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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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

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Phenology and Effects of Dams on the Success of Atlantic Salmon Smolt Migrations in the Penobscot River, Maine, Daniel S. Stich

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¹⁰Be Surface Exposure Chronology of Left-Lateral Moraines of the Pukaki Glacier, Southern Alps, New Zealand, Peter Douglas Strand

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Arsenite Disrupts Neurite Growth through Cytoskeletal Dysregulation, Daniel J. Swett

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It's No Game: Stories, Christopher Wayne Tarbell

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Elemental Release Behavior of Serpentinite in the Presence of Organic Acids: Implications for Studying the Habitability of Europa, Agnes R. Taylor

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Diminishment: A Critique of the American Corrections System Through Use of Rapid Prototyping Processes, Sean Taylor

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Return to Conception: Wilhelm Reich's Later Work as a Product of European Cultural Modernism, Peter B. Thompson

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Distribution, Population Dynamics and Stock Assessment for the Atlantic Sea Scallop (Placopecten magellanicus) in the Northeast US, Samuel B. Truesdell

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Perceptions of Fathers' Involvement in their Daughters' Sports: The Relationship to Self-Esteem and Fear of Failure in Specialized AAU Basketball Players, Jan E. Veinot

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Socialization of International Women Faculty, Daniela Ximena Véliz Calderón

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Effects of Dietary Wild Blueberry on Inflamation, Lipid Metabolism and Endothelial Function in a Model of Metabolic Syndrome: A Nutrigenomics Approach, Stefano Vendrame

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Collaborative Research on Finfish, Their Distribution, and Diversity in Cobscook Bay, Maine, Jeffrey D. Vieser

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Dynamic Stall Model for Modeling Cross-Flow Turbines Using Lifting-Line Vortex Methods, Raul Urbina Villalpando

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Model Test of a 1:8 Scale Floating Wind Turbine Offshore in the Gulf of Maine, Anthony Michael Viselli

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Holistic Well-Being Curriculum: Guiding Students Toward Success and a Sustainable World, Aurora Walks Gently

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Modeling Glaciers and Ice Sheets in Greenland and Antarctica with an Emphasis on Embedded Modeling and Subglacial Hydrology, Nora Amelie Weitz

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Ocean Color Satellites Observe a Decade-Long Transition of Dominant Phytoplankton Species Types in the Arabian Sea, Paul Jeremy Werdell

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Evaluating Options for a Sustainable Energy Future: Biofuels and Electricity, Stephanie Whalley

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Atlantic Herring (Culpea harengus) Spawning Dynamics in the Gulf of Maine as Inferred by Acoustic Methods, Katharine V. Wurtzell

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Proteomics Approach to the Study of Endoglin Function and Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia, Kira Autumn Young

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Kinetic Studies of Laccase-Catalyzed Reactions, Tesfahiwet Adam Zerayesus

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Hydrodeoxygenation (HDO) Upgrading of Whole Pyrolysis Oil by Using Ru Supported Catalyst, Xiaobo Zhou

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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In Vitro Susceptibility of Prototheca to Plant Hormones, Nirajan Adhikari

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Design and Analysis of Cooperative Communications Networks Using Game Theory, Fatemeh Afghah

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Membrane Localization of Palmitoylated G Proteins: Implication of Lipid Microdomains, Sarah A. Alamer

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ENU Mutagenesis as a Strategy to Identify Novel Genes Involved in the Regulation of HDL Cholesterol Levels, Aleksandra Aljakna

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Multi-Purpose Enrollment Projections: A Comparative Analysis of Four Approaches, Debra Mary Allen

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The Economic Impacts of Bee Pollination on the Profitability of the Lowbush Blueberry Industry in Maine, Eric Asare

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Age-related Changes of Plasticity in Photosynthetic Pigments, Nitrogen, and the Influence of Phytohormones, Alisha M. Autio

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THE whole potato cafe & commons: business development as art praxis, Carol A. Ayoob

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Maya Obsidian of the Three Rivers Region, Belize, Walter Isles Beckwith

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Sudan and South Sudan: Economic Development and Ethnopolitical Conflict, Diane C. Belanger

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Paper cuts, Ariel Berry

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An examination of hockey: identity, gender construction, hegemonic masculinity, women's hockey, and Turkey, Tyler Bilton

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Sources of Variability in Agronomic Weed Seed Predation: Time, Space, Habitat, and Hyperpredation, Sonja K. Birthisel

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The Effect of Wild Blueberry Consumption on the Inflammatory Response, Oxidative Stress and DNA Damage Associated with Exercise, Taylor K. Bloedon

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Using hydrologic measurements to investigate free phase gas in a Maine peatland, USA, Christiaan Bon

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Regulation of Vascular Smooth Muscle Phenotype by Notch Signaling, Joshua Michael Boucher

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Mechanically Fastened Fiber-Reinforced Ploymer (FRP) Flexural Retrofit Systems for Reinforced Concrete Flat-Slab Bridges, Hannah Breton

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An Island Place: A Limited Archaeology of Technology Use Discourse, Jessica E. Brophy

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Opportunities for Reducing Fungicide Costs by Adopting Late Blight Resistant Potato Varieties, Kristen Michelle Brown

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Potential reproductive impact of depleting large males in the Atlantic deep sea red crab (Chaceon quinquedens) fishery, Morgan A. Brunbauer

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Ice Core Chemistry: Enhanced Sea Ice Proxy and Micrometer Resolution Analysis, Sharon Buchanan Sneed

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3D Finite Element Analysis of Ultimate capacity of Suction Caissons Under Multi-Line Loading, Matthew Burns

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Wild Bee (Hymenoptera: Apoidea) Communities Associated with the Lowbush Blueberry Agroecosystem of Maine, Sara L. Bushmann

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Glacial geology of Miers Valley, Antarctica: a record of the western margin of the Ross Sea Ice Sheet during the local last glacial maximum, Tobias Nicholas Buttersworth Koffman

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Common Loon (Gavia immer) Biogeography and Reproductive Success in an Era of Climate Change, Allison Byrd

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Considerations for Maine's Autistic Residents, Jennifer Jordan Cammack

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Error Journal, Jason Canniff

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Low-Dose Arsenic Exposure Alters Lipid Metabolism and Cell Cycle Regulation in Two Model Species, Danio rerio (Zebrafish) and Mus musculus (Mouse), Patrick Carlson

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Necklaces and Bracelets: Enumeration, Algebraic Properties, and Their Relationship to Music Theory, Joshua Case

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Implementation Science and Preventive Behavioral Supports in Schools, Brian Joseph Cavanaugh

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Investigating physics students' simultaneous use of gestures & speech to describe multiple quantities of a vertically-tossed ball, Evan Chase

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Composition and Formation of Sinter and Slag in Residential Pellet Ash, Evan W. Chatmas

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Fitness Variation and Thermal Tolerance in the Colorado Potato Beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae), Jie Chen

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The Role of Snail Family Genes During Mouse Long Bone Development, Ying Chen

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Role of Proprotein Convertases in HDL Metabolism, Seungbum Choi

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Piloting Peace Education Through an Introduction of Restorative Practices in One Middle School, Joy Lynne Clark

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Growth and Development of Maine Spruce-Fir Forests Following Commercial Thinning, Patrick Michael Clune