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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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

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Microbial Associates of Invasive Berberis Thunbergii DC.(Japanese Barberry), Vanessa Celeste Coats

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Students' Understanding of Recursion: When Do They Use It and Why?, Adi Levy Conlogue

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Characterization of the Elastic, Piezoelectric, and Dielectric Properties of Langatate At High Temperatures Up To 900 ◦C, Peter Mark Davulis

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Adolescent Firesetters: IRT Analysis of Factors Associated with Violence Risk, Rachel Dawson Burrows

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Wild passages: liminality and landscapes of the hunt in medieval poetry, Krestia DeGeorge

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A Three Pronged Approach to Community Scale Renewable Energy: Education, Incremental Capital Investment and Smart Grid Technology, Anna E. Demeo

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Late Quaternary history of Shackleton Glacier, Antarctica, Elizabeth Dengler

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Abnormal cardiovascular development in cofilin morphant Zebrafish, Vanessa Devon Beck

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Synthesis and Characterization of Silver Nanoparticle Impregnated Pourous Materials for Antimicrobial Water Filtration and Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering, Andrew T. Doolittle

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Relations Among Type 2 Diabetes, Arterial Stiffness and Cognitive Functioning, Gregory A. Dore

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Exploring Mouse and Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Fate Determination with Bayesian Network Machine Learning, Karen Garvin Dowell

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Environmental assessment of circumneutral wetlands with shrubby cinquefoil (Dasiphora fruticosa), host plant of the endangered Clayton's copper butterfly (Lycaena dorcas claytoni), Sarah Ann Drahovzal

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Maine crab: a study of the fishery with an emphasis on crab picking, Blossom Dunham Kravitz

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Field-Deployable Colorimetric Biosensor System for the Rapid Detection of Pathogenic Organisms, Janice Duy

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Finite element and experimental analysis of head protective gear to mitigate head injuries due to falls, Michael Alan Edgecomb II

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A Scalable Platform for the Computation of Streamed Synchrophasor Data in Smart Grids, Matthew Edwards

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Primary Migration of Hydrocarbons Through Microfracture Propagation in Petroleum Source Rocks, Zhiqiang Fan

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Towards a filmic look and feel in real time computer graphics, Sherief Farouk

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The political history of Japan's "war legacy issue:" the persistent foreign and domestic influence of World War II, Brian Buchanan Fisk

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Dynamical, Bioeconomic Modeling of Fishery Interactions in the Gulf of Maine, Dominic Fitzpatrick

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Biogeography and Phenology of Satellite-Measured Phytoplankton Seasonality in the California Current, Nicholas P. Foukal

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Against Ephemera, Katie Fuller

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Hyperspin Mouse Mutation as a Model for Human SHFM1D Syndrome, Leona H. Gagnon

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Kinetic Analysis of Metal Assisted-Thiolate Disulfide Exchange (M=Au, Zn), G.S.P. Garusinghe

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Roles of Sprouty in Endothelial Cells During Angiogenesis, Yan Gong

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LC oscillator chirp generator for LADAR applications, Joseph Richard Grace III

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Margaret Thatcher, British national identity, and the Falkland Islands: an examination of memoirs, parliamentary debate, and press editorials, Thomas Hunter Gray

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Demography and movements of spawning American shad (Alosa sapidissima) in the Penobscot River, Maine, prior to dam removal, Ann B. Grote

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Going green at the University of Maine: assessing student behavior, beliefs, and campus food availability, Rachael Lee Hall

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Overcoming Critical Bottleneck Problems in Marine Ornamental Fish Aquaculture, Soren Lund Hansen

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Identifying Productive Resources in Secondary School Students' Discourse About Energy, Benedikt Walter Harrer

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Vibration Sensing of Tensioned Fabric Structures, Nathaniel Christopher Hayes

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Family forests on the edge: implications for public recreation access in Maine, Gretchen Heldmann

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Temperament and Dyadic Interactions in Infants of Opiate-Dependent Mothers, Nicole A. Heller

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Determining Oceanic Iron Concentrations Using a Siderophore Based Sensor, Zachary Helm