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.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2022

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The Rapid Enumeration of a Mixed Culture of S. cerevisiae & L. plantarum in Beer Using Image-based Cytometry, Kevin M. Kennedy

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Engineering the Development of Neuromuscular Circuitry On-Chip, Inès Khiyara

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Characteristics Contributing to Uncertainty in Image-based Artificial Intelligence Classifications of Colonial Nesting Birds, Logan Kline

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Catalytic Ring Opening of Mono- and Bicyclic Compounds for the Production of Renewable Diesel and Jet Fuel, Matthew J. Kline

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Analysis of U.S. Labor Market Matching Efficiencies and New Hires Rates by Gender and State, Mary K. Klinko

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Developing and Characterizing a Novel TEMPO CNF Hydrogel Adjuvant and Delivery System for Aquatic Vaccines, Kora Kukk

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Sustainability in Forest Operations: Harvesting on Fragile Ground, Best Management Practices Assessment, Perspectives on Forest Certification, and Life Cycle Assessment of Forest Products, Alex Kunnathu George

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Modification of Cellulose Nanofibrils (CNFs) to Develop a Hydrophobic and Anti-Oxidative Food Packaging Film, Suriyaprakaash LakshmiBalasubramaniam

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Seabirds as Proxies for Past El Niño Events in Coastal Peru: An Archaeo-Ornithological Approach, Heather A. Landazuri

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The Organizational Evolution of Small Food Buying Clubs, Taylor Lange

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The Home Project: an Examination of How Home Changed During the COVID-19 Global Pandemic Using Socially Engaged Art, Rochelle Lawrence

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Giving Form to Flow: Modeling the Paleohydrological Context for Human Settlement and Water Use in the North-Central Coast of Peru, Elizabeth Leclerc

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Using Reflex Actions to Predict Delayed Post-harvest Mortality of American Lobster (Homarus americanus) in Maine’s Lobster Supply Chain, Cassandra Leeman

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Implementation and Testing of Surface Acoustic Wave Strain Sensors for Harsh Environment Applications, David W. Leff

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A Bird's Eye View: Observer Uncertainty in Aerial Image Counts of Colonial Seabirds and An Assessment of the Status of Coastal Island Gull and Cormorant Populations, Meredith A. Lewis

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Simulations of Coastal Currents, Transport and Population Connectivity of Blue Mussel (Mytilus edulis) in the Gulf of Maine, Denghui Li

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“Bacanora for Bats”: a Multispecies Ethnography in the Sonora-Arizona Borderlands, Sara Lowden

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The Category of Modules Over a Leavitt Path Algebra, Davis MacDonald

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Regional Scale Generalizations of Firn Thickness and Snow Accumulation in Southeast Alaska: an Applied Deep Learning Framework, Jonathan Maurer

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Implementation and Teacher Leadership of Collaborative Efforts During the Challenges Surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic, George R. Mayfield III

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Development of Thermoplastic Composite External Reinforcing of Concrete Decking System, Jackman A. Mickiewicz

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Supervision to Support Reflective Practices, Laura Susan Miller

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Agency of in-service Elementary Science Teachers During a Global Pandemic, Anica Miller-Rushing

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Stereoselective Synthesis of Pseudosaccharide Derivative and Bisphosphoramidate Core of EM2487, Saad Z. Mohammed Ali

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3D Computer Modeling Offers New Insights Into Diatom Ecology, Joseph Mohan

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Joining Methods For Continuous Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastic Composites In Structural Applications, Andrew Moran

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Night of the Comet, Haleigh Morgan

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The Art of Surviving: Alchemy of Healing Trauma in Relation to Identity: A Self Study., Rebecca Morgan

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The Role of Technology in the Development of PK-12 Teacher Leadership During COVID-19, Mia L. Morrison

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Numerical Modeling of Vocal Control and Patient-specific Surgical Planning of Type 1 Thyroplasty, Mohammadreza Movahhedi

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The City with a Bathtub Ring: A Century of Shared Industrial Identity in Belfast, Maine, Michael Munson

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Low Cost and Reliable Wireless Sensor Networks for Environmental Monitoring, Sonia Naderi

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Development of a Structural Finite Element Modeling Approach for Hybrid Composite-Steel Shipping Containers, Jason Nagy

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Botanically Inclined: Elementary Students' Knowledge of Plant Structures and Their Functions Captured in Drawings, Emilie Oesterlin

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Strategies to Promote Value and Resilience in the American Lobster (Homarus americanus) Industry, Nicole Orminski

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Improving Degree of Delignification and Selectivity of Oxygen Delignification of Southern Pine Kraft Pulp, Azadeh Pahlevanzadeh

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Road Salt Use Analysis in the Context of Changing Winter Weather Conditions, Dikshya Parajuli

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Development and Testing of a 1:70 Scale Model Wind Turbine of the IEA Reference 15 MW Floating Offshore System, Amber Parker

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Reconciliationism and the Professionalization of History: a Case Study in the Legacy of White Supremacy and Abuse of History in Early Twentieth Century History Textbooks, Carol Patterson-Martineau

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Career Readiness of Recently Credentialed Registered Dietitian Nutritionists, Maegan Perrault

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The Long-term Impact of Dam Removals on Penobscot River Migratory Fishes, Erin Peterson

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Assessing the Long-term Effects of Natural Disturbance-based Silvicultural on the Avian Assemblage at the Acadian Forest Ecosystem Research Program, Carl Pohlman

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Glaciochemical Investigations in Three Southern Hemisphere Mountain Sites, Mariusz Potocki

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Sustainability Conversations for Impact: Transdisciplinarity on Four Scales, Katrina Brewster Pugh

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Nanomaterials for Sustainability: Using Spectroscopy and Quantum Chemistry for Microkinetic Modeling of Thermo- and Photo- Catalysts, Amir Rahmani Chokanlu

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The CPSA and PSR Proteins of Streptococcus agalactiae Provide a United Front to Protect Against the Host Immune System, Atefeh Rajaei

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Investigating the Teaching and Assessment Experiences of Maine Secondary Science Teachers During the COVID-19 Lockdown, Anupam Raj

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Optimization of a Lightweight Floating Offshore Wind Turbine with Water-Ballast Motion Mitigation Technology, William Ramsay

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Charged-Particle Interactions to Generate Novel Coatings and Materials, Pradnya D. Rao

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Quantitative Silviculture of Northern Conifers, David G. Ray

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Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Deadwood in Forests of the Northeastern United States, Zoe Read

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Measuring & Planning for Community & Climate Resilience, Joseph Reed

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Weak Gravitational Lensing Analysis in Two Superclusters of Galaxies, Sarah B. Rice

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Wave and Tide Driven Nearshore Processes: Implications for Tidal Asymmetry and Coastal Protection, Samuel Rickerich

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Linking Local Knowledge & Community Science in Support of Coastal Marine Stewardship, Sarah Risley

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Reinsmen, Roadways and the Emerging Northern Maine Frontier, 1810-1860, Loretta M. Risner

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Reinsmen, Roadways, and the Emerging Northern Maine Frontier, 1810-1860, Loretta Mary Risner

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Borderline Grading Decisions: The Factors that Influence the Choices of High School Physical Science Teachers, Kate Roberts

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I am Kind, I am Smart, I am Important: The Effects of Self- Affirmation on Women’s Confrontational Responses to Sexism, Kathryn L. Roderick

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Assessment of Cellular Alignment and Proliferation on Cellulose Nanofibril(CNF) Films, Sahar Roozbahani

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Design, Implementation, and Test of Spacecraft Antennae and a Ground Station for MESAT1, Travis Russell

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Development and Production of Cellulose Nanocrystal Fillers, PVA Fibers and Composite PVA/CNC Fibers with Electro-Spray/Spinning for Application in Thermoplastic Reinforcement, J. Elliott Sanders

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The Effects of a Universal Income Transfer on Food Insecurity within Households, Prianka Maria Sarker

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Statistical Analysis of Frequency and Severity of Lane Departure Crashes in Maine, Alainie A. Sawtelle

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Biophysical Interactions and Social Perceptions of Ixodes scapularis (Acari: Ixodidae) Exposure Risk Due to Climate Change, Brittany Schappach

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Northern White-Cedar Stand Structure, Composition, and Ecophysiology: Implications for Management and Climate Change Resilience, Katlyn Schulz

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Modeling The Impact of The COVID-19 Pandemic on Speeding at Rural Roadway Facilities in Maine Using Short-Term Speed and Traffic Count Data., Amirhossein Shahlaeegilan

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Co-rumination, Romantic Relationships, and Depressive Symptom Development in Adolescence, Jessica L. Shankman

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Socio-Economic Resilience of Natural Resource Dependent Communities, Gabrielle Sherman

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Micro-particle Entrainment From Density Mismatching Mixture by Dip Coating Process, S M Abu Naser Shovon

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Searching for a Solution to Political Polarization in the U.S. Through a Feminist Ethics of Care, Marissa Smith

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Form and Risk Class Distribution and Its Effect on Estimated Product Ratios in Commercial Species Commonly Found in Northeastern Forests and a Comparative Analysis of Contrasting Field Inventory Methodologies, Ryan Smith

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Microstructural Analysis for Dynamic Pulverization and Asymmetric Damage at the Base of Seismogenic Strike-slip Faults, Bo Ra Song

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Performance Enhancement of Hyperspectral Semantic Segmentation Leveraging Ensemble Networks, Nicholas Soucy

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Genetic Characterization of Centromere-Mediated Uniparental Genome Elimination in Arabidopsis, Diana Spencer

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Mixing Processes in Tidally Pulsed River Plumes: Mechanisms, Significance, and Variability, Preston Spicer

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Archaeological Bivalves as El Niño-Southern Oscillation (Enso) Proxies, Frankie St. Amand

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On the Notion of a Medium, Keaton Studebaker

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Development of Methods for Surface Modification of Semiconductor Photocatalysts and Biopolymers for Applications in Water Treatment and 3D Printing, Sabrina Sultana

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Supporting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Learning in White Majority Settings, Susan Thibedeau

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The Day the Day Fell Asleep, Christopher Thomas

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The Role of Internal and External Coaches in Supporting Implementation of Proficiency Based Learning at the Secondary Level, Katie M. Thompson

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A Sky Island Perspective: New England Alpine Plant Distributions Across the Region, Andrea Tirrell

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What Women Bring to the Fight: An Analysis of Female Leadership in U.S. National Security, Alison Tobey

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The Value of Peer Supervisory Practices, Josh Tripp

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Miss USA Meets Feminism: A Qualitative Study Exploring Contestants' Thoughts on Feminism, Julia Van Steenberghe

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Orion's Eyes, Adam Ray Wagner

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Computational Investigations of the Fluid-Structure Interaction During Phonation: The Role of Vocal Fold Elasticity and Glottal Flow Unsteadiness, Xiaojian Wang

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Development and Characterization of Bound Metal Deposition Including Laser Ablation, Alexander J. Watson

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How Race, Gender, and Body Positioning Impact Perceptions and Interactions With Those in Power, Adele Weaver

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Mechanisms of Antimicrobial Agent Cetylpyridinium Chloride Mitochondrial Toxicity in Rodent and Primary Human Cells: Super-resolution Microscopy Reveals Nanostructural Disruption, Sasha R. Weller

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Optimization of Synthetic Mooring Systems for Floating Offshore Wind Turbines, William M. West

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Structure From Motion Methodology Captures Seasonal Influences on Coastal Bluff Erosion and Landslide Hazards in Casco Bay, ME, Nicholas Whiteman

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Evaluation of Fish Assemblage Composition and the Expansion of an Invasive Species Following Dam Removal and Upgraded Fish Passage in the Penobscot River, Maine, Kory A. Whittum

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Teacher Listening and Reflection as a Way to Broaden Teacher Pedagogical Conceptual Understanding of Mathematics at the Elementary Level, Glen D. Widmer

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Exploring Reusable Takeout Packaging as an Alternative to Disposable Plastics in Maine's Restaurant Industry, Jared Wildwistle

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Teacher Growth in Knowledge of Conservation of Energy and in Self-Efficacy, Paul H. Wilson

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Quantifying the Carbon Sequestration and Economic Potential of Natural Climate Solutions from Maine's Working Forests, Logan Woodyard

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Engineering the Spectrum of Near-Field Thermal Radiation, Saman Zare

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The Effects of Regional Separatism on Late Roman Identity in Fourteenth-Century Byzantium, Evangelos Zarkadas