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 2020

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Development and Test of High Temperature Surface Acoustic Wave Gas Sensors, Armando E. Ayes Moncada

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Sourcing and Evaluating the Use of Detritus as a Supplementary Diet for Bivalve Aquaculture Using Stable Isotopes and Fatty Acid Biomarkers, Adrianus C. Both

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A Linear Actuator/Spring Steel-Driven Glove for Assisting Individuals with Activities of Daily Living, Daniel Chizhik

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Managing Resilience in a Changing World: A Multiscale Analysis of Fisheries Governance Challenges, Marina Cucuzza

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Thermal Inactivation of Bacterial Pathogens and Fungal Spores Under Post-Process Contamination Scenarios in Maple Syrup Processing, Maria Fiore

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A Transdisciplinary Approach to Decision Support for Dams in the Northeastern U.S. with Hydropower Potential, Emma L. Fox

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Investigation of Infiltration Measurements Using Wind Induced Pressure Response on an Enclosure, Aaron R. French

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Investigating the Intersections of Interpersonal Violence: Identifying Risk and Protective Factors for Hazing, Kayla E. Goodwin

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Phenolic Phytochemicals and Their Antioxidant Activities in Maine-Grown Asian, American-Hybrid, and European Plums, Hye Weon Hwang

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First-Year Computer Science Students: Pathways and Perceptions in Introductory Computer Science Courses, Christina A. LeBlanc

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Using Engaged Rhetorical Methods to Understand and Inform Collaborative Decision Making About Dams and Restoration in the Penobscot River Watershed, Tyler Quiring

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Discovery of Distinct Mechanisms Underlying the Relationship Between Drug Taking and Predisposing Behaviors, Tyler A. Roy

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Gray Codes in Music Theory, Isaac L. Vaccaro

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A Macroeconomic Investigation of the Labor Market Matching Efficiency, Sarah M. Welch

Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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"The Birth" and Other Flights of Fancy, Abigail Adent

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Global Performance Testing, Simulation, and Optimization of a 6-MW Annular Floating Offshore Wind Turbine Hull, Hannah L. Allen

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Investigating the Time-dependent and the Mechanical Behavior of Wood Plastic Composite Lumber Made from Thermally Modified Wood in the Use of Marine Aquacultural Structures, Murtada A. Alrubaie

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Elucidation of the Factors Affecting the Production and Properties of Novel Wood Composites Made Using Renewable Nanomaterials as a Binder, Ezatollah Amini

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Intravital Imaging in a Zebrafish Model Elucidates Interactions Between Mucosal Immunity and Pathogenic Fungi, Linda S. Archambault

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The Association of Late-Life Depression, Cognitive Functioning, and Sleep Disorder in Aging, Jessica B. Aronis

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Development of Bismuth Oxyhalide Photocatalysts for Environmental and Industrial Applications, Robert Arthur

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Past, Present, and Future Arctic Climate and National/Community Risk Assessment, Jeff Auger

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Three-dimensional Analytical Model of Tidal Flow in the Damariscotta River Estuary, ME, Stephanie L. Ayres

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The Development of Regional Forest Inventories Through Novel Means, Elias Ayrey

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Neuromuscular Development and Phenotypic Variation in Zebrafish Models of Dystroglycanopathy, Erin Bailey

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Citizen Preferences for Marine Environmental Policy, Amy Bainbridge

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Luminescence Antenna Behavior in Lanthanide Complexes and Luminescence Sensing in Group 11 Iodides, Francis Barnes

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Social Identity Theory and the #Vanlife Movement, Jessica Bergstrom

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Mya arenaria and Oxygen Isotopes: An Analysis to Suggest Season of Occupation at Holmes Point East (62-6), Holmes Point West (62-8), and Joves Cove (44-13), Maine, Emily Blackwood

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Land Tenure in Acadian Agricultural Settlements, 1604-1755: Cultural Retention and the Emergence of Custom, Carol A. Blasi

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The Importance of Brain-Adipose Communication for Metabolic Homeostasis, Magdalena Blaszkiewicz

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Pre-service Elementary Teachers' Use of Spatial Diagrams: Investigations of Unbounded Shearing on Solid Figures, Camden G. Bock

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Cognitive, Mood, and Cardiovascular Reactivity and Recovery in Response to Sadness in Remitted Major Depressive Disorder, Olivia Bogucki

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Rapid Prototyping to Roll-to-Roll Manufacturing of Microfluidic Devices, Amber Lee Boutiette

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Examining Citizens' Preferences for Aquaculture using Discrete Choice Experiments, Olga Bredikhina

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Design, Construction and Application of a Home-Built, Two-Photon Microscope, William P. Breeding

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"The Dream is in the Process:" Environmental Racism and Environmental Justice in Boston, 1900 to 2000, Michael J. Brennan

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Performance of the Intrac Wireless Activity Tracking System for the Afari Assistive Device, Drew Browning

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Improving Conservation of Declining Young Forest Birds Through Adaptive Management, Anna Buckardt Thomas

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Efficacy of Alternative Sanitization Methods on Wild Blueberries and Fresh Cut Cantaloupe, Selena Callahan

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Feeding the Empire: Grain, Warfare, and the Persistence of the British Atlantic Economy, 1765-1815, Patrick Callaway

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An Economic Analysis of Student Loan Default, Arianna Castonguay

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Tidal and Subtidal Processes at the Mouth of a Macrotidal Estuary, Rachel Chambers

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Chemical Tools for the Synthesis and Analysis of Glycans, Thamrongsak Cheewawisuttichai

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Spruce Budworm Defoliation Dynamics and its Influence on the Acadian Forest, Cen Chen

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Characterization of Nano-Cellulose Based Composites For Biomedical Applications, Mitchell P. Chesley

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Theory of Lexicographic Differentiation in the Banach Space Setting, Jaeho Choi

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Understanding the Dynamics of Unclaimed Terrorism Events in Pakistan: A Machine Learning Approach, Evan Christie

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Investigation of Student Understanding of Implicit Differentiation, Connor Chu

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A 2000 Year Saharan Dust Event Record From a European Alps Ice Core, Heather Clifford

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Muscle degeneration in a zebrafish model of lysosomal related myopathy, Elizabeth Coffey

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Grower Risk and Community Perception: Impediments to Growing Maine's Aquaculture Industry, Avery W. Cole

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Niche Evolution Along a Gradient of Ecological Specialization, Meaghan Conway

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Assessment of Helical Anchors Bearing Capacity for Offshore Aquaculture Applications, Leon D. Cortes Garcia

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Juggling Multiple Roles: An Examination of Role Conflict and Its Relationship to Older Adult Volunteer Satisfaction and Retention, Jennifer Crittenden

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Student Retention, Coping, and Communication: A Study of Student Responses to a Common Read at a Small Liberal Arts College, Debbie Cunningham

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Identification of High-Risk Food Coping Strategies of Maine Food Pantry Clients, Kathryn Cutting

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Safety Assessment of Hydroponic Closed System, Adwoa S. Dankwa

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Evolution of the Material Structure and Resultant Deformation Patterns on the Western Margin of the Ross Ice Shelf, Clara Deck

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The Rise and Decline of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation in Ontario and Quebec during World War II, 1939 - 1945, Charles A. Deshaies

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Investigating connections between Iceberg Melt Rates and Glacier Dynamics on the Antarctic Peninsula, Mariama C. Dryak

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Landscape Pattern and Wild Bee Communities in Maine, Brianne Du Clos

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Age-related Smell Changes and Their Effects on the Health Status of Older Americans, Emily Duran Frontera

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Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of MAPK Signaling During JC Polyomavirus Infection, Jeanne DuShane

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In Hot Water: A Multi-Level Analysis of Structure, Agency, and Adaptive Governance in Chile's Lake Region, Sarah Ebel

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Blacklegged Tick (Ixodes scapularis) Distribution in Maine, USA, as Related to Climate Change, White-tailed Deer, and the Landscape, Susan P. Elias

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A Socio-Ecological Approach to Wildlife Disease Risk, James A. Elliott

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The Writing of Exile, Rahma Elmi

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Gender Stereotyping of the Managerial Roles of NCAA Athletic Directors, Richard A. Fabri

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An Epidemiological Model with Simultaneous Recoveries, Ariel B. Farber

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Fragmentation, Frustrated Revolt, and Off-Shore Opportunity: A Comparative Examination of Jihadi Mobilization in Central Asia and the South Caucasus, William B. Farrell

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450degree C Aln Thin Film Growth on Nitrided C-Plane Sapphire Substrates, Roger Eastman Feeley

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Leadership and Management, Michael Flanagan

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Getting Over the Dam: Overcoming Institutional Barriers to the Recovery of Atlantic Salmon by Navigating the Social-science/policy interface, Melissa E. Flye

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An Exploration of Technology Leadership in Three Maine Public School Districts, David L. Fournier

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Assessing the Mechanisms and Implications of Altered Carbon Cycling in Arctic and Boreal Lakes, Rachel Fowler

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Spatial and Temporal Variation in the Aquatic Invertebrate Community Structure of Rock Pools Along the Penobscot River, Maine, Chase R. Gagne

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Maine's Forestry and Logging Industry: Building a Model for Forecasting, Jonathan Gendron

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Cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) for textile applications: production of neat CNF filaments and reinforcement of natural fiber yarns, Shokoofeh Ghasemi

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Northern Conifer Forest Management: Silvicultural, Economic, and Ecological Outcomes From 65 Years of Study, Maren Granstrom

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Modeling, Simulation, and Validation of Process-Structure-Property Relationships in Fused Filament Fabrication, Aaron Grant

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Improved Estimates of Tributary Nitrogen Load to Casco Bay, Maine, Whitley J. Gray

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Battle Over Black Bears: Investigating Perceptions of the Black Bear Hunting Referendums in Maine, Francesca A. Gundrum

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Modeling Thermoregulation in Peromyscus, Jake Gutkes

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Shear Connectors For Hybrid Composite FRP-Concrete Bridge Girders, Dante Guzzi

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An Investigation on the Effects of Cellulose Nanofibrils on the Performance of Cement Based Composites, Hosain Haddad Kolour

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Physiological Effects of Climate Change on the American Lobster, Homarus americanus, Amalia M. Harrington

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Shocks to the System: The Micropolitics of Communities in Economic Shock When Determining the Outcome of Local Education, Kathy Jeanne Harris-Smedberg

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Deep Benthic Coral Habitats of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska, Elise C. Hartill

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Characterization of ethanol-related phenotypic differences between C57BL/6J and C57BL/6NJ substrains: Role of Cyfip2?, Matthew C. Hartmann

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Influence of Mechanical Properties of Paper Coating on the Crack at the Fold Problem, Seyyed Mohammad Hashemi Najafi

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Understanding Substance Use and Recovery in Maine: A Culture-Centered Approach, Carter Hathaway

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Exploring Different Peripheral Nociceptive Input Underlying Ongoing and Movement Evoked Cancer-Induced Bone Pain, Joshua Havelin

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Using Question Variations to Access Alternate Student Thinking About the Same Physical Situations, Jeffrey Mathis Hawkins

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Hors de l'ombre: L'environnement et la communauté gaie montréalaise dans "Le gay savoir" de Michel Tremblay / Out of the Shadows: The Environment and the Montreal Gay Community in Michel Tremblay's "Le gay savoir", Zackary L. Haynes

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"There Isn't Anything that Guy Can't Teach About Cars": How Nontraditional Female Career and Technical Education Students Perceive Instructor Effectiveness, Christopher J. Healy

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Living on the edge: thermophysiology of the southern flying squirrel at its northern range margin, Vanessa R. Hensley

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Participatory Modeling of Tidal Circulation on Maine Mudflats to Improve Water Quality Management of Shellfish Areas, Gabrielle V. Hillyer

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Fractures, Fluids, and Metamorphism: Shear Zone Initiation in the Marcy Anorthosite Massif, Adirondacks, New York, USA, James Hodge

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Validation of a Fluorescence-Based Bacteria Enumeration and Viability Determination Method Using Image Cytometry, Matthew R. Hodgkin