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.

Questions? Please contact the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department by phone at (207) 581-1686 or email spc @ umit.maine.edu.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Techno-Economic Analysis of Formate Assisted Pyrolysis, Hamad AlMohamadi

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Vacuolar Processing Enzymes are Components of Basal Defenses Against Phloem-Feeding Insect Herbivores, Jasper Benedict B. Alpuerto

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HPLC Analysis of Glutamic Acid in Tomato Cultivars, Wang-yang Arnaud

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Biogeographic Patterns Among Deep-Sea Benthic Megafaunal Communities Across the Drake Passage (Southern Ocean), Steven R. Auscavitch

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Multiphysics Modeling of Dynamic Curvature Sensing in Ionic Polymer-Metal Composites (IPMCs) with Application in Soft Robotics, Yousef Bahramzadeh

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Student Application of the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus with Graphical Representations in Mathematics and Physics, Rabindra R. Bajracharya

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Dynamical Analysis of Three Candidate Bound Superclusters of Galaxies, Merida Geraldeane Batiste

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Reaching Struggling Introductory Biology Students with a Targeted Peer Tutoring Program, Zachary Batz

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Assessing Growth and Habitat Preferences of Atlantic Halibut off the Coast of Maine Using Biological Samples and Fishermen's Knowledge, Julia M. Beaty

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State of the Art High Resolution Glacio-Chemistry from Greenland and Antarctic Ice Cores, Implications to Climate Reconstructions, Thomas Manuel Beers

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Use of Algorithmically-Moderated Collaboration Models in Offline Distributed Creativity Situations, John Bell

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Colony Movement Dynamics and Management by Repellents of the European Red Ant Myrmica rubra (L.) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), Kerry W. Bernard

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Friendships of Children with ADHD: Exploring a Parent Friendship Coaching Intervention, Melissa D. Bernstein

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Ultrastructural and Chemical Changes of Hot-Water Extracted Aspen Wood, Melanie Blumentritt

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Evaluating the Effect of a Changing Climate on Thermocline Depth in Maine's Great Ponds, Kelsey Boeff

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Home Based Counselors in Maine: Exploring Perspectives of their Professional Experience, Jonathan M. Bowen

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Holocene Sea-Surface Temperatures in the McMurdo Sound Region, Antarctica, Reconstructed from Isotope Records of Adamussium colbecki, Scott Braddock

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University Students' Graph Interpretation and Comprehension Abilities, Daniel Bragdon

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Development of a Portable SPR Biosensor for the Detection of Toxin-Producing Dinoflagellates of the Genus Alexandrium, Amber R. Bratcher-Covino

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Control and Detection of the Emerging Food Safety Threat of Toxoplasma gondii Contamination Associated with Meat and Produce, Anna Rebecca Breard

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Assessing Family Dynamics of iCook 4-H Participants in a 5-State Pilot Study, Meaghan R. Brown

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Assessing the Ecological Effects of Increased Dissolved Organic Carbon in Maine Lakes Over Recent Decades, Robert E. Brown

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Vegetation Composition, Structure, and Ecophysiology of Maritime Ledge Ecosystems, Amanda L. Butak

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Assessing Anthropometric Measurements, Maturation Stage, and Dietary Intake of 9-10 Year Old Children in the iCook 4-H Pilot Study, Samantha Lyn Buttarazzi

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Paleoclimatic Events of the Past 15,000 Years Inferred from Beryllium-10 Chronologies of Moraines in New Zealand, Tobias Nicholas Buttersworth Koffman

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(Dis) Table, Johanna Rose Cairns

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Determining Basin Geometry, Stability, and Flow Dynamics of Valley Glaciers with Ground-Penetrating Radar, Seth William Campbell

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Semi-Functionals, John W. Carney II

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Techno-Economic Analysis of Pyrolysis of Forest Residues, Jose Luis Carrasco

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Family Ties and Cultural Persistence in the Little Italy of Portland, Maine, Jamie Carter

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Moment Differential Equations of a Community-Structured SIS Epidemiological Model, Rachel Rier Carter

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Agricultural Input Effects on Sensory Quality and Chemical Composition of Wild Blueberries, Jennifer Chadbourne

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Application of Spatial Modeling Tools to Predict Native Bee Abundance in Maine's Lowbush Blueberries, Shannon J. Chapin

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Dynamics of Particle Movements in Paper Coatings, Ritwik Chattopadhyay

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Evaluation of AMDIS to Determine Bio-Oil's Composition and Analysis of Lignin Fast Pyrolysis Oil, Md. Emtias Chowdhury

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Maine Green Sea Urchin Fishery: Scale Mismatches, Trophic Connectivity and Resilience, Caitlin Cleaver

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Amphibians in Complex Landscapes: Quantifying Habitat Connectivity for Juvenile Movements and Dispersal, Brittany Blue Cline

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Perceived Barriers to Increased Whole-Grain Consumption by Older Adults in Long-Term Care Facilities, Melodie A. Coffman

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Fundamental Structures and Paradigms that Produce Functional Collaborative Models in Creative Productions, Richard Corey

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Computational Analysis of Mammograms Using the Metric Space Technique, Derrick Andrew Cox

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An Investigation of the Relationship Between Self-Focused Attention and Premenstrual Symptoms, Julia R. Craner

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The Late Quaternary Stratigraphy and Paleogeographic Evolution of the New Meadows Embayment, Northeastern Casco Bay, Gulf of Maine, Eliza M. Cronkite

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Exploring the Virtual Landscape for Social Change in Higher Ed, Amy E. Cross

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Seasonal and Interannual Variability of Suspended Sediment and Chl a On the South-Central Alaska Shelf, Kerstin E. Cullen

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Notes On the Post-Body, Sarah Cunningham

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Measurement and Interpretation of Longest Utterances in Child Language Samples, Alise Rebecca DeMaris

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Impartial Patriots: Nineteenth-Century North American Histories and Historians of the War of 1812, Andrew DeMaris

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Modified Prehydrolysis-Kraft Pulping without Formation of "Sticky Lignin" in the Pre-Hydrolysate, Kefyalew Dido

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Evaluation of the Impacts of a Cooperative Extension 4-H Nutrition Education and Gardening Program on Nutrition Behavior and Self-Efficacy, Elizabeth C. Dodge

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Acceptance of and Support for Environmental Policies, Stacia J. Dreyer

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Economics and Benefits of Distributed Solar Water Heat in Maine, Steven Matthew Dutra

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LOAM (PR. /LU:M/), Anthony Douglas Elkins

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Soil Fertility Strategies for Organic Bread Wheat (Triticum aestivum) Production, Aaron Englander

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Studies in Creative Collaborative Models and Paradigms: Investigating and Constructing Environments for Audience Interaction and Participation, Bethany Engstrom

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An Inventory of Student Recollections of Their Past Misconceptions as a Tool for Improved Classroom Astronomy Instruction, Andrej Favia

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Chemo Fog: An Analysis of Long-Term Neurobiological Effects of Chemotherapy and Potential Neuroprotectants in C57BL/6J Mice, Christy Lee Fessler

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Correlations Between Students' Multiple Ways of Thinking About the Derivative and their Abilities to Solve Applied Derivative Problems, Shahram Shawn Firouzian

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Graduate Students' Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching the Derivative and Applications of the Derivative, Shahram Shawn Firouzian

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3D Image Analysis of Energy Dissipation Mechanisms in Ultra High Performance Fiber Reinforced Concrete Subject to High Loading Rates, Lauren S. Flanders

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Virus Infections of Eukaryotic Marine Microbes, Sheri A. Floge

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Vibriosis in Juvenile Atlantic Cod (Gadus morhua L.): Investigating Routes of Invasion, Jennifer Gwen Fortier

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Effects of Light, Volumetric Water Content, and Soil Nutrition in Greenhouse Propagation of the Clonal Sub-Shrub Linnaea borealis, James Jonathan Foster

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Sublethal Effects of Elevated Nitrate on Atlantic Salmon, Salmo salar, Alyssa Rose Freitag

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Dynamics of Polyelectrolyte Adsorption on Surfaces: Applications in the Detection of Iron in Water, Madhira N. Gammana

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Transition to High School: What Matters to Parents?, Lee Nathan Gardner

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"All the Island Boys are Gone": The Civil War in Down East Maine, Timothy F. Garrity

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Effect of Nitrogen and Potassium on Potato Yield, Quality and Acrylamide-Forming Potential, Kathryn Gause

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Enhancing Micropropagation Efficiency of Apple Rootstocks by Identifying Limitations of Microshoot Elongation, Fang Geng

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Understanding Assessment and Accountability Policy Influences on Leadership Decisions to Improve Curriculum and Instruction, Richard E. Glencross

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Yield Stress of Pulp Suspensions, Scott R. Grillo

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I'll Be Back for You: Exploring Duality and Negation through Time Travel, S. Rose Groves

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Migratory Distance and Predation Risk as Drivers of Behavioral Tradeoffs Made by Passerines During Fall Stopover, David P. Grunzel

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Intersection of Renal Peritubular Cells, Mitogen Activated Kinases, and Chronic Kidney Disease, Justin Aurel Guay

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Emmy Noether's Theorem on Integral Invariants in the Context of the Calculus of Variations, Amber Emily Hathaway

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Evaluation of Airborne LiDAR as a Tool for Obtaining Sustainable Forest Management of Maine's Forests, Rei Hayashi

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Formaldehyde Emissions from "Native" Wood, Ashley Hellenbrand

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Computational and Mathematical Description of a Population on a Dynamic Landscape Driven by the Voter Model, Jack L. Hill

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Effects of High Pressure Processing on the Quality of Farm-Raised Abalone (Haliotis rufescens), Brianna H. Hughes

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Evaluating Variation in Commercial Timber and Land Value for Parcels in the Northeast United States, Sean Francis Hutchinson

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Maine Farmers' Perspectives: Barriers and Optimism to Providing Food to Feed Maine People, A Qualitative Study Using Focus Groups, Kelly Ann Ilseman

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Reading Bakhtinian Dialogic and Polyphony and Dostoevskian Confessions in The Master of Petersburg: A Critical Analysis of Post-Colonial and Anti-Colonial Double-Voiced Discourse, Asif Iqbal

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Testing GPR and LiDAR Techniques for Identifying Landslides on the Maine Coast, Kara Jacobacci

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Proof Conceptions of College Calculus Students, Jon Janelle

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Engaging the Future with Land Use Scenarios, Michelle Leigh Johnson

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Chemical Composition, Aging Reactions, and Stabilization of Bio-Oils, Jincy Joseph

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Scale-Dependent Structure in Spatial and Temporal Variation in Fish and Fishermen's Behavior, Michael E. Kersula

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Carrier Systems for Cellulose Nanofibers in Hydrophobic Polymer Composites, Alper Kiziltas

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The Voice...this Passing Night, Adam Kosan

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Modern Extraction Techniques Applied to the Extraction of Flavonoids from Equisetum arvense (L.), Archibald Gordon Lang

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Story Telling Objects, Jessica R. B. LeClair

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Crowdsourcing Water Quality Data Using the iPhone Camera, Thomas Leeuw

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¹⁰Be Surface-Exposure Chronology of the Tres Hermanos and Rosa Irene Moraines Near Bahía Inútil, Chilean Patagonia, Jennifer Renee Lennon

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Public Art and Public Education: Controversy and Connections, Stephanie Spruce Leonard

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Remediation Strategies for Mercury Contamination in Hodgdon Pond, Acadia National Park, Maine, USA : ǂb the Use of Zero-Valent Iron and Granular Activated Carbon, Ariel S. Lewis

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Design and Implementation of Data Acquisition Systems for Use in a Scaled Deployment of a Floating Offshore Wind Turbine, Curtis Libby

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Economics of Popular Music Concerts, Nicholas Lisac

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Overstory and Understory Characteristics Following Partial Harvesting in Mixedwood Stands of Western Maine, Jeffrey M. Lombardo

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Toll-Like Receptor 9 and Speckle-Type POZ Protein Play Protective Roles in Antiviral Innate Immunity Against Influenza Infection in Zebrafish, Richard Harry Luc

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Managing Natural Resources at the Intersection of Economy, Ecology and Policy, Stephenie Jacquelynn MacLagan

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Spatial and Habitat Responses of Canada Lynx in Maine to a Decline in Snowshoe Hare Density, David G. Mallett