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

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

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

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

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Enhanced Condition Assessment for Maine Lakes, Jeremy Deeds

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

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

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

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Strategic Management of Human Capital as Rural Praxis, Scott Harrison

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

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

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Catalytic Ring Opening of Mono- and Bicyclic Compounds for the Production of Renewable Diesel and Jet Fuel, Matthew J. Kline

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The Organizational Evolution of Small Food Buying Clubs, Taylor Lange

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Giving Form to Flow: Modeling the Paleohydrological Context for Human Settlement and Water Use in the North-Central Coast of Peru, Elizabeth Leclerc

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The Category of Modules Over a Leavitt Path Algebra, Davis MacDonald

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Implementation and Teacher Leadership of Collaborative Efforts During the Challenges Surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic, George R. Mayfield III

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Development of Thermoplastic Composite External Reinforcing of Concrete Decking System, Jackman A. Mickiewicz

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Supervision to Support Reflective Practices, Laura Susan Miller

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Agency of in-service Elementary Science Teachers During a Global Pandemic, Anica Miller-Rushing

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Joining Methods For Continuous Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastic Composites In Structural Applications, Andrew Moran

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The Role of Technology in the Development of PK-12 Teacher Leadership During COVID-19, Mia L. Morrison

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Development of a Structural Finite Element Modeling Approach for Hybrid Composite-Steel Shipping Containers, Jason Nagy

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Improving Degree of Delignification and Selectivity of Oxygen Delignification of Southern Pine Kraft Pulp, Azadeh Pahlevanzadeh

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Road Salt Use Analysis in the Context of Changing Winter Weather Conditions, Dikshya Parajuli

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Development and Testing of a 1:70 Scale Model Wind Turbine of the IEA Reference 15 MW Floating Offshore System, Amber Parker

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The Long-term Impact of Dam Removals on Penobscot River Migratory Fishes, Erin Peterson

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Assessing the Long-term Effects of Natural Disturbance-based Silvicultural on the Avian Assemblage at the Acadian Forest Ecosystem Research Program, Carl Pohlman

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Sustainability Conversations for Impact: Transdisciplinarity on Four Scales, Katrina Brewster Pugh

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Nanomaterials for Sustainability: Using Spectroscopy and Quantum Chemistry for Microkinetic Modeling of Thermo- and Photo- Catalysts, Amir Rahmani Chokanlu

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The CPSA and PSR Proteins of Streptococcus agalactiae Provide a United Front to Protect Against the Host Immune System, Atefeh Rajaei

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Charged-Particle Interactions to Generate Novel Coatings and Materials, Pradnya D. Rao

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Measuring & Planning for Community & Climate Resilience, Joseph Reed

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Linking Local Knowledge & Community Science in Support of Coastal Marine Stewardship, Sarah Risley

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Reinsmen, Roadways and the Emerging Northern Maine Frontier, 1810-1860, Loretta M. Risner

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Reinsmen, Roadways, and the Emerging Northern Maine Frontier, 1810-1860, Loretta Mary Risner

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Assessment of Cellular Alignment and Proliferation on Cellulose Nanofibril(CNF) Films, Sahar Roozbahani

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Design, Implementation, and Test of Spacecraft Antennae and a Ground Station for MESAT1, Travis Russell

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Development and Production of Cellulose Nanocrystal Fillers, PVA Fibers and Composite PVA/CNC Fibers with Electro-Spray/Spinning for Application in Thermoplastic Reinforcement, J. Elliott Sanders

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Statistical Analysis of Frequency and Severity of Lane Departure Crashes in Maine, Alainie A. Sawtelle

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Mixing Processes in Tidally Pulsed River Plumes: Mechanisms, Significance, and Variability, Preston Spicer

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On the Notion of a Medium, Keaton Studebaker

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Development of Methods for Surface Modification of Semiconductor Photocatalysts and Biopolymers for Applications in Water Treatment and 3D Printing, Sabrina Sultana

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Supporting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Learning in White Majority Settings, Susan Thibedeau

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The Role of Internal and External Coaches in Supporting Implementation of Proficiency Based Learning at the Secondary Level, Katie M. Thompson

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What Women Bring to the Fight: An Analysis of Female Leadership in U.S. National Security, Alison Tobey

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The Value of Peer Supervisory Practices, Josh Tripp

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Miss USA Meets Feminism: A Qualitative Study Exploring Contestants' Thoughts on Feminism, Julia Van Steenberghe

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Orion's Eyes, Adam Ray Wagner

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Development and Characterization of Bound Metal Deposition Including Laser Ablation, Alexander J. Watson

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Optimization of Synthetic Mooring Systems for Floating Offshore Wind Turbines, William M. West

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Structure From Motion Methodology Captures Seasonal Influences on Coastal Bluff Erosion and Landslide Hazards in Casco Bay, ME, Nicholas Whiteman

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Evaluation of Fish Assemblage Composition and the Expansion of an Invasive Species Following Dam Removal and Upgraded Fish Passage in the Penobscot River, Maine, Kory A. Whittum

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Teacher Listening and Reflection as a Way to Broaden Teacher Pedagogical Conceptual Understanding of Mathematics at the Elementary Level, Glen D. Widmer

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Teacher Growth in Knowledge of Conservation of Energy and in Self-Efficacy, Paul H. Wilson

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The Effects of Regional Separatism on Late Roman Identity in Fourteenth-Century Byzantium, Evangelos Zarkadas

Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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Lexicographic Sensitivity Functions for Nonsmooth Models in Mathematical Biology, Matthew D. Ackley

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An Investigation of Students' Use and Understanding of Evaluation Strategies, Abolaji R. Akinyemi

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Circulation and Transport Timescales in Tidally Dominated Estuaries, Sohaib Alahmed

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Development of a Novel Haptic Feedback System for Gait Training Applications, Mohsen Alizadeh Noghani

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Understanding Hydrologic Risk Within the Context of Climate Variability and Atmospheric Moisture Pathways, Ali Aljoda

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Comparison Between CPU and GPU for Parallel Implementation for a Neural Network Model Using Tensorflow and a Big Dataset, Intisar Alkaabwi

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Design, Quantification, and Strengthening of Interface Interaction Between Aramid Fibers and Polymer Matrix, Karrar Al-Quraishi

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NIMBY: A Look into Public Perceptions of Aquaculture, Nicholas D. Alvarez

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Subliminal, Eric Arnold

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Modern and Paleo Perspectives on the Role of the Westerlies in Glaciation, Alexander Audet

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Soil Organic Carbon in Maine, Its Responses to Biochar Addition, and Climate Change, Xue Bai

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And Drop, Lydia Balestra

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A Concealment Shoe as Ritualistic Grieving Gesture: A Case Study in an Early 20th Century Maine Finnish Immigrant Community, Anne Bardaglio

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Examining Scale-Dependent, nonstationary Environmental Effects on American Lobster (Homarus americanus) Spatial Distribution and Habitat Suitability in a Changing Gulf of Maine, Jamie Behan

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Discards & Diverse Economies: Reuse in Rural Maine, Brieanne Berry

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Thermal and Mechanical Numerical Modeling of Extrusion-based 3d Printed Reinforced Polymers for Selecting Manufacturing Process Parameters, Sunil Bhandari

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Investigation of Mass-Manufactured Nanostructured Material for Contamination Detection via Structural Color Analysis, Oisin Biswas

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Gait Rehabilitation Using Biomechanics and Exoskeletons, Jacob Bloom

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Individual Differences and Ecological Validity of Emotion Regulation in Response to Sadness, Colin M. Bosma

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The Impacts of Embryonic Arsenic Exposure of Fundulus heteroclitus, Torey Bowser

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Forest Phenology in Maine: Trends and Drivers Over the Past Two Decades and Implications for Resource Managers, Valeria Briones

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Marine Aquaculture in Maine: Understanding Diverse Perspectives and Interactions at Multiple Scales, Melissa L. Britsch

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Food Safety and Functionality Assessment of Kombucha Systems Through Bacillus cereus Spore and Probiotic Inoculations, Alexandria L. Bromley

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Nanocellulose Conduits for Enhanced Regeneration of Peripheral Nerve Injuries, Nicklaus R. Carter

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The Impacts of Climate Change on the Gulf of Maine Northern Shrimp (Pandalus borealis) Distribution, Reproduction, and Life, Hsiao-Yun Chang