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 2017

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What Types of Instructional Shifts do Students Experience? Investigating Active Learning in STEM Classes across Key Transition Points from Middle School to the University Level, Kenneth Akiha

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Flash Flood Modeling on Single and Multiple Structures and Wave Impact Mitigation Using SPH, sohaib rashid sulaiman alahmed

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American Woodcock Migration Ecology at an Important Stopover, Cape May, New Jersey, Brian B. Allen

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Creating Renewable Tunable Polymers from Hydroxymethylfurfural, Meredith C. Allen

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Finite Element Analysis of Impact Resistance of Foam Materials, Firas Almashkoor

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Effects of Cellulose Nanofibrils on the Rheological Properties of Cement Paste, ethar H. alyaseen

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Kant On The Beautiful, Justin P. Amoroso

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Constraining the Spatial Extent of Strain Localization at the Base of the Seismogenic Zone: A Case Study from the Sandhill Corner Shear Zone, Maine, USA, Erik Kristian Anderson

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The Paradigm of Engagement: Integrating Social Science and Extension Outreach to Engage Beginning Family Forest Owners, Ian Anderson

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Cell Density (Mass per unit Volume) of Diatom Cells and Chains in relation to their Size, Growth, and Nutritional Condition, Stephanie L. Ayres

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SimStream: A Framework for Teaching Environmental and Computational Thinking to Elementary and Middle School Students, Timothy Baker

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Consumer Attitudes Toward Seaweed in the Eastern United States, Chantel Banus

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Measuring Fertilization in Populations of Sea Scallop (Placopecten magellanicus): Developing and Testing Methods in the Laboratory and Field, Skylar Bayer

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Spatial Cognitive Aging: Cognitive Map Decay and Compensatory Augmentations for Older Adults, Christopher R. Bennett

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Candida and Pseudomonas Interact to Enhance Mucosal Infection in Transparent Zebrafish, Audrey C. Bergeron

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Jonno's Place: Planning Community Housing for Adults Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Nancy D. Bergerson

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Feasibility of using 3D printed molds for thermoforming thermoplastic composites, Sunil Bhandari

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Spatial Organization and Erosion at the Holmes Point West Archaeological Site, Machiasport, Maine, Kendra D. Bird

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Competing Priorities: French Canadian Women Religious in Biddeford, Maine, 1880-1910, Amanda M. Black

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Games As Art, Aaron Dean Boothroyd

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Economic and Spatial Impacts of a Wildlife Habitat Policy on Forest Management, Karin N. Bothwell

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Integrated Environment and Proximity Sensing for UAV Applications, Shawn S. Brackett

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The effectiveness of a closed-circulation gaseous chlorine dioxide or ozone treatment against shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli, Salmonella species, and Listeria monocytogenes on produce, David Bridges

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A Comparison of Seed- and Seedling-Focused Ecologically Based Weed Management Strategies, Bryan Brown

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Power of Play: Creating Games for Positive Outcomes, Christopher K. Bryant

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Design of a Micro-Algae Photobioreactor for Aquaculture Food Supply, Sarah Caron

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Evaluating the Influence of Stem Form and Vigor on Product Potential, Growth, and Survival for Northern Commercial Hardwood Species, Mark Castle

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Consumer and Phytonutrient Assessment of Locally Grown Maine Plum Fruit, Zakkary J. Castonguay

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Age Structure Response of Principal Groundfish to Marine Protected Areas in New England, Julian Chawarski

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Transformation of Nonlinear Waves in the Presence of Wind, Current, and Vegetation, Haifei Chen

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A Quantification Index for Power Systems Transient Stability, Shengen Chen

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Structural Behavior of Inflatable, Reinforced, Braided, Tubular Members, Joshua Clapp

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“A Dragon, Bog-Spawned, Is Now Stretched O’er This Land”: Nativism and the Rise of Patriotic-Protestantism in the Northeastern Borderlands During the 1920s and 1930s, Tyler C. Cline

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Investigating The Effects Of Nitrate Exposure On The Metabolic Activity Of The Developing Zebrafish, Sarah M. Conlin

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Wavelet-based Particle Tracking in Unreconstructed, Off-axis Holograms, Zachary R. Connerty-Marin

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Biological, Ecological, and Economic Impact of Caliciopsis Canker on Pinus Strobus Forests of Northeastern North America, Kara KL Costanza

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Detection and Analysis of Uncharged Particles Utilizing Consumer-Grade CCDs, John A. Cummings III

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Sleep Disturbance as a Biobehavioral Marker for Neurodegeneration and Cognitive Decline in Aging, Katrina Daigle

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Dany Laferrière: un Écrivain Magico-Réaliste?, Sean Danner

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Survival, Harvest, and Drumming Ecology of Ruffed Grouse in Central Maine, USA, Samantha Davis

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Prospective Associations of Homocysteine, Executive Function, and Depressive Symptoms, Peter J. Dearborn

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Spatial Relations and Natural-Language Semantics for Indoor Scenes, Stacy A. Doore

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Qualitative Shape Descriptions using Qualitative Spatial Calculi, Christopher H. Dorr

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The Effects of Carbohydrates on the Capsule Production and Chain Formation of Streptococcus iniae and S. agalactiae, Nicholas C. Fargnoli

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Numerical Investigation of Vortex Formation with Application to Left Ventricle Filling, Lucas I. Farrar

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Examining Student Ability to Follow and Interact with Qualitative Inferential Reasoning Chains, William N. Ferm Jr.

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Evaluating Potential for Water Quality Decline in Maine Lakes, Kaci N. Fitzgibbon

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Contrast Dependent Knowledge Development in Contrast Supported Scientific Observation, Maura B. Foley

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Aesthetic Insubordination, Playing with Worthless Materials, Sue Ann Gaitings

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Integrated Control of Colorado Potato Beetle and Potato Virus Y Using Mineral Oil, Andrew K. Galimberti

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Community Structure and Food-web Dynamics in Northeastern U.S. Tidal Marshes, Laura K. Garey

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Numerical Studies on Biological Sound Production — Human Phonation and Flapping Wing Sound of Insect Flight, Biao Geng

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Evaluating the Dissemination of the iCook 4-H Program Using Outcome, Process, and Fidelity Measures., Tara Gould

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Liminal Surfaces, Georgina E. Grenier

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CGRP Effects on LP-BM5 Infection in Glial Cells, Eliza Grlickova-Duzevik

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Impulse Radio Ultra Wide-Band Transmitters for Internet of Things, Praveen Gunturi

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Revisiting Ocean Color algorithms for chlorophyll a and particulate organic carbon in the Southern Ocean using biogeochemical floats, Nils Haëntjens

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Maine Literature 101: A Course for High School Seniors, Courtney Hawkes

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Role Fit and the Glass Ceiling: Exploring Factors That Contribute to Women's Underrepresentation in Leadership, Lauren Hawthorne

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An Analysis of Neurogenesis in a Mouse Model of Chemotherapy Related Cognitive Impairment, Maxwell A. Hennings

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Breeding Ecology and Habitat Use of Unisexual Salamanders and their Sperm-Hosts, Blue-Spotted Salamanders (Ambystoma laterale), Kristine Hoffmann

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Nanocellulose Fibers as a Potential Material for Orthopedic Implantation Application, David Gregg Holomakoff

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Risk Perceptions of Climate Change Amongst Nature-Based Tourism Stakeholders in Western Maine, Lydia R. Horne

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Dynamic Modeling and Extreme Tension Analysis of Mooring System for a Floating Offshore Wind Turbine, Wei Ting Hsu

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An Investigation of the In-Practice Development and Implementation of Recess and PE Weather Policies in Maine Elementary Schools, Lauren E. Jacobs

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Biological and Ecological Behaviors of Phytophthora erythroseptica Mediated by Chemical Signals, He Jiang

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Phytonutrient Content and Consumer Attitudes of Purple-Fleshed Potatoes (Solanum tuberosum L.) and Consumer Attitudes Towards Low-Acrylamide French Fries, Aaron Michael Johnson

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Impact Resistance of Single-Layer and Multi-Layered Materials, Karrar Khlaif

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Characterization of Catalysts for Hydrodeoxygenation of Bio-oils using Phenol as a Model Compound, Abdulazeez Mohammed Khlewee

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Production of Bio-oil with Different Oxygen Content and Characterization of Catalytic Upgrading to Transportation Fuel, Mubarak Mohammed Khlewee

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Water Chemistry Dynamics in Four Vernal Pools in Maine, USA, Lydia H. Kifner

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Understanding Climate History and Ice Extent in the Mid- to High Latitudes of the Southern Hemisphere During the Last Glacial Maximum, Courtney King

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Forest Products Trucking Industry in Maine: Opportunities and Challenges, Anil Koirala

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Acoustic Emission Analysis of energy Dissipation Mechanisms in Ultra High-Performance Fiber Reinforced Concrete, Roman Kravchuk

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Investigating the Assessment of Abstraction as a Key Component of the Nature of Models, Derek C. LaBarron Mr.

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Discovering the Writing Teacher Within: The Influence of Mentors in the National Writing Project, Maryia LaBree

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Capacity for Recovery, Influence of Commercial Thinning, and Resistance to Defoliation in Spruce-Fir Forests, Cathie-Jo M. Langley

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Attenuating the Antibody Reactivity of the Shrimp Major Allergen (Tropomyosin) using Food Processing Methods, Adeseye Lasekan

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Using Contrasting Cases to Build Metacognitive Knowledge About the Impact of Salient Distracting Features in Physics Problems, Thanh K. Le

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Development of an Accelerometer Instrumentation Array Embedded into a Gel Matrix Used to Simulate Brain Response, Vincent C. Lewis

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U.S. Immigration Policy and Immigration Economics, George B. Lindbom

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Optimizing PAPI for Low-Overhead Counter Measurement, Yan Liu

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Investigating Student Mental Models at the Intersection of Mathematics and Physical Reasoning in Physics, Savannah E. Lodge-Scharff

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Experimental Characterization of Bearing/Bypass Interaction and Bolted Joint Fatigue in a Three-Dimensional Woven Carbon Composite, William London

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Expression Profiling of Non-Coding RNA by Environmental Interactions in Innate Immunity, Jacob R. Longfellow

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Optimization of Wind Turbine Blade Fatigue Test Design, David Lopez

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Development of a Surface Acoustic Wave Device for the Lysis of Bacterial and Red Blood Cells, Timothy Lyford

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Nesting Ecology and Summertime Resource Selection of Ruffed Grouse in Central Maine, USA., Joelle Mangelinckx

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The Role of IGFBP4 in Regulating Bone and Adipose Tissue Development in Mice, David Maridas

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Assessing Management Structure and Influencing Settlement of the Soft-Shell Clam (Mya arenaria) in Maine, Elisabeth A. Maxwell

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Divergent Responses of Larval and Juvenile Blue Mussels to Low Salinity Exposure, Melissa A. May

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Piezoelectric Platforms for Bulk Acoustic Wave Sensor Applications, Jason M. McGann

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Population Ecology of Colonially Breeding Seabirds: How Intrinsic Processes, Mediating Influences, and Individual Heterogeneity Affect Population Vital Rates, Aly McKnight

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Renewable Hydrogels From Norbornene-Functionalized Carboxymethyl Cellulose and a Short Dithiol Crosslinked Via a Thiol-Ene Reaction, Thomas McOscar

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"In My Bones": Self-Presentation Forecasts Multimodal Constructs, Diana Marie Meakem

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Pairing Young Adult and Classic Literature in the High School English Curriculum, Anne V. Miller

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Window Inserts and the People Adopting Them: Building Sustainable Communities in Maine, Daniel Sean Mistro

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Risk Perceptions of Metallic Mineral Mining in Maine, Andrew Morgan

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Influence of Common Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) Grown in Elevated CO2 on Apatite Dissolution, Brian Matthew Morra

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Long-term Sustainability of Northern Mixedwood Management: Spatial and Temporal Aspects of Forest Productivity, Bethany L. Munoz