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 2013

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Economic Evaluation of the Eat Well Nutrition Education Program, Brianna L. Monahan

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Using GPU processing to solve large-scale scientific problems, Jason Monk

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Characterization of mammographic breast lesions and their microenvironment: an application of a wavelet-based multifractal formalism, Kendra Ann Mooer

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Improving the performance of the Parallel Ice Sheet Model on a large-scale, distributed supercomputer, Timothy J. Morey

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Developing an Acoustic Method for Reducing North Atlantic Right Whale (Eubalaena glacialis) Ship Strike Mortality Along the United States Eastern Seaboard, Kaitlyn Allen Mullen

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Serpentine Dissolution in the Presence of Iron-Oxidizing Bacteria, Kimberly A. Negrich

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Production Ecology and Stand Dynamics of Young Acadian Forest Stands in Response to Silvicultural Intensity and Compositional Objectives, Andrew S. Nelson

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Effects of Elevated Carbon Dioxide and Dietary Histidine on Cataract Formation in Juvenile Atlantic Cod (Gadus morhua) Grown in Recirculating Aquaculture Systems, Kevin John Neves

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Making Graphical Information Accessible Without Vision Using Touch-based Devices, Hari Prasath Palani

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Putting Down Roots: How Back-To-The-Landers and Locals Worked Together to Transform Maine's Food System, Eileen M. Palmer

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Drivers of Non-Native Species Distribution and Abundance in Fouling Communities in the Gulf of Maine, Felipe Paredes

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Splicing and Local Reinforcement of Concrete Filled FRP Tubes (CFFTS), Heather Parry

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Intellectual and Political Resistance to the U.S. Occupation of the Dominican Republic - 1916-1924, John R. Paton

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Phosphorous Acid-Based Fungicides as a Tool in the Integrated Pest Management of the Colorado Potato Beetle, Megan L. Patterson

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The Indian Head Experimental Farm and Forest Nursery Station, Indian Head, Saskatchewan: The Making of a Canadian Landscape, Anthony M. Penders

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Cellulose Nanofibrils Drying and Their Utilization in Reinforcing Thermoplastic Composites, Yucheng Peng

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The Weight of the Heavenly Garden in the Plane of Existence, Heather Perry

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Contributing Factors To Perfection Hysteria on the Bride's Experience in Contemporary American Wedding Culture, Amy Olivia Pierce

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Investigations Into the Ecology and Interactions of Pathogens Within an Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture Farm, Michael Pietrak

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Constructing Student Achievement: Discourses of High School Policy Documents, Lisa Plume Hallen

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Modeling, Design, Packaging and Experimental Analysis of Liquid-Phase Shear-Horizontal Surface Acoustic Wave, Thomas B. Pollard

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Characterizing the Impact of Prolonged Exposure to Particulate Hexavalent Chromium on DNA Double Strand Break Repair, Qin Qin

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Matrix coefficients of certain supercuspidal representations of GL2(F), Carl Wayne Ragsdale

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Behavior, Ecology, and Restoration of Lake whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis) and Arctic Charr (Salvelinus alpinus) in Maine Lakes, Silas Kane Ratten

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Distributed Adaptive Algorithm Design for Joint Data Compression and Coding in Dynamic Wireless Sensor Networks, Abolfazl Razi

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College students' understanding of geometric transformations, Sarah Rizzo

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Characterization of Phycoerythrin Physiology in Low-Light Adapted Prochlorococcus Ecotypes, Kathryn H. Roache-Johnson

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Heatholm, Cory Robertson

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Tenured Women Counselor Educators at Research Universities: Navigating Multiple Roles and Personal Well-Being, Melissa A. Rosenberg

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Simulations of Helix Formation of Polypeptides in Nanotubes, Seneviratne Banda Mudiyanselage Samaratunga

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Global Assessment of Ocean Pollution Using Sperm Whales as an Indicator Species, Laura Catherine Savery

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Cross-Layer Channel Allocation Routing Algorithms for Wireless Sensor Networks, Ali Abdullah Shareef

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The Influence of Glacial Meltwater on Alpine and Arctic Lake Phytoplankton Throughout the Holocene, Krista E.H. Slemmons

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With social justice for all? from Christian socialism to Christian consumerism in mid-twentieth century America, Amy M. Smith

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Domestic Transracial Adoption: In the Words of African American Adoptees, Ellen M. Smith

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Effects of Water on Ice: A Remote Sensing Investigation, William A. Sneed Jr.

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Periodic Episodes of Catastrophic Aeolian Sand Deposition, Shetland UK, Lee M. Sorrell

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Navigating wilderness and borderland: the Arnold expedition from Maine to Quebec, 1775, Daniel S. Soucier

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Assessing and enhancing student understanding of carbon cycling in organisms, Kara M. Soule

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Convective Origin of Stellar Magnetic Fields, Lori Spalsbury

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Exploration and Development of the Climate Archive of the Allan Hills Blue Ice Area, Antarctica, Nicole E. Spaulding

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Enabling Sum Frequency Spectroscopy and Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy of Model Cellular Membranes, Sarah M. Sterling

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Deciphering Climate-Mediated Changes in Boreal Lake Ecosystems, Kristin E. D. Strock

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Development and evaluation of pile "high strain dynamic test" database to improve driven pile capacity estimates, Cameron Stuart

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Human Dynamics in Sustainability Science: A Coupled Systems Meta-Analysis and Linkages Between Prosociality and Pro-Environmental Behavior, Abigail Sullivan

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Park Aid Systems: Factors That Affect Consumer Purchase Decisions, Nadeesha Kushlanie Surasinha Thewarapperuma

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Diversity Education Goals in Higher Education: A Policy Discourse Analysis, Stuart Glen Swain

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Design, Optimization, and Testing of a Cross-Flow Tidal Turbine, Megan Colleen Swanger

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Generation and detection of unique DNA taggant sequences for labeling and tracking of explosives, Megan Tierney Harris

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Models for Infused and Bonded Fiber Reinforced Polymer Sandwich Composite Marine Joints, Scott Michael Tomlinson

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A transpersonal exploration into the living philosophy of Albert Schweitzer, Seth Toothaker

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Ecological Causes and Consequences of Trait Divergence in Invasive White Perch (Morone americana), Quenton M. Tuckett

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An Island Psalm: Compassion in the Midst of Judgment, David A. Uber

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Characterization of the Functional Role and Therapeutic Potential of microRNA miR-125a in Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Melanie Lorraine Ufkin

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Regulatory role of Slug Transcriptional Factor in Prostate Cancer, Berna Uygur

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Economic Analysis of Heterogeneity in Land Management, Blair VanderLugt

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Impacts of Copper, Zinc, and Manganese Availability on Antioxidant Enzyme Activities and Chlorophyll Fluorescence in the Symbiotic Coral Stylophora pistillata and Its Endosymbiotic Dinoflagellates, Kathryn M. Vogel

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A Model Study of the Copper River Plume and its Effects on the Northern Gulf of Alaska, Yuan Wang

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Nitrogen Subsidies in Glacial Meltwater: Implications for High Elevation Aquatic Chains, Kathryn A. Warner

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Modeling the Influence of the Last Glacial Maximum Ice Load on the Tectonics of Southeast Alaska and the South Island, New Zealand, Lauren Bronwyn Wheeler

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Context-Based Approach to Detecting Miscreant Agent Behavior in Open Multiagent Systems, Larry T. Whitsel

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Le Theatre Franco-Americain: Manifestation et Outil de l'Emergence d'Une Identite Contemporaine?, Marjolaine Whittlesey

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A Qualitative Study of East Asian Students in American High Schools: Experiences and Perspectives of Cultural Transition, Adjustment, and Personal Growth, Sherrie Winton

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Characterizing the Role of Chromosome Instability in Particulate Hexavalent Chromium-induced Carcinogenesis, Sandra S. Wise

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Father: Where Art Thou, William Richard Wood

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The Effects of Dopants on the Modification of the Conduction Band States of Cadmium Selenide Nanocrystals, Joshua Thomas Wright

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Investigations Into the Use of a Composite Tower on Floating Offshore Wind Turbine Platforms, Andrew Charles Young

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Teachers' Understandings of Inquiry and Reported Use of Scientific Practices: A Survey of NTSA Conference Attendees, Ashley M. Young

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The Effect of High Frequency Ultrasound Pretreatment on Highbush and Lowbush Blueberries' Freeze Drying Time, Anthocyanins, Phenolics, and Other Chemical Qualities, Connie Jean Young Johnson

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Production of Rosemary, Canadian Columbine. Cheddar Pink, and English Lavender, Shuyang Zhen

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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The Effects of pH on Pathogen Death Rate (Escherichia coli O157:H7, Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes) in Minimally Processed, Shelf-Stable, Non-dairy Dressings, Suzanne Agro

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Identifying Spatial Scales of Fisheries Stock Structure and Conditions That Improve Their Management, Alia Waleed Al-Humaidhi

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History of the Ross Sea Ice Sheet Based on Glacial and Lacustrine Records from Marshall Valley, Antarctica, Stephanie Allard

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First-Summer Survival and Growth of Juvenile Atlantic Salmon in Headwater Streams: Implications for Restoring Connectivity at Road Culverts, Wesley Craig Ashe

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Student Understanding of Definite Integrals with Relevance to Physics Using Graphical Representations, Rabindra R. Bajracharya

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Student Perceptions of Effective Clinical Teaching Characteristics in Dental Hygiene Programs in Northeastern States, Dawn E. Bearor

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Chemically Enhanced Water Removal in Papermaking, James John Beaupré

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A History of Westward Expansion, Bradley Beauregard

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Regulation of Virulence in Rhizoctonia Solani: Global Gene Expression Profile and Impact of Soil Amendments on Rhizoctonia Disease of Potato, Edward Bernard

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Integration of process parameter control and digital image correlation methods in an investigation of the variability of marine polymer matrix composite material properties, Keith Andrew Berube

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Leaf Area Index, Density, and Age Relationships of Eastern White Pine (Pinus Strobus L.) in Maine, Adam Ross Bland

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Educator Responses to Technology Influences in a 1:1 Laptop Middle School, David C. Boardman

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Development of Analytical Quality Control Techniques for Peppers, Hemolymph and Acemannan, Jason C. Bolton

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The Antibody and Hematological Response to rHuEPO Injections in the Horse, Travis J. Bouchard

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An AUV Simulator for Incorporating Physical Feedback, James Brawn Jr.

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Modern Wit in the Poetry of W. H. Auden, James Brophy

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Non-Invasive Imaging of Host Response in a Zebrafish Model of Candidemia, Kimberly Marie Brothers

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Catching the PHEVer: Simulating Electric Vehicle Diffusion with an Agent-Based Mixed Logit Model of Vehicle Choice, Maxwell Brown

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Facilitating Organizational Innovation: Strengthening Maine's Sustainability Solutions Network through Communication Research, Colleen Budzinski

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Relations among interpersonal processes, peer experiences, and depressive symptoms in preadolescence, Alana M. Burns

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The Astrobiology Project: Effects on Students' Science Aspirations and Achievement, and an Analysis of Self-Handicapping Behavior, Elizabeth Burroughs

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A comparison of production, costs and stand impacts among four yarding methods, Oscar Bustos-Letelier

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Diffusion Coefficients Calculated Using 137Cs Profiles Applied to 210Pb Dating in Lake Core Sediments, Douglas Louis Cahl

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Flow Field Measurements for a Cross Flow Turbine, Matthew Cameron

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Effects of Injury and Nutrition on Sediment Disturbance by a Marine Polychaete, Clymenella torquata, Beth Robin Campbell

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Synthesis and Characterization of Mesoporous Silica Membranes Modified by Atomic and Molecular Layer Deposition, David Emmett Cassidy

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The Development of Relationships Among Fans and Professional Athletes on Facebook: A Discourse Analysis of Parasocial and Social Interaction, Lindzay Marie Chapman

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A Study of Thin Fill Behavior Using Nanocalorimetry and Exploration of Potential Application, Rongkai Chen

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Conversion of Brown Seaweed into Mixed Ketones Through Carboxylate Platform Processing, Xin Chen

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Physical Modeling of Suction Caissons Loaded in Two Orthogonal Directions for Efficient Mooring of Offshore Wind Platforms, Jade Chung