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 2013

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Generation and detection of unique DNA taggant sequences for labeling and tracking of explosives, Megan Tierney Harris

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Models for Infused and Bonded Fiber Reinforced Polymer Sandwich Composite Marine Joints, Scott Michael Tomlinson

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A transpersonal exploration into the living philosophy of Albert Schweitzer, Seth Toothaker

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Ecological Causes and Consequences of Trait Divergence in Invasive White Perch (Morone americana), Quenton M. Tuckett

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An Island Psalm: Compassion in the Midst of Judgment, David A. Uber

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Characterization of the Functional Role and Therapeutic Potential of microRNA miR-125a in Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Melanie Lorraine Ufkin

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Regulatory role of Slug Transcriptional Factor in Prostate Cancer, Berna Uygur

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Economic Analysis of Heterogeneity in Land Management, Blair VanderLugt

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Impacts of Copper, Zinc, and Manganese Availability on Antioxidant Enzyme Activities and Chlorophyll Fluorescence in the Symbiotic Coral Stylophora pistillata and Its Endosymbiotic Dinoflagellates, Kathryn M. Vogel

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A Model Study of the Copper River Plume and its Effects on the Northern Gulf of Alaska, Yuan Wang

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Nitrogen Subsidies in Glacial Meltwater: Implications for High Elevation Aquatic Chains, Kathryn A. Warner

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Modeling the Influence of the Last Glacial Maximum Ice Load on the Tectonics of Southeast Alaska and the South Island, New Zealand, Lauren Bronwyn Wheeler

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Context-Based Approach to Detecting Miscreant Agent Behavior in Open Multiagent Systems, Larry T. Whitsel

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Le Theatre Franco-Americain: Manifestation et Outil de l'Emergence d'Une Identite Contemporaine?, Marjolaine Whittlesey

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A Qualitative Study of East Asian Students in American High Schools: Experiences and Perspectives of Cultural Transition, Adjustment, and Personal Growth, Sherrie Winton

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Characterizing the Role of Chromosome Instability in Particulate Hexavalent Chromium-induced Carcinogenesis, Sandra S. Wise

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Father: Where Art Thou, William Richard Wood

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The Effects of Dopants on the Modification of the Conduction Band States of Cadmium Selenide Nanocrystals, Joshua Thomas Wright

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Investigations Into the Use of a Composite Tower on Floating Offshore Wind Turbine Platforms, Andrew Charles Young

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Teachers' Understandings of Inquiry and Reported Use of Scientific Practices: A Survey of NTSA Conference Attendees, Ashley M. Young

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The Effect of High Frequency Ultrasound Pretreatment on Highbush and Lowbush Blueberries' Freeze Drying Time, Anthocyanins, Phenolics, and Other Chemical Qualities, Connie Jean Young Johnson

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Production of Rosemary, Canadian Columbine. Cheddar Pink, and English Lavender, Shuyang Zhen

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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The Effects of pH on Pathogen Death Rate (Escherichia coli O157:H7, Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes) in Minimally Processed, Shelf-Stable, Non-dairy Dressings, Suzanne Agro

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Identifying Spatial Scales of Fisheries Stock Structure and Conditions That Improve Their Management, Alia Waleed Al-Humaidhi

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History of the Ross Sea Ice Sheet Based on Glacial and Lacustrine Records from Marshall Valley, Antarctica, Stephanie Allard

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First-Summer Survival and Growth of Juvenile Atlantic Salmon in Headwater Streams: Implications for Restoring Connectivity at Road Culverts, Wesley Craig Ashe

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Student Understanding of Definite Integrals with Relevance to Physics Using Graphical Representations, Rabindra R. Bajracharya

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Student Perceptions of Effective Clinical Teaching Characteristics in Dental Hygiene Programs in Northeastern States, Dawn E. Bearor

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Chemically Enhanced Water Removal in Papermaking, James John Beaupré

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A History of Westward Expansion, Bradley Beauregard

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Regulation of Virulence in Rhizoctonia Solani: Global Gene Expression Profile and Impact of Soil Amendments on Rhizoctonia Disease of Potato, Edward Bernard

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Integration of process parameter control and digital image correlation methods in an investigation of the variability of marine polymer matrix composite material properties, Keith Andrew Berube

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Leaf Area Index, Density, and Age Relationships of Eastern White Pine (Pinus Strobus L.) in Maine, Adam Ross Bland

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Educator Responses to Technology Influences in a 1:1 Laptop Middle School, David C. Boardman

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Development of Analytical Quality Control Techniques for Peppers, Hemolymph and Acemannan, Jason C. Bolton

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The Antibody and Hematological Response to rHuEPO Injections in the Horse, Travis J. Bouchard

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An AUV Simulator for Incorporating Physical Feedback, James Brawn Jr.

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Modern Wit in the Poetry of W. H. Auden, James Brophy

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Non-Invasive Imaging of Host Response in a Zebrafish Model of Candidemia, Kimberly Marie Brothers

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Catching the PHEVer: Simulating Electric Vehicle Diffusion with an Agent-Based Mixed Logit Model of Vehicle Choice, Maxwell Brown

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Facilitating Organizational Innovation: Strengthening Maine's Sustainability Solutions Network through Communication Research, Colleen Budzinski

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Relations among interpersonal processes, peer experiences, and depressive symptoms in preadolescence, Alana M. Burns

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The Astrobiology Project: Effects on Students' Science Aspirations and Achievement, and an Analysis of Self-Handicapping Behavior, Elizabeth Burroughs

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A comparison of production, costs and stand impacts among four yarding methods, Oscar Bustos-Letelier

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Diffusion Coefficients Calculated Using 137Cs Profiles Applied to 210Pb Dating in Lake Core Sediments, Douglas Louis Cahl

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Flow Field Measurements for a Cross Flow Turbine, Matthew Cameron

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Effects of Injury and Nutrition on Sediment Disturbance by a Marine Polychaete, Clymenella torquata, Beth Robin Campbell

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Synthesis and Characterization of Mesoporous Silica Membranes Modified by Atomic and Molecular Layer Deposition, David Emmett Cassidy

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The Development of Relationships Among Fans and Professional Athletes on Facebook: A Discourse Analysis of Parasocial and Social Interaction, Lindzay Marie Chapman

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A Study of Thin Fill Behavior Using Nanocalorimetry and Exploration of Potential Application, Rongkai Chen

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Conversion of Brown Seaweed into Mixed Ketones Through Carboxylate Platform Processing, Xin Chen

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Physical Modeling of Suction Caissons Loaded in Two Orthogonal Directions for Efficient Mooring of Offshore Wind Platforms, Jade Chung

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From Automobiles to Alternatives: Applying Attitude Theory and Information Technologies to Increase Shuttle Use at Rocky Mountain National Park, Kourtney Kristen Collum

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Why U.S. Bluefin Tuna Fishermen Abide by a "Flawed" System: Understanding Motives for Compliance, Christopher Middleton Condit

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Flavor Attribute Profiling of Maine-Grown Tomatoes by HPLC, Maria Jose Cortez

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Comedy of Oppression, Sarah Cottrell

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Gold Nanoconjugates as Contrast Agents for Medical Imaging, Gary A. Craig Jr.

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Roads in Salt Marshes: Flooding, Vegetation, and Sharp-Tailed Sparrow Habitat Quality in Tidally Restricted Marshes, Leah Ann Culp

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A Change Occurring: The Evolving Relationship Among Archaeologists and Wabanakis in Maine, Rosemary A. Cyr

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Testing and Modeling of High Solidity Cross-Flow Tidal Turbines, Geoffrey Steven deBree

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Characterization of Bacteria Associated with the Kleptoplastic Sea Slug Elysia chlorotica and Its Algal Prey Vaucheria litorea Using Metagenomics, Susan P. Devine

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Becoming the Center of the Universe, Gabriella D'Italia

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Calculus Students' Understanding of Area and Volume in Non-calculus Contexts, Allison J. Dorko

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Polychaete Burrowing Behavior in Sand and Mud, Kevin Terrence Du Clos

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Determinants and Interdependencies of Household Poverty and Food Insecurity in the United States, Wendy Lynne Eckert

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Analysis of Maine's Mercury Advisory, Haley Marie Engelberth

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A Comparison of Father's and Mother's Joint Book Reading with Their Toddlers and Its Effect on Emergent Literacy Development, Kristen Fahey

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Organic Sources of Nitrogen for Fresh Market Broccoli, Ryan Dorothy Fahey

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Dyadic Social Processes and Depressive Symptoms in Adolescent Dating Couples: Their Links to Relationship Quality, Partners' Perceptions, and the HPA Response to Conflict, Jessica Fales

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A Thesis in Two Parts: Estimating Willingness-to-Pay for Cellulosic Wood Ethanol and Examining the Social Costs of Hydroelectric Production in Quebec, Canada, Katherine Farrow

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Feminism on the Final Frontier: Perceptions of Gender Performativity in Joss Whedon's Firefly, Mandi Favreau

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Thermal Fracture of Homogeneous and Functionally Graded Ceramics with Multiple Surface Cracks, Yuezhong Feng

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Food Safety Knowledge of 18-26 Year Old University of Maine Students: Establishing Baseline Data, Chelsea Catherine Ferk

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A Phenomenological Approach to Understanding the Role of Bodily Activity in Chemical Imagining, Virginia J. Flood

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Econometric Analyses of Two Determinants of Regional Retail Establishment Growth and Sales Activity—Cruise Tourism and Big-Box Stores, Emily Ann Freedman

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The Effect of Microstructural and Rheological Heterogeneity on Porphyroblast Kinematics and Bulk Strength in Porphyroblastic Schists, Ben Michael Frieman

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Design and Development of Advanced Surgical Robotic Systems, Siavash Gheshmi

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Agriculture as Art, William Giordano

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The Original Meaning and Intent of the Maine Indian Land Claims: Penobscot Perspectives, Maria L. Girouard

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Zeolite Supported Photodecomposition Catalysts, Robert S. Gomez

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Cell-Matrix Adhesion in Muscle Development and Disease, Michelle F. Goody

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Characterization of Silica Supported Cobalt Fischer-Tropsch Catalysts by X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy, Benjamin Goundie

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Climate-Related Adaptation in Coastal Maine: A Study of Governance and Decision Process, Alexander G. Gray

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Reading Bitch Magazine: Audience Interaction with Third Wave Feminism, Chelsea L. Grieve

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Leadership in New Media, Justin Hafford

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The Emergence of the Transsexual in Surgery: A Genealogical Analysis, Amanda L. Hallett

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The Effects of a CO2-Driven Decrease in pH on Aspects of Larval American Lobster, Homarus Americanus H. Milne-Edwards 1837, Development: A Simplified Model of Near-Future Ocean Acidification Effects, Joshua Hall

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Assessing the Nutrition Behavior and Built Environment of Cobscook Bay, Maine, William David Hamilton

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Theoretical considerations for black hole formation in supernova ejecta, Andrew Paul Hayes

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Fish Community Response to a Small-Stream Dam Removal in a Coastal Maine Tributary, Robert Scott Hogg

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On the Algebraic Reformulation of the Partition Function, Emily Igo

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Remapping Videos: An Experiment in Embodiment of Code Process, Heather R. Inman

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Assessment of Audio Interfaces for use in Smartphone Based Spatial Learning Systems for the Blind, Shreyans Jain

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Cooperative Fisheries Research in New England: Participant Perceptions, Phoebe Jekielek

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Interannual and Seasonal Variability of Calanus Finmarchicus Lipids in the Gulf of Maine, Phoebe E. Jekielek

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It is X / It is Not X / It is Both X and Not X / It is Niether X nor Not X, Kat Johnson

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Evaluating Factors Influencing Forest Growth across Climatic and Silvicultural Gradients in Northern Forests of the United States, Sarah Elizabeth Johnson

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The Role of Specific Types of Friends' Support Responses in Predicting Psychological Adjustment in Victimized Children, Amy J. Kaye

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Cops, Cameras and Accountability: User-Generated Online Video and Public Space Police-Civilian Interactions, Douglas Alan Kelly

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A Certain Season of Horror: Ghost Stories, Jacob Kempfert