The University of Maine Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) project is a joint effort of Fogler Library and the Graduate School. Our goals are "to improve graduate education, increase sharing of knowledge, help universities build their information infrastructure, and extend the value of digital libraries," in keeping with those of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations, a national initiative of which the University of Maine is a member.

This online collection features the final theses and dissertations approved by the Graduate School of the University of Maine.

For more information about finding additional theses and dissertations or obtaining copies of those not available electronically, see Fogler Library's Subject Guide on Theses & Dissertations.

Questions can also be directed to Fogler Library's Special Collections Department by phone at (207) 581-1686 or email at um.library.spc @ maine.edu.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Flash Flood Modeling on Single and Multiple Structures and Wave Impact Mitigation Using SPH, sohaib rashid sulaiman alahmed

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Kant On The Beautiful, Justin P. Amoroso

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Constraining the Spatial Extent of Strain Localization at the Base of the Seismogenic Zone: A Case Study from the Sandhill Corner Shear Zone, Maine, USA, Erik Kristian Anderson

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Cell Density (Mass per unit Volume) of Diatom Cells and Chains in relation to their Size, Growth, and Nutritional Condition, Stephanie L. Ayres

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SimStream: A Framework for Teaching Environmental and Computational Thinking to Elementary and Middle School Students, Timothy Baker

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Measuring Fertilization in Populations of Sea Scallop (Placopecten magellanicus): Developing and Testing Methods in the Laboratory and Field, Skylar Bayer

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Spatial Cognitive Aging: Cognitive Map Decay and Compensatory Augmentations for Older Adults, Christopher R. Bennett

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Jonno's Place: Planning Community Housing for Adults Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Nancy D. Bergerson

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Feasibility of using 3D printed molds for thermoforming thermoplastic composites, Sunil Bhandari

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Spatial Organization and Erosion at the Holmes Point West Archaeological Site, Machiasport, Maine, Kendra D. Bird

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Games As Art, Aaron Dean Boothroyd

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The effectiveness of a closed-circulation gaseous chlorine dioxide or ozone treatment against shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli, Salmonella species, and Listeria monocytogenes on produce, David Bridges

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A Comparison of Seed- and Seedling-Focused Ecologically Based Weed Management Strategies, Bryan Brown

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Evaluating the Influence of Stem Form and Vigor on Product Potential, Growth, and Survival for Northern Commercial Hardwood Species, Mark Castle

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Consumer and Phytonutrient Assessment of Locally Grown Maine Plum Fruit, Zakkary J. Castonguay

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A Quantification Index for Power Systems Transient Stability, Shengen Chen

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Structural Behavior of Inflatable, Reinforced, Braided, Tubular Members, Joshua Clapp

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“A Dragon, Bog-Spawned, Is Now Stretched O’er This Land”: Nativism and the Rise of Patriotic-Protestantism in the Northeastern Borderlands During the 1920s and 1930s, Tyler C. Cline

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Investigating The Effects Of Nitrate Exposure On The Metabolic Activity Of The Developing Zebrafish, Sarah M. Conlin

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Wavelet-based Particle Tracking in Unreconstructed, Off-axis Holograms, Zachary R. Connerty-Marin

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Detection and Analysis of Uncharged Particles Utilizing Consumer-Grade CCDs, John A. Cummings III

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Dany Laferrière: un Écrivain Magico-Réaliste?, Sean Danner

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Qualitative Shape Descriptions using Qualitative Spatial Calculi, Christopher H. Dorr

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Numerical Investigation of Vortex Formation with Application to Left Ventricle Filling, Lucas I. Farrar

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Examining Student Ability to Follow and Interact with Qualitative Inferential Reasoning Chains, William N. Ferm Jr.

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Community Structure and Food-web Dynamics in Northeastern U.S. Tidal Marshes, Laura K. Garey

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CGRP Effects on LP-BM5 Infection in Glial Cells, Eliza Grlickova-Duzevik

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Impulse Radio Ultra Wide-Band Transmitters for Internet of Things, Praveen Gunturi

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Revisiting Ocean Color algorithms for chlorophyll a and particulate organic carbon in the Southern Ocean using biogeochemical floats, Nils Haëntjens

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Role Fit and the Glass Ceiling: Exploring Factors That Contribute to Women's Underrepresentation in Leadership, Lauren Hawthorne

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An Analysis of Neurogenesis in a Mouse Model of Chemotherapy Related Cognitive Impairment, Maxwell A. Hennings

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Breeding Ecology and Habitat Use of Unisexual Salamanders and their Sperm-Hosts, Blue-Spotted Salamanders (Ambystoma laterale), Kristine Hoffmann

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Risk Perceptions of Climate Change Amongst Nature-Based Tourism Stakeholders in Western Maine, Lydia R. Horne

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An Investigation of the In-Practice Development and Implementation of Recess and PE Weather Policies in Maine Elementary Schools, Lauren E. Jacobs

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Biological and Ecological Behaviors of Phytophthora erythroseptica Mediated by Chemical Signals, He Jiang

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Phytonutrient Content and Consumer Attitudes of Purple-Fleshed Potatoes (Solanum tuberosum L.) and Consumer Attitudes Towards Low-Acrylamide French Fries, Aaron Michael Johnson

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Understanding Climate History and Ice Extent in the Mid- to High Latitudes of the Southern Hemisphere During the Last Glacial Maximum, Courtney King

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Discovering the Writing Teacher Within: The Influence of Mentors in the National Writing Project, Maryia LaBree

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Capacity for Recovery, Influence of Commercial Thinning, and Resistance to Defoliation in Spruce-Fir Forests, Cathie-Jo M. Langley

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Attenuating the Antibody Reactivity of the Shrimp Major Allergen (Tropomyosin) using Food Processing Methods, Adeseye Lasekan

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Using Contrasting Cases to Build Metacognitive Knowledge About the Impact of Salient Distracting Features in Physics Problems, Thanh K. Le

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Investigating Student Mental Models at the Intersection of Mathematics and Physical Reasoning in Physics, Savannah E. Lodge-Scharff

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Experimental Characterization of Bearing/Bypass Interaction and Bolted Joint Fatigue in a Three-Dimensional Woven Carbon Composite, William London

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Optimization of Wind Turbine Blade Fatigue Test Design, David Lopez

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Development of a Surface Acoustic Wave Device for the Lysis of Bacterial and Red Blood Cells, Timothy Lyford

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The Role of IGFBP4 in Regulating Bone and Adipose Tissue Development in Mice, David Maridas

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Divergent Responses of Larval and Juvenile Blue Mussels to Low Salinity Exposure, Melissa A. May

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Piezoelectric Platforms for Bulk Acoustic Wave Sensor Applications, Jason M. McGann

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Population Ecology of Colonially Breeding Seabirds: How Intrinsic Processes, Mediating Influences, and Individual Heterogeneity Affect Population Vital Rates, Aly McKnight

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"In My Bones": Self-Presentation Forecasts Multimodal Constructs, Diana Marie Meakem

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Pairing Young Adult and Classic Literature in the High School English Curriculum, Anne V. Miller

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Influence of Common Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) Grown in Elevated CO2 on Apatite Dissolution, Brian Matthew Morra

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Barriers to Implementation of PBIS: Teacher Self-Efficacy, Collective Efficacy, and Teacher Attributions, Janet Nichols

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Liquid Gating PTFE Membranes to Reduce Fouling, Jonathan C. Overton

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Cathedral Glacier: Quantifying Forty Years of Surface Elevation Change Using Structure from Motion, Benjamin W. Partan

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Uniform Distribution of Hecke Eigenvalues, Caroline Reno

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Advancing Development of Porphyra umbilicalis as a Red Algal Model System and Aquaculture Crop, Charlotte Royer

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Using Nutrition Education at a Maine Food Pantry Impacts Food-Related Behavior of Participants, Marissa E. Rublee

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Improving Management and Conservation of Cusk (Brosme brosme): Habitat Distribution, Bycatch Interactions, and Conservation Practices, Jocelyn M. Runnebaum

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Consumer Acceptability of Oat and Barley Recipes in Older Adults, Amy Ryan

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Traction Force Measurements of Live Bovine Aortic Endothelial Cells with Micro Pillars and Multiphysics Modeling with Novel Ionic Polymer Metal Composite Assays for Real Time Measurements, Abouhamed Saberi

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An Automated Device to Increase Screening Throughput of Zebrafish Larvae, Fuoad Saliou-Sulley

Using Hydroacoustics to Investigate Biological Responses in Fish Abundance to Restoration Efforts in the Penobscot River, Maine, Constantin C. Scherelis

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Assessing Students' Understanding of Variability and Graph Interpretation Through an Authentic Science Investigation, William M. Schlager

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Assessing Market Integration Among Aquaculture Products and Production Efficiency in New England's Oyster Aquaculture Industry, Ben Scuderi

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The Biogeographic Origins and Trophic Ecology of Maine’s Island Red-Backed Salamanders (Plethodon cinereus), Nikko-Ideen Shaidani

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Development of Spectroscopic Methods for Dynamic Cellular Level Study of Biochemical Kinetics and Disease Progression, Anna M. Sitarski

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Playing at Women and Men: A Discourse Analysis of Gender and Sexuality Performance in an Online Play-by-Post Role-Playing Game, Caitlin M. Smith

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Oyster Aquaculture Site Selection Using Landsat 8-derived Sea Surface Temperature, Turbidity, and Chlorophyll a., Jordan Snyder

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Prospective Studies of Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Mild Cognitive Impairment, Kevin Sullivan

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Molecular and Pathological Analyses of Three New Mouse Mutations That Affect Ear Development and Function, Cong Tian

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Discourses of Developmental English Education: Reframing Policy Debates, Aaron R. Tolbert

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"They need to get over it..." The dismissal of Native American social issues, Andrew Tomer

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Splitting Together: The Evolution of Cooperation in Food Buying Clubs, Ethan Tremblay

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Development of an Active-Learning Lesson that Targets Student Understanding of Population Growth in Ecology, Elizabeth Trenckmann

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Hygrothermal Properties of Cross Laminated Timber Panels, Jaya Tripathi

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A Study in Cross-Beam Polarization Fluorescence Photoactivation Localization Microscopy on Dendra2-Hemagluttinin in Fixed NIH3T3 Cells, Matthew M. Valles

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Investigating Student Learning of Analog Electronics, Kevin L. Van De Bogart

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Effects of Dam Removal on Assemblage Composition and the Interactions of Fishes in the Penobscot River, Maine, Jonathan Watson

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Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Effects of Antibacterial Agent Triclosan on Cellular Signal Transduction and Mitochondrial Function, Lisa Weatherly

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Sea Lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) as a Functional Link between Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, Daniel M. Weaver

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Party Development and Political Conflict in Maine 1820-1860 From Statehood to the Civil War, Lee D. Webb

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Grassroots Diplomacy and Vernacular Law: The Discourse of Food Sovereignty in Maine, John Welton

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Basic Vision Research with Clinical Applications and Science Education Assessments, Andrew Wilson

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Large Payload HIAD Systems: Development of Computationally Efficient Modeling Strategies and Structural Investigations, Andrew C. Young

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Exploring the Ways In Which Highly Efficacious Intermediate Teachers Employ Best Practices in Reading Instruction for Struggling Readers, Terrence P. Young

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Biological, Behavioral and Preventative Management of the Invasive Insect Pest, Spotted Wing Drosophila (Drosophila suzukii Matsumura), in Maine Lowbush Blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium Aiton), Gabe Alnajjar

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Modeling and Forecasting the Influence of Current and Future Climate on Eastern North American Spruce-Fir (Picea-Abies) Forests, Caitlin Andrews

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Sources of Ecologically Important Trait Variation in Mosquitofish (Gambusia affinis and Gambusia holbrooki), Heather Ann Arnett

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A Comparison of Global Climate Reanalysis and Climate of South Greenland and the North Atlantic, Jeff Auger

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Impact of Wind Generation on Dynamic Voltage Characteristics of Power Systems, Luis Badesa

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Pélagie-la-Charrette, une Épopée, Sarah C. Barnard

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Changes in Fish Communities and Chimpanzee Ecology in the Bumbuna Hydroelectric Project Area Following Dam Impoundment, Abdulai Barrie

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Calcium Components in Drosophila melanogaster Cardiac Pacemaking, Vernon E. Beasley

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Characterization of the Murine Lung Transcriptome During Pre- and Post-natal Development in Three Inbred Strains of Laboratory Mice, Kyle Jaymes Beauchemin

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Disconnect and Try Again: A Collection of Short Fictions, Christine Becker

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Temporal Variability in Key Life History Traits of Atlantic Herring (Culpea harengus) in the Gulf of Maine, James R. Becker

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Understanding the Impact of Commercial Harvest on White Suckers (Catostomus commersonii) in Maine, Megan A. Begley

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L'Irlande de Georges Dor, Jacques Ferron et Louis Gauthier, Stacy A. Black

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An Evaluation of the Long-term Knowledge and Behavior Change of Participants in UMaine Extension's Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, Rebecca L. Bonnett