

Castellaran, Mauro. The detection and cloning of an ADAM expressed during early development of Dendraster excentricus.

Corlett, Jennifer. Comparison of the RCMP Physical Ability Requirement Evaluation (PARE) with selected physical performance tests.

Dambrowsky, Annette. Distribution of Vibrio parahaemolyticus in oysters and oyster growing waters of eastern Vancouver Island.

Fong, Ken. A survey of insect herbivores in Garry Oak (Querqus garryanna) acorns on southern Vancouver Island.

Girard, Terry. Seasonal distribution of macronutrients in Nanaimo Estuary.

Granger, Chris. Effects of pruning techniques on the incidence of white pine blister rust in white pine populations.

Jeffries, Willie. Characterization of bacterial contamination of Nanoose First Nation's water supplies.

Kahn, Stan. Comparison of the parasite assemblages in sympatric bivalve species of Vancouver Island.

Kaneen, Colin. Vegetation survey and soil analysis for the coastal Douglas fir moist maritime (CDFmm) biogeoclimatic zone of coastal Vancouver Island.

Keple, Alison. Foraging behaviour and diet of the sea otter (Enhydra lutris) on soft-bottom sediments in Kyuquot, British Columbia.

Ladouceur, Adrian. Distribution of pathogenic Yersinia spp. from soils and feces at colony sites of the Vancouver Island Marmot.

Matthews, Ian. Radio-tagging adult chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) returning to the Upper Yukon River drainage.

Moes, Corry. Intestinal parasite communities of coyotes (Canis latrans) from various regions throughout British Columbia.

Montgomery, Crystal. Phylogenetic analysis of a cilite from a shallow neotropical lake in Belize, Central America.

Nagtegaal, David. A comparative study of the use of anesthetics in coho salmon (Oncorhynchus tsitcha).

Rodrigue, Helen. The effects on fecundity and nutritional condition of a rotifer (Brachionus plicatilis) fed Heterosigma sp. and Tahitian isocrysis.

Sturhahn, Christy. Strangers in a foreign land: parasites of the introduced bullfrog Rana catesbeiana on Vancouver Island.

Watson, Dawn. Assessing admission parameters that predict successful release of harbour seal pups from the rehabilitation program at the Vancouver Aquarium and the major cause of death of orphaned harbour seal pups.

Wood, Tanya. RNA binding characteristics of c-Myc proteins.

Zenner, Ron. Age and sexual maturity of sport-caught rockfish (Sebastes spp.) of Barkley Sound, British Columbia: determining validity of aging technique.


Ausmus, Tara. Randomly amplified polymorphic DNA-PCR to generate genomic fingerprints in rhizocephalon parasite - Sylon: an application to species identification.

Chyplyk, Chad. Morphological characterization of the ectomycorrhizal association between Suillus caerulescens and Pseudotsuga menziesii.

Daniels, Melissa. A comparison of standard versus molecular methods for detection of enteric pathogens in residential well-waters of Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Kurucz, Melynda. Confirmation of ectomycorrhizal associations of Suillus caerulescens with Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) using an ITS-RFLP analysis of sporocarp and mycorrhizal tissues.

MacMullin, Blaise. Establishment of a long-term SI-MAB biodiversity monitoring plot in a fluvial forest ecosystem off Clayoquot River, and a description of tree species, their spatial distribution and size/age correlations to provide information on tree succession.

Nykwist, Karl. Comparative ecology of helminth parasites in five stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) populations on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Rowan, Lesley. Identification of the c-myc oncoprotein in developing zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryos.

Saunders, Jason. Competitive interactions between the sand dollar (Dendraster excentricus) and an introduced sea grass (Zostera japonica).

Sumampong, Grace. Vegetation and nutrient analysis of a subtropical ecosystem in Belize, Central America.

Sturhahn, Julian. Assessing proportions of wild to hatchery-reared chinook salmon (Oncorhyncus tshawytscha) using otolith microstructural analysis.

Weighill, Cameran. Molecular detection of waterborne enteric bacteria and protozoans in two tropical rivers of Belize, Central America.


Blandford, Sandy. Examination of hemoglobin/myoglobin oxygen concentration on muscle and red blood cell morphology in a chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) patient.

Brown, Judson. Effects of diet composition on the growth rates of nesting rhinoceros auklets (Cerorhinca monocerata) of Sgan Qwaii.

Falkenberg, Christy. Helminth parasite infracommunities of the high cockscomb prickleback, Anoplarchus Purpurescens Gill (Stichaeidae).

Hall, Keith. Monitoring muscle oxygenation during training and tapering using near infrared spectroscopy.

Jacobs, Melinda. Survival of Escherichia coli during exposure to estuarine salinity regimes.

Johnston, Mike. Analysis of the p110/p115 c-myc like proteins in cytoplasmic extracts of Colo 320 HSR cells.

Kahn, Reziah. A cladistic analysis of the Allium acuminatum alliance.

Merilees, Fraser. Effects of marine climate change on the feeding and migratory behavior of juvenile chum salmon (Onchorhynchus keta) in the Strait of Georgia and Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Murray, Greg. The presence of c-myc proteins in the tissues of developing and adult echinoderms.

Panalagan, Craig. An analysis of fish growth, age, and diet for lanternfish, Stenobrachius leucopsarus and Diaphus theta, in the Strait of Georgia, British Columbia.

Reed, Chris. Expression of c-myc proto-oncoprotein in virally infected chinook salmon, Oncorhyncus tshawytscha.

Vink, Corey. The effects of predation on a local population of sand dollars, Dendraster excentricus.

Whipps, Chris. Ultrasensitive testing for presence of salmon leukemia virus (SLV) and Nucleospora in blood and tissue of chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytcha) with plasmacytoid leukemia.

Windley, Tara. Analysis of isozymes in Clarkia amoena, subspecies caurina and lindleyi.


Ayers, Cheri. An alternative life history strategy for coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) in the Chase River, British Columbia.

Gough, Aran. An analysis of shrub accessibility in Columbian black-tail deer (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus) winter range on Southern Vancouver Island.

Jepps, Shelley. Ecology and histological morphology of Haemobaphes diceraus (Copepoda: Pennellidae) from Cymatogaster aggregata.

Kerley, Lisa. Partial cDNA cloning of genomic RNA of the Salmon Leukemia Virus (SLV), a retrovirus found in chinook salmon with Plasmacytoid Leukemia.

Lewis, Jason. Effects of spring and summer water clarity on lake thermocline depth.

Weber, Amy. Examination of the viral relatedness and oncogene expression in retrovirally infected chinook salmon and northern pike and tumor cell lines of chinook salmon and coho salmon.

Wozney, Andrew. Effect of acute exercise on cardiac response in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.