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 2015

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How Silvicultural Treatments and Site Quality Affect Carbon Storage on the Penobscot Experimental Forest: A 60-Year Perspective, Joshua Puhlick

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Enhancing Phase Change Memory Reliability in Storage Servers, Tania Rahman

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On Becoming a Homesteader, Tasha Raymond

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Mechanisms of DLL4/Notch and BMP9 Mediated Endothelial Cell Quiescence, Bahman Rostama

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Determinants of Social Support Satisfaction: A Multi-Informant Matching Model, Ethan S. Rothstein

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Topographic Signatures of Geodynamics, Samuel G. Roy

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For Women and Themselves: Lou Hoover, Betty Ford, and the Women's Movements of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Lisa Marie Rude

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Intra- and Interspecific Variation in Demographic Rates and Niche Across the Range of a Species, the Saltmarsh Sparrow (Ammodramus caudacutus), Katharine J. Ruskin

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Measuring Maine Residents' Attitudes Toward Sustainable Tourism and Development: A Psychometric Approach, Matt D. Scaccia

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Susceptibility to Ostracism in Adolescents: An Evaluation of Predictors of Reactivity in a Lab-Task Simulation, Jennifer Schies Sauvé

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Email Similarity Matching and Automatic Reply Generation Using Statistical Topic Modeling and Machine Learning, Zachery L. Schiller

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Type and Experience of Technology Use on Alliance Development in Email-Augmented Psychotherapy, Brent W. Scobie

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Process-Property Relationships in Al-ZnO Films Grown by Atomic Layer Deposition, Evan Baxter Scott-Pollock

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Design and Evaluation of Protective Head Gear to Mitigate Head Injuries Due to Falls, Morteza Seidi

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Closer Look into Purification Process of Cadmium Selenide Colloidal Semiconductor Nanocrystals, Behtash Shakeri

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Decolonizing Academic Writing on Native Non-Heteronormative Identity: Creating Space for Community and Nation-Based Scholarship, Meghan Elise Sills

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Understanding Private Woodland Owner Forest Management: Qualitative and Quantitative Applications, Emily J. Silver

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Evaluating Low-Temperature, Sous-Vide Processing Technology for the Production of Shelf-Life Extended, High-Quality Sea Scallop (Placopecten magellanicus), Jonelo Tribunal Sobreguel

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Service-Learning as an ESL Course Component, Erin-Kate Sousa

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Highly Porous Foam Materials for Uses in Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery and Transcutaneous Implant Applications, Kyle J. Spivack

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Control of a Novel Wave Front Parallel WEC Prototype for Maximum Capture Width, Asa L. Sproul

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Linking Attitudes, Policy, and Forest Cover Change in Buffer Zone Communities of Chitwan National Park, Nepal, Jared R. Stapp

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A Retrospective View of Bullying, Janie M. Stewart

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Nitrogen Availability from Compost in High Tunnel Tomato Production, Kathleen Stewart Marshall

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Effects of Compost Rate on Greenhouse Tomato Growth and Productivity, Jennifer Stiles

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Thermochemical Conversion of Spent Pulping Liquor into Value-Added Products, Jamie L. St. Pierre

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Interaction and the Art of User-Centered Digital Musical Instrument Design, John Sullivan

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Geometric Properties of Cells Exhibiting Huntington's Disease, Brian C. Toner

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Comparison of Statistical Methods to Predict Nonsuicidal Self-Injury in a University Sample, Marcia Troese

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Hyperlocal, Pieter Tryzelaar

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Low-Dose Transplacental Arsenic Exposure Alters Cell Cycle Gene Expression in Mouse Lungs, Darshika J. Udawatte

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Effects of Melatonin on Heartbeat and Possible Identification of a Melatonin Receptor in Drosophila Melanogaster, Tricia L. VanKirk

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The Enhancement of Wild Bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea) For Pollination Security, Eric M. Venturini

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Enhanced Place Name Search Using Semantic Gazetteers, Nagalakshmy Vijayasankaran

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Reproductive Ecology of Black Bears in Maine: Maternal Effect, Philopatry, and Primiparity, Alyssa A. Vitale

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Ttc7fsn Mutation Alters Protein Structure, Diminishes Interaction with PI4KIIα, and Skews B Cell Differentiation Toward the Production of Autoreactive Plasma Cells, Jennifer L. Walker

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Development of a Floating Lightweight Post-Tensioned Concrete Prototype for Marine Applications, Emily Lynn Walton

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Behavior of Buried Composite Arch Bridges, Harold J. Walton

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Cross-Sectional Assessment of Student Content Knowledge in an Undergraduate Marine Science Program, Ryan A. Weatherbee

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Decompositions of the Kuchment-Lvin Polynomials, Douglas Weathers

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Between Mothers and the State: Mothers' Allowances in Maine and New Brunswick, 1915-1960, Rebecca A. White

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Reconstructing Late Holocene Hydrographic Variability of the Gulf of Maine, Nina Millicent Whitney

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Stability Assessment of Interconnected Electric Power Grid Using Synchrophasor Data, Yunhui Wu

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Theories and Models of Indoor Space, Liping Yang

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Verification of Reanalysis Datasets for the Summer of 1996 and a Sensitivity Experiment of Different Vertical Levels in WRF Model, Yi Yang

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Removal of Mixed Acids from Aqueous Solution, Aymn Abdulrahman

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Using Migration Monitoring Data to Assess Bird Population Status and Behavior in a Changing Environment, Evan M. Adams

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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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Using Temporal Variability in Optical Measurements to Quantify Phytoplankton Production, Particle Size, and Aggregation During the North Atlantic Spring Bloom, Nathan Briggs

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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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Method for the Production of Polymer and Carbon Nanofibers from Lignin and Other Water Soluble Polymers, Alexander L. Demers

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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