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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 2019

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Maine's Forestry and Logging Industry: Building a Model for Forecasting, Jonathan Gendron

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Cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) for textile applications: production of neat CNF filaments and reinforcement of natural fiber yarns, Shokoofeh Ghasemi

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Northern Conifer Forest Management: Silvicultural, Economic, and Ecological Outcomes From 65 Years of Study, Maren Granstrom

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Modeling, Simulation, and Validation of Process-Structure-Property Relationships in Fused Filament Fabrication, Aaron Grant

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Improved Estimates of Tributary Nitrogen Load to Casco Bay, Maine, Whitley J. Gray

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Battle Over Black Bears: Investigating Perceptions of the Black Bear Hunting Referendums in Maine, Francesca A. Gundrum

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Modeling Thermoregulation in Peromyscus, Jake Gutkes

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Shear Connectors For Hybrid Composite FRP-Concrete Bridge Girders, Dante Guzzi

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An Investigation on the Effects of Cellulose Nanofibrils on the Performance of Cement Based Composites, Hosain Haddad Kolour

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Physiological Effects of Climate Change on the American Lobster, Homarus americanus, Amalia M. Harrington

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Shocks to the System: The Micropolitics of Communities in Economic Shock When Determining the Outcome of Local Education, Kathy Jeanne Harris-Smedberg

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Deep Benthic Coral Habitats of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska, Elise C. Hartill

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Characterization of ethanol-related phenotypic differences between C57BL/6J and C57BL/6NJ substrains: Role of Cyfip2?, Matthew C. Hartmann

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Influence of Mechanical Properties of Paper Coating on the Crack at the Fold Problem, Seyyed Mohammad Hashemi Najafi

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Understanding Substance Use and Recovery in Maine: A Culture-Centered Approach, Carter Hathaway

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Exploring Different Peripheral Nociceptive Input Underlying Ongoing and Movement Evoked Cancer-Induced Bone Pain, Joshua Havelin

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Using Question Variations to Access Alternate Student Thinking About the Same Physical Situations, Jeffrey Mathis Hawkins

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Hors de l'ombre: L'environnement et la communauté gaie montréalaise dans "Le gay savoir" de Michel Tremblay / Out of the Shadows: The Environment and the Montreal Gay Community in Michel Tremblay's "Le gay savoir", Zackary L. Haynes

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"There Isn't Anything that Guy Can't Teach About Cars": How Nontraditional Female Career and Technical Education Students Perceive Instructor Effectiveness, Christopher J. Healy

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Living on the edge: thermophysiology of the southern flying squirrel at its northern range margin, Vanessa R. Hensley

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Mercury Concentrations in Aquatic Insects of Two Maine Coastal Streams: Temporal Patterns of Mercury in Aquatic Insect Biosentinels and Implications for Methylmercury Flux, Megan C. Hess

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Participatory Modeling of Tidal Circulation on Maine Mudflats to Improve Water Quality Management of Shellfish Areas, Gabrielle V. Hillyer

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Fractures, Fluids, and Metamorphism: Shear Zone Initiation in the Marcy Anorthosite Massif, Adirondacks, New York, USA, James Hodge

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Validation of a Fluorescence-Based Bacteria Enumeration and Viability Determination Method Using Image Cytometry, Matthew R. Hodgkin

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Determining the Influence of Lateral Margin Mechanical Properties on Glacial Flow, Kate Hruby

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Mechanisms of Humility's Influence on Prosociality, Matthew A. Humphreys

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Comparing Independent Approaches to Estimate Age at Size of the Jonah Crab (Cancer borealis): Corroborating Gastric Mill Band Counts as a Direct Aging Method, Carlton Huntsberger

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Local Food Policy & Consumer Food Cooperatives: Evolutionary Case Studies, Afton Hupper

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The Potential for Dickeya dianthicola to be Vectored by Two Common Insect Pests of Potatoes, Jonas K. Insinga

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Cellulose Nano-composites for Performance Enhancement of Portland Cement-based Materials, Kavya Shirisha Kamasamudram

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Conversion of Pretreated Hardwood to Medium-Chain Fatty Acids for Production of Biolubricants, Koorosh Kashkooli

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Assessing Quantitative Reasoning in a Ninth Grade Science Class Using Interdisciplinary Data Story Assignments, Bryn W. Keenhold

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Sound Commodity: Contemporary Public Radio and Podcasting, Casey R. Kelly

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Utilization of Low-lime Calcium Silicate in Hydrated and Carbonated Cementitious Materials, Mohammad Rakibul Islam Khan

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Effects of Salt Concentration on the Physicochemical Properties and Microbial Safety of Spontaneously Fermented Cabbage, Surbhi Khanna

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Identification of Chromatin Regulators Perturbed in Hematopoietic Stem and Progenitor Cell Aging, Eraj S. Khokhar

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Why Do Glaciers Surge? Understanding the Last Eight Surges of Donjek Glacier, Yukon, Canada, William Kochtitzky

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A 2000 Year Detailed Climate Reconstruction Using a South Pole Ice Core, Elena Korotkikh

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Root Biomass and Other Soil Properties Affecting the CO2 Flush from Laboratory Dried and Rewetted Soils, Audrey E. Laffely

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Transdisciplinary Creative Ecologies in Contemporary Art within Emergent Processes, Siglinde Langholz Villarreal

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Perspectives on Water Resources Risk, Policy, and Stewardship, Anne Marie Lausier

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Development of an Electrical Interface for A Lateral Field Excited Sensor System, Thomas J. Leighton

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A Qualitative Representation of Spatial Scenes in R2 with Regions and Lines, Joshua Lewis

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Valuing the Economic Benefits of Conservation Lands in Downeast Maine, Lesley Lichko

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Development of Finite Element Techniques to Simulate Concrete-Filled Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Tube Structures, Hakeem S. Majeed

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Understory Response to Gap-based, Multi-aged Silviculture, Maggie R. Mansfield

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3D Printed Bioinspired Vascularized Polymers, Kayla Marquis

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Assessing Migrations and Habitat Connectivity for two Anadromous Species Following a Major Restoration Effort in the Penobscot River, Maine, George A. Maynard

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Mechanisms of Ice Core Stable Isotope Variability in the Upper Kaskawulsh-Donjek Region, St. Elias Mountains, Yukon, Canada, Erin A. McConnell

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Damage Resistance and Tolerance of 3D Woven Composites, Justin T. McDermott

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Multi-level Governance of Climate Change Adaptation: United Nations Negotiations and Adaptation Project Implementation in Nicaragua and Samoa, Anna E. McGinn

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Sexual Dimorphism in a Mouse Model of Dry Eye Disease, Neal Mecum

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"When We Develop An Agriculture That Fits This Land": Soil Conservation, Landscape Change, And The Making Of Agroecological Knowledge In The Appalachian South, 1930-1955, Cody P. Miller

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Nonverbal Communication and Its Role in Building Rapport: A Mixed Methods Study of K-12 Teachers, Barbara M. Moody

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A Tale of Two Bays: the Development and Applications of the Saco and Casco Modeling Project, Stephen M. Moore

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Synthesis and Characterization of Heteronuclear Inorganic Complexes for the Photodegradation of Persistant Organic Pollutants, Matthew A. Moyet

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Effects of High Pressure and Sous-Vide Processing On Quality of Atlantic Sea Scollops (Placopecten Magellanicus), Dhriti Nayyar

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The dispersal pattern of Thekopsora minima in wild blueberry determined by a molecular detection method, Nghi Nguyen

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Optical Memory Behavior, Metallophilic Luminescence, and Chemical Sensing Ability of Inorganic and Organometallic Complexes: Development of Optoelectronic Materials, Aaron D. Nicholas

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Response of Early Life Stage Homarus americanus to Ocean Warming and Acidification: an Interpopulation Comparison, Maura K. Niemisto

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From Harmony to the Field, Steven E. Norton

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Innovative Resources in Small Ruminant Health, Sarah Paluso

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Process Optimization of Levulinic Acid Production From Seaweeds and Its Upgrading to TDO Oil, Maurvin Patel

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Projecting the Mind: Surrealist Ideas with Contemporary Tools, Adam C. Paul

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Social-ecological Heterogeneity Shapes Resilience of Small-scale Fisheries: An Interdisciplinary Analysis of the Mexican Chocolate Clam Fishery in Loreto, Mexico, Kara E. Pellowe

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Assessing the Effectiveness of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program on Diet Quality as Measured by the Healthy Eating Index 2005, Sarah A. Perkins

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A New Materialist Rhetoric: Theorizing Movement from a Rhetorical Ethnography of Hiking, Bryan Picciotto

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Optimizing Legume-Based Nitrogen Fertility For Organic Small Grain Systems, Margaret A. Pickoff

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Silver, Blood and Singing, Zachary J. Posey

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The Effects of Sediment Acidification and Temperature on the Immune Capacity of the Atlantic Jackknife (Razor) Clam (Ensis leei M. Huber, 2015), Brian Preziosi

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Parameters that Influence the Performance of Dispersion Barrier Coatings, Randy Raditya

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The Effect of Public-Place Smoking Bans on Risky Health Behavior among different Races and Ethnicities in the United States, Muntasir Rahman

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Designing a Comprehensive School-Wide Program in Character Development and Leadership for High School Students, Mark C. Reilly

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Potential Value-added Utilization of Wood Ash in Construction Materials, Naveen Saladi

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Submist as an Effective Method for the Rooting of Herbaceous and Woody Ornamental Plants by Stem Cuttings, Olivia Sanchez

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Learning Science: Physical and Life Sciences in Curricula Across U.S. Schools of Nursing, Valerie C. Sauda

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Paper Structure Formation Simulation, Tyler R. Seekins

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The Importance of Administrative Supports in Retaining Special Educators: A Comparison of Administrator and Teacher Perceptions, Mary Ellen Seymour

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Mountain Livelihoods in a Time of Change: a Case Study of Upper Mustang in Nepal, Sandesh Shrestha

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Development of a Hybrid Thermoplastic Composite and Concrete Deck System, Benjamin T. Smith

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Embeddings of Harary Graphs in Orientable Surfaces, Christopher Allen Smith

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Challenges to Economic Resiliency and Performance: Measuring the Regional Impacts of Rurality and Space, Elena S. Smith

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Examining the Relationship Between a Universal Screening Measure and a State Reading Assessment, Karen G. Smith

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Productivity, Costs, and Best Management Practices for Major Timber Harvesting Frameworks in Maine, Harikrishnan Soman

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Navigating Wilderness and Borderland: Environment and Culture in the Northeastern Americas during the American Revolution, Daniel S. Soucier

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Towards a Unified Disease Mechanism for tRNA Synthetase-Mediated Peripheral Neuropathy, Emily L. Spaulding

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New Methodologies for Examining and Supporting Student Reasoning in Physics, John C. Speirs

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Tide and Storm Surge Dynamics in Estuaries of Variable Morphology, Preston Spicer

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Climate-Driven Migration: Prioritizing Cultural Resources Threatened by Secondary Impacts of Climate Change, Ani St. Amand

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The Influences of Kokumi on Emotions and Satisfaction, Tamara Stephens

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Response of Estuarine Fish Biomass to Restoration in the Penobscot River, Maine, Justin R. Stevens

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Microbial Diversity of the Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast (SCOBY) and its Impact on the Organoleptic Properties of Kombucha, Danielle L. St-Pierre

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Reaction Kinetics Analysis of C-O Hydrogenoloysis in Phenol and 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural, Daniela Ignacia Stuck Valenzuela

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Novel Configurations of Ionic Polymer-Metal Composites (IPMCs) As Sensors, Actuators, and Energy Harvesters, Seyed Ehsan Tabatabaie

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A Laboratory Investigation of Cement Based Materials with Cellulose Nanofibers, Parivash Takasi

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Girl Thing, Morghen Tidd

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Using Low Frequency Audio Content in Order to Use a Given Space as an Instrument, Berkay Tok

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A Longitudinal Study of Mammograms Utilizing the Automated Wavelet Transform Modulus Maxima Method, Brian C. Toner

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Predicting Response of Potato and Barley to Climate Change in Maine Using the Crop Model DSSAT, Brogan Tooley

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Linking Environmental Variability to the Biogeography of Placopecten magellanicus in the Gulf of Maine, Michael Paul Torre