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 2020

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How Students Communicate Knowledge: Written Versus Drawn Responses to Formative Assessment Questions in an Introductory Undergraduate Marine Science Course, Christina Siddons

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Consumer Acceptability of Gulf of Maine Sugar Kelp Seaweed in Baked Bread, Laurel Simone

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Extratropical Cyclones and Associated Climate Impacts in the Northeastern United States, Julia Simonson

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The Effect that Testing has on Nondeclarative Memory, David Smith

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Fostering Climate Change Resilience: A Socio-ecological Forest Systems Approach, Alyssa R. Soucy

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Variations in the Southern Hemisphere Westerlies Over the Last 23,000 Years from Lake Records in the Falkland Islands, Meghan M. Spoth

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Examining the Function of Protein Acyltransferase via the DHHC Domain of the PAZ5 Protein in the Organism Dictyostelium discoideum, George M. Stuart-Ranchev

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From the St. Croix to the Skutik: Expanding Our Understanding of History, Research Engagement, and Places, Anthony Sutton

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Investigations on the Helix-Coil Transition Inside Nanotubes, Dylan Suvlu

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Biophysical and stable isotopic profiles of the salmon louse Lepeophtheirus salmonis (Krøyer, 1837), Emma Taccardi

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Understanding Biomass Upgrading Through Hydrogenolysis Reactions: Kinetics and Mechanism, Jalal Tavana

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An Algorithm to Estimate Suspended Particulate Matter Concentrations and Associated Uncertainties from Remote Sensing Reflectance in Coastal Environments, Juliana Tavora

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Orange Riots, Party Processions Acts, and the Control of Public Space in Ireland and British North America, 1796-1851, Annie E. Tock

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Gray Codes in Music Theory, Isaac L. Vaccaro

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The Influencer Experience: Identity Performance, Commodification, and Agency in YouTube Influencers, Aysha M. Vear

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The Effect of Broad-Scale Climate and Microclimate Conditioins on Ixodes Scapularis (Acari: Ixodidae) Overwintering Survival and Distribution in Maine, Michelle Volk

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Live Cell Super-resolution Microscopy Quanitifies an Interaction Between Influenza Hemagglutinin and Phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate, Jaqulin N. Wallace

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Ways to Peace: Case Studies in Peace and Diplomacy. A Reader For High School & College Students, Darren Wallach

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Sulfur and Trace Metal Cycling at Convergent Margins, Jesse B. Walters

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Reconstruction of Koettlitz Glacier, Southern McMurdo Sound, Antarctica, During the Last Glacial Maximum and Termination, Tess Louise Walther

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The Impact of Elementary Mathematics Coaches on Elementary Teachers' Attitudes Towards Teaching Mathematics, Samuel R. Ward

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A Synthesis Program: Reducing Uncertainties of the Terrestrial Biosphere Carbon Cycle at Various Spatio Temporal Scales, Xinyuan Wei

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A Macroeconomic Investigation of the Labor Market Matching Efficiency, Sarah M. Welch

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Bicknell's Thrush Habitat Use on Commercial Forests in Maine, USA, Kaitlyn Wilson

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Using the Hurdy-Gurdy to Create Alternative Musical Scores, James C. Winters

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Improving Nitrogen Management in Potatoes with Active Optical Sensors, Ahmed Asaad Zaeen

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Wave Attenuation Capacity of Suspended Aquaculture Structures with Sugar Kelp and Mussels, Longhuan Zhu

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The Influence of Parameters on the Crack Formation of Pigmented Water Borne Barrier Coatings During Folding, Yaping Zhu

Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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"The Birth" and Other Flights of Fancy, Abigail Adent

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Global Performance Testing, Simulation, and Optimization of a 6-MW Annular Floating Offshore Wind Turbine Hull, Hannah L. Allen

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Investigating the Time-dependent and the Mechanical Behavior of Wood Plastic Composite Lumber Made from Thermally Modified Wood in the Use of Marine Aquacultural Structures, Murtada A. Alrubaie

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Elucidation of the Factors Affecting the Production and Properties of Novel Wood Composites Made Using Renewable Nanomaterials as a Binder, Ezatollah Amini

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Intravital Imaging in a Zebrafish Model Elucidates Interactions Between Mucosal Immunity and Pathogenic Fungi, Linda S. Archambault

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The Association of Late-Life Depression, Cognitive Functioning, and Sleep Disorder in Aging, Jessica B. Aronis

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Development of Bismuth Oxyhalide Photocatalysts for Environmental and Industrial Applications, Robert Arthur

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Past, Present, and Future Arctic Climate and National/Community Risk Assessment, Jeff Auger

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Three-dimensional Analytical Model of Tidal Flow in the Damariscotta River Estuary, ME, Stephanie L. Ayres

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The Development of Regional Forest Inventories Through Novel Means, Elias Ayrey

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Neuromuscular Development and Phenotypic Variation in Zebrafish Models of Dystroglycanopathy, Erin Bailey

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Citizen Preferences for Marine Environmental Policy, Amy Bainbridge

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Luminescence Antenna Behavior in Lanthanide Complexes and Luminescence Sensing in Group 11 Iodides, Francis Barnes

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Social Identity Theory and the #Vanlife Movement, Jessica Bergstrom

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Hydro-Climatic Dynamics of Lake Watershed Systems in a Changing Climate, Mussie Tekie Beyene

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Mya arenaria and Oxygen Isotopes: An Analysis to Suggest Season of Occupation at Holmes Point East (62-6), Holmes Point West (62-8), and Joves Cove (44-13), Maine, Emily Blackwood

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Land Tenure in Acadian Agricultural Settlements, 1604-1755: Cultural Retention and the Emergence of Custom, Carol A. Blasi

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The Importance of Brain-Adipose Communication for Metabolic Homeostasis, Magdalena Blaszkiewicz

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Pre-service Elementary Teachers' Use of Spatial Diagrams: Investigations of Unbounded Shearing on Solid Figures, Camden G. Bock

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Cognitive, Mood, and Cardiovascular Reactivity and Recovery in Response to Sadness in Remitted Major Depressive Disorder, Olivia Bogucki

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Rapid Prototyping to Roll-to-Roll Manufacturing of Microfluidic Devices, Amber Lee Boutiette

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Examining Citizens' Preferences for Aquaculture using Discrete Choice Experiments, Olga Bredikhina

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Design, Construction and Application of a Home-Built, Two-Photon Microscope, William P. Breeding

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"The Dream is in the Process:" Environmental Racism and Environmental Justice in Boston, 1900 to 2000, Michael J. Brennan

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Performance of the Intrac Wireless Activity Tracking System for the Afari Assistive Device, Drew Browning

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Improving Conservation of Declining Young Forest Birds Through Adaptive Management, Anna Buckardt Thomas

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Efficacy of Alternative Sanitization Methods on Wild Blueberries and Fresh Cut Cantaloupe, Selena Callahan

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Feeding the Empire: Grain, Warfare, and the Persistence of the British Atlantic Economy, 1765-1815, Patrick Callaway

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Stress Tolerance of an Invasive Alga, Grateloupia turuturu, and Studies of Bacterial Communities of Fucus spp. Along an Intertidal Stress Gradient, Kyle Arin Capistrant-Fossa

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Developing a Robust Model-Based Framework to Estimate Groundfish Abundance and Understanding Spatial Variability in Life History of Atlantic Cod (Gadus Morhua) in the Eastern Gulf of Maine, John A. Carlucci

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Bridging the Gap: Including Cultural Science in Post-Secondary Education to Enhance Learning Within Sciences for Native and Non-Native Students, tish carr

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An Economic Analysis of Student Loan Default, Arianna Castonguay

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Tidal and Subtidal Processes at the Mouth of a Macrotidal Estuary, Rachel Chambers

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Chemical Tools for the Synthesis and Analysis of Glycans, Thamrongsak Cheewawisuttichai

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Spruce Budworm Defoliation Dynamics and its Influence on the Acadian Forest, Cen Chen

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Characterization of Nano-Cellulose Based Composites For Biomedical Applications, Mitchell P. Chesley

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Theory of Lexicographic Differentiation in the Banach Space Setting, Jaeho Choi

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Understanding the Dynamics of Unclaimed Terrorism Events in Pakistan: A Machine Learning Approach, Evan Christie

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Investigation of Student Understanding of Implicit Differentiation, Connor Chu

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A 2000 Year Saharan Dust Event Record From a European Alps Ice Core, Heather Clifford

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Muscle degeneration in a zebrafish model of lysosomal related myopathy, Elizabeth Coffey

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Grower Risk and Community Perception: Impediments to Growing Maine's Aquaculture Industry, Avery W. Cole

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The Effects of Timber Harvesting on Blacklegged Tick (Ixodes Scapularis) Abundance and Infection Prevalence, Christine Conte

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Niche Evolution Along a Gradient of Ecological Specialization, Meaghan Conway

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Assessment of Helical Anchors Bearing Capacity for Offshore Aquaculture Applications, Leon D. Cortes Garcia

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Juggling Multiple Roles: An Examination of Role Conflict and Its Relationship to Older Adult Volunteer Satisfaction and Retention, Jennifer Crittenden

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Student Retention, Coping, and Communication: A Study of Student Responses to a Common Read at a Small Liberal Arts College, Debbie Cunningham

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Identification of High-Risk Food Coping Strategies of Maine Food Pantry Clients, Kathryn Cutting

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Safety Assessment of Hydroponic Closed System, Adwoa S. Dankwa

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Evolution of the Material Structure and Resultant Deformation Patterns on the Western Margin of the Ross Ice Shelf, Clara Deck

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The Rise and Decline of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation in Ontario and Quebec during World War II, 1939 - 1945, Charles A. Deshaies

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Investigating connections between Iceberg Melt Rates and Glacier Dynamics on the Antarctic Peninsula, Mariama C. Dryak

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Landscape Pattern and Wild Bee Communities in Maine, Brianne Du Clos

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Age-related Smell Changes and Their Effects on the Health Status of Older Americans, Emily Duran Frontera

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Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of MAPK Signaling During JC Polyomavirus Infection, Jeanne DuShane

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Teacher Professional Development Using Iterative Inquiry-Based Chemistry Workshop, Clint Eaton

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In Hot Water: A Multi-Level Analysis of Structure, Agency, and Adaptive Governance in Chile's Lake Region, Sarah Ebel

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Blacklegged Tick (Ixodes scapularis) Distribution in Maine, USA, as Related to Climate Change, White-tailed Deer, and the Landscape, Susan P. Elias

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A Socio-Ecological Approach to Wildlife Disease Risk, James A. Elliott

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The Writing of Exile, Rahma Elmi

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Gender Stereotyping of the Managerial Roles of NCAA Athletic Directors, Richard A. Fabri

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An Epidemiological Model with Simultaneous Recoveries, Ariel B. Farber

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Fragmentation, Frustrated Revolt, and Off-Shore Opportunity: A Comparative Examination of Jihadi Mobilization in Central Asia and the South Caucasus, William B. Farrell

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450degree C Aln Thin Film Growth on Nitrided C-Plane Sapphire Substrates, Roger Eastman Feeley

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Leadership and Management, Michael Flanagan

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Getting Over the Dam: Overcoming Institutional Barriers to the Recovery of Atlantic Salmon by Navigating the Social-science/policy interface, Melissa E. Flye

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An Exploration of Technology Leadership in Three Maine Public School Districts, David L. Fournier

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Assessing the Mechanisms and Implications of Altered Carbon Cycling in Arctic and Boreal Lakes, Rachel Fowler

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Spatial and Temporal Variation in the Aquatic Invertebrate Community Structure of Rock Pools Along the Penobscot River, Maine, Chase R. Gagne

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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