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 2020

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Direct Support Professionals' Perspectives on Sexuality Issues of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities: A Qualitative Analysis of Interviews with Providers in Maine, Nicole Achey

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Impact Resistance of Fiber-Reinforced Composites Using Computational Simulations, Maitham Alabbad

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The Effect of Hemicellulose Absorption on Apparent Sheet Density, Christopher M. Albert

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Potato Yield Response to Different Rates of Phosphorus Fertilization in Northern Maine - USA, Ahmed A. Algburi

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Investigation of Anti-Inflammatory and Antioxidants Properties of Phenolic Compounds from Inonotus obliquus Using Different Extraction Methods, Weaam A.A. Alhallaf

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Microsite Requirements for Successful Regeneration in Lowland Northern White-Cedar (Thuja occidentalis) Forests, Jeanette Allogio

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Evaluation and Exploration of Microbial Quality and Safety Aspects of Unpasteurized Retail Maine Dairy Products, Dhafer A.M.H Alshaibani

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A Spatial Economic Model of Maine's Forest Product Industry: Interactions Between Markets, Policy, and Space, James L. Anderson

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Population Structure and Reproductive Biology of Monilinia vaccinii-corymbosi (Reade) Honey in Lowbush Blueberry in Maine, Katherine A. Ashley

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Development and Test of High Temperature Surface Acoustic Wave Gas Sensors, Armando E. Ayes Moncada

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Understanding the Influence of Nonlinear Seas on Wind Generated Waves, Taylor L. Bailey

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Separating God's Two Kingdoms: Regular Baptists in Maine, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick, 1780 to 1815, Ronald S. Baines

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The Next Generation of Labor in Rural, Resource-Rich Places: Forestry Needs and Youth Aspirations, Nicole R. Bernsen

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Fabrication of Silicon Microneedles for Dermal Interstitial Fluid Extraction in Human Subjects, Caleb A. Berry

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Spruce Budworm Defoliation Detection and Host Species Mapping Using Sentinel Satellite Imagery, Rajeev Bhattarai

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Sourcing and Evaluating the Use of Detritus as a Supplementary Diet for Bivalve Aquaculture Using Stable Isotopes and Fatty Acid Biomarkers, Adrianus C. Both

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The Relative Abundance and Diversity of Parasitoids of the Browntail Moth (Euproctis chrysorrhoea L.) and Factors that Influence Their Population Dynamics, Karla S. Boyd

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The Influence of Message Type, Environmental Attitude, and Political Ideology on Perceptions of Aquaculture in the United States, Tabitha C. Boze

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Evaluation and Impact of Food Safety Messages in New Media for Trending Recipes: Savory Jam on YouTube, Alison L. Brodt

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Pyramiding Approaches for Potato Disease Resistance Breeding, Kristen M. Brown-Donovan

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Assessing the Factors That Alter Ecological Responses of Cold, Oligotrophic Lakes to Nutrient Subsidies, Benjamin Burpee

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Work at the Boundary: A Research-Practice Partnership to Integrate Computer Science into Middle School Science, Amelia R. Callahan

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Conversations with the Oregon Trail and the Silent Generation, Jose A. Camacho Quiroz

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Leak Detection and Localization in Pressurized Space Structures Using Bayesian Inference: Theory and Practice, Joel Castro

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Airborne Hyperspectral Data Application in Stress Detection of Blueberry Fields and Ash Trees, Catherine Chan

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Examining the Northern Shrimp Fishery in a Changing Gulf of Maine, Ashley N. Charleson

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Phytoplankton Community Composition in the Surface Ocean: Methods for Detection using Optical Measurements, Pigment Concentrations, and Flow Cytometry, Alison P. Chase

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A Linear Actuator/Spring Steel-Driven Glove for Assisting Individuals with Activities of Daily Living, Daniel Chizhik

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I Love It When You Make Me Coffee In The Morning, Rachel Elizabeth Church

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Inter-Art Mechanics of Life & Wellness, Josh Couturier

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Making Vacationland: The Modern Automobility and Tourism Borderlands of Maine and New Brunswick, 1875-1939, Sean C. Cox

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Managing Resilience in a Changing World: A Multiscale Analysis of Fisheries Governance Challenges, Marina Cucuzza

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The Impact of Cooking Knowledge, Attitude, Behavior, and Food Security Status on Diet Quality of College Students at the University of Maine, Angela I. Czup

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Distributions and Abundances of the Red Tide Dinoflagellate Alexandrium catenella in the Eastern Gulf of Maine and Bay of Fundy in Relation to Diatoms in June, July and August of 2019, Kimberly Lina D'Adamo

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Investigating Maine Secondary Science Teachers Conceptualization of Scientific Argumentation, Erin Doran

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Wildlife Rehabilitation Datasets as an Underutilized Resource to Understand Avian Threats, Mortality, and Mitigation Opportunities, Michelle M. Duffy

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Evaluating Seafood Distribution Channels in the Atlantic Sea Scallop and Northeast Multispecies Groundfish Fisheries, Amanda Fall

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Health Insurance Plan Design and Chronic Disease Management, Daniel E. Feldman

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Beyond the Brain: a Study of α-synuclein's Role in Bone and Adipose Tissue, Carolina A. Figueroa

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Thermal Inactivation of Bacterial Pathogens and Fungal Spores Under Post-Process Contamination Scenarios in Maple Syrup Processing, Maria Fiore

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A Transdisciplinary Approach to Decision Support for Dams in the Northeastern U.S. with Hydropower Potential, Emma L. Fox

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So That All Children May Successfully and Optimally Learn: Changing the Odds for Rural Students, Maria C. Frankland

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Investigation of Infiltration Measurements Using Wind Induced Pressure Response on an Enclosure, Aaron R. French

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From Phocine Distemper to Avian Influenza: A Study of Immunogenetic Diversity in Two Sympatric Pinniped Species, Alayna K. Gigliotti

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A Groundwater Flow Model to Aid in Water Resource Management for the Carraipia Basin in the coastal semi-arid region of La Guajira state (Colombia), Efren D. Gomez Arevalo

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Investigating the Intersections of Interpersonal Violence: Identifying Risk and Protective Factors for Hazing, Kayla E. Goodwin

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UAV 6DOF Simulation and Kalman Filter for Localizing Radioactive Sources, John G. Goulet

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Habitat Selection Across the Reproductive Cycles of Grassland Songbirds in the Northern Great Plains, Nicole Ann Guido

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Square Dance, Matthew T. Hammond

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Radiometric Dating: A New Technique, Amber Emily Hathaway

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Snowmobiling in Maine: Economic Contributions and Registered Maine Guides, Ian Hathaway

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Harp, Harbor and Gray Seal Strandings in the Gulf of Maine: A Retrospective Socio-Ecological Analysis, Holland Haverkamp

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Generating Insight Into the Nature of Existence; The Process of Unraveling Logic, Keith Reed Hayden II

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Hopf Algebras in the Representation Theory of Combinatorial//Families of Groups, Caleb Kennedy Hill

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Effects of Salt and Garlic Concentration on The Microbial Safety, Biochemical Properties, and Sensory Acceptance of Spontaneously Fermented Beet Kvass, Abigail Hing

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My Haunted Home: A Collection of Short Stories, Victoria E. Hood

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A Comprehensive Model of Stress-induced Binge Eating: The Role of Cognitive Restraint, Negative Affect, and Impulsivity In Binge Eating as a Response to Stress, Rachael M. Huff

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High Pressure Processing Of Sous-vide Lobster (Homarus Americanus) Tails, Sami Ali Humaid

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Phenolic Phytochemicals and Their Antioxidant Activities in Maine-Grown Asian, American-Hybrid, and European Plums, Hye Weon Hwang

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Creating Places-of-Memory: Photographs, Identity, & Matrilineality, Aylah Ireland

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High Fidelity Computational Modeling and Analysis of Voice Production, Weili Jiang

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A Method to Reclaim Multifractal Statistics from Saturated Images, Jeremy Juybari

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Development of Valuable and Functional Protein-Based Food Ingredients From Invasive Green Crabs, Bouhee Kang

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Understanding the Magnetic Properties of II-VI Semiconductor Nanocrystals, Alex Khammang

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Zebrafish as a Model to Understand the Impact of Inactivity and Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Elisabeth Kilroy

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Hydrogenation of 2-methylnaphthalene in a Trickle Bed Reactor Over Bifunctional Nickel Catalysts, Matthew J. Kline

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Biogenic Amines as a Product of the Metabolism of Proteins in Beer, Hayden Koller

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Flash, Stephen T. Krichels

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Affective, Physiological, and Cognitive Response to Imagery- and Verbally-Based Rumination and Distraction in Adolescence, Hannah Lawrence

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First-Year Computer Science Students: Pathways and Perceptions in Introductory Computer Science Courses, Christina A. LeBlanc

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Developing a Long-term Perspective on the Sensitivity of Lake Trophic State Changes in Maine, Simona Lukasik

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Nonlinear elastic behavior of nanostructured 2D materials of arbitrary symmetries, Serge R. Maalouf

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The Monolithic View: On the Plurality of Political Theologies in the Writings of Ernst Kantorowicz, Andrew Mallory

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Meeting with Friends, Kyle Manning

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Integrating Local Ecology and Human Dimensions To Understand a Tidally Dynamic Ecosystem in Downeast Maine, Gabriella Marafino

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Quotidian Spaces: Sustaining Creative Exchange and Dialogue Through Lived Time, Anna Martin

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The Past, Present and Future of Conservation in the Maine Lobster Fishery, Mackenzie Mazur

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Patterns and Mechanisms of Tick-borne Disease Exposure Risk in Acadia National Park, Sara E. McBride

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American Eel Behavior and Survival in an Impounded River System, Matthew A. Mensinger

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"The Men Were Sick of the Place" : Soldier Illness and Environment in the War of 1812, Joseph R. Miller

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Movement and Survival of Atlantic Salmon Smolts in the Penobscot River, Maine, Alejandro Molina Moctezuma

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Synthesis and Characterization of Double Network Hydrogels Containing Norbornene-Modified Carboxymethyl Cellulose and Cellulose Nanofibrils, Tessali Xiaozhu Morrison

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Helping Wounded Soldiers and Anxious Families: The United States Sanitary Commission and the Origin of Modern Philanthropy in the United States, Martin L. Novom

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Understanding Latina Undergraduate Engineering Student Persistence, Yarissa I. Ortiz-Vidal

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Legacy Effects of Alternative Riparian Forest Harvest Practices on Headwater Streams and Forest Ecosystems in Western Maine, Mitchell Paisker

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Adsorptive Surface Modification of Cellulose Nanocrystals to Stabilize Nutraceuticals Loaded Lipid Carriers for Food Application, Avinash S. Patel

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Predicting and Managing Risk to Bats at Commercial Wind Farms using Acoustics, Trevor Peterson

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Applications of Regional Agglomeration: Measures of Localization and Urbanization, Mariya Pominova

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Calculating Infinite Series Using Parseval's Identity, James R. Poulin

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The Relationship between Non-Suicidal Self-Injury and Suicidal Ideation: The Role of Emotion Reactivity and Negative Problem Orientation, Victoria Quiñones

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Using Engaged Rhetorical Methods to Understand and Inform Collaborative Decision Making About Dams and Restoration in the Penobscot River Watershed, Tyler Quiring

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Responses of Juvenile Atlantic Salmon to Competition and Environmental Change: Implications for Performance in Maine Streams, Nicole C. Ramberg-Pihl

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Senders, Receivers, and Spillover Dynamics: Understanding Transformative Forces of Aquaculture in the Marine Aquarium Trade, Bryce Risley

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The Colonization of a Multi-functional Artificial Reef Designed for the American Lobster, Homarus Americanus, Christopher Roy

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Stress, Social Problem Solving, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Cross-Lagged Panel Design Investigation of Interactive Influences, Natalie M. Roy

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Discovery of Distinct Mechanisms Underlying the Relationship Between Drug Taking and Predisposing Behaviors, Tyler A. Roy

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Human-Giraffe Interactions: Characterizing Poaching and Use of Parts as a Threat to Giraffe in Northern Kenya, Kirstie Ruppert

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Language, Identity, and Citizenship: Politics of Education in Madawaska, 1842-1920, Elisa E A Sance

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Processing Modeling of Hot Air Convective Drying of Sugar Kelp (Saccharina Latissima), Praveen Kumar Sappati

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A Numerical Survey of Multi-Planet Systems’ Inclination Excitation and Survival Under the Influence of an Oblate, Tilted Star, Kathleen M T Schultz