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

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

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An Economic Analysis of Student Loan Default, Arianna Castonguay

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

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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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Safety Assessment of Hydroponic Closed System, Adwoa S. Dankwa

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

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

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

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

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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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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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Determining the Influence of Lateral Margin Mechanical Properties on Glacial Flow, Kate Hruby

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Mechanisms of Humility's Influence on Prosociality, Matthew A. Humphreys

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Assessing Quantitative Reasoning in a Ninth Grade Science Class Using Interdisciplinary Data Story Assignments, Bryn W. Keenhold

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Sound Commodity: Contemporary Public Radio and Podcasting, Casey R. Kelly

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Effects of Salt Concentration on the Physciochemical Properties and Microbial Safety of Spontaneously Fermented Cabbage, Surbhi Khanna

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Root Biomass and Other Soil Properties Affecting the CO2 Flush from Laboratory Dried and Rewetted Soils, Audrey E. Laffely

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Development of an Electrical Interface for A Lateral Field Excited Sensor System, Thomas J. Leighton

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"When We Develop An Agriculture That Fits This Land": Soil Conservation, Landscape Change, And The Making Of Agroecological Knowledge In The Appalachian South, 1930-1955, Cody P. Miller

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Optical Memory Behavior, Metallophilic Luminescence, and Chemical Sensing Ability of Inorganic and Organometallic Complexes: Development of Optoelectronic Materials, Aaron D. Nicholas

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Innovative Resources in Small Ruminant Health, Sarah Paluso

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Process Optimization of Levulinic Acid Production From Seaweeds and Its Upgrading to TDO Oil, Maurvin Patel

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Optimizing Legume-Based Nitrogen Fertility For Organic Small Grain Systems, Margaret A. Pickoff

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Silver, Blood and Singing, Zachary J. Posey

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Parameters that Influence the Performance of Dispersion Barrier Coatings, Randy Raditya

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Potential Value-added Utilization of Wood Ash in Construction Materials, Naveen Saladi

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Submist as an Effective Method for the Rooting of Herbaceous and Woody Ornamental Plants by Stem Cuttings, Olivia Sanchez

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Learning Science: Physical and Life Sciences in Curricula Across U.S. Schools of Nursing, Valerie C. Sauda

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Challenges to Economic Resiliency and Performance: Measuring the Regional Impacts of Rurality and Space, Elena S. Smith

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Productivity, Costs, and Best Management Practices for Major Timber Harvesting Frameworks in Maine, Harikrishnan Soman

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Navigating Wilderness and Borderland: Environment and Culture in the Northeastern Americas during the American Revolution, Daniel S. Soucier

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Tide and Storm Surge Dynamics in Estuaries of Variable Morphology, Preston Spicer

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Girl Thing, Morghen Tidd

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Using Low Frequency Audio Content in Order to Use a Given Space as an Instrument, Berkay Tok

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The High School to First-Year College Instructional Transition: An Investigation of the Predictions and Perceptions of STEM Students, Emma Toth

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Black Robes at the Edge of Empire: Jesuits, Natives, and Colonial Crisis in Early Detroit, 1728-1781, Eric J. Toups

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Prediction of Paper Coating Mechanical Behavior Based on Particle-scale Models, Daniel H. Varney

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Ecological and Economic Implications of Increased Storm Frequency and Severity for Boreal Lakes, Kathryn Warner

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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Characterization of Phosphorylated G Protein Function and Membrane Culstering by Super Resolution Imaging, Sarah A. Alamer

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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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Effect of Arsenic Exposure on Early Eye Development in Zebrafish (Danio rerio), Remy S. Babich

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A Glacial History of Roberts Massif, Central Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica, Using Cosmogenic 3He, 10Be, and 21Ne Surface Exposure Ages, Alexandra M. Balter

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

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Modeling and Simulation of the Thermoforming Process in Thermoplastic-Matrix Composite Materials, Philip M. Bean

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

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Multi-Tactic Ecological Weed Management in a Changing Climate, Sonja K. Birthisel

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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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Broth: Enhancing Market Opportunities and Improving Sustainability of Maine Farmed Seaweed, Zachary M. Bonelli

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Investigating Present-day Health Issues of the American Lobster (Homarus americanus), Deborah A. Bouchard

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Ecological Consequences of Personality in a Guild of Terrestrial Small Mammals: From Trappability to Seed Dispersal, Allison M. Brehm

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Development and Shelf Life Evaluation of a Novel Fermented Seaweed Sauerkraut Utilizing Commercially Important Maine Seaweeds, Sarah M. Brochu

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Examining Links between Social Anxiety and Relational Aggression in Adolescence: The Influence of Rumination and Anger, Shannon L. Brothers

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The Hilbert-Huang Transform: A Theoretical Framework and Applications to Leak Identification in Pressurized Space Modules, Kenneth R. Bundy

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Dionysus, Cody Bursch

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Factors Affecting Survival and Carpogenic Germination of Pseudosclerotia of Monilinia vaccinii-corymbosi, the Causal Agent of Mummy Berry, on Vaccinium angustifolium in Maine, Tyler L. Case

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Rediscovering The Interpersonal: Models Of Networked Communication In New Media Performance, Alicia Champlin

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Analyzing Supply Chain and Water Quality Management in the Soft-shell Clam (Mya arenaria) Fishery under the Impact of Shellfish Closures in Downeast Maine, Shuling Chen

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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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Circulation, Cross-Shelf Exchange, and Blue Mussel (Mytilus edulis) Population Connectivity in a Complex, Tidally Driven System, LeAnn M. Conlon

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From Vitruvian Man to the Avatar: The Second Life of Humanity, Amy E. Cross

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Providing Experimental Evidence for Mouse Telomerase Reverse Transcriptase as a Novel and Unique Adult Neural Stem Cell Marker, Caroline Dean Curtis

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Chemically Cross-Linked Polysaccharide-Based Hydrogels via Thiol-Norbornene Reaction as Sustainable Biomaterials, Nayereh Dadoo

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Assessing Economic Performance of Maine's Lobster Fleet Under Changing Ecosystem Conditions in the Gulf of Maine, Alexa Dayton

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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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Development of Kefir Products Using Aronia or Elderberries and the Impacts of Fermentation on the Health-promoting Characteristics of Aronia Polyphenols, Xue Du

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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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Consumer Acceptance and Phytonutrient Assessment of Cold Hardy, Locally Grown Plums, Amber L. Elwell

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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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Periodic Evaluation of Northeastern Spruce and Balsam Fir Lumber Properties, Ben L. Farber

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Drivers of Tree Growth and Mortality in an Uneven-Aged, Mixed-Species Conifer Forest of Northeastern United States, Erin Fien

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

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The Infection Dynamics of Sea Lice on Atlantic Salmon (Salmo Salar) in Cobscook Bay, Maine, USA, Catherine Anne Frederick

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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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Physical and Chemical Response of Small, North Temperate Lakes to Recovery From Acidification and Climate Change, Amanda Gavin

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

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Stream Dynamics in the Headwaters of Post-Glacial Watershed Systems, Brett Gerard

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Melting Hardened Desires: Confronting the Far Right by Cultivating Reflective Taste, Adam J. Goldsmith

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A Granular Account of Student's Understanding Reasoning within an Everyday and Scientific Contexts, Grace M. Gonnella

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Modern and Paleoecological Perspectives on a Terrestrial-Marine Linkage in the Falkland Islands, Dulcinea V. Groff

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Investigations into the Advancement of Cryptotephra Geochemical Fingerprinting, Laura Hartman

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Choking Hazards, Tessa Hathaway

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