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

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

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

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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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Niche Evolution Along a Gradient of Ecological Specialization, Meaghan Conway

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

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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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Conversion of Pretreated Hardwood to Medium-Chain Fatty Acids for Production of Biolubricants, Koorosh Kashkooli

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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 Physicochemical 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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Perspectives on Water Resources Risk, Policy, and Stewardship, Anne Marie Lausier

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

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Valuing the Economic Benefits of Conservation Lands in Downeast Maine, Lesley Lichko

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3D Printed Bioinspired Vascularized Polymers, Kayla Marquis

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Assessing Migrations and Habitat Connectivity for two Anadromous Species Following a Major Restoration Effort in the Penobscot River, Maine, George A. Maynard

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Multi-level Governance of Climate Change Adaptation: United Nations Negotiations and Adaptation Project Implementation in Nicaragua and Samoa, Anna E. McGinn

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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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Assessing the Effectiveness of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program on Diet Quality as Measured by the Healthy Eating Index 2005, Sarah A. Perkins

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A New Materialist Rhetoric: Theorizing Movement from a Rhetorical Ethnography of Hiking, Bryan Picciotto

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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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Designing a Comprehensive School-Wide Program in Character Development and Leadership for High School Students, Mark C. Reilly

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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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Climate-Driven Migration: Prioritizing Cultural Resources Threatened by Secondary Impacts of Climate Change, Ani St. Amand

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Response of Estuarine Fish Biomass to Restoration in the Penobscot River, Maine, Justin R. Stevens

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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

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Liberty to Slaves: The Black Loyalist Controversy, Michael Anthony White

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A Multi-Proxy Paleoecological Reconstruction of Holocene Climate, Vegetation, Fire and Human Activity in Jamaica, West Indies, Mario A. Williams

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Cascading Community Consequences of Fish Adaptation, Zachary T. Wood

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