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 2018

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Detrital Protein Contributes to Oyster Nutrition and Growth in the Damariscotta Estuary, Maine, USA, Cheyenne M. Adams

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Evaluation of Non-Composite Steel Girder Bridges Using Field Load Testing and a Calibrated Finite-Element Model, Mahmood J. Albraheemi

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Behaviors and Perceptions of Environmental Decision Making: the Role of Information Dissemination Through Public Disclosures and Labels, Jordan R. Anthony

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An Analysis Of International Agreements Over Cybersecurity, Lucas Ashbaugh

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Marine-Derived Nutrient Cycling in the St. Croix River, Maine, Betsy Barber

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The Dynamics of Mixing and Subtidal Flow in a Maine Estuary, Kristopher Bears

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Spatio-Temporal Dynamics of Atlantic Cod Bycatch in the Maine Lobster Fishery and Its Impacts on Stock Assessment, Robert E. Boenish

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Dionysus, Cody Bursch

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The Backs of Leaves, Shelby L. Colburn

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Looking at Innovation Dialogically: Teaching Communication and (Social) Change in the Innovation Engineering Program at the University of Maine, Mark J. Congdon Jr.

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Discourses on Fantasy: A Narrative Allegory, Reuben Dendinger

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Teacher Performance Evaluation and Professional Growth in the Era of "Educator Effectiveness" in Maine, Jonathan E. Doty

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Wildlife Use of Vernal Pools in an Urbanizing Landscape with a Focus on Population Vitality of Vernal Pool-Breeding Amphibians, Carly Jasmine Eakin PhD

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Examining the Relationship Between the Use of Simulation in Nursing Education andSafety with Medication Adminstration in the Clinical Setting, Deborah A. Eremita

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Polyp to Population: A Tale of Two Corals, Christopher T. Fountain

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A Multiple Case Study of Secondary School Teachers' Understanding of Learning Relationships in Virtual Schools: Implications for Teacher Identity, Linda M. Fuller

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Assessing Student Understanding of Reasoning using Argument-based Contrast Matrices, Ethan Geheb

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Choking Hazards, Tessa Hathaway

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Improving Techniques to Study Equine Cervical Mucociliary Clearance, Melissa A. Hawkes

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How GPU Rendering Affects Image Processing and Scientific Calculation Speed, Power and Energy on a Raspberry Pi, Qihao He

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Echoes of the Past: The Effect of Background Experience on Far Transfer, Graham H. Hummel-Hall

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Deciphering Climate-Driven Changes in Planktonic Diatom Communities in Lake Superior, Amy Kireta

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Analysis of the Impacts of South Korea's Political Relations on its Bilateral Trade: Focus on South Korea's Political and Trade Relations with China, Japan, Russia, and North Korea, Mingu Lee

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New Approaches to Mapping Forest Conditions and Landscape Change from Moderate Resolution Remote Sensing Data across the Species-Rich and Structurally Diverse Atlantic Northern Forest of Northeastern North America, Kasey R. Legaard

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Modeling and Simulation of American Lobster in the Gulf of Maine: Spatial Distribution, Monitoring, and Conservation, Bai Li

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Detailed Power Measurement with Arm Embedded Boards, Yanxiang Mao

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Microwave Acoustic SAW Resonators for Stable High-temperature Harsh-Environment Static and Dynamic Strain Sensing Applications, Anin K. Maskay

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Utilizing Ground-Penetrating Radar in the Delineation and Cultural Resource Management of Eroding Maine Coastal Shell Middens, Jacquelynn F. Miller

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Big Data for Small Parks: Examining Regional Vegetation Patterns to Assess the Current Condition and Vulnerability of Eastern National Parks to Climate Change, Kathryn M. Miller

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Developing a Risk Assessment Protocol to Quantify Distribution and Uptake of Persistent Organic Pollutants in Glacial Outflows, Kimberley Rain Miner

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Precision Gene Therapy for Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease: From Identifying Genetic Modifiers to Developing Allele-Specific Therapies, Kathryn H. Morelli Ph.D.

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Immersed in Fire: The Use of Virtual Reality as an Attitude Assessor and Boundary Object in Wildland Fire Management, Casey Olechnowicz

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Early Intervention Speech-Language Pathologists: A Systematic Review, Margaret M. Pierce

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Extraction and Purification of (E)-Resveratrol from the Bark of Maine's Native Spruces, Panduka S. Piyaratne

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TARBP2 -Mediated Post-Transcriptional Regulation of Gene Expression During Murine Embryonic Development and Spermatogenesis, Sri Ramulu N. Pullagura

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Development of a Bacteriophage-based Portable Biosensor for the Detection of Shiga-toxin Producing Escherichia coli (STEC) Strains in Food and Environmental Matrices, Irwin A. Quintela

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Glacial History of the Tsagaan Gol- Potanin Glacier Valley, Altai Mountains, Mongolia, Mariah J. Radue

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Surface Reaction and Diffusion Kinetics in Semiconducting Metal Oxide Film Gas Sensors, Aravind Reghu

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The Effects of Ocean Acidification on the Gametogenesis of the Red Tree Coral, Primnoa pacifica, Ashley Rossin

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Optimizing Fertilizer and Compost Rates in Organic Reduced Till Agriculture, Nicholas W. Rowley

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Investigating Student Understanding of Vector Calculus in Upper-Division Electricity and Magnetism: Construction and Determination of Differential Element in Non-Cartesian Coordinate Systems, Benjamin Schermerhorn

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Muslim International Student and Higher Education: A Qualitative Study of Students' Experiences Against a Backdrop of Islamophobia, Donna M. Seppy

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The Necessity of Agency:Social Practice in Late Capitalist Modes of Cultural Production, Susan L. Smith

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Assessing the Reliability of the Benthic Mg/Ca–Temperature Proxy: a Uvigerina Core-top Study from New Zealand, Cassandre R. Stirpe

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Community Readiness: A Case Study of University Communities Engaging in Hazing Prevention, Stephanie A. Swan

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Incorporating Environmental Variability Into Assessment and Management of American Lobster (Homarus americanus), Kisei Tanaka

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PI3K/AKT Signaling Activates HSF1 to Preserve Proteostasis and Sustain Growth, Zijian Tang

PI3K/AKT Signaling Activates HSF1 to Preserve Proteostasis and Sustain Growth, Zijian Tang

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Reducing Tillage In Small-Scale Permanent Bed Organic Vegetable Production Systems, Jeremiah D. Vallotton

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Stochastic Modeling of Wireless Energy Transfer with Applications in Wireless Displacement Sensing of Structures, Shaun G. Veilleux

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Synthesis and Characterization of Catalysts for the Conversion of Ethanol into Butadiene, Hussein Talib Abdulrazzaq

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Effect of CNF On Drying Shrinkage and Autogenous Shrinkage of Cement Paste, Mohammed Akram Ahmed

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What Types of Instructional Shifts do Students Experience? Investigating Active Learning in STEM Classes across Key Transition Points from Middle School to the University Level, Kenneth Akiha

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Flash Flood Modeling on Single and Multiple Structures and Wave Impact Mitigation Using SPH, sohaib rashid sulaiman alahmed

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American Woodcock Migration Ecology at an Important Stopover, Cape May, New Jersey, Brian B. Allen

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Creating Renewable Tunable Polymers from Hydroxymethylfurfural, Meredith C. Allen

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Finite Element Analysis of Impact Resistance of Foam Materials, Firas Almashkoor

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Effects of Cellulose Nanofibrils on the Rheological Properties of Cement Paste, ethar H. alyaseen

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Kant On The Beautiful, Justin P. Amoroso

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Constraining the Spatial Extent of Strain Localization at the Base of the Seismogenic Zone: A Case Study from the Sandhill Corner Shear Zone, Maine, USA, Erik Kristian Anderson

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The Paradigm of Engagement: Integrating Social Science and Extension Outreach to Engage Beginning Family Forest Owners, Ian Anderson

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Cell Density (Mass per unit Volume) of Diatom Cells and Chains in relation to their Size, Growth, and Nutritional Condition, Stephanie L. Ayres

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SimStream: A Framework for Teaching Environmental and Computational Thinking to Elementary and Middle School Students, Timothy Baker

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Consumer Attitudes Toward Seaweed in the Eastern United States, Chantel Banus

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Measuring Fertilization in Populations of Sea Scallop (Placopecten magellanicus): Developing and Testing Methods in the Laboratory and Field, Skylar Bayer

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Spatial Cognitive Aging: Cognitive Map Decay and Compensatory Augmentations for Older Adults, Christopher R. Bennett

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Candida and Pseudomonas Interact to Enhance Mucosal Infection in Transparent Zebrafish, Audrey C. Bergeron

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Jonno's Place: Planning Community Housing for Adults Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Nancy D. Bergerson

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Feasibility of using 3D printed molds for thermoforming thermoplastic composites, Sunil Bhandari

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Spatial Organization and Erosion at the Holmes Point West Archaeological Site, Machiasport, Maine, Kendra D. Bird

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Competing Priorities: French Canadian Women Religious in Biddeford, Maine, 1880-1910, Amanda M. Black

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Games As Art, Aaron Dean Boothroyd

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Economic and Spatial Impacts of a Wildlife Habitat Policy on Forest Management, Karin N. Bothwell

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Integrated Environment and Proximity Sensing for UAV Applications, Shawn S. Brackett

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The effectiveness of a closed-circulation gaseous chlorine dioxide or ozone treatment against shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli, Salmonella species, and Listeria monocytogenes on produce, David Bridges

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A Comparison of Seed- and Seedling-Focused Ecologically Based Weed Management Strategies, Bryan Brown

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Power of Play: Creating Games for Positive Outcomes, Christopher K. Bryant

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Design of a Micro-Algae Photobioreactor for Aquaculture Food Supply, Sarah Caron

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Evaluating the Influence of Stem Form and Vigor on Product Potential, Growth, and Survival for Northern Commercial Hardwood Species, Mark Castle

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Consumer and Phytonutrient Assessment of Locally Grown Maine Plum Fruit, Zakkary J. Castonguay

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Age Structure Response of Principal Groundfish to Marine Protected Areas in New England, Julian Chawarski

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Transformation of Nonlinear Waves in the Presence of Wind, Current, and Vegetation, Haifei Chen

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A Quantification Index for Power Systems Transient Stability, Shengen Chen

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Structural Behavior of Inflatable, Reinforced, Braided, Tubular Members, Joshua Clapp

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“A Dragon, Bog-Spawned, Is Now Stretched O’er This Land”: Nativism and the Rise of Patriotic-Protestantism in the Northeastern Borderlands During the 1920s and 1930s, Tyler C. Cline

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Investigating The Effects Of Nitrate Exposure On The Metabolic Activity Of The Developing Zebrafish, Sarah M. Conlin

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Wavelet-based Particle Tracking in Unreconstructed, Off-axis Holograms, Zachary R. Connerty-Marin

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Biological, Ecological, and Economic Impact of Caliciopsis Canker on Pinus Strobus Forests of Northeastern North America, Kara KL Costanza

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Detection and Analysis of Uncharged Particles Utilizing Consumer-Grade CCDs, John A. Cummings III

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Sleep Disturbance as a Biobehavioral Marker for Neurodegeneration and Cognitive Decline in Aging, Katrina Daigle

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Dany Laferrière: un Écrivain Magico-Réaliste?, Sean Danner

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Survival, Harvest, and Drumming Ecology of Ruffed Grouse in Central Maine, USA, Samantha Davis

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Prospective Associations of Homocysteine, Executive Function, and Depressive Symptoms, Peter J. Dearborn

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Spatial Relations and Natural-Language Semantics for Indoor Scenes, Stacy A. Doore

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Qualitative Shape Descriptions using Qualitative Spatial Calculi, Christopher H. Dorr

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The Effects of Carbohydrates on the Capsule Production and Chain Formation of Streptococcus iniae and S. agalactiae, Nicholas C. Fargnoli

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Numerical Investigation of Vortex Formation with Application to Left Ventricle Filling, Lucas I. Farrar

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Examining Student Ability to Follow and Interact with Qualitative Inferential Reasoning Chains, William N. Ferm Jr.

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Evaluating Potential for Water Quality Decline in Maine Lakes, Kaci N. Fitzgibbon

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Contrast Dependent Knowledge Development in Contrast Supported Scientific Observation, Maura B. Foley