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 2019

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

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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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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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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

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The High School to First-Year College Instructional Transition: An Investigation of the Predictions and Perceptions of STEM Students, Emma Toth

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Black Robes at the Edge of Empire: Jesuits, Natives, and Colonial Crisis in Early Detroit, 1728-1781, Eric J. Toups

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Prediction of Paper Coating Mechanical Behavior Based on Particle-scale Models, Daniel H. Varney

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Ecological and Economic Implications of Increased Storm Frequency and Severity for Boreal Lakes, Kathryn Warner

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Feasibility of a Self-Erecting Shelter with an Inflatable-Fabric-Arch-Supported Roof and Rigid Walls, Jay Wegner

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Liberty to Slaves: The Black Loyalist Controversy, Michael Anthony White

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A Multi-Proxy Paleoecological Reconstruction of Holocene Climate, Vegetation, Fire and Human Activity in Jamaica, West Indies, Mario A. Williams

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Cascading Community Consequences of Fish Adaptation, Zachary T. Wood

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Detrital Protein Contributes to Oyster Nutrition and Growth in the Damariscotta Estuary, Maine, USA, Cheyenne M. Adams

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Characterization of Phosphorylated G Protein Function and Membrane Culstering by Super Resolution Imaging, Sarah A. Alamer

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Evaluation of Non-Composite Steel Girder Bridges Using Field Load Testing and a Calibrated Finite-Element Model, Mahmood J. Albraheemi

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Behaviors and Perceptions of Environmental Decision Making: the Role of Information Dissemination Through Public Disclosures and Labels, Jordan R. Anthony

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An Analysis Of International Agreements Over Cybersecurity, Lucas Ashbaugh

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Effect of Arsenic Exposure on Early Eye Development in Zebrafish (Danio rerio), Remy S. Babich

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A Glacial History of Roberts Massif, Central Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica, Using Cosmogenic 3He, 10Be, and 21Ne Surface Exposure Ages, Alexandra M. Balter

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Marine-Derived Nutrient Cycling in the St. Croix River, Maine, Betsy Barber

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Modeling and Simulation of the Thermoforming Process in Thermoplastic-Matrix Composite Materials, Philip M. Bean

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The Dynamics of Mixing and Subtidal Flow in a Maine Estuary, Kristopher Bears

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Multi-Tactic Ecological Weed Management in a Changing Climate, Sonja K. Birthisel

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Spatio-Temporal Dynamics of Atlantic Cod Bycatch in the Maine Lobster Fishery and Its Impacts on Stock Assessment, Robert E. Boenish

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Broth: Enhancing Market Opportunities and Improving Sustainability of Maine Farmed Seaweed, Zachary M. Bonelli

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Investigating Present-day Health Issues of the American Lobster (Homarus americanus), Deborah A. Bouchard

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Ecological Consequences of Personality in a Guild of Terrestrial Small Mammals: From Trappability to Seed Dispersal, Allison M. Brehm

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Development and Shelf Life Evaluation of a Novel Fermented Seaweed Sauerkraut Utilizing Commercially Important Maine Seaweeds, Sarah M. Brochu

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Examining Links between Social Anxiety and Relational Aggression in Adolescence: The Influence of Rumination and Anger, Shannon L. Brothers

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The Hilbert-Huang Transform: A Theoretical Framework and Applications to Leak Identification in Pressurized Space Modules, Kenneth R. Bundy

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Dionysus, Cody Bursch

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Factors Affecting Survival and Carpogenic Germination of Pseudosclerotia of Monilinia vaccinii-corymbosi, the Causal Agent of Mummy Berry, on Vaccinium angustifolium in Maine, Tyler L. Case

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Rediscovering The Interpersonal: Models Of Networked Communication In New Media Performance, Alicia Champlin

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Analyzing Supply Chain and Water Quality Management in the Soft-shell Clam (Mya arenaria) Fishery under the Impact of Shellfish Closures in Downeast Maine, Shuling Chen

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The Backs of Leaves, Shelby L. Colburn

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Looking at Innovation Dialogically: Teaching Communication and (Social) Change in the Innovation Engineering Program at the University of Maine, Mark J. Congdon Jr.

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Circulation, Cross-Shelf Exchange, and Blue Mussel (Mytilus edulis) Population Connectivity in a Complex, Tidally Driven System, LeAnn M. Conlon

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From Vitruvian Man to the Avatar: The Second Life of Humanity, Amy E. Cross

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Providing Experimental Evidence for Mouse Telomerase Reverse Transcriptase as a Novel and Unique Adult Neural Stem Cell Marker, Caroline Dean Curtis

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Chemically Cross-Linked Polysaccharide-Based Hydrogels via Thiol-Norbornene Reaction as Sustainable Biomaterials, Nayereh Dadoo

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Gender differences in Co-rumination Processes in the Friendships of Late Adolescents: Relations to Depression Vulnerability, Helen J. Day

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Assessing Economic Performance of Maine's Lobster Fleet Under Changing Ecosystem Conditions in the Gulf of Maine, Alexa Dayton

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Discourses on Fantasy: A Narrative Allegory, Reuben Dendinger

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Teacher Performance Evaluation and Professional Growth in the Era of "Educator Effectiveness" in Maine, Jonathan E. Doty

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Development of Kefir Products Using Aronia or Elderberries and the Impacts of Fermentation on the Health-promoting Characteristics of Aronia Polyphenols, Xue Du

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Wildlife Use of Vernal Pools in an Urbanizing Landscape with a Focus on Population Vitality of Vernal Pool-Breeding Amphibians, Carly Jasmine Eakin PhD

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Consumer Acceptance and Phytonutrient Assessment of Cold Hardy, Locally Grown Plums, Amber L. Elwell

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Examining the Relationship Between the Use of Simulation in Nursing Education andSafety with Medication Adminstration in the Clinical Setting, Deborah A. Eremita

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Periodic Evaluation of Northeastern Spruce and Balsam Fir Lumber Properties, Ben L. Farber

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Drivers of Tree Growth and Mortality in an Uneven-Aged, Mixed-Species Conifer Forest of Northeastern United States, Erin Fien

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Polyp to Population: A Tale of Two Corals, Christopher T. Fountain

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The Infection Dynamics of Sea Lice on Atlantic Salmon (Salmo Salar) in Cobscook Bay, Maine, USA, Catherine Anne Frederick

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A Multiple Case Study of Secondary School Teachers' Understanding of Learning Relationships in Virtual Schools: Implications for Teacher Identity, Linda M. Fuller

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Physical and Chemical Response of Small, North Temperate Lakes to Recovery From Acidification and Climate Change, Amanda Gavin

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Assessing Student Understanding of Reasoning using Argument-based Contrast Matrices, Ethan Geheb

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Stream Dynamics in the Headwaters of Post-Glacial Watershed Systems, Brett Gerard

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The Role of Perceived Control and Cardiac Function among Individuals with Binge Eating Symptomatology, Rachel E. Goetze

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Melting Hardened Desires: Confronting the Far Right by Cultivating Reflective Taste, Adam J. Goldsmith

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A Granular Account of Student's Understanding Reasoning within an Everyday and Scientific Contexts, Grace M. Gonnella

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Modern and Paleoecological Perspectives on a Terrestrial-Marine Linkage in the Falkland Islands, Dulcinea V. Groff

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Investigations into the Advancement of Cryptotephra Geochemical Fingerprinting, Laura Hartman

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Choking Hazards, Tessa Hathaway

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Improving Techniques to Study Equine Cervical Mucociliary Clearance, Melissa A. Hawkes

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Propagation of the Native North American Shrub Lonicera Villosa and Trait Comparisons with Nonnative Congeneric Taxa, Darren J. Hayes

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How GPU Rendering Affects Image Processing and Scientific Calculation Speed, Power and Energy on a Raspberry Pi, Qihao He

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The Efficacy of Equine Assisted Therapy in the Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Amy Hofmann

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Eco-Evolutionary Implications of Environmental Change Across Heterogeneous Landscapes, Jared J. Homola

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Echoes of the Past: The Effect of Background Experience on Far Transfer, Graham H. Hummel-Hall

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The Pathophysiological Role of Lyst Dysfunction in Retinal Pigment Epithelium, Xiaojie Ji

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Forest Disturbance Detection and Aboveground Biomass Modeling Using Moderate-Resolution, Time-Series Satellite Imagery, John B. Kilbride

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Multispectral Classification of Gulf of Maine Surface Waters: Seasonal and Interannual Variability, Brianna M. King

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Strange Fruit: Black Female Body Politics in Contemporary American Culture, Eleanor Kipping

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Deciphering Climate-Driven Changes in Planktonic Diatom Communities in Lake Superior, Amy Kireta