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 2022

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Using SHG Directionality to Characterize Collagen Alteration in Breast Cancer Tumor Microenvironment and Its Prognostic Applications, Betelhem Solomon Abay

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Synthesis and Evaluation of Water-Dispersed Aryl-Gold Nanoparticles and Applications in Catalysis, Ahmad AL Ahmad

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Sustainable Postharvest Processing and Value-addition of Aquacultured Seaweed, Samuel Akomea-Frempong

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Additively Manufactured Polymer and Metal Lattice Structures with Eulerian Path, Adeeb Ibne Alam

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Operation and Preliminary Energy Balance of a Portable Kelp Dryer in Maine, Tuqa Al-Asadi

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Age, Growth, Foraging, and Trophic Ecology of Bigeye (Thunnus obesus) and Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares) Tuna in Continental Shelf and Slope Regions of the Northeast U.S., Riley S. Austin

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Intersections of Environmentalism, Chemistry, and Racism: An Experimental Study of Halobenzene Hydrogenolysis and Critical Communication Studies of Equitable Learning Practices Rooted in Black Feminism, Lauren O. Babb

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Mitochondria Mediated Outcomes of Developmental Exposure to Low-level Chemical Mixtures in Zebrafish Danio rerio, Remy Babich

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On the application of dynamical measures of hydrologic response to prediction and similarity assessment in watersheds, Prashanta Bajracharya

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How School Counselors Promote Growth Mindset in Their Practice: Five Views of Agency in the Motivation of Elementary Students, Sheryl G. Baker-Hewey

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The Effect of Leadership Change on School Climate, Brian D. Bannen

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Quantifying Spatial Heterogeneity of Wild Blueberries and Crop Water Stress Monitoring Using Remote Sensing Technologies, Kallol Barai

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Becoming oriented: queering bodies and space in Shirley Jackson's the Haunting of Hill House and Toni Morrison's Beloved and Paradise, Kimberly Bartenfelder

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Where Do I Belong in the United States Public School System?, Christiana R. Becker

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Yield and Mechanical Properties of Veneer from Maine-Grown Eastern Spruce and Balsam Fir, Marshal Bertrand

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Regulation of Line-1 in Developing Oocytes and the Impact on the Ovarian Reserve, Rose Besen-McNally

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Thermoplastics 3D Printing Using Fused Deposition Modeling on Fabrics, Maxwell M. Blais

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Development and Evaluation of Modeling Approaches for Extrusion-based Additive Manufacturing of Thermoplastics, Christopher C. Bock

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The Role of FOXD1 in Clear Cell Renal Cell Carcinoma, Kyle H. Bond

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Understanding the Impacts of Anthropogenic Effects an Habitat Variability Interactions on Maine's Rocky Intertidal Ecosystem, Laura Braun

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Ecological Implications of Intraspecific Behavioral Variation in a Small Mammal Community, Allison Brehm

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Educating Dietetics Students about the Nutritional Concerns of Older Adults, Lily Brickman

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Youth’s Expressions of Personal Significance in an Informal Learning Setting That Bridged STEM and Experiential Learning, Gabrielle A. Brodek

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The Siege of Calais During The Hundred Years War: An English Perspective, 1344-1347, Jordan J. Bruso

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Remotely Sensed Assessment of the Preferred Habitat of Alexandrium catenella in the Gulf of Maine and the Bay of Fundy, Andre F. Bucci

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Self-Regulation, Emotion Regulation, & Social Problem-Solving: Common & Distinct Pathways to Depression, Michelle L. Buffie

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Investigating Student Science Identity in a Middle School Social Studies Classroom, Hazel Cashman

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The Power of Rejected Things, Adriana Cavalcanti

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Who Are You? A Study of Authentic Leadership in Action, Dan Chadbourne

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Evaluating Physical and Cultural Methods to Improve Weed Management in Organic Vegetables, Rebecca J. Champagne

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Using Soil Testing Data to Examine Organic Carbon Changes During the Past 27 Years in Maine Agricultural Soils, Andrew Chase

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Holocene and Last Glacial Period Atmospheric Dynamics and Biogeochemistry Based On South Pole Ice Core Microparticle and Trace Element Records, Aaron Chesler

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The Influence of Processing and Additives on Cellulose Nanofiber Properties for Orthopedic Application, Mitchell P. Chesley

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Identity and Language Socialization of Asian Transnational Adolescents across Communities of Practice: A Critical Narrative Study, Ming-Tso Chien

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Fighting for Home: Northern New England Women and the Civil War, Savannah A. Clark

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Barriers to and Opportunities for Adoption in Maine’s Aquaculture Industry, Caitlin Cleaver

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Assessing Past and Present Changes in the Chemical Climate of Three High Mountain Regions: Himalayas, Andes, European Alps, Heather Clifford

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Cellulosic Foams for Single Use Devices in Biomedical Applications, Aileen Co

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Development of a New Method for Cell Spheroid Formation Through a Hydrogel Dipping Process, Aimee L. Co

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Overlapping Scales of Place Based Indigenous Knowledge and Hydroclimate in Australia, Rachel L. Coleman

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Prophets of Pong: How Newspapers Covered Video Games Between 1972 to 1976, Joseph Collard

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Contact Dewatering of Cellulose Nanofibers for Biopolymer Composite Applications, Alexander Collins

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Role of Microplastics on the Release and Adsorption of Organic Compounds in Natural Waters, Ashton Collins

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Nutrient Removal from Recirculating Aquaculture System Water, Eliza M. Costigan

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Adaptive Leadership Practices: High School Leadership in Maine During the COVID-19 Crisis, Ryan B. Crane

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Integrated Optimization of Microbial and Chemical Compositon of Non-dairy Low Alchol Fermenteted Beverages (NDLAFB): Kombucha and Water Kefir, Adwoa S. Dankwa

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Not All Trails Are Straight: The Effects of Attachment on Rural Youth Residential Aspirations, Zach T. Davis

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Measurement of Airborne Radionuclides and Their Relation to Weather Patterns at Orono, ME, James W. Deaton

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Enhanced Condition Assessment for Maine Lakes, Jeremy Deeds

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Social Capital, Indigenous Storytelling, and Fish Diversity: Learning Together Through Community-university Partnerships in Downeast Maine, Michelle de Leon

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Uncertainty Monitoring in Category Learning and Transfer, Rose Deng

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Examining Factors Predictive of On-Campus Mental Health Services Utilization Among Collegiate Athletes, Margo Diamond

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Continuous, Non-Destructive Detection of Surface Bacterial Growth with Bioinspired Vascularized Polymers, Brandon Dixon

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Rusty Blackbird Use of Commercial Spruce-fir Forests of Northern New England, Luke M. Douglas

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Functionalized 𝜹-hexalactones (FDHLs): Bio-derivable Monomers to Synthesize Renewable Polyester Thermoplastics, Atik Faysal

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Inhibitory Control and Mentalizing: Potential Contributing Factors to Maladaptive Interpersonal Behaviors Associated with Depressive Symptoms, Eliot Fearey

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Trip the Light Fantastic, Connor Ferguson

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Anthropogenic Effects on Tidal Distortion in a Tidal River, Matthew D. Fischer

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Primary Cilia of the Cardiac Neural Crest & Hedgehog-Mediated Mechanisms of Congenital Heart Disease, Lindsey A. Fitzsimons

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Assessment of Historical Climate Variability in Maine with Implications for Future Agricultural Productivity and Adaptation, Carly Frank

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Building Monitoring and Response Capacity for Ocean and Coastal Acidification in the Northeast United States, Parker Gassett

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Numerical Modeling of Localized Heating in Continuous Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastic Laminates, James T. Gayton

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School Principals and Instructional Coaches: an Examination of Their Working Relationships in Maine Schools, Theresa J. Gillis

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Bound by Print: The Baptist Borderlands of Maine and the Canadian Maritimes, 1770-1840, Brittany P. Goetting

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Plasma-Assisted Growth and Characterization of Piezoelectric AlN and Sc(x)Al(1-x)N Films for Microwave Acoustic Sensor Applications, Morton Greenslit

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“Reading Is Everywhere:” A Case Study Situating Children's Book Distribution Within the Literacy Practices of Somali New Mainers, Rachel C H Groenhout

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The Effects of Rising Ambient Temperatures on Thermoregulation and Range Shifts of Northern Flying Squirrels, Elise K. Gudde

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To the First White Woman Here: Performance Intervention in Settler Colonial Narrative & Speculative Modes of Repair, Jennie Hahn

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Genetic Determinants of Primary Nociceptor Sensitivity in Drosophila melanogaster, Christine Hale

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Multiscale Anisotropy Analysis of Second-Harmonic Generation Imaging of Pancreatic Cancer, Joshua D. Hamilton

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Immiscible Liquid-infused Filters for Water and Aerosol Filtration, Justin Hardcastle

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First-row Transition Element Distribution Across the Blueschist-Eclogite Transition: a Case Study From New Caledonia, Natalie M. Harmon

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Non-destructive Evaluation of Concrete using Electrical Resistivity and Ultrasonic Wave Propagation, Justin Harris

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Strategic Management of Human Capital as Rural Praxis, Scott Harrison

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Biobased Packaging Materials from Cellulose Nanofibrils Produced from Virgin Wood Pulp or Recycled Cardboard Pulp, Md Ikramul Hasan

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Comparative Life Cycle Assessment of Embodied Carbon and Operational Energy of Different Building Systems, Marilia Hellmeister

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Investigation of Cryptotephra in Polar Ice Cores, Meredith Helmick

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Examining Women's Psychophysiological Responses Under Increasingly Obvious Sexism, Shelby Helwig

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The Role of Confrontation Effectiveness for Women's Psychological Wellbeing After a Sexist Event, Shelby Helwig

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Sustainability as Justice Engaging With North American Alternative Seafood Networks Through Participatory Action Research, Paloma Henriques

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Testing and Analysis of Paired, Inflated HIAD Tori, Irja Hepler

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Genetic Sources of Resistance To Potato Blackleg Soft Rot Caused by Dickeya dianthicola, Lucas K. Heroux

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Systemic Growth Factor Increases as a Result of Exercise May Reduce Alzheimer's Disease Risk in Midlife Mice and Humans, Amanda Hewes

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Food Recognition and Ingredient Detection Using Electrical Impedance Spectroscopy With Deep Learning Techniques to Facilitate Human-food Interactions, Chamath Lochana Amarasinghe Hiti Hamillage

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Modeling Life History and Population Dynamics of American Lobster and Atlantic Sea Scallops in a Warming Gulf of Maine, Cameron T. Hodgdon

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Investigating Being Present Through Motion: Connecting Body With Sound and Position, Katarina Hoeger

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Development of Ultra High Performance Composite Impact Panels Using EMAA, Jeffrey Hollstein

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Prevention of Inflammatory Bowel Disease by Broccoli-sourced and Microbially-produced Bioactives, Johanna M. Holman

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Weaving an Interdisciplinary Microbiome Career Using Threads From Different Ecosystems, Sarah Hosler

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Gold (I) Tetrathiomolybdate Clusters: Synthesis, Characterization, Computational Studies, and Reactivity With Thiophenol and Selenophenol, Dhirgam Humaidy

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Fabrication of Particulates for Detecting Trace Level Analytes in Water Using Optical Spectroscopy and for Developing Thermoelectric Materials, Mohammed Nayeem Ibnul

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Generalizing the Negative Binomial-Lindley Model for Accounting Subpopulation Heterogeneity in Crash Data Analysis, A S M Mohaiminul Islam

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Middle School Science Teachers' Vulnerability in the Written Discourse of a Professional Learning Community, Eliza Jacobs

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Outdoor Pursuits and Outdoor Learning at Rural Maine Schools: A Positive Outlier Approach, Lauren E. Jacobs

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An Experimental Investigation into the Effects of Trait and State Self-Criticism on the Benefits and Barriers to Non-Suicidal Self-Injury, Melissa Jankowski

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Telomerase Reverse Transcriptase Marks a Novel Population of Adult Stem Cells in the Mouse Brain That Respond to Metabolic Interventions by Modulating Adult Brain Plasticity, Gabriel S. Jensen

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Understanding the Contribution of Gα to the Yeast Pheromone Response, Cory Johnson

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Photopharmacological Investigation of Transmembrane Proteins in the Central Nervous System, Ameya B. Karapurkar

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Developing an LGBTQIA2+ Affirming Curriculum and Testing its Impact on Allyship, Tausif Karim

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Improving Use of Soil Health Practices in Kansas: a Study of Barriers to Adoption and Novel Incentive Programs, Sara Kelemen