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 2019

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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

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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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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Games As Art, Aaron Dean Boothroyd

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

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

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

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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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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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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

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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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

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An Analysis of Farm Profitability, Exit Decision, and Price Supports in the Maine Dairy Industry, Dylan D. Bouchard

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Investigating the Effect of Particulate Hexavalent Chromium on Homologous Recombination Repair, Cynthia L. Browning

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Eating for Environmental and Personal Health: Green Eating, Health Behavior and Environmental Perceptions at the University of Maine, Moira E. Burke

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Splicing of Concrete-Filled Fiber Reinforced Polymer Tubes for Structural Applications, Jason K. Burns

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Antigua's Demonstration Community-Based Marine Reserve, Ruleo A. Camacho

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The Effects of Regional Temperature Cycles on Larval American Lobsters, Homarus Americanus, Meghan E. Capps

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Redefining Transitional Justice in the North American Context? The Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Evan P. Centala

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Analysis of Safety on Bridge Road Segments Compared to Normal Road Segments, Ryan D. Chabot

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Sediment Accumulations Patterns in the Damariscotta River Estuary, Emily A. Chandler

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Assessing Off-Farm Employment and Income in Rural China, Jing Chen

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The Greatest Good: Black Reformers and the Early Civil Rights Movement in Pittsburgh, 1915-1945, Adam L. Cilli

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Wireless Leak Detection Using Airborne Ultrasonics with Technology Demonstration on the International Space Station, Casey M. Clark

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Financial and Social Implications of Community Solar in New England, Stephanie Coffey

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Microstructural Analysis of Thermoelastic Response, Nonlinear Creep, and Pervasive Cracking in Heterogeneous Materials, Alden C. Cook

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A Multi-Channel 3D-Printed Bioreactor for Evaluation of Growth and Production in the Microalga Dunaliella sp, Cristian A. Cox

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Nonabsolute Extensions of the Lebesgue Integral on the Real Line, Danielle E. David

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The Role of Electronic Communication Processes Across the College Transition: Relations to the Maintenance and Formation of Friendships, Psychological Well-Being, and College Adjustment, Patricia E. Dieter

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Algebraic Refinements of Direction Relations through Topological Augmentation, Matthew Paul Dube

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Roles of Siphon Flows in Suspension Feeding, Kevin Du Clos

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Improving the Performance of Ice Sheet Modeling Through Embedded Simulation, Christopher G. Dufour

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Spruce Grouse Habitat Ecology in Maine's Commercially Managed Acadian Forest, Stephen W. Dunham

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Wabanki Access to Sweetgrass (Hierochloe odorata) within Coastal Maine's Diminishing Open Land Tradition, Amanda Marie Ellis

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An Investigation of Linking Number, Twist, and Writhe, in Knots, Links, Ribbons, and Möbius Ribbons, Jennifer M. L. Fatula

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Highly Seasonal Reproduction in Desmophyllum dianthus from the Northern Patagonian Fjords, Keri Feehan

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Predicting Relationship Satisfaction in Same- and Cross-Sex Friendships, Hannah Ford

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Engaging through Valuation: Investigating Citizen Attitudes Impacting Program Support and Exploring Ecosystem Service Values in Stakeholder Engagement, Emma L. Fox

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An Assessment of Growout Strategies for the Green Sea Urchin (Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis) in the Gulf of Maine, Pamelia E. Fraungruber

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Synthesis, Structure, and Thermal Stability of Electrically Conductive Co-Evaporated Pt(1-x)Si(x) Thin Films, Robert T. Fryer PhD

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A competitive assessment of commercial elderberry (Sambucus sp.) products and the evaluation of copigmentation within elderberry tinctures, Joseph A. Galetti PhD

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A Qualitative Study of Rural School Returners' Journeys to Secondary Credential Completion, Brenda Elaine Swan Gammon

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Abatement of Streptococcus equi in Equine Compost, Alexandria Garcia