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

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

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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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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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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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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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Propagation of the Native North American Shrub Lonicera Villosa and Trait Comparisons with Nonnative Congeneric Taxa, Darren J. Hayes

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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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Eco-Evolutionary Implications of Environmental Change Across Heterogeneous Landscapes, Jared J. Homola

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

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Forest Disturbance Detection and Aboveground Biomass Modeling Using Moderate-Resolution, Time-Series Satellite Imagery, John B. Kilbride

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Multispectral Classification of Gulf of Maine Surface Waters: Seasonal and Interannual Variability, Brianna M. King

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Strange Fruit: Black Female Body Politics in Contemporary American Culture, Eleanor Kipping

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

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Genetic Modification of Inherited Retinopathy in Mice, Yang Kong

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Gain vs. Loss and Near vs. Far Spatial Distance Message Framing and Support for Aquaculture Among U.S. Seafood Consumers, Sandaruwan P. Kumara

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Field Implementation of Tire Derived Aggregate as Lightweight Backfill for Retaining Walls, Jeremy Labbe

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Flower Visitation in Relation to Pollen and Nectar Nutrition: Implications for Pollinator Habitat and Conservation, Megan E. Leach

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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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Timber Harvest and Recreation in Maine's North Woods: Attitudes, Impacts, and Strategies for Coexistence, Chelsea Liddell

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Past, Present and Future of Maine's Pulp and Paper Industry, Ariel Listo

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End of the Beginning, Peter Lowe

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Lead Poisoning in Maine's Common Loons: Examining Biological and Social Dimensions, Brooke S. MacDonald

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Mechanistic Studies of Reducible Metal Oxides as Hydrodeoxygenation Catalysts, Akbar Mahdavi Shakib

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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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Band-Sowing with Hoeing for Weed Management in Organic Grains, Margaret R. McCollough

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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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Assessment of South Korea's Role as a "Middle Power Country": Case Studies of South Korean Diplomacy in Central Asia, Jiwon Nam

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Marine Protected Areas in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction: Defining "Success" for Conservation and Management, Emily Suzanne Nocito

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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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Nitrogen Cycling During a Period of Environmental Change, Kaizad Patel

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Formate Assisted Pyrolysis of Lignin, Mayank S. Patel

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Retreat of the Antarctic Ice Sheet in the Southern Ross Embayment from Records at Amundsen and Liv Glaciers, Southern Transantarctic Mountains, Jillian Pelto

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Understanding Student Development Of Science Literacy Skills in an Undergraduate Environmental Science Course, Molly Picillo

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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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Toward a Theory of Boundariness: The Co-Construction of Agency in the First-Year Writing Classroom, Nicholas Sanders

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Host Mediated Mechanisms of Fungal Cell Spread in a Transparent Zebrafish Infection Model, Allison Scherer

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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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Characterizing the Role of Fungal Shape in a Zebrafish Model of Invasive Candidiasis, Brittany Seman

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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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Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Toxicant Effects on Mast Cell Signaling and Mitochondria, Juyoung Katherine Shim

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Dr. Khalil Totah: Arab-American Quaker Educator and Palestinian Nationalist Crusader, 1914-1948, Amy Smith

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

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Fault-Adjacent Damage at the Base of the Seismogenic Zone and Seismic Anisotropy of Fold Structures, Won Joon Song

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Counter Currents: Arthur Lower, Lincoln Colcord, and Ideological Isolationism in Interwar Canada and the United States, James Spruce

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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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Daughters You Could Not Burn, Alex Terrell

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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

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Biomass Based Monomers for Synthesis of Renewably Sourced Polymers, Anushka E. Vithanage

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Towards an Efficient, Scalable Stream Query Operator Framework for Representing and Analyzing Continuous Fields, John Whittier

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Three Examples of Mondoromy Groups, Alice A. Wise

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Modeling Coastal Flooding and Sand Transport in the Gulf of Maine during Severe Storms in a Changing Climate, Dongmei Xie

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Performance Test and Numerical Simulation of an Adjustable Implant for Treating Vocal Fold Paralysis, Hai Zi

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