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 2006

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Phenotypic and Genetic Variation within and among Seven Populations (Six Endangered) of Maine Atlantic Salmon, Salmo salar, Nathan F. Wilke

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Sources and Deposition Processes Linking Atmospheric Chemistry and Firn Records from Four Glacier Accumulation Zones in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica, Bruce R. Williamson

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Derivation of Change from Sequences of Snapshots, Dominik Wilmsen

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Ecogeomorphology of Salt Pools of the Webhannet Estuary, Wells, Maine, U.S.A., Kristin R. Wilson

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Modeling Large Whale Entanglement Injuries: An Experimental Analysis of the Influence of Tissue Compliance, Line Tension, and Draw-Length on Epidermal Abrasion Resistance, Jeremy Paul Winn

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Locomotory Strategies, Dive Dynamics, and Functional Morphology of the Mysticetes: Using Morphometrics, Osteology, and DTAG Data to Compare Swim Performance in Four Species of Baleen Whales, Becky Woodward

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Vascular Morphometry of the Retina in Antarctic Fishes is Dependent upon the Level of Hemoglobin in Circulation, Jody M. Wujcik

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A New Little Blue and Other Stories, Eric York

Theses/Dissertations from 2005

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Development of Extruded Wild Blueberry Confection, Sara Abdulmajeed Aldaous

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The Fallen Woman, Nineteenth Century Media, and the Contagious Diseases Acts, Sarah M. Angell

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Implications of Spatial Autocorrelation and Dispersal for the Modeling of Species Distributions, Volker Bahn

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Preparing for Oil Spill Impacts on Recreational Usage: A Greater Portland and Casco Bay, Maine Case Study, Tanya Dawn Baker

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Mercury Bioaccumulation and Habitat Relations of Lotic and Lentic Amphibians from Acadia National Park, Maine, USA, Michael S. Bank

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Assessment of Water Penetration Resistance of Coatings on Wood by Droplet Dynamics Analysis, Diogo Baptista

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The Rise and Fall of the Maine Sea Urchin Industry: A Failure of Management and Institutions?, Benjamin Baron-Taltre

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Investigation of Langasite Pure Shear Horizontal Surface Acoustic Wave Biosensors, Eric Jon Berkenpas

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Race-O-Rama: A Philosophical Look at Race and Stereotypes in Pop Culture, Michelle M.E. Bernard

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Antimicrobial Effects of Blueberry Products Against Escherichia Coli O157:H7 in Liquid Medium and in Ground Beef, Bethany A. Bernier

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Streaming Tales, Alexandre Berthier

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Host-Pathogen Interactions between Eastern Oysters (Crassostrea virginica) and the Bacterial Agent of Juvenile Oyster Disease (Roseovarius crassostreae), Cynthia Boardman

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Spirited Youth/Thriving Youth: Adolescents' Perspectives on Nurturing Thriving Outcomes Through Faith Development, Becky Hayes Boober

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Toilet Training: Parents' Perspectives, Sarah C.K. Bourget

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The Association between Microsatellite Marker CSRD 2138 and Parasite Resistance in Katahdin Hair Sheep, Scott Bowdridge

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Spatial Dependence and Omitted Variable Bias Effects on Efficiency Analysis: A Study of the Maine Dairy Industry, Lisa A. Bragg

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Reconstructing the History of Reedy Glacier, Antarctica, Gordon R.M. Bromley

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Lobstermen, Lines, and Endangered Whales: Risk Reduction Measures for Coastal Maine, Samantha Brooke

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Tinsel Strength and the Orchid Sheaf, Robin F. Brox

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Dietary Patterns of Mediterranean Adolescents, Sandra Ellan Brussee

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A Stochastic Parametric Analysis of the Efficiency Effects of Technical Change: The Rehabilitation of Irrigation Schemes in Mali, Metin Cakir

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Predictors and Classification Systems of Cognitive Decline or Impairment During Aging, Walter P. Camire

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Environmental Variables that Affect the Establishment of Myrica gale Seedlings, Keri Van Camp

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The Role of Maintenance Behaviors in Happy Long-Term Committed Marriages?, Barbara Jean Carey

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Groundwater Hydrology and Chemistry of Fresh Meadow Wetland, Acadia National Park, Maine, USA, Heather J. Caron

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"A Marvelously Big Stone": Geological Objects and Mythological Experience in the Writing of Charles Olson, Brian L. Carpenter

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The Use of Passive Samplers (SPMD and POCIS) for Monitoring Dioxin and Pesticide Levels in Maine Surface Waters, Lucner Charlestra

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Microstuctural Changes in Wood-Plastic Composites (WPC) Due to Extended Moisture Cycling and its Relationship to Mechanical Performance Changes, Qingzheng Cheng

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Kinetics of the Direct Causticizing Reaction between Black Liquor and Titanates During Low Temperature Gasification, Xiaowen Chen

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Characterization of CRE Recombinase Expression in Erythroid Tissues of Transgenic Mice, Steven Ciciotte

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Anatomy and Physiology of Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum Marsh.) in Relation to Xylem Sap Pressure, Damian Cirelli

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Student Ideas about the Moon and its Phases and the Impact of a Real 3D Model of the Sun/Earth/Moon System in an Introductory Astronomy Laboratory Course, James Cohen

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Modeling Vessel Events and Notification Triggers in a Harbor Domain, Stephen J. Cole

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Arthropod Scavengers of Colorado Potato Beetle (Leptinotarsa Decemlineata) Cadavers, Karen Coluzzi

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Are All P53s Created Equal? Uncovering the Function of Soft-shell Clam (Mya arenaria) p53, Lauren Anne Crawford

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Reproductive Ecology of Carex typhina (Cyperaceae), a Rare Sedge in Maine, Shannon Cromley

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Taking Steps by Alan Ayckbourn: A Directorial Challenge, Elaine DiFalco Daughtery

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Hemigrapsus Sanguineus (Asian Shore Crab) as Predator of Juvenile Homarus Americanus (American Lobster), Anna Demeo

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A Hedonic Analysis of Arsenic Contamination of Groundwater in Southern Maine, Michael Devanney

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To Stay or to Go? A Literary and Historical Study of French-Canadian Emigration From Quebec to New England, 1820-1930, Sarah Domareki

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Significant Adults as Protective Factors: Retrospective Views of At-Risk Youth, Gregg Dowty

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Non-linear PCA Based on Radial Basis Function and Particle Swarm Optimization, Mohamed Naoufel Driss

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Porphyroblast Kinematics and Crenulation Cleavage Development in the Aureole of the Mooselookmeguntic Pluton, Western Maine, Matthew E. Dupee

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Behavior of Hybrid Wood Plastic Composite-Fiber Reinforced Polymer Structural Members for Use in Sustained Loading Applications, Matthew Jonathan Dura

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Experimental Variability of E-Glass Reinforced Vinyl Ester Composites Fabricated by VARTM/SCRIMP, Fadi El-Chiti

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Probabilistic Finite Element Analysis of Marine Grade Composites, Ghassan Najib Fayad

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Withdrawal/Withholding Life-Sustaining Therapies: Factors that Influence Family Decisions, Janice Lee Fitzherbert Pilotte

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Subaqueous Soil Survey of Taunton Bay, Maine, Christopher T. Flannagan

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Seasonal Variations in Colloidal Chromophoric Dissolved Organic Matter (CDOM) in the Damariscotta River Estuary, Maine, Sheri Ann Floge

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The Nervous Systems of Spionid Polychaetes: Structure, Composition, and Effects of Serotonin on Behavior, David L. Forest

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A Morphological Lattice Model to Predict the Failure and Fracture of Wood, Christopher Robert Fournier

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Throughfall Dynamics and Canopy Processes in a Nitrogen Fertilized Forest, Elizabeth Gaige

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Cover Crop Root Contributions to Soil Quality in an Organic Maine Agroecosystem, Megan Bates Gardner

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Early Paleozoic Orogenesis in the Maine-Quebec Appalachians, Christopher Charles Gerbi

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Death and Commemoration on the Frontier: An Archaeological Analysis of Early Gravestones in Cumberland County, Maine, Joy Giguere

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Effects of Long-Term Nitrogen Additions on Rapid Nitrate Immobilization in Forest Soils, Michael Glessner

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Sources and Implications of Shallow Subsurface Methane in Estuarine Environments, Allen M. Gontz

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Site Fidelity and the Influence of Environmental Variables on Migratory Movements of Adult Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar L.) in the Penobscot River Basin, Maine, Dimitry Gorsky

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Methodology for the Thermomechanical Simulation and Optimization of Functionally Graded Materials, Andrew Goupee

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Impacts of Mobile Fishing Gear and a Buried Fiber-Optic Cable on Soft-Sediment Benthic Community Structure, Betsy M. Grannis

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Image-based Change Detection of Geospatial Objects Using Positional Uncertainty, Sotirios Gyftakis

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Exploring the Links Among Professional Development, Teacher Performance, and Student Achievement: A Case Study, Julie Hackett

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Monitoring a pile-supported integral abutment bridge at a site with shallow bedrock, Sarah L. Hartt

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Performance and Effectiveness of a Thin Pavement Section Using Geogrids and Drainage Geocomposite in a Cold Region, Christopher L. Helstrom

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Structural Characterization of Parvalbumin from an Antarctic Notothenioid Fish Species, Jamie Willis Hendrickson

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A Middle School Standards-based Science Curriculum Handbook, Eleanor B. Hess

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An Acoustic Imaging System for Soft Tissue Stress, Judy A. Hilton

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Re-integrating Crops and Livestock in Maine: An Economic Analysis of the Potential for and Profitability of Integrated Agricultural Production, Aaron K. Hoshide

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Assessing the Role of Risk Communication in Reducing Exposure to Arsenic in Drinking Water, Shan Huang

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Gage Gray, Justus Rhodes Humphrey

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Paul Claudel and World War One, Christopher Hurlburt

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A Policy Discourse Analysis of U.S. Land-Grant University Diversity Action Plans, Susan Van Deventer Iverson

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Data Structures and Algorithms for Efficient Solution of Simultaneous Linear Equations from 3-D Ice Sheet Models, Rodney A. Jacobs

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Multi-temporal and Multi-sensor Monitoring of Forest Disturbance, Suming Jin

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Success of First-Time Students in Associate Degree Programs at the University of Maine at Augusta, Emily Mae Johnston

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The Effect of Dietary Manganese on Arterial Functional Properties, Anastasia Z. Kalea

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Factors Influencing the Germination, Emergence, and Early Survival of Boreal, Temperate and Exotic Acadian Forest Tree Species in Central Maine, Keith-George Kanoti

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Stock Intermixing and Movement of Atlantic Herring (Clupea Harengus) In the Gulf of Maine and Southern New England, Jessica Kohl Kanwit

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Dynamics of Bee and Wasp Populations in Maine Lowbush Blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium), Joseph E. Karem

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An Investigation of the Two-Dimensional Ising Spin Glass Using Information Theoretic Measures, Debra A. Kenneway

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Magnetic Flux Sensor for Hearing and Application, Crystal R. Kenney

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Assessment and Management of the Maine Sea Cucumber (Cucumaria frondosa), Sheril R. Kirshenbaum

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The Effects of Trawling on Benthic Habitats: An Analysis of Recovery in the Western Gulf of Maine Closure, Emily P. Knight

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Constructing the Experiences of Gay and Lesbian High School Students in Maine, Paul D. Knowles

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Sexual Reproduction in the Marine Centric Diatom Ditylum Brightwellii, Julie A. Koester

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Determining Consumer Food Purchasing Bahavior in Maine, Abhijeet Kumar

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Development of Small Scale Experimental Protocol and a Multi-Physics Model to Predict the Complex Hygro-Mechanical Behavior of Wood Under Varying Climates, Rastislav Lagana

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Transient Illness Shocks and Family Labor Use in a Rice Producing Area of Mali, Catherine Larochelle

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Invisible Threads, Deborah Levine

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The Importance of NonViolence in United Nations Peacekeeping, Jeffrey Lowell

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A Microreactor System for Measuring Size Selectivity in Porous WO3 Sensor Materials, Meng Lu

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Factors Affecting Consumer Assessment of Eco-Labeled Traditional Fuel Passenger Vehicles, Caroline Lundquist Noblet