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 2022

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Night of the Comet, Haleigh 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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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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Measuring & Planning for Community & Climate Resilience, Joseph Reed

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

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

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

Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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Lexicographic Sensitivity Functions for Nonsmooth Models in Mathematical Biology, Matthew D. Ackley

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An Investigation of Students' Use and Understanding of Evaluation Strategies, Abolaji R. Akinyemi

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Circulation and Transport Timescales in Tidally Dominated Estuaries, Sohaib Alahmed

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Development of a Novel Haptic Feedback System for Gait Training Applications, Mohsen Alizadeh Noghani

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Understanding Hydrologic Risk Within the Context of Climate Variability and Atmospheric Moisture Pathways, Ali Aljoda

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Comparison Between CPU and GPU for Parallel Implementation for a Neural Network Model Using Tensorflow and a Big Dataset, Intisar Alkaabwi

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Design, Quantification, and Strengthening of Interface Interaction Between Aramid Fibers and Polymer Matrix, Karrar Al-Quraishi

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NIMBY: A Look into Public Perceptions of Aquaculture, Nicholas D. Alvarez

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Subliminal, Eric Arnold

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Modern and Paleo Perspectives on the Role of the Westerlies in Glaciation, Alexander Audet

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Soil Organic Carbon in Maine, Its Responses to Biochar Addition, and Climate Change, Xue Bai

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And Drop, Lydia Balestra

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A Concealment Shoe as Ritualistic Grieving Gesture: A Case Study in an Early 20th Century Maine Finnish Immigrant Community, Anne Bardaglio

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Examining Scale-Dependent, nonstationary Environmental Effects on American Lobster (Homarus americanus) Spatial Distribution and Habitat Suitability in a Changing Gulf of Maine, Jamie Behan

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Discards & Diverse Economies: Reuse in Rural Maine, Brieanne Berry

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Thermal and Mechanical Numerical Modeling of Extrusion-based 3d Printed Reinforced Polymers for Selecting Manufacturing Process Parameters, Sunil Bhandari

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Investigation of Mass-Manufactured Nanostructured Material for Contamination Detection via Structural Color Analysis, Oisin Biswas

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Gait Rehabilitation Using Biomechanics and Exoskeletons, Jacob Bloom

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Individual Differences and Ecological Validity of Emotion Regulation in Response to Sadness, Colin M. Bosma

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The Impacts of Embryonic Arsenic Exposure of Fundulus heteroclitus, Torey Bowser

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Forest Phenology in Maine: Trends and Drivers Over the Past Two Decades and Implications for Resource Managers, Valeria Briones

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Marine Aquaculture in Maine: Understanding Diverse Perspectives and Interactions at Multiple Scales, Melissa L. Britsch

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Food Safety and Functionality Assessment of Kombucha Systems Through Bacillus cereus Spore and Probiotic Inoculations, Alexandria L. Bromley

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Nanocellulose Conduits for Enhanced Regeneration of Peripheral Nerve Injuries, Nicklaus R. Carter

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The Impacts of Climate Change on the Gulf of Maine Northern Shrimp (Pandalus borealis) Distribution, Reproduction, and Life, Hsiao-Yun Chang

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Gradient Generating Microfluidic Coculture System for Disease Modeling and Neural Development, Phaneendra Chennampally

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Experimental Warming Effects on Growth, Yield, and Biotic Pressure of Wild Blueberries in Maine, Yu-Ying Chen

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Farmer Engagement Through Mental Modeling: Opportunities for Climate Change Outreach, Ruth S, Clements

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A Bioeconomic Analysis of Sea Scallop (Placopecten Magellanicus) Aquaculture in the Gulf of Maine, Struan Coleman

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A Case Study into Middle School Students' Conceptualizations of Motion and Interpretations of Negative Velocities, Peter A. Colesworthy

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The Military Uniform's Impact on Patient Trust and Disclosure in Patient-Provider Interactions, Jessica Correale

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Counterinsurgency In Iraq: Theory and Practice, William Crisler

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Characterizing the Role of Prophages on WHIB7 Expression and Antibiotic Resistance in Mycobacterium Chelonae, Jaycee J. Cushman

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The Impact of Project-Based Learning on Students in High School Chemistry in Rural Maine, Brianna DeGone

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Whole Genome Sequencing Reveals Genes and Pathways Associated With Anthrax Survivorship in Plains Zebra, Carly Dickson

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A Social-Ecological Examination of Moose in Maine: Habitat, Management, and Changing Seasonality, Asha DiMatteo-LePape

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Examining Opportunities for Higher-Order Thinking in Secondary and Middle-Level Proficiency-Based Mathematics Classrooms, Quinton Donahue

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The Effect of BTS Induced Inactivity on a Zebrafish Model of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Sean Driscoll

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The Correlation of Biometrics and Game Performance in Division I Collegiate Women's Soccer Team, Finn Ducker

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Assessing the Effectiveness of a Tool for Classifying and Assessing Student Energy Diagrams in Pre- and Post-COVID-19 Instruction, Michael Dudley

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Using Photovoice to Navigate Social-ecological Change in Coastal Maine: a Case Study on Visibility, Visuality, and Visual Literacy, Kevin P. Duffy