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 2014

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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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Mi'kmaw Shamans and Acadian Sorcerers: A Study in Cultural Transmissions, Transferences and Transformations, Susan Janet Harmon

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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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Phylogenetic Systematics in Pinaceae (Pine Family), Garth P. Holman

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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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Invention and Opportunity: a Historical Perspective and Emerging Model for Innovation in Maine, Renee Ward Kelly

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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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Processing of Bacterial Cellulose in Multifunctional Composites, Esra Erbas 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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Advancing Conservation Efforts through Collaborative Development of Locally Tailored Policies, Vanessa R. Levesque

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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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Development of a Performance-Matched Wind Turbine and Analysis Tools for Model Scale Testing of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines, Matthew John Lombard Fowler

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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

Towards Making SELinux Smart: The SELinux Sentry, Smart Sentry, and the Octave Fuzzy Logic Toolkit, Linda Markowsky

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Prize Game in the Borderlands: Privateering in New England and the Maritime Provinces, 1775-1815, Edward J. Martin

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Developmental Cis-Regulatory Analysis of the Cyclin D Gene in the Sea Urchin Strongylocentrotus purpuratus, Christopher Michael McCarty

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Lived Practice: Art Towards an Ethical World, Matthew Williams McEntee

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Gene Identification and Characterization of NMF389, a New Seizure Threshold Mutant, Tracy Christine McGarr

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Abiotic Proxies of Benthic Megafaunal Assemblages in the Coastal Gulf of Maine: A Template for Ocean Planning?, Jennifer A. McHenry

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Socioeconomic Status and Executive Functioning in Head Start Children, Jessie Meisner

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Occurrence of the Oyster Parasite, Haplosporidium nelsoni, in the Damariscotta River Estuary, Maine, Nicole Messerman

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Social-Ecological System of Land Use in Northern New England: The Integration of Land Conservation and Economic Development Across Multiple Spatial and Temporal Scales, Spencer Robert Meyer

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Using Personal Response Devices as a Method to Study Visitor Experience at Informal Science Learning Environments, Kendra J. Michaud

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The Effects of Conducting Authentic Field-Geology Research on High School Students' Understanding of the Nature of Science, and Their Views of Themselves as Research Scientists, Patricia M. Millette

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Application of Ionic Polymer Metal Composites (IPMC's) as Artificial Muscles to Help Correct Right Atrial Fibrillation, Yousif Y. Mohamed

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Complex-Systems Approach to Simulating the Sea Urchin Ecology, Graham Andrew Morehead

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No Really, I am a Lesbian!: The Precarious Nature of Achieved Identities, Ellen E. Newell

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Development of a Predictive Model for Newtonian Fluid Flow in Porous Polymer Matrices Using Darcy's Law, Matthew Scott Newsom

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Active Learning Theory Understanding and Use by Adjunct Faculty Members Who Teach as Single-Topic Experts in Physical Therapist Education Programs, Margaret Olson

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Polymer Adsorption on Solid Surfaces: Layer-by-Layer Studies and Development of an Iron (III) Sensor, Silas Owusu-Nkwantabisah

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An In situ Optical Method to Detect Phytoplankton Pigments, Alison Palmer Chase

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Photocatalytic Removal of Pharmaceutical Compounds from Water Using TiO₂-Doped Zeolites, Zhong Pan

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Subjected in Hope: The Development of a Protestant Theology of the Environment in America, 1945-2000, Joshua Parda

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Effect of Urbanization on Dissolved Organic Matter: Composition, Bioavailability, and Ecosystem Integrity, Thomas B. Parr

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N-Body Simulations of Supercluster Dynamics to Test the Viability of Large Scale Structure as a Probe of Dark Energy and Dark Matter, David William Pearson

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The Relationship Between Speaking Voice and Gender Identity Among Transgender and Transsexual Individuals, Addie J. Pelletier

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SOD2 and NHERF1 Are Necessary for a Vigorous Innate Immune Response in Zebrafish, Eric M. Peterman

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Getting to the Heart of Social and Educational Disadvantage: Exploring the Impact of Social Interactions Across the Class Divide, Ryan M. Pickering

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Survey of Graph Embeddings into Compact Surfaces, Sophia N. Potoczak

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Case Study of English Language Learners in a Digital Classroom: Exploring the Experiences of Students and Teachers Using iPads for Linguistic Development and Content Knowledge Acquisition, Johanna Prince

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Settlement Response in Blue Mussels (Mytilus edulis L.) in a Hatchery Setting, George C. Protopopescu

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Sustaining Forests through Social, Environmental, and Community Psychology Constructs, Michael Ryan Quartuch

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Cultural Anxiety in Urban Fantasy: Changing Gender Roles in the Mercedes Thompson Series, Emily M. Rasely

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Inside and Out: A Phenomenology of Young Women's Sexiness, L. Shelley Rawlins

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Paying Attention to Theory in Science Classroom Argumentation, Kalee Reid Gwarjanski

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Science Teachers' Perceptions of Google Earth for Inclusive Classroom Instruction, Emily J. Rice

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Wavelet-Based Phenotyping Algorithm Characterizing Seizure Morphology and Frequency Variation in Genetic Models of Absence Epilepsy, Christian D. Richard

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Cellulose Nanofibers Use in Coated Paper, Finley Richmond

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Gesture: A Lens for Perception, S. Julie Riley

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Growing Organic Bread Wheat in New England: An Evaluation of Nitrogen Regimes and Cropping Sequences, Erin Helene Roche

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Predictors of Skating Speed Using Off-Ice Measures of College Ice Hockey Players, Aaron Runner

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Movement Patterns, Terrestrial Habitat Use, and Conservation of New England's Rarest Amphibians: The Eastern Spadefoot (Scaphiopus holbrookii) and Blue-Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma laterale), Kevin John Ryan

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Is Nitrogen Cycling and Bioavailablity Limited by Phosphorus in Northern New England Forest Soils?, Cayce Jo Salvino

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Evolution de L'Identite Acadienne Dans la Chanson, Elisa E. A. Sance

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Frequency of Ocean Heat Waves in the North Atlantic and North Pacific Oceans, Hillary A. Scannell

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Role of Ammonium in Alexandrium fundyense Blooms in the Gulf of Maine and on Georges Bank, Sugandha Shankar

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Modeling SMARD1 Using Mouse Embryonic Stem Cell-Derived Motor Neurons, Jocelyn C. Sharp

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Sleep-Related Arousal and Spontaneous Movement Properties in Methadone-Exposed Neonates: A Videographic Assessment On the First or Second Postnatal Night, Hira Shrestha

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Infrared Spectroscopy and Electrochemical Based Methods for Mercury (II) Detection via Reactions with Surface-Bound and Solution Ferrocenyl Acylthiosemicarbazide, Supamon Singkankachen

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Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning in Cobscook Bay, Maine: The Relationship Between Shellfish Toxicity and Alexandrium fundyense Cell Density, Alison Sirois

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Guns and a Dam: Divergent Perceptions of Technology in U.S.-Egyptian Relations, 1952-1956, Brent Y. Skaggs

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White Students' Understanding of Race: An Exploration of How White University Students, Raised in a Predominately White State, Experience Whiteness, Barbara A. Smith

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Intersections of Science, Policy & the Media in Sustainability Science: A Mixed Method State Analysis, Hollie M. Smith

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Dispossessed: Art, Activism and Social Engagement within the Concept of Home, Susan L. Smith