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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Gray Codes in Music Theory, Isaac L. Vaccaro

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A Synthesis Program: Reducing Uncertainties of the Terrestrial Biosphere Carbon Cycle at Various Spatio Temporal Scales, Xinyuan Wei

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A Macroeconomic Investigation of the Labor Market Matching Efficiency, Sarah M. Welch

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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Elucidation of the Factors Affecting the Production and Properties of Novel Wood Composites Made Using Renewable Nanomaterials as a Binder, Ezatollah Amini

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Intravital Imaging in a Zebrafish Model Elucidates Interactions Between Mucosal Immunity and Pathogenic Fungi, Linda S. Archambault

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The Association of Late-Life Depression, Cognitive Functioning, and Sleep Disorder in Aging, Jessica B. Aronis

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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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Three-dimensional Analytical Model of Tidal Flow in the Damariscotta River Estuary, ME, Stephanie L. Ayres

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The Development of Regional Forest Inventories Through Novel Means, Elias Ayrey

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Neuromuscular Development and Phenotypic Variation in Zebrafish Models of Dystroglycanopathy, Erin Bailey

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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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Social Identity Theory and the #Vanlife Movement, Jessica Bergstrom

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Hydro-Climatic Dynamics of Lake Watershed Systems in a Changing Climate, Mussie Tekie Beyene

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Mya arenaria and Oxygen Isotopes: An Analysis to Suggest Season of Occupation at Holmes Point East (62-6), Holmes Point West (62-8), and Joves Cove (44-13), Maine, Emily Blackwood

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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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The Importance of Brain-Adipose Communication for Metabolic Homeostasis, Magdalena Blaszkiewicz

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Pre-service Elementary Teachers' Use of Spatial Diagrams: Investigations of Unbounded Shearing on Solid Figures, Camden G. Bock

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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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Rapid Prototyping to Roll-to-Roll Manufacturing of Microfluidic Devices, Amber Lee Boutiette

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

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Design, Construction and Application of a Home-Built, Two-Photon Microscope, William P. Breeding

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"The Dream is in the Process:" Environmental Racism and Environmental Justice in Boston, 1900 to 2000, Michael J. Brennan

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Performance of the Intrac Wireless Activity Tracking System for the Afari Assistive Device, Drew Browning

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

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Efficacy of Alternative Sanitization Methods on Wild Blueberries and Fresh Cut Cantaloupe, Selena Callahan

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Feeding the Empire: Grain, Warfare, and the Persistence of the British Atlantic Economy, 1765-1815, Patrick Callaway

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Stress Tolerance of an Invasive Alga, Crateloupia Toruturu, and Studies of Bacterial Communities of Fucus Spp. Along an Intertidal Stress Gradient, Kyle Arin Capistrant-Fossa

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Developing a Robust Model-Based Framework to Estimate Groundfish Abundance and Understanding Spatial Variability in Life History of Atlantic Cod (Gadus Morhua) in the Eastern Gulf of Maine, John A. Carlucci

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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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Chemical Tools for the Synthesis and Analysis of Glycans, Thamrongsak Cheewawisuttichai

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Spruce Budworm Defoliation Dynamics and its Influence on the Acadian Forest, Cen Chen

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Characterization of Nano-Cellulose Based Composites For Biomedical Applications, Mitchell P. Chesley

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Theory of Lexicographic Differentiation in the Banach Space Setting, Jaeho Choi

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Understanding the Dynamics of Unclaimed Terrorism Events in Pakistan: A Machine Learning Approach, Evan Christie

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Investigation of Student Understanding of Implicit Differentiation, Connor Chu

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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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Grower Risk and Community Perception: Impediments to Growing Maine's Aquaculture Industry, Avery W. Cole

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The Effects of Timber Harvesting on Blacklegged Tick (Ixodes Scapularis) Abundance and Infection Prevalence, Christine Conte

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Niche Evolution Along a Gradient of Ecological Specialization, Meaghan Conway

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Assessment of Helical Anchors Bearing Capacity for Offshore Aquaculture Applications, Leon D. Cortes Garcia

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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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Student Retention, Coping, and Communication: A Study of Student Responses to a Common Read at a Small Liberal Arts College, Debbie Cunningham

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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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Evolution of the Material Structure and Resultant Deformation Patterns on the Western Margin of the Ross Ice Shelf, Clara Deck

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The Rise and Decline of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation in Ontario and Quebec during World War II, 1939 - 1945, Charles A. Deshaies

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Investigating connections between Iceberg Melt Rates and Glacier Dynamics on the Antarctic Peninsula, Mariama C. Dryak

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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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Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of MAPK Signaling During JC Polyomavirus Infection, Jeanne DuShane

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Teacher Professional Development Using Iterative Inquiry-Based Chemistry Workshop, Clint Eaton

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In Hot Water: A Multi-Level Analysis of Structure, Agency, and Adaptive Governance in Chile's Lake Region, Sarah Ebel

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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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An Epidemiological Model with Simultaneous Recoveries, Ariel B. Farber

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Fragmentation, Frustrated Revolt, and Off-Shore Opportunity: A Comparative Examination of Jihadi Mobilization in Central Asia and the South Caucasus, William B. Farrell

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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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Getting Over the Dam: Overcoming Institutional Barriers to the Recovery of Atlantic Salmon by Navigating the Social-science/policy interface, Melissa E. Flye

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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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Spatial and Temporal Variation in the Aquatic Invertebrate Community Structure of Rock Pools Along the Penobscot River, Maine, Chase R. Gagne